An Interview with Margaret E Anderson

Congratulations on publishing your book. Do you consider this book a supplement to what you teach or can a person teach themselves using this book?

Thanks for asking. This book contains two different kinds of teaching.

The first part of the title, “Women Can Renew the World If…” pertains to the first kind or teaching. To your question, this is new material that I haven’t taught before or covered in my previous books. One can only learn it from the book or from me.

This first kind of teaching explains why women can renew the world if they achieve more equal status, visibility and credibility with men. Many women naturally practice or easily learn productive discussion skills. By modeling these skills for others, they can renew the world. They can replace polarization and combative dynamics with mutually satisfying conversations.

Some men and trans also naturally take to these skills. I have taught them and seen their successes. However, thinking in terms of significant numbers, the fastest way to get lots of people modeling the skills and renewing the world is to improve the status of women.

I extensively cover two factors that hold women back from achieving equal status: (1) subconscious bias against women, and (2) sexual harassment and abuse. Readers become well-equipped with the information to discuss these factors.

An example of subconscious bias: Would you want your son to grow up in a world where our species is referred to as “womankind”; “he” Is the generic pronoun for a person of unknown gender; and much more?

An example about harassment: Some women engineers have been forced to quit their jobs because men started false rumors that these women were planning to file EEOC complaints. The regulations designed to protect them were weaponized and turned against them.

The second kind of teaching presented in this text is suggested by the second half of the title, “and So Can You.” The book teaches the productive communication skills that many women take to, but anyone can learn and use.

So readers acquire both the information and the skill to productively discuss factors that suppress women. Plus they can also use and model the skills with respect to any other sensitive issue, thus helping to renew the world.

One can definitely learn skills from the book alone, through the how-to exercises and skills practice plans. However, people acquire true mastery through hands-on training, either before or after reading the book.

What are some of the ways we unknowingly turn a peaceful conversation into an argument?

By following knee-jerk impulses. Productive discussion skills are counterintuitive. They run contrary to instincts hardwired into the human brain in prehistoric times, instincts that don’t always serve us well nowadays.

Let’s say that Jeff expresses an opinion different from Helen’s opinion on a sensitive issue like economics, politics or sexual harassment. In a fraction of a second, Helen’s brain reads Jeff’s statement as a threat because humans instinctively resist being wrong. Her instinct is to fight, flee or freeze. Most likely, she fights, by arguing with Jeff. Now his brain senses a threat, and he escalates the argument back at Helen.

In short, the best way to start an argument is to start arguing. And the best way to escalate an argument is to argue back.

However, that doesn’t mean that, when someone challenges us, we just sit there and take it. Rather, we use skills that tend to de-escalate an argument, such as paraphrasing, asking open (not yes-or-no) questions, limiting use of the word “but,” time outs, and more.

Are good communicators naturally confident or does the confidence come after mastery of the skill?

For most people, confidence increases with practice, preferably beginning with simple situations that are not emotional hot buttons for them.

Again, bear in mind that the skills are counterintuitive. Thus, even one who knows the skills well should periodically practice in order to maintain skill and confidence. It’s sort of like baseball players practicing in a batting cage during the winter.

Is it ever too early to start learning persuasion skills?

No. On the contrary, it’s best to learn the skills before you find yourself in a sensitive situation.

Are there people who shouldn’t be equipped with persuasion skills?

Another knee-jerk instinct is to imagine that skills that persuade people must take advantage of people. Some might fear that others could use their skills against them.

The most effective persuasion skills, however, are grounded in understanding the other person’s perspective. What are their concerns? Then, try to come up with ways to address their concerns, while continuing to seek satisfaction of your own concerns as well.

Let’s say someone wants to convince me that Me Too whistleblowers are liars. Would I prefer that they yell at me and try to bully me? Of course not. I would prefer that they try to learn about my concerns and address them. I want others to use my skills with me.

What are some of the challenges of being a persuasion coach?

As The Persuasion Coach, I find that trainees get stuck on the specifics of an example, let’s say one in which a couple resolve their differences about where to go on vacation by agreeing to a Canada Rail tour of British Columbia. I hear “but what if’s” from the trainees. “But what if she can’t afford to go to Canada?” “But what if he gets motion sickness on trains?” I must continually remind them that the lesson is not about what to say or where to go on vacation, but rather, about how to figure out what to say and where to go.

