Interview with TV producer Andrea Fehsenfeld about her debut suspense novel

Author Andréa Fehsenfeld joins me today to
talk about her new suspense, Completion.
Bio:
An award-winning TV producer, Andréa has
delivered over 180 TV commercials, series and movies for Fortune 500 companies,
including the multimillion-dollar unscripted series “Peak Season” – MTV
Canada’s highest rated series debut.

A life-long book lover, in 2015 she decided
to channel her storytelling skills into writing fiction. Completion is her debut novel.
Andréa’s brand – Cool Stories for Cool People
– reflects her readers and what they’ll find in her books: unconventional
characters with a dash of wild and crazy.
Welcome, Andrea. Please tell us about
your current release.
Completion is a dark tale of destinies and
desires, and fans of Gillian Flynn’s multilayered mysteries and Stephen King’s
contemporary suspense will be in familiar territory with this atmospheric debut
where nothing, and no one, is what it seems.
Damien Hester
seeks release from his troubled past through flame and fire. But this
pyromaniac can’t stay ahead of the law forever. When he ignites something
beyond his control, his carefully constructed world comes crashing down and the
consequences are far reaching. Now on the run, his path takes a dark turn in
New Mexico and he finds himself on a mysterious cult compound. Off the grid and
suddenly caught between two feuding members – Addy, a beautiful follower and
Garrett, the enigmatic leader – is Damien the missing link they’ve been waiting
for? Or will he prove to be everyone’s undoing?
A riveting
exploration about identity and the powerful forces of our pasts, Completion unfolds through the
alternating viewpoints of Damien and Addy as their secrets and broken histories
start to unravel, their destinies entwine with Garrett’s, and everything comes
full circle…with a price.
What inspired you to write this book?
The initial
exploration of the idea was a short story I wrote in 2015. When I finished the
short, the idea would not leave me alone. I’d actually written a first draft of
a different book prior to Completion
(which I will release down the road) but I knew this story took precedence.
Excerpt from Completion:
He jingles through a wad of keys from his pocket,
using three different ones to open three different locks.
“Inside,” he says. “And shoes off.”
I slip out of the flip flops and stutter over the
threshold.
“Don’t touch anything,” he warns, and closes the
door behind me.
Click. Click. Click.
The locks fall into position.
My eyeball is slow to adjust from the brightness
outside. At first glance, it’s just an average room you’d find in an average
house where nothing crazy is going on – like killing people – but the
hint of pine, clean and antiseptic, hangs cold like a guillotine. Two couches
face each other in the far corner and in front of me an Ikea-grade dining table
is bare except for a pitcher of water, two glasses and a plate of cookies.
Something about the set up reminds me of an interrogation, and my hand tightens
on the doorknob. It’s the only connection to outside, a world that now seems
light years away.
Don’t think about that.
Instead, a vision of a torture chamber enters my
mind, and I’m so pre-occupied trying to get rid of it that I don’t see the door
on the far wall until it opens and I almost have a heart attack at the age of
twenty-one.
END EXCERPT
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Title:
TBD
Logline: A
disillusioned rock star under pressure to deliver his next hit, finds unlikely
inspiration (and complications) from a teen runaway who forces him to face the
music in a way he never has.
You can take
a peek at the look book here.
It will be updated in the coming months.
I’m a huge
music fan and this story has been so much fun to write. Watch for it in 2019!
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I’ve written
on and off for years putting together TV show ideas and proposals, but books
are my first love. Near the end of 2014, I made the commitment to sit down
every day for two hours in the afternoon and write. It was finishing the first
draft of my first book that I knew the time had come to pursue it seriously.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I still
produce TV commercials here and there – they are shorter-term projects and pay
well, which allows me time off to write. I do write every day. I have several
books on the go and bang out short stories when they come to me – it all
depends on what and who is in my head. But right now I’m buckling down to get a
final draft of novel #2 ready for beta readers and then it’s off to the editor.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
When a
characters voice grips me, I’ll bang out several chapters without even knowing
the full story just so I can explore and live in their skin. If I get that
spidey sense, its how I know if the story is a keeper or not.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I had dreams
of being an astronaut but suffered from air sickness in my youth and decided
space wasn’t for me. In my teens, the freedom of being an entrepreneur appealed.
I’ve always been disciplined and liked being in charge of my destiny. (A-type
personality!) I’ve been self employed since I was twenty, my first career being
finance before I segued into TV production.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Completion unfolds in layers with several twists
and turns that have surprised every reader so far. Even my editor – who has
worked with several high-profile authors – didn’t guess the ending!
Links:
Thank you for joining me today, Andrea.

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