by Andrew Hess
Detective Ali Ryan Series, Book 1
Ali Ryan has dreamed of being a hot shot detective that solves high profile cases. Her love for crime novels and police dramas was her inspiration to become a cop, but it was her pushy demeanor and sassy impulsive attitude that earned her the detective promotion she coveted. But is your dream job worth sacrificing the ones you love?
The fall semester for New Paltz has begun complete with a dead body turning up in the dorms. Police claim the case is open and shut, but Detective Ali Ryan doesn’t think so. She throws herself into the case desperately searching for answers as the death toll on campus rises; each made to look like a suicide.
With Ali getting closer to uncovering the truth, the killer wants to make his attacks more personal. His sights are set on Detective Ryan and her sister. Police are forced to place them under their protection, but Ali is determined to hunt down the killer and stop him before he kills again. But how far is Detective Ryan willing to go to protect her sister and take down the sadistic killer?
It is my pleasure to welcome Andrew Hess, author of Campus Killer, to Room With Books.
Please tell us what do you do when you are not writing?
I love watching movies and TV. I’m usually behind on my DVR by a day because there’s so much I watch and not enough time in the day. I love watching movies whether it’s on Netflix, on TV or in the movies.
Can you tell us about any challenges in getting your first book published?
I think the biggest challenge was myself. I must have re-written it close to six or seven times because I wanted to get it just right.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Teleportation. I would never have to worry about traveling anywhere again. I could just pop up anywhere I want.
What was your first job?
My first job was working for a fast food place called Checkers. I basically did everything and in some cases did it all on the same shift at the same time (cashier, sandwich maker, grill cook, and worked the fryer).
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I have never used my own experiences for the plot (that would be scary). But I do use people I know as the base for some of my characters.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
It’s always difficult to get the right title for any book. Besides the cover, it’s the first thing people notice. With the Campus Killer book, I debated using that name a few times, but ultimately it was the best name for it.
If you could pick one profession other than author, what would it be and why does it appeal to you?
That’s an easy question because it’s the only other thing I wanted to be other than a writer, and that was to be a pro wrestler for the WWE. I loved the lifestyle and have even wrestled a little in my past.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a few projects. The first is the third installment in my government conspiracy series, The Phoenix Blade. My other project is a book focusing on a psychological disorder called Agoraphobia.
Night owl, or early bird? I used to be a night owl and was one for the longest time. However, in the last couple of months I have completely become an early bird.
Coffee or tea? Coffee, but only if I make it or get it from Starbucks
Roller Coasters or Water Rides? Rollercoasters all the time.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool? Swimming pool
Walking or fitness club? I like going to fitness clubs but there’s always someone on the machines I want to use. So I rather walk or use equipment at home.
Any last words?
Thank you for having me as your guest. I hope everyone enjoys the Campus Killer.
Thank you for your time, Andrew, and for having Room With Books on your tour.
Andrew Hess is a resident of Long Island New York who likes to spend much of his time traveling between Long Island, New York City and the Dutchess County areas. In 2011 he debuted with his first book Chamber of Souls, a small book of free verse poetry which depicted the struggles of a man who thought he had everything in the world only to feel like he lost everything after a rough break-up. In 2013, Andrew debuted his novel The Phoenix Blade: Project Justice; the first in The Phoenix Blade series.
Andrew is also a blogger at TheWritersRevolution13.blogspot.com where he interviews and promotes other authors in order to assist indie authors get more exposure. Andrew is also a frequent guest on the Anthony Charles Podcast, a show dedicated to creative professionals as they give insight into their works and the lives they lead; guests have included authors, comedians, musicians, stuntmen, actors and producers.