Robert Germaux Author Q & A
I see you were a high school English teacher for thirty years. That’s quite an accomplishment! Were you doing much writing during this time?
No, I wasn’t, mainly because I was too busy grading my students’ papers, along with doing the thousand-and-one other things involved with teaching. And to be honest, I really didn’t think of myself as a writer during those years.
What made you decide to take the plunge and publish your first book, The Backup Husband?
Pretty much just the desire to put my work out there, to see if it was as good as I hoped it was.
Why did you take the Indie route?
I’d written several books about a private detective named Jeremy Barnes, but my agent and I hadn’t been able to find a publisher for them. I knew how popular eBooks were becoming, so I thought I’d try that route.
The Backup Husband is a contemporary romance novel. Small Talk is about a serial killer. Was this a conscious decision to keep your book genre choices open?
No, not really. I’d had the idea for The Backup Husband floating around in my head for some time, and after I wrote it, I thought it might be the best book for my initial foray into the world of eBooks. My other books are all crime novels, and that’s the genre I most enjoy.
What kind of research did you do for Small Talk?
I was fairly knowledgeable about standard police procedures, but I had to do a lot of research into the technical aspects of the investigation by Daniel and his squad, things like facial recognition software, etc. I also had to educate myself about what can be learned at autopsy, which wasn’t my favorite part of the research for this book.
What would you say has been the most difficult thing about Indie publishing?
I knew next to nothing about Indie publishing, and at first, it seemed as though every time I learned something, that led to two or three other “somethings” I had to learn. It was very frustrating.
Are you currently working on a new book?
I’m finishing the final edit on One by One, the next case for Daniel and the Special Assignment Squad.
Do you have any advice for new Indie authors?
I would recommend that they educate themselves as much as possible about the world of Indie publishing, but even more important, try to find someone who already knows all this stuff and is willing to guide you through the process. When I decided to put The Backup Husband online, I had no idea what I was doing, which made for a long and arduous experience. With Small Talk, I’ve been lucky enough to have Susan Barton in my corner, making the whole process a delight.
Susan Barton’s Book Review of Small Talk:
Detective Daniel Hayes and his Special Assignment Squad (SAS) have their hands full. There’s a ruthless killer roaming the streets of Pittsburg, stalking and brutally murdering young women. When one murder turns to into several, the SAS know the killer won’t stop on his own. The case then becomes the sole focus for SAS members, Daniel, Henry, Sammie and Ted. Along with FBI profiler, Joe Torres, the group work together to narrow down the list of suspects before the murderer can kill again.
I found Small Talk to be a riveting crime novel. Robert Germaux’s characters are well developed and believable. Daniel Hayes (one of two POV characters) is charming, intelligent and three-dimensional. Robert Germaux takes great care to provide plenty of background to Hayes’ character, making him more relatable and interesting. The baseball references (Daniel Hayes is a former pro ball player) certainly gives the character more depth. Hayes’ growing relationship with bookstore owner, Lauren, is sweet and charming.
The chapters written from the POV of the murderer gives readers great insight into the mind of a killer. With just the right amount of arrogance and insanity, Germaux gives readers glimpses into what makes this murderer tick. This secondary POV definitely works and adds a great deal to the book.
I honestly thought I knew the direction Germaux was taking the story and I’m so glad I was wrong. Had he taken this route, I feel the story would have been contrived and predictable. Instead, the story wraps up in a uniquely different way.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good detective mystery with a bit of romance thrown in. Small Talk could very well evolve into a “Detective Hayes” book series!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton
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