This is the exact question authors CK Webb and DJ Weaver will force any parent to confront with their debut novel Cruelty to Innocents: The 911 Abductions, released May 26, 2011 from Suspense Publishing,
Aberdeen, Maryland is your typical hometown where aid lies with the next concerned passerby. But when it is a parent offering the help and a 911 call brings assistance, a wicked occurrence happens...their child disappears.
This terrifying, suspenseful journey will take the reader deep into every parent's nightmare, forcing the pages to turn with horrifying hope and a desperation that won't simply tug at your heart, but literally yank it.
Both CK & DJ have taken the time out of their busy schedule to talk with To Turn Pages...
Did you always want to be a writer? Do you have a day job?
CK: For as long as I can remember. At first I wanted to write poetry and then I had a bout with wanting to be a stand-up comedian, but I’m not all that funny so I went back to the original dream of being a writer.
DJ: I wrote a few stories as a kid, but never really considered it until CK approached me to write Cruelty with her. Day job? I’m looking for one. Got any suggestions?
What is your favorite genre to read?
CK: Today its horrors & thrillers tomorrow it may be different.
DJ: I am first and foremost, a thriller reader, but I also read paranormal, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, horror. The list is endless.
Who is your favorite author?
CK: Yikes! That is like asking me do I like to breath, I have a ton; Emily Bronte, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, but if you ask me who has the most space on my bookshelf, that’s easy, Stephen King.
DJ: I would have to say Michael Crichton. His work always gives me a thrill and he was so great with descriptions of characters and with story development. I also like Karen M. Moning, Dean Koontz, Dennis Lehane and Stephen King.
What is your all-time favorite book, the one you can read over and over?
CK: Favorite book? Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, but Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is way up there in my “A” list of books I could read forever!
DJ: I’m not really a re-reader. I’m more of a saver. I save my favorites thinking I’ll get to read them again someday. Pride and Prejudice, all of Michael Crichton’s books, Karen Moning’s Fever Series…there are many.
How does it feel to become a published writer? How has your life changed?
CK: Feels like I need to get to work! We have so many books waiting to be edited and written and now we have fans who are clamoring for them. I was pretty busy before, but now I spend hours a day just networking with fans and other writers plus, marketing gets very time consuming.
DJ: It feels amazing on one hand but scary on the other. I love that people have been so receptive to Cruelty, but I also feel like I have to do better next time and worried that I may not be able to. It’s rather a vicious circle but I guess that’s what motivates authors. Life is still the same…just more marketing!
What makes you want to turn pages?
CK: That’s a little easier. A well edited, well written, tightly woven, plot twisting, edge of your seat kick in the pants kind of read; the kind I will NOT put down until that last page is turned.
DJ: I have to read books that keep me on the edge with lots of action and suspense. And the book has to be well-written and edited. If I get bored, I may never finish it.
Any writing regrets?
CK: I don’t do regrets. I am with the belief that even the worst situations guide us and shape us into who we are meant to be. Without the bad stuff, I wouldn’t appreciate the good stuff nearly as much.
DJ: None that I can really think of other than wasting two years waiting for an agent to sell my work and a publisher to pick it up. But, I do think that in that time, e-publishing has grown in a great way and I’m rather glad now that I had to wait.
Do you plan to cross genres?
CK: Yes!! We already have begun a three book horror series, two book young adult series and a paranormal thriller.
DJ: Most definitely. We have several stories started and outlines ready in other genres; paranormal Y/A, paranormal thriller, fantasy and I have a paranormal romance in the works that I plan to finish someday when I have more time.
What inspires you?
CK: Two things (1) People who never give up on their dream no matter what life throws their way (2) People who say, “It can’t be done!” I just love folks like that and love to prove them wrong.
DJ: My co-writer mostly. She has an infectious way of making me want to write and she can come up with the best story ideas ever. I’m also inspired by nay-sayers…those people who think I can’t do something. I love to prove them wrong
Currently you are a writing team. Do either of you have personal novel aspirations?
CK: When I began writing, it was on a completely different book and I do have plans to one day finish that piece.
DJ: I do have a paranormal romance in the works but I don’t get to work on it much. Hopefully, one day I will have more time to devote to it.
What is your personal writing strength? i.e. dialogue, tone, setting, etc...
CK: I am an idea machine first & foremost, but I think my strengths lie in setting the tone of the novel, bringing the surroundings to life and I am pretty good with character development.
DJ: I think mine are character and story development. I add much of the character’s to our characters and I love to add little side stories that have a bearing on the original premise of the story we’re writing. I’m also the chief cook and typist!
Who's the better editor?
CK: Me, me, me *raises hand high*
DJ: Me, me, me *jumps up and down*
What’s next and when? How can you be reached?
CK: “Collecting Innocents” is in the edit stage and we are pushing for an end of summer release, then we will be writing the final book in the Innocents series, Avenging Innocents. After that, I have my heart set on writing that young adult novel; it is such a wonderful story and my kids and their friends are really hounding me for it. I also have a contact page on my blog http://twistedwebb.blogspot.com/
DJ: As soon as we have finished edits on book 2 in the Innocents Series, we will be starting on book 3. After that, we have several book outlines but I don’t think we have actually settled on which one will be next. We have a contact page on our WebbWeaver Review site (http://bit.ly/HWQKW) and also on The Innocents Series site (http://the/ innocents.weebly.com)
Want to add anything?
CK: We can never say thank you enough to readers they are the very reason we do what we do so, Thank You to everyone who has given Cruelty To Innocents a chance. Because of you, our stories will live on.
DJ: I would like to thank everyone who has bought, read and enjoyed our book. Also thanks to people like you, who have reviewed Cruelty to Innocents, talked to us in interviews or helped us promote. We are so grateful to our publishers at Suspense Publishing and also to John Locke and Tasha Alexander for going out of their way to read and review our work. I am just so humbled to have so many people who have liked the book and let others know it. God bless you all.