Author Interview // Framed by Wayne Kerr

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Black Swann Investigations
Wayne Kerr
Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Imajin Books
November 15, 2017
Paperback, Digital
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Toronto’s newest homicide detective, Reggie Swann, seemed to have it all: great career, handsome husband and plans to start a family, until she was framed for murder…

A cop has very few friends in prison.  After surviving ten brutal years behind bars, Reggie’s conviction is finally overturned thanks to her tenacious mother, a new forensic test and a very clever lawyer. She quickly discovers that getting her old life back won’t be as easy as she hoped. To many, she was still as the media had dubbed her: ‘Black Swann – murderer and cop-gone-bad’. The Toronto Police Department still considers her to be a suspect, Reggie’s husband has remarried and the real killer is still on the loose.

Before Reggie can return to Toronto and solve the crime that ruined her life, she reluctantly agrees to investigate a murder in her home town of Penticton, only to discover the two cases which are separated by ten years and five provinces might somehow be connected. Will anyone believe the wild theories of the disgraced detective?

The real murderer does. He framed her once, this time Reggie Swann must die!


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We are so thankful to have Wayne Kerr, author of Framed, here to answer our questions. Learn a bit more about the author behind Framed and then jump into reading ASAP!

Have you always had a strong desire to write? What inspires you to write?
I’ve always had a desire to tell stories. As the eldest of six siblings I used to make up bedtime stories for my younger brothers and sisters. Then later when my daughter was born that tradition continued with her. She preferred my made up stories over reading from books. I often incorporated her and her friends into them. As she got older, many times the stories got very long and complicated, continuing for weeks.
My friends and family inspire me to write, but it was a Christmas present for my daughter (an adult now) that really got me going. I put to paper one of her favorite stories with illustrations and special notes. I enjoyed the process so much, I kept writing.
Your books span several genres. Do you find it refreshing to write in a variety of genres? Do you prefer one genre over another?
It is natural for me to write in different genres. I loved stories about horses and cowboys during elementary and middle school, as a teen I moved on to science fiction and paranormal, genres that I still enjoy occasionally. As an adult, I’m drawn to mystery, thriller and suspense. Right now I’m really enjoying the challenge of writing murder mysteries.
Your new release, Framed, introduces readers to Detective Reggie Swann. What did you like most about this character and how she developed?
I love the Reggie Swann character. What I like most about her is her strong desire get her old life back and become normal again. Of course, spending ten years in prison has changed her.  While she was inside for all those years the outside world changed and moved forward making the goals she desperately clung to behind bars nearly impossible to attain. As she comes to terms with this, we get to see her grow as a person.
What author has inspired you the most in your writing?
Many writers have inspired me over the years, but Thomas Perry’s Jane Whitefield series is one of my absolute favorites to read. Like Reggie Swann, Jane Whitefield is a strong, no nonsense female protagonist.
I’ve also been inspired by the dozens of Clive Cussler novels I’ve read. I love the way he weaves an adventure.
What is your favorite book and why? To start you off mine is A Wrinkle In Time because it was the book that helped me grow my imagination.
My favorite book is ‘My Friend Flicka’ by Mary O’Hara. It was the first book that I read that I couldn’t put down. I read most of this book with a flashlight under my covers. This book ignited my passion for reading.
What is the one book you recommend that everyone should read and why?
There is no one book for everyone. Tastes are so different and personal. For mystery lovers I would recommend: The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
Of course we have to know, what is in-store next – books, events, etc.?
I am working on two more Reggie Swann mysteries at the moment. I’m almost finished the 2nd draft of a mystery set in Canada’s wine country. The working title is: A Pinot Noir to Die For. And the other is an homage to Agatha Christie, whose work has also inspired me, called ‘Murder on the Okanogan Express’. These have both been a lot of fun to work on.

Thank you, Wayne Kerr, for stopping by and answering our questions! As readers, we love to see what makes an author tick!

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Author of Framed Wayne KerrCanadian author, Wayne Kerr, was born and raised in the small town of Biggar, Saskatchewan (New York is big, but this is Biggar).  He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene, thirty-nine years ago and has lived happily ever since.  They resided in the United States for the past twenty years, but recently returned to Canada and now call the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia home.  The writer honed his story-telling skills while keeping his five younger siblings and later his daughter entertained during long cold winters.  When not reading or writing thrillers, Wayne is probably hiking, biking or playing tennis.

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