Jason Hewitt: Stay Thirsty’s Rising Star Author

DynamiteGood interview with Jason Hewitt, who has been named Stay Thirsty Publishing’s Thirsty Rising Star.

His first novel, “The Dynamite Room,” is a World War II yarn, which I like, but with a completely different twist. Here’s a segment of his interview in the Stay Thirsty Summer magazine:

My wounded German soldier came to me first. By chance, in a library, I had come across some reports that during the summer of 1940 – when England was under the threat of invasion – German bodies were occasionally washed up on the beaches of south east England, either from Luftwaffe planes shot down over the English Channel or torpedoed U-boats; and of one particular beach where discarded German food was found that showed no sign of having just been washed up on the tide (the chocolate was dry, not tampered by the sea, and looked like it had just been taken freshly out of a bag). The fear amongst the locals was that another German body had been washed up, except that this time the enemy was not drowned but very much alive, and now loose in the Suffolk countryside. This instantly sowed the seed of an idea. What if a German had really landed? What if he had taken shelter somewhere? What if somebody else was already hiding there? And who, from a dramatic point of view, would be the most unlikely person for him to be “trapped” with? From this final question eleven-year-old Lydia was born.

Furthermore, focusing on only two main characters allowed me the time and space to really put them under the microscope, to slowly unpack their issues, and give them the depths and complexities that I might not have space for otherwise in a more populated novel. Making Lydia eleven years old also created a more interesting dynamic between them. If my German soldier had been holed up with an adult woman the readers’ expectations for the story would have been very different and the plot much more predictable.

Sounds like a great read. Check it out.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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