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Kit Finn meets handsome sculptor Matt Healy on a business trip, and the two share a night of passion. They arrange a second date, but when Kit arrives at Matt’s apartment, she is greeted by a stranger claiming he is the real Matt and that his identity was stolen.

Realising she has been duped Kit decides to put the encounter behind her. Shortly after, the police ask her to identify a man killed in a hit and run, carrying only her business card, and she is shocked to find the dead man is the person she knows as the genuine Matt Healy.

Kit fears she has become unintentionally embroiled in a sinister web of deceit. With no real evidence to take to police, Kit resolves to unravel the mystery herself. But can she do so before more lives, including her own, are put in danger?

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The Wrong Man

Guest Post-  Kate White

How to Finally Start Writing (After Weeks, Months or Years of Being Stuck).

Over the years, people have frequently asked me if the time I spent in the magazine business–I ran five U.S. magazines, including Cosmopolitan for 14 years–was good preparation for my career as a mystery and thriller writer. My guess is that being a former prosecutor, cop, or private eye would have served me better, but overall my background has had its advantages.

     For starters, it gave me great contacts in media, as well as a certain amount of name recognition, both of which came in handy when I had to promote my first book.

     But probably the best thing my magazine career did for me was teach me how to stop procrastinating. As a young magazine writer, I learned a technique that helped turn me from a wannabe fiction author into a real one.

      I’m not sure how or why I became such a procrastinator, but I do know it began after college, perhaps because the work world seemed so overwhelming at first. During my 20’s, as a feature writer for Glamour magazine, I’d put off my assignments until the very last minute, practically pulling all-nighters to finish them. I was also trying to write fiction then, and that proved to be hopeless. I’d vow to spend all Saturday working on my novel, and yet I’d end up wiling away the hours on stupid stuff like cleaning out my wallet.  I began to think that despite what I told people, I really didn’t long to be an author.

     To help combat the problem, I snagged an assignment at Glamour to write a short piece on time management, and I ended up interviewing some of the top experts in that field. One of them, Edwin Bliss, taught me the trick that changed everything for me. He called it “slice the salami,” and though it’s pretty simple, it was a miracle worker for me. 

     First, the reasoning behind the strategy: Bliss explained that we often avoid an important task not because our heart isn’t in it but because it’s too big and daunting. The key to success, he said, is to make the steps as small as possible.  

     He compared the process to slicing a salami. On its own, a hunk of salami can look fat and ugly, but once you slice it, you’ve got something that–to meat eaters at least–looks very appetizing.  

     If you’re putting off a project or activity, Bliss said, you need to study it and decide how thinly you can slice it down.

      The technique worked fantastically for me in my magazine work and then later in my 40’s when I started trying to write fiction again. I’d decided to attempt murder mystery, something I’d always fantasized about, and with the salami technique in mind,   I made the decision to write for only fifteen minutes a day. That didn’t seem too much for me to ask of myself and it wasn’t. I managed to work every day. And after three months I actually had a few chapters under my belt—and I started expanding the amount of time I wrote each day.  

     I don’t need the salami trick anymore (I’m on my fourteenth suspense novel), but I know it’s there if I fall back into bad habits.

     It also helps, of course, to love the idea you’re working on. Writing The Wrong Man was never a burden because the concept thrilled me, the idea that one small, wrong choice could upend your entire world. As the protagonist Kit Finn muses: Wasn’t the problem with a little danger that you had no guarantee it could be contained? It was light a match tossed on dry brush. Maybe things only smoldered for a while. But with the right conditions, those embers could begin to flare higher and higher in the darkness, until they torched everything you owned.

     That always kept me going!

Kate White is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve works of fiction: seven Bailey Weggins mysteries and five stand-alone psychological thrillers, including most recently, The Secrets You Keep. For fourteen years she was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, and though she loved the job (and the Cosmo beauty closet!), she decided to leave in late 2013 to concentrate on being a full-time author and speaker

Twitter: @katemwhite

My Thoughts…

‘ The Wrong Man’ has all the intrigue, menace and suspense of a psychological thriller but it’s the action rather than the main protagonist’s state of mind that is the real focus of this fast-paced novel.

Kit is at a crossroads in her life, she’s tired of playing safe and wants to take a few risks. A ‘one night stand’ fits the bill but unfortunately, it embroils her in a conspiracy that threatens everything she values. Kit’s dilemma of whether to trust her instincts or the evidence, fuels her often impetuous actions,  putting her in danger. As she finds the emotional strength she needs for survival she is increasingly easy to like.

Minor characters such as work colleagues and friends add additional interest to the story. Vividly portrayed they add authenticity to the plot which is suspenseful with often chilling twists. The New York setting is well described and complements the storyline perfectly.

An easy read, with a touch of glamour, edge of the seat suspense and a thrilling ending.

I received a copy of this book from Canelo in return for an honest review.

 

 

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