How did you start your writing career?
My writing career began rather abruptly and wasn’t something I ever aspired to. It was March 2010; I was 47 at the time—yeah, I’m turning the big 5-0 this year. I was cruising around in my car when a Thirty Seconds To Mars song I’d never heard before began to play. The lyrics “Tell me, would you kill to save a life, would you kill to prove you’re right?” struck a chord. I wondered what could make a truly good man commit a violent crime, and viola, The Mistaken was born.
The Mistaken, from Sapphire Star Publishing, is about a man, Tyler Karras, who tries to secure his brother’s freedom from
’s Russian mafia by promising the sex-traffickers a woman in payment for his brother’s debt. The woman he pledges is the reckless stranger responsible for his pregnant wife’s death, so Tyler will be killing two birds with one stone, gaining revenge and freeing his brother. In a haze of rage and alcohol, Ty mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim, and now he must protect her from the very enemy he’s unleashed, but the Russians are holding his brother as leverage to force San Francisco to complete their deal. Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and the woman, but with the Russian mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds. Tyler
Tell us about your next release.
My next book is a sequel, tentatively titled Leverage. Like The Mistaken, it’s a revenge story, but the tables are turned, and, this time, one of the Russians seek revenge against Tyler for the destruction of his organization and the loss of the powerful position he was supposed to inherit.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your book?
The Mistaken is a very emotional story, so it’s no wonder I experienced the dramatic highs and lows of my characters’ ordeal. I was surprised, however, by the strong theme of forgiveness that emerged, probably because writing The Mistaken made me deal with a lot of pent up anger and resentment I’d been carrying around for the last thirty years. In the end, that’s what the book is all about, forgiveness.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
I’ve had several scary moments, including once being in a mall when a plane crashed into it. But as frightening as that was, there was another even worse, one that spawned the idea for the villains in The Mistaken. I’d attended a bachelorette party at a suites-style hotel in
. Later that night, after all but two of the guests had left, the bride-to-be partook of the evening’s entertainment and had sex with the male stripper. A week later, I attended her wedding at a Russian Orthodox church in San Francisco ’s Little Russia. At the reception that followed, I was alone in the women’s bathroom when three men entered and cornered me—one was the groom and the other two were his rather large, intimidating “friends”. The groom informed me that he had heard rumors of his bride’s party the week before and wanted to know what I knew and saw. I admitted nothing, feeling the need to protect my friend, but he intimated we’d have another conversation if he ever found out I knew more than I’d told him. That left me quite shaken. I later told my friend, but I never saw her again after that, choosing to protect my own neck from that point on rather than hers. San Francisco
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
So far, I’ve been fortunate enough not to have received any bad reviews. I did, however, receive an awesome fan letter from Pam Wyse, a reader who “friended” me on Goodreads after reading The Mistaken. It read in part:
“What a fantastic novel! I loved it! My eyes are red and swollen from crying. I started it yesterday afternoon and just kept on reading till I was done. I look forward to your next novel.”
I was blown away that someone would take the time to drop me a line and tell me how much she had enjoyed it and how much it had affected her. I did a little happy dance after I read it!
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
More than just a nail-biting romantic thriller, The Mistaken digs deep and makes you wonder how far you would go for a loved one in the name of personal justice and vengeance. It also deals with the dilemma of breaking one’s moral code and the value of acceptance and forgiveness, all while riding a wild rollercoaster of emotional and physical peril.
Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it? If so, can you share it?
It’s hard to boil it down to one passage, but if I had to, it would be this:
I paced the floor around me, unable—perhaps unwilling—to process the reality of what I had just done—what I almost did—the severity of the mistake I had made, and the dire consequences that now faced me, my brother, and the wounded woman cowering in fear and humiliation in the corner. The reality was that through the hazy cloud of alcohol and pills, I believed delivering a degrading punishment would somehow empower me, fulfill my need for revenge, and expunge the hate, grief, and rage that filled me. I thought my mind might be rewarded with a sense of balance, my soul a thread of justice, and my heart a measure of peace.
But I despised myself for the act. Though I knew the woman must hate me with every fiber of her being, to the very core of her soul, I hated myself more. I was not the man I thought I was. The true measure of a man reveals itself during the darkest moments, and I had proven false to the man I always believe myself to be, to the man Jillian believed me to be. I was an abomination, a monster…
Whoever said vengeance is sweet was wrong. It’s the thought of vengeance—filtered through memories that haunt and torment—that is sweet. Not the act itself. The act is vile and bitter
Nancy S. Thompson makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken. She is an interior designer and now an editor with Sapphire Star Publishing. She and her husband have a college-age son and currently live on
’s Eastside. Seattle
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Published by: Sapphire Star Publishing
Publication Date: October 18, 2012
Number of Pages: 409
Note: Excessive strong language, Graphic violence
Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime.
Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage. But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.
With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed. He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl. Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy. But Ty can’t do it all: Save the girl, his brother and his own soul. One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.
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