Dani Amore [also known as Dan Ames] is now a sensation among the Kindle owners who loves fast-paced thrillers; her books have been consistently among Top 20 best sellers on Amazon website and her last novel, The Killing League, is already at #6 spot within the Police Procedural Category. What comes next is a conversation with the author about The Killing League and her current projects.
The idea of The Killing League is so bizarre. How did you come up with it?
I’ve always been interested in the psychology of competition. What people are willing to do to win. I’ve seen some crazy stuff in Corporate America – people selling their souls for relatively inconsequential success. Anyway, I paired that with my interest in serial killers. What motivates them, etc. And when I read that most of them are very competitive, especially with other serial killers, the idea for the book was born. I just had to figure out how someone could orchestrate the competition. Once I had that, I was off to the races.
Most of the “good” characters in your books seem to have a reckless attraction to confronting their fears, right?
I think most people have a love/hate relationship with their fears. They feel good about facing them, but at the same time, they can’t wait to look away. It’s what makes life interesting.
How did you do the research for the novel?
Well, I’ve had a lifelong fascination with serial killers, so I’ve read just about every book there is on the subject. I’m also fascinated with psychology, which is another lifelong passion. It’s why I write – I get to do what I love.
What was challenging about it?
The toughest part was keeping a breakneck pace and still giving the characters enough flesh to make them real. It was definitely a balancing act. I needed enough killers to make a real competition, but I also didn’t want to overwhelm the reader.
Where Do You write?
I have a spare bedroom set up as my office. An old kitchen table is my desk. The only thing modern is my laptop, and a killer sound system with a huge subwoofer. When I really need to let the demons run wild, I crank up that bad boy and the house shakes.
Who’s your favorite writer?
Honestly, I have a ton of them. But Thomas Perry is the writer who made me want to be a writer, so I have to give him the nod. Sleeping Dogs is an unbelievable book.
Give us a writing tip.
You have to do the thing you cannot do.
What are you working on now?
I’m contributing a short story to an anthology that will be out this summer. I’m also nearing completion of the second Mary Cooper mystery, which I’ve titled MURDER WITH SARCASTIC INTENT.
Thank You For Your Time.
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