Another challenge is that people tend to wait until the last moment to consult me when faced with a serious problem. They’re stressed out, which is not the best frame of mind for learning. I can help them. However, being a bit of a perfectionist, I imagine how much more I could have done if the client had been more relaxed, and we had had more time.

The ideal solution to our problems is one where neither party has to give up anything. Is it realistic to try and solve most of our problems without compromise?

Absolutely. If you approach the situation by seeking mutual satisfaction, you stimulate creative thinking. With a positive outlook, you are more likely to notice possible avenues to success. Then, even if you only get partial satisfaction, you’ll still find that you got more satisfaction than if you had started the conversation with a limited mindset.

I read of a study in which people seeking a new job were instructed to walk down a sidewalk and into a coffee house. Self-described optimists noticed a $20 bill the researchers had placed on the sidewalk and a person in the coffee house who would be good to network with. The pessimists didn’t notice the money or the person.

Is it right to exclude difficult people from important discussions?

So much depends on the details. How is the person difficult? By monopolizing the conversation? By finding fault with everything others suggest? Shouting or using obscene or abusive language?

What about relationships? Do the people all work in the same company, belong to the same organization, belong to the same family or live in the same neighborhood? Then bear in mind that you are bound to encounter this person in the future, and consider how being excluded from a conversation might affect necessary interactions between you in the future.

What is the nature of the conversation? Is it a meeting to make a decision that will affect everyone, including the difficult person? Or is it just a casual conversation?

Generally, it’s best to keep the difficult person involved in the discussion if you can. That’s where productive discussion skills can help. People are often amazed at how well the skills work once they learn them.

While planning a class for a corporate working group, my contact person warned me of an individual who would try to monopolize, and that I needed to keep a lid on her.

In class, all I did was paraphrase the “difficult” lady’s comments. She would reply, “Yes!” as if she were amazed and relieved that someone listened to her and understood what she said. Then she had no motivation to keep trying again and again to make her point (which is what she did when other team members had tried to “keep a lid on” her).

Their approach had been driving the very behavior to which they objected. At the end of the class, my contact person complimented me on how well I “handled” her.

There are situations in which a person should be excluded, for example, if the person becomes violent. In other situations, one party might have a legitimate need for privacy, for example, they wish to report sexual assault.

What are some daily practices that can enhance the way we communicate with others?

I think it’s fun, after watching a TV show or reading a story, to imagine how the characters might have communicated better with productive discussion skills. Think of fictional stories as your batting cage.

A lot of people go on social media and make inflammatory posts that end up polarizing others, do you have any social media accounts and how do you engage with such people?

Yes, I have some social media accounts, but I do not engage with inflammatory posts at all. It never does any good. It always makes matters worse.

That’s because, as mentioned above, people are hardwired to resist being wrong. The more inflammatory a statement you disagree with, the more you resist, don’t you? Well, it works the other way round too. The other person will resist your contrary ideas all the more if you express them on social media.

Many people were outraged when news broke that Facebook algorithms had been designed to detect what type of posts make you angry and send you more similar posts. The same thing can happen on YouTube. If you have been watching political diatribes, YouTube will show you more videos on the same side of the same subject in the right hand column. (Facebook has since tried to change such use of algorithms.)

In the How To section at the end of Chapter 1, I emphasize the importance of having real conversations for any complicated or touchy topic. Here’s a list of means of communication from the most effective to the least effective:

  1. In person conversation
  2. Virtual conversation
  3. Phone conversation
  4. Letter or email
  5. Text message
  6. Social media

Social media is not only ineffective in discussing politics, social issues and the like, it is counterproductive. It makes both parties to an interchange dig their heels deeper into their own opinions. It gives a person a sense of semi-anonymity they would not have in a real conversation, so they let down their inhibitions and good manners. They feel safe to get nasty.

Just don’t go there.

Thanks so much for this interview!
If readers have further questions, they can submit them on the contact page of my website, http://www.persuasioncoach.com.

Read my review of Margaret Anderson’s book and grab yourself a copy on amazon .

