Handsome Detective Gagon Book 1 by Theresa Jacobs Genre: Detective Thriller
Being handsome has its advantages and affords him easy access into people’s homes. They quickly learn you can not judge a book by its cover when they pay the ultimate price with their lives. He didn’t ask to look the way he does, nor to lose his loving mother at such a young age. Dealing with unwanted memories, he will find a way to erase his past by cleansing the city as he sees fit.
Detective Marcy Gagon, finds at times her relationship with the lead coroner, Krista Jones, a harder case to crack than the one she’s trying to solve. She feels alone in the hunt for a man whom she believes is a serial killer. The Chief of Police refuses to entertain the possibility that Toronto has yet another serial killer until she can bring him solid proof. But when another couple are killed within 24 hours of the last, Marcy gets the push she needs, and new leads come pouring in. Fully engulfed in her job, she also learns a deeper secret to her girlfriend’s past that only strengthens their bond. Hot on the heels of a killer, Marcy must somehow bring his reign of terror to an end without letting her personal life interfere.
Now the blood was on both Hansen’s legs, the left sleeve of his shirt, and the bottom of his shoe.
“Son of a bitch.” He kicked the man’s body, knowing full well he couldn’t get into the rental car covered in the blood of his murder victims. Hansen kicked off his shoes, careful to sidestep the mess. Moving through the house as though he belonged, he went into the kitchen. With the gloves still on he didn’t care what he touched. Grabbing the towel off the fridge door, he opened the cupboard under the sink. Not seeing any fresh rubber gloves, he dug out a plastic grocery bag. Taking it along, he went down the hallway directly to the end and the master bedroom. Using the towel, he clicked on the light and went into the closet. He pulled out a dark pair of dress pants and a black shirt. Hansen had a new appreciation for dark clothing.
Dressed in the dead man’s clothes, he slipped his soiled ones into the plastic bag. Returning to the closet, he dug out a pair of wing tips, unfortunately one size too small, but they’d have to suffice. Cramming his feet into them, he left them untied. He looked back to make sure he left nothing behind, then returned to gather his bloody shoes from the living room and noticed his own red footprints from his stocking feet. Not that it mattered now, as long as he didn’t carry it into the car.
Satisfied he had everything, Hansen turned out the lights and left through the backdoor, checking that the neighborhood was quiet before darting across the street and into the rental car.
Theresa Jacobs believes in magic, fairies, dragons, and ghosts. Yet she trusts science and thinks that aliens know way too much.
Though she still works 9-5 for the man, she has published a horror novel, two Sci-Fi novels, three horror novellas, many anthologies, children's books, and poetry. She is also an ex-contributor to 1428elm.com an online horror magazine.
When she is not at work she spends her time, reading, writing, exercising her dog, and binge-watching TV shows, with her longtime partner and fiancé.
She is also a big movie buff and a sci-fi nerd at heart.
Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
My first story began when I was perhaps 10yrs old. I awoke in the middle of the night to see, on the floor near the foot of my bed, two glowing red eyes staring at me. It felt as though my heart stopped an I held my breath in fear. What was this beast staring at me? All I could see were two eyes, nothing more. Then a cloud must have shifted across the moon, and the eye shine went away. In its place was my cat, just sitting there looking at me. At that very moment, the idea for Cataclysm came to life and I carried it with me until 1992, when I sat down and wrote the first passage.
I would write a chapter or two and walk away for years, only to pick it up again and again. I typed the end, of the first draft in 2003, 20 yrs later.
It sat in a drawer for another 12 years, until in 2015 when I learned of self-publishing and then released it. Doing so opened the flood gates and I have 9 books, a 15-min film, tons of short stories, and more in the last five years.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I like to wear odd, wild clothes and I’m completely comfortable do so.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
Well, I did this to myself—I’ve moved across Canada four times. British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland, and back to Ontario. I stay here only because of the nice weather. The best place to live is B.C. and when I can afford it, that’s where I’ll finish life.
What are some of your pet peeves?
First, people who ask a question on their Facebook timeline that they can easily google. When a texter hits enter after each sentence and what they have to say is an easy paragraph or more.
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
On a beautiful beach in the sun with a fantastic book and my husband. Then dinner with all my friends and family. I’d end it in my comfy bed with my dog and a great movie. (If only we the choice)
Who is your hero and why?
My husband is literally my hero. A few years ago, I was driving us along an old two-lane highway when I passed out. He’s a tall guy and we were in a small car, he somehow got his leg over me and steered us off the road and stopped. He saved our lives, and perhaps others because had I been alone, who knows?
