Welcome to the Name Before the Masses Tour for The Company of Demons by Michael Jordan. He took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down and answer a few questions about his books and his writing process. Enjoy the conversation and be sure to leave him your own questions and comments. Check out an excerpt from his book and then download your own copy. And of course, follow along the tour for even more fun and to have more chances to enter to win the giveaway!
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What was the inspiration behind this book?
The true-life story of the unsolved Torso Murders. The fact that the killer brutally murdered at least 12 people, eluded the legendary Eliot Ness, and then disappeared without a trace is fascinating.
What kind of research did you have to do for it?
I reviewed old newspaper stories, non-fiction works on the killings, and visited the Cleveland Police Historical Museum.
Which character was your favorite to write?
The protagonist, John Coleman
To which character did you relate the most?
His attorney, Arlene Johnson
Will we see these characters again?
Many people, including my wife, have requested a sequel. And, since my wife requested a sequel, there will be a sequel.
Why should we read your book?
It is a fast-paced thriller with many twists and turns. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. And it would make for a great Halloween read!!
How do you make yourself stand out in this genre?
My research into the history of the actual killings combined with my thirty years of courtroom experience.
On what are you currently working?
A WWII thriller.
What is the best writing advice you ever received?
Apply posterior to chair and go to work.
What are you currently reading? Up next on your TBR?
“All the Light We Cannot See”
When not writing, what can we find you doing?
Traveling would be a safe bet. I’ve visited 46 states and nearly 60 foreign countries.
The Company of Demons
The brutal murder of a friend leaves lawyer John Coleman stunned and sends shock waves through the city of Cleveland. The technique of the killing recalls memories of the Torso Murderer, who dismembered at least twelve people decades ago and vanished–eluding even the legendary Eliot Ness. Jennifer, the victim’s beautiful daughter, hires John to handle her father’s estate, and romantic feelings for her soon complicate his already troubled marriage. When John finds himself entangled with a cold-blooded biker gang, an ex-cop with a fuzzy past, and the drug-addicted son of the dead man, he struggles to make sense of it all. But he cannot escape a growing sense of dread.
Read an excerpt from The Company of Demons
A deep breath helped to calm me. Oyster’s death had brought an ugly past alive. Just as I’d been assuring everyone, though, there was nothing wrong. My main task for the day was to pick Molly up after school and hope that she wouldn’t be too disappointed when she learned that we wouldn’t be visiting the skateboard park. We would head straight home for a quiet, uneventful spaghetti dinner. Cathy would have polished and set the oaken table. We would talk of things other than serial killers. She would remind me of her upcoming birthday dinner, with her sister and brother-in-law. Her parents would stare down at us from faded color photographs arranged in thin wooden frames on checkered blue-and-white wallpaper. There were photographs of my mom, too, with her tight-lipped smile. One photo of my father, handsome in a blue uniform, hung on the wall. Whenever Cathy said grace, my eyes would wander to the particular picture, and I would recall games of catch, walleye fishing on the lake, our hikes through the Metroparks. We’d wander the trails there most Saturday mornings, just my dad and me. Afterward, he’d take me to Pete’s Hotdogs on Lorain, and we’d gorge on dogs stuffed into steamed buns and topped with local Stadium mustard and greasy fried onions. Those were the memories I’d try to focus on. But I could never, ever block out the rest.
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Michael Jordan obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, with highest honors, and his law degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Law Review. A trial lawyer and arbitrator for over three decades, he has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer and named to Best Lawyers in America. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, The Company of Demons is his first novel.
An avid traveler, Michael has climbed Mt. Fuji, swam in The Devil’s Pool on the cusp of Victoria Falls, trekked a glacier in Patagonia, and visited numerous other countries. Yes—an international thriller lies in the future! He has also acted in several theatrical productions and his experience on stage is helpful in creating characters for his novels. He is currently working on his next book, a thriller set during the closing stages of WWII.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Michael and his wife, Linda Gross Brown, a soft pastel artist, divide their time between homes in Rocky River, Ohio, and Longboat Key, Florida. They enjoy traveling, pleasure boating, and very cold martinis.
Michael Jordan will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner during the tour.