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Is Your Life Out of Order by D.L Crager and Shelly Crager

Psychologists say that your choice of a spouse is a big determinant of your happiness in life. Ideally, they are the person you share most of your life with, arguements and disagreements with them can be highly distressing. Most marriages start rosy and some of them begin to deteriorate as the years go by. Eventually, some couples bow to the pressure of resentment and dissatisfaction in their marriage and decide to end their marriages.

It is a sad state of affairs that leaves the spouses lonely and their children heart broken. Divorce should be the very last option, yet in a world focused on instant gratification, there are not enough voices encouraging unhappy couples to fight for their marriages.

Is Your Life Out of Order, is a self help book for couples going through a rough patch in their marriages. There are many reasons why you might be ready to quit on your marriage, but the best years of your marriage might still be ahead of you if you’re willing to invest some time in fixing your problems.

This book identifies the various points of frustration in a marriage as described by Darran and Shelly. They teach you how to address your concerns with your partner without fighting them. Afterall, you’re on the same side.

I recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck in their marriage and doesn’t know how to bring back the good times. Holding yourself accountable is more difficult than running away. Yet without changing your mindset, you may just recreate the same relationship with a different partner. Why not just fix your marriage instead?

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Women Can Renew the World If…and So Can You

Many women naturally learn or easily practice productive discussion skills that turn conflict into collaboration. It’s not a jab at men, just a clear observation that more women than men possess this skill. These days it’s difficult to praise one group without causing offence to another. We live in a polarized world. However, we can reverse this trend if we learn how.

Being that confrontational communication causes others to entrench deeper into their own beliefs, everyone needs to learn how to communicate better. We need to ask follow up questions and be more conciliatory with our responses in order to find solutions that work for both parties.

We can strive to create more justice and goodness amongst us, often there’s a feeling that goodness can only come from sacrifice yet often we don’t need to deprive one party in order to extend goodness, kindness or service to another. We just need to ask more follow up questions to understand the specific needs of each group and find a common avenue to meet them.

Through this book the author, Margaret E Anderson, teaches you how to communicate effectively while addressing touchy topics. This book will equip you with skills on how to start conversations and extend them into serious topics. She also makes a case for inclusion of women in positions of higher responsibility for the betterment of society.

The best time to improve your communication skills is now, not when a sensitive discussion is coming up. Your day to day interactions will be better for it.

Grab yourself a copy on amazon.

Visit Margaret’s website to book her services.

http://www.persuasioncoach.com

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Guarding the Past by D.L Crager

Dr Benjamin Maschel is having a hard time securing funding for his research. One day he receives an official letter of a suspicious nature. A secret organization is interested in giving him a grant, but he has to meet them in person in order to learn the nature of his assignment. He is also to keep all dealings with this organization secret. Enclosed in the letter is a flight ticket to London. He has also been gifted a hundred thousand dollars locked in a money market fund. It will mature at the end of his visit.

Throwing all caution to the wind, Ben does exactly as the letter says and refrains from researching the organisation to verify their credibility. His departure date finally arrives and he takes his flight to London. The rest of his trip is shrouded in mystery. His travel companions refuse to tell him where they are going and even drug him for the remainder of the journey.

Ben is already polarized by this experience, the more he learns about these people the less he wants to work with them. Finally they reach their destination and his host, Jaher, tries his best to explain what Ben is really doing at Journey’s End, the mysterious protected place they’ve brought him to. He still thinks he’s there to receive a research grant, but he’s in for a rude shock.

Guarding the Past is a thrilling historical fiction about a secret order of protectors dating back to Bibilical times. Ben is a part of their lineage and he has been summoned back to homebase because his great uncle needs him to take over from him. The problem is that Ben never knew all this before, his entire life has been a lie. He honestly thought his adopted parents were his bio parents. On top of that the responsibility may prove too great to bear.

This is a page turner. The characters are well rounded and believable, especially Ben. You will either identify with him or be terribly anguished at his decisions. There will be betrayal and strife and many moments of suspense.

Grab yourself a copy on amazon and look out for more books by D.L Crager.

https://www.authordlcrager.com/fiction-by-dl-crager

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High Clowder Cats by Ruby Knight

A mother cat is forced to abandon her litter as is customary for cats in the wild to do. She is especially worried about one of her kittens, a ginger tomcat with a bushy tail. Will he survive in the wild with his bright coat?

