David Bell writes in his own “suburban noir” style that is fresh and gripping. Bell's writing is in the arena with books written by Tana French and Mary Kubica. If you enjoy either French or Kubica, you’ll surely enjoy David Bell. Pick up your copy of Somebody's Daughter today.
I recently finished the Civil War classic ANDERSONVILLE by MacKinlay Kantor. I've also recently read THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberly S Belle and am looking forward to THE STRANGER INSIDE by Laura Benedict.
What does your writing space look like?
Frequently messy, littered with books and papers and notes and unpaid bills.
What books/authors would you say have influenced your writing style?
Too many to list, I guess. But Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, Octavia Butler, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Flannery O'Connor.
Share your top 3 favorite authors to read.
Again, a tough call. This would change every day. For now...Herman Wouk, Ursula LeGuin, James Michener
What was inspired to start writing?
I loved to read. It was a short leap to decide that maybe I could write a book someday. I just wasn't aware of how long it would take to get to be any good at it. If I'd known that, I might have become an accountant. (That's a joke. I'd make a lousy accountant.)
What lead you to write SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER?
I love writing about families and secrets from the past that bubble to the surface in the present. I started thinking about a guy like my main character, Michael Frazier. What if his nearly perfect life were upended by the reappearance of his ex-wife? And what is he might have fathered a child he never knew about?
What real-life inspirations (if any) did you draw from for the world building within SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER?
The older I get the more people I meet who have had a "starter marriage," a brief somewhat disastrous marriage in their twenties. I went through that and a number of my friends have. What if that starter marriage that someone thought they left behind suddenly came back in the present?
Who is your favorite character from SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER and why?
That's a tough call, but I like Detective Griffin, one of the three point of view characters. Erin Griffin gets more emotionally involved in the case of the missing child than she should, and that makes her a complicated character.
What are future projects in store for your readers in 2018/2019?
I'm revising a new novel for 2019...about a man who meets a woman in an airport during a layover...and finds out she has a deep, dark secret he couldn't have imagined.
Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can give to aspiring writers?
Write what you want to write instead of chasing trends. Then you'll have a chance at doing something original.
Featured Title | Somebody’s Daughter
Synopsis: When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica's nine-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.
But finding Felicity comes at a price--the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity's safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.