A Chat With Suspense Author Angela Bennett About Dark Road Home

My name is Angela Bennett. My debut psychological thriller, Dark Road Home, was released in March.

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When and why did you start writing?

I became an avid reader in college. Reading fiction became my outlet from the stress of studying to become a nurse. The more I read, the more I fell in love with words and escaping to worlds other than my own. I was inspired. I enrolled in writing classes and found my hidden passion for storytelling.

Because I had a newborn at home, I needed to make money sooner than later, and kept to my goal of graduating with a BSN. I love nursing. To know the human body, to be able to take care of the critically ill, and to have them trust me in their care is highly rewarding and fulfilling. But writing was a stronger force. Any spare time I had, I’d dabble in writing, honing in on the craft.

After several years working in the hospital, seeing firsthand how short life can be, I got serious, spent more time writing, pursuing my goal of becoming a writer one day. In 2011, I took the leap, changed careers, and began writing full time.

What inspires your writing?

Reading, reading and reading. Especially books that are in a series—which inspired my first book to be the first installment in a series. I like a story world that has already been established where I can reunite with the characters. When writing a new book in a series, some factors are already developed—returning characters, setting, and greater creativity comes when emerging the characters into new, more challenging conflicts to handle and overcome.

What has been your worst moment as a writer?

Editing my own work. Pure agony having to be critical over your own work. Deleting sentences, paragraphs and pages that you worked painstakingly on, but know they have to go.

Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?

I listen to Andre Bocelli for an hour before I write. It helps to clear my head, tune out the real world and dive into the story world.

If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?

Learn the marketing aspects of writing early on. Don’t wait and start thinking about marketing, building a platform until after the book is written and in the publishing phase.

What do you believe make for great writing?

Expecting what readers want and their questions, and before they can ask the questions, the story answers them.

How do you measure success as a writer?

I strive to convey a message that will inspire and draw questions in my reader’s own lives, and when they come up to me and say, “If Belle can change, so can I,” or “I can relate to Belle and her struggles,” that’s success. Not to mention, completing a book is a gigantic accomplishment. A huge success.

What’s your biggest fear as a writer?

Every time I begin to write I’m scared out of my wits that I won’t find the words.

Describe your latest book to our readers

In Dark Road Home, Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed . . . until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

Dark Road Home captures the complexity of family dynamics, the lengths a parent will go to sacrifice for their child, the unconditional love parents have for their child, and the bond between a father and daughter that is tested and broken by lies, deception and family secrets.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

To identify with the main character. To be able to relate to her, question or understand her decisions and choices, have compassion for what she’s faced up against, in hopes that on some level, by connecting with the main character, inspires transformation in the readers own life from what they have read.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t give up. Develop a thick skin. Treat writing as a job. Read, read, and read. Listen to advice, but know, no two writers work entirely the same way. You have to decide just how much advice/tips to take in and filter out, and to write your book, your way.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on Belle McBain’s next book that will be released early next year.


Dark Road Home

By Angela Bennett

Victor Simone, head of a hit man organization, murdered Belle McBain’s corrupt father. Following in her dad’s career footsteps, Belle becomes an attorney, but she can’t seem to move beyond the whispers of her crooked father’s corruption or his failures to his family. Instead of building a career in law, she escapes to a life of drugs and lives off her trust fund.

Unable to cope, Belle attempts suicide and is soon admitted into a rehab clinic where she tries to heal. However, her wounds run deep, so the healing takes time. Once released and three years sober, Belle begins a new life as a private investigator in Jersey City with the help of a friend in law enforcement. Sixteen years have passed … until everything changes.

One of Victor Simone’s cronies is in FBI custody and makes a deal. He says he’ll tell where the fugitive Simone is hiding if Belle agrees to meet with him. When she does, she begins to wonder if her father was ever a dirty attorney at all. As she searches for answers, Belle discovers more than she bargained for, including something more unbelievable than she could have imagined.

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.