Bushytail breaks away from his band of siblings and learns to fend for himself. He is especially brawny because catching a meal is always a tall order for him. It’s not long before he outgrows the farmlands and makes an arduous journey to the bushland. He has dreams of conquering his own territory and starting a family.

Bushytail soon finds out that the bushland is not without other tomcats with ambitions just like his. Fighting for dominance at this stage is futile, they are all more experienced than Bushytail. However, they are all outsiders to this land. Setting aside their rivalries and travelling together would be best.

Bristle takes Bushytail under his wing and they journey together to the hinterland as he teaches Bushytail how to be a better hunter. At first Bushytail isn’t too keen on the lessons, but he grows more enthusiastic when they start to pay off. The end of his training coincides with their arrival at the valley, the home territory of High Clowder.

As outsiders Bristle and Bushytail are regarded with caution at first, but they soon prove their worth to their new clowder.

High Clowder Cats, is a riveting tale about survival in the wild. It follows the lives of a group of cats each struggling to survive in the bushland. Their survival tactics are as different as their personalities. Soon their values clash . There is a fight for dominance at High Clowder, the best cat must win if this clowder is to survive and set a precedent for catkind living together.

This was highly entertaining and engaging. I almost didn’t want it to come to an end. I recommend this it to children and adults alike. The story builds up steadily and reaches a satisfying climax at the end.

Grab yourself a copy on amazon or Barnes&Noble.

Also visit Ruby Knights website for updates on the Clowder Cats series, https://clowdercats.com.au/

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Journey of the Hidden by D.L Crager

John and his teenage daughter Shana are on a mission from God to take the word of God to a tribe of Indians rumoured to live in a hidden valley deep in the Amazon. It’s just the two of them since Shana’s mother died and no guides would volunteer to go as far as they wanted to go.

John is very ill and their journey has come to a standstill. Shana does her best to take care of him, but she’s a fish out of water having never lived in a jungle before. However, they are not without help as God is watching over them and is always meeting them at their point of weakness.

Toca is a young man of the Nashua tribe on his manhood journey. He is on his way to the place where land and endless water meet, the edge of the world. He must collect a special shell at this location and bring it back to his chief so that one day he may also become chief.

Toca and the missionaries are travelling in opposite directions. Toca has a chance encounter with Shana and it leaves him quite bewildered as he has never met people outside of the Nashua tribe. He hides in the thicket spying on Shana and John’s encampment until he is sure that they’re not dangerous.

Eventually, Toca, Shana and John are introduced. Toca realizes that John and Shana need him, but he doesn’t realize that he needs them too. They posses the most important thing that chief Acuta asked Toca to bring back from his travels, and it’s not a shell from the endless water.

Journey of the Hidden is a thrilling adventure set in the Amazon. The protagonists are full of passion and perseverance. Shana must learn to survive in the wild and Toca must accomplish his manhood journey in order to become the next chief of the Nashua. However, he is not without enemies. His stepfather back at home will not sit idely by and let Toca be chief. I highly recommend this to all thriller genre lovers.

There is a strong Christian theme running through the story and it serves to give the characters a purpose for what they do.

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An Interview with J Eliza Wall

How long has this book been in the making?

Like the Sun Holds the Moon: A Novel has been a decade in the making. It started as a story that I conceived early on in college and wrestled with in journal entries, artwork, short stories, and filmmaking. After all these years, it just wouldn’t leave me, even though there were times I wanted to abandon it because of how painful soul-searching can be. So I continued to prune it back year after year in drafts that I shared with friends, family, fellow writers, other artists, editors, etc., until it developed into the version that it is today. I’ve always been a curious person, asking why we are here and where is this leading? I’ve explored some of those big essential questions through writing this book. This story connected me with many incredible people who helped nurture me as a creative. I’m blessed to be surrounded by committed, talented, and bright individuals who inspired me to finish what I started. This book would not have been written without my life-sustaining friends and family.

Is it inspired by a true story?