What are you passionate about these days?
Quiet, nature, writing, and supporting all other artists in any way that I can.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
All of them! But what writer doesn’t. I’ve submitted a couple of them to TaleFlick. They pick up some books and transform them into movies. No luck for me so far, so I decided to write my own screenplay. It’s a Christmas comedy, for anyone who hates Christmas…no spoilers! But I do have a 15 min film titled Death Game available now on SOFYTV.Com coming to Amazon soon. And I am writing a web series, which is very apropos to the 21st century and our future.
What inspired you to write this book?
My new book, Handsome, was actually inspired by someone working on my house. The gentleman made a comment about a star I had hanging and said that a star in the window means you’re a swinger. So, I joked back about people who would actually display things to invite strangers into their homes. This got me thinking what a way to attract a killer, and Handsome was born.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Too much to list, stay tuned for a web series, a vastly unique choice of books, possibly a movie, and even I don’t know what else.
Who designed your book covers?
This various on my current financial status. I have books created by Dark Wish Designs, she’s awesome. Real art hand drawn from @disturbingdrawings, Mar Garcia is the best, and a few done by me when I’m too poor to pay.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would spend the day with Detective Marcy Gagon, she’s smart, full of energy and introspective. I’d love for her to take me on a ride along while she’s hunting down a criminal and watch her in action.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
The characters in Handsome are from my imagination. I do try and think about people I know and some of their quirks, or habits and incorporate these into some of the characters to bring them life. However, in my book the Cimmerians, my dearest friend Jackie is 100% a full-fledged character and it’s amazing how anyone who knows it, reads it as her. That is the best compliment a writer can get, that the characters are true to life.
Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
This book is fast-paced and exciting. There isn’t a dull moment, and it’ll take you on a visual journey through the life of a killer, through the streets of Toronto and behind the scenes with a detective. What’s not to love about all that?
Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Actually, I have picked the brain of the incomparable, David Morrell, (if you don’t know who he is do yourself a favor and google him). He’s a kind, easy to talk to person and if you friend him on social media, he will engage with you. The reason I reached out is sort of funny. It was about my first book and one passage I had was about fear sending a man’s testicals into his body, and my editor hated this! He said it was gross and no one wants to read that. So, I asked Mr. Morrell his personal thoughts.
Needless to say, the line stayed.
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
This list is too long. I have begun a short video series on YouTube where I showcase my favorite books of all time. I do keep the videos to 3-4 mins if you want to check them out and maybe find a new read.
What book do you think everyone should read?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff. This book opens your eyes to how really insignificant most things are in life. They important things are family, health, love and joy, which are all obtainable. Of course, these days we have Covid to show us this.
How long have you been writing?
Dreaming of it my entire life, actually doing it, five years.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I always have two going at the same time, this helps keep me working. Sometimes in writing you’ll hit a tough spot, a boring spot, or a place where you’re not sure how to move forward. When writing multiple books at once, I can then pause and go over to the other one. At some point an idea will pop into my head about my “sticky” situation and I can flip back and push through. This is also how I am able to publish multiple books in a year.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
I absolutely love Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas. He is so sweet and whole. That coupled with his special gifts, makes him a character you want to follow, cheer for, and see only the best outcome.
A day in the life of the author?
Oh boy, are you ready? Up at 7am, hit email and social media. Make rushed connections, comments, or sign-ups. Off to the day job for 8 hours. Home at 5 to cook and walk the dog. Back to the computer for 7pm to write, get in some marketing, maybe social media again, back to write or edit until 10pm. Then I get an hour of TV before bed. Weekends in the winter or rain days is a good 14-16 hrs of above. In the summer much less, I garden, read, lounge in the pool and only write at night.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I am a panster, I open a blank page start with chapter one and write until I hit the end. I usually only have the main theme (or plot) in my head, not even characters exist, and I make it up as I go along. This works well because I see a movie playing out before me in my mind and I just have to move it from there to the page for you. The worst part is my grammar, so I pay for good editors.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I am entirely original and write what my imagination tells me too. Therefore, my style is unique and no two books are the same. Just like snowflakes. I class myself as Speculative fiction and have horror, sci-fi, urban, campy, mystery and coming soon, young adult.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Stop being a chickshit and write! It won’t kill you, you may cry sometimes, but you’ll be happier and a hell of a lot further on in life.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
No. I think writers block is letting life and procrastination get in the way. Who won’t rather be sitting on the couch watching TV? If you want to write, write, no excuses.
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