Fridays 5 with J D. Cunegan

Fresh off his debut novel BOUNTY, J.D. Cunegan introduces his intense follow-up, BLOOD TIES, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that re-introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose. A 2006 graduate of Old Dominion University, Cunegan has an extensive background in journalism and a lifelong love for writing. Cunegan lives in Hampton, Virginia, enjoys reading, and is an avid auto racing fan.




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1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) My junior year of high school; I'd toyed around with the idea of one day creating my own characters and stories for a few years up until that point, but it wasn't until then that I actually say down and did it. I had dreams of being a comic book creator, and I spent much of my art class that year sketching and creating new characters. Most of those characters have fallen by the wayside over the years, and others have been re-tooled to the point that they no longer resemble their original incarnations, but a few of them -- like the main character of my debut novel Bounty -- are as vibrant and interesting today as they were when I first created them.

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) The editing, and not necessarily because of the actual act itself. The problem I have with editing is that I never know when enough is enough. I can never quite figure out how many times I have to go through my manuscript before it's "done." Sometimes, it's four times; others, it's five. Or maybe it's seven or 12 or 20... there's no finite finish line when it comes to editing my work, and it varies so much that it's hard to know when I can sit back and say finished or when it needs another pass-through.

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Synopsis: For as long as Jill Andersen could remember, her father was a hero.
But heroes don’t commit murder, do they? The state of Maryland said Paul Andersen did just that, three times over, and was set to execute him for it. But Jill and the rest of her colleagues at the Baltimore Police Department come across the murder of a law student that leaves her hopeful that she can clear her father’s name.

While Jill and her colleagues work against the clock to clear her father’s name, new players emerge, hinting to a deeper, darker conspiracy than what was previously known. An enigmatic faction known as The Order reveals itself, and the mystery surrounding Paul’s alleged duplicity leaves more questions than answers.

Along the way, Jill must not only face the possibility that her father was not who she thought he was, but she must also face the prospect of her secret being revealed. The stakes are higher than ever in Blood Ties, the intense follow-up to J.D. Cunegan’s debut mystery Bounty.

Can Jill save her father before it’s too late? Will she even want to?

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.) There was obviously a tremendous sense of accomplishment, the self-satisfaction that comes when months and months of work has culminated in the finished product. But more than anything, I was overwhelmed with the thought of "Wow, I actually pulled this off." It was surreal, to an extent, to go onto Amazon and see my book listed, to see my (pen) name on their site and know that others could visit this page and actually buy my work. It's been about two months since Bounty was released, and I still have that thought sometimes.

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.) Character trumps everything else for me. I feel that once you get your characters squared away, everything else will fall into place and take care of itself. As a reader, I want the writer to make me care about their characters -- I don't even have to like them, just make me emotionally invested in what happens to them. If I don't care about the characters, then I'm not going to care about what happens to them or what they do -- and chances are, I won't care for the book (or movie, or TV show, etc.), either.

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.)  Lots of coffee, first and foremost. I have a day job that, from September through March, takes up a lot of my time. In fact, I wrote much of Bounty this past November -- and November is one of my busiest work months, so I wound up writing a lot of that book in airports and airplanes and hotel rooms. I try to write something every day; naturally, there are days where that's borderline impossible. But even if it's only a paragraph or two, that's more than I had at the beginning of the day. In the summer, I watch Baltimore Orioles baseball; in the fall and winter, I watch Washington Capitals hockey; and on the weekends, it's all about NASCAR.

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Synopsis: Jill Andersen is one of Baltimore's best and brightest detectives, but she harbors a dark secret -- a secret that threatens to come out when the body of Dr. Trent Roberts is pulled out of the Chesapeake Bay. Dr. Roberts' connection to Jill reveals a past that involves a tour in Iraq, a secretive cybernetic experiment, and a conspiracy that involves a native son.
Can Jill solve the case while still keeping her secret? Will her partners at the Seventh Precinct find out what she's so desperate to hide? What was Dr. Roberts looking into that led to his murder? And perhaps the biggest question of all...

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