Writing this coming-of-age story has been a coming-of-age experience for me. I’ve grown as a storyteller, artist, and person alongside this project. I’ve learned so much about myself along the way. Writing and art-making have always been comforts that have gotten me through challenging times. This novel is rooted in real trauma that my family faced, but the characters have taken off on their own journeys over the years. I’m so thankful for the lessons they have taught me. The novel is in no way a memoir, and this is what makes writing fiction so freeing and liberating. It allows you to explore other possibilities. Working with universal themes of family dynamics and mental and physical health, I’ve learned that even though intergenerational trauma is genetic, so is intergenerational resilience, and that is what is most important. We are the stories we tell ourselves and creation myths are one way we can take some control back in our lives. I’m thankful for years of good mentors who helped me become grounded and adaptable by making order from the chaos. 

What was the hardest chapter to write?

The most challenging chapter to write was Chapter Eight (Waning Crescent) when my main character (Ava Luna) runs away after her mother reads Ava Luna’s journal. It was a painful but necessary catharsis. Mother-daughter relationships are so important and powerful, and when there is a betrayal of trust, it can cause lots of pain, especially when physical and mental limitations are thrown into the mix. I tore this novel from a chapter of my own life and writing it has shown me a lot about myself, my family, and my universe. My characterizations are nuanced and detailed since I’m writing from the heart and from experience regarding many of these characters. Ava’s family dynamic is unique and authentic. Without giving any more away, the pain in this chapter is worth the ending payoff. In the words of Shawn Coyne from The Story Grid, “Specificity breeds universality because each individual person brings their own past, present, and future to the reading experience, and then they impose their worldview onto your story.”  

Do you see yourself in any of the characters?

I conceived of my novel ten years ago and am a different person today than I was when I started this project. With that said, the main character (Ava Luna) is inspired by a younger version of myself. Her willingness to sacrifice everything to hold her family together is at odds with her desire to go away to school and have a relationship of her own. Ava Luna embodies a version of myself that was still defining their identity, lacked agency, and narrated her mother’s story rather than being the main character in her own story. She starts off living as a sort of conduit for her mother, where she suppresses her desire for independence to care for others. She transforms from passive to active through the hero’s/heroine’s journey and through the magic of tarot (fool reversed to the magician upright). This novel has its roots in my past but has grown into its own story over the years. I hope this coming-of-age story can help others find their agency despite any odds they may face. 

How would you describe your genre?

Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Novel sits on the fine line between Young Adult Fiction and Adult Fiction. Lyrical prose inevitably shows up in my writing because I have a background in writing poetry. One of my goals is to immerse the reader with details drawn from all five senses to paint a picture in their mind’s eye that is vivid, evocative, and gripping. My work explores various topics—the human condition, family dynamics, relationships, nostalgia, connection to nature, and mental and physical health—in an attempt to restore connections in a fractured world. I believe that art is a powerful tool that can generate change and healing on a local and global level. We need more Young Adult novels that address and depict divorce and chronic illness (mental and physical) in an unflinchingly yet loving way. My book also features excerpts of the main character’s journal entries as a narrative device. Journaling and sketchbooks are a large part of my creative process and I really enjoy writing Epistolary fiction. 

Are you working on more books?

Akira Serene (Illustrator & Educator) and I are excited to share our new kid’s book we’ve been working on! TRASH CRAB is all about sustainability and upcycling to inspire the next generation to be the heroes and innovators we need to save the planet! When Akira and I first started collaborating, I got some hermit crabs to make our story come to life! We fitting named them Kat and June after our two main characters! Our story is inspired by real-life trash crabs who hide in beach litter. 

Is this a debut release or have you written other books?

Like the Sun Holds the Moon: A Novel comes on the heels of Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Children’s Book, which addresses similar themes of separation and divorce. 

Should we expect a sequel to this book?

At this moment, Like The Sun Holds The Moon: A Novel is a stand-alone piece. I do not anticipate writing a sequel to this book. 

Would you ever publish under a pen name?

I create work (artwork, writing, and film) under the pen name: J. Eliza Wall, a shortened version of my full name: Joy Elisabeth Waldinger. 

Where can your fans reach you and connect with you?

Linktr.ee: https://linktr.ee/j.elizawall 

Newsletter Sign-Up: https://mailchi.mp/eb615ebae200/j-eliza-wall-newsletter 

Website: https://joywaldinger.wixsite.com/joywaldinger

Email: joy.waldinger@gmail.com 

Instagram | Facebook| Twitter: J.ElizaWall 

Youtube: J Eliza Wall   

An Interview with Andy McD

Congratulations on publishing your books, X and Flirting with The Moon. Which one did you publish first?

