Interview With SK Derban, author of Uneven Exchange

Can you share a bit about your journey to becoming a writer/published author?

Limitless Publishing published Uneven Exchange, my most recent novel. Because I consider any talent I have a gift from God, I made the personal decision to trust in the Lord. If being a published author was completely right for my life, I knew that God would make it happen. Therefore, I decided not to self-publish, but rather to wait. Ten years and 500 rejections later, I signed with a publisher for my first novel, For No Apparent Reason. After proving myself as an author, I signed with Limitless Publishing for Uneven Exchange.

You mention that you love British murder mysteries and are passionate about the arts. Please share how these interests touch your writing?

It's funny, but sometimes I see every day, ordinary things as a mystery. For example, I might be sitting at Starbucks enjoying a cup of coffee when a particular person in line catches my attention. My mind starts to create a story about how this person just committed a murder, and is purposefully trying to look innocent and establish an alibi. I have been doing this all of my life, and cheerfully blame my mum! She and I had such fun watching our mysteries together. Even after I married, we would watch in our own homes, and then telephone each other to discuss the program.

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How do you organize your time when working on a new book? Research? Working on Manuscript? Pre-marketing?

When I am finished writing the entire story of one book, and am completing the finishing touches, I create a Mind Map for my next book. Then, after submitting the newly completed book to my publisher, I begin writing the next one.   

Where did the inspiration/idea for Uneven Exchange come from? For the character Alexandra Callet?

The idea for this book came to me while bicycle riding along Bayside Walk in Mission Beach. Most of my ideas come either while hiking or biking. I seem to lose myself along the trails while enjoying nature. The character of Alexandra is a mixture of many people, with none taking center stage. Alexandra proved to be one of the most difficult characters to write because I kept making her too perfect. I knew she had to have some flaws. 

How did you learn about the way the DEA operates - recruiting someone and handling them in the field?

After developing my plot, I met separately with a DEA agent, and a police detective. They both provided valuable assistance, and were gracious enough to take my calls when I had follow-up questions.

As an author - what do you enjoy most about writing process? What feels like a chore?

My favorite part is writing. It is like going on a holiday and not having to pack! Taking the time to market is a chore to me. But, just like the wash, it must be done. (Oh how I adore clean sheets!) Kidding aside, marketing is a chore I do with pleasure.

What would you most like readers to know about you?

My faith in God is extremely important to me. I would like to be remembered for not only my faith, but how that faith caused me to treat other people with love and kindness.

Are there any new book ideas in development?

Presently I am working on another mystery romance with the working title of Circumvent. I am hoping for a publication date of Christmas 2016.

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