Flirting with the Moon was originally published in 2018. The 2022 version is a new improved edition and was launched under the new brand Andy McD. X is new for 2022 and the first in a series.

I note with interest that your books are written in separate fictional universes, would you ever consider writting sequels to these books?

Not exactly sequels, but there are two more books in the Scotty Stephens series (X). The second one (untitled as yet) will be launched in early 2023. The third in 2024. And there is a sequel to Flirting with The Moon stored within the recesses of my mind waiting to be written.

Are you working on any future releases?

I’m in the process of publishing a revised edition of my first novel, The Tiger Chase which will bring the last of the revised back catalogue into the new Andy McD brand. I’m currently writing one book per year, with books 1 and 2, in the Scotty Stephens series pending release.

How would you describe your genre?

Character based, murder mystery.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

All of them. There is an element of me in all of the characters. In Flirting with The Moon, Joe Dean’s (the American LAPD detective) initial response to the beauty of Queensland and the warmth of its people when he arrived in Australia, were my experiences when I arrived here over thirty years ago.

Are any of your characters inspired by people you know in real life?

Yes. My Australian characters are composites of the people I have met since arriving in Australia over 30 years ago.

Are you part of a writing community?

Yes, I’m a two times ex president and now a patron of the Gold Coast Writers Association, Queensland Australia. I’m also a member of the Australian Writers Guild.

What’s your advice to new authors thinking of publishing their first book?

Just do it. The biggest block is getting started. Then when you’re ready for publication the golden rule is make sure the manuscript is the best it can be.

Do you write your books with a predetermined end or do the endings surprise you too?

I’d like to think they’re predetermined and that I have control over them but with the second Scotty Stephen’s book (due for release in 2023) even I didn’t see the twist coming until it happened.

Where can your fans reach you and connect with you?

My website address is http://www.andymcd.com.au email is info@andymcd.com.au my social media pages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc are @andymcdauthor

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Flirting with The Moon by Andy McD

Twenty five years after the death of Jacky Sanchez, a former detective of the LAPD, her former partner, Joe Dean, stumbles on some new information about her murderer.

Joe and Jacky were investigating a series of murders commited by a serial killer when she became one of his victims. Joe had a breakdown and left the police force. Years later while working as a private detective, Joe stumbled upon the serial killer’s personal memoir. He contacted the publisher and found out that the killer’s only contact information was a postal box in the small town of Candle Stick Bay, Queensland, halfway across the world in Australia.

Going to Australia was a foregone conclusion for Joe. He had to solve this case to finally put an end to that chapter of his life. Once he got confirmation that the LAPD wouldn’t be reopening the case, he packed his bags and left for Australia.

Flirting with The Moon is a mystery thriller about a sadistic killer. He is retired and supposedly living a quiet life in a small town. Flashing him out won’t be easy. The town’s people are suspicious and news of Joe’s investigation has spread like wildfire. How will Joe catch this killer when he’s lost the element of surprise?

This is an excellent work of fiction by Andy McD. He is knowledgeable about the subject of law enforcement and it comes across in his writing. I recommend this to all thriller and mystery lovers.

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X by Andy McD

A serial killer is on the loose at the Gold Coast of Australia. Detective constable Stephens is the first to arrive at the scene of the latest kill. He secures the scene of the crime and hands over to detective inspector Des who arrives shortly with officers and more detectives.

Events escalate quickly as Des is taken off the case and Stephens is appointed in his place. This comes as a surprise because other senior detectives have been passed over for this role. With the help of Des, Stephens realises that the senior leadership don’t intend for him to succeed. They’re just using him as the face of the investigation to protect themselves from the media.

The’re many hidden details about this case and Des wants to reveal them all to Stephens. It won’t be an easy case to solve and he could use every advantage against this killer. They plan to meet in a day or two however, that meeting is not be. Des is found dead in his garage. Is it suicide or did the killer get to him?

X is a suspenseful thriller novel written in the first person. Immerse yourself in the world of detective Stephens as he solves what is probably the biggest case of his career. Tension builds up steadily in the plot as new characters emerge and details of the case continue to unravel.

The twists and turns are unexpected and the characters detailed enough to keep you invested. The author paints a vivid picture of the scenery making it easy to imagine yourself right there with the protagonist.

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