Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Interview With Criminal Defense Attorney-Turned-Thriller Author T.L. Bequette


1.      What motivated you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and turning it into a book?  After twenty years of trying cases as a criminal defense attorney, I felt I was in a unique position to bring reality to the mystery and courtroom drama genre. Also, a significant part of the book follows the exploits of twin boys. As a father of teenage twins, I’ve gained some insight there as well. They would disagree, by the way.  

2.      What is it about and who is it for? Mystery fans will enjoy the twisty plot and surprise ending. Book clubs and readers of literary fiction will appreciate the realistic glimpse at the culture of the inner city and the story's illustration of the unique bond of twins. The humorous romantic comedy side-plot involving the self-deprecating protagonist will provide occasional comic relief from the heavy subject matter. As stated by Kirkus Reviews, “anchored by a likable hero, this zesty, addictive tale incorporates plenty of criminal hijinks and courtroom melodrama and will satisfy fans of suspense novels and literary crime dramas.”  

3.      What do you hope the reader will be left with after reading it? I hope readers will get a taste of the suffocating pressure of the snitch culture of the streets. Also, I believe the book promotes self-examination in posing the question of how far each of us will go to protect the ones we love.  

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? If you love to write, keep writing for the sake of writing. If the goal is to publish, then keep after it. My journey to publication has taught me that there is a lot of luck involved. Before I found an independent publisher in New York, I accumulated a massive stack of rejections, as have many writers much more talented than I. So, don’t be discouraged. Keep in mind that literary tastes are totally subjective, not to mention the absurdity of selling your book to an agent in a one-page letter. Just keep writing, pitching and rewriting.  

5.      What trends in the book world do you see—and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading. I’m struck by the reality that until recently, before self-publishing, how many great pieces of literature must have never been printed. Now, it seems like the pendulum has swung the other way, so that self-publishing has been made it so easy, the market is flooded. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I think a market correction is likely.  

6.      What challenges did you overcome to write the book?  I suppose finding the time was the greatest challenge, although when I finally put pen to paper, I loved it so much I worked it out.  

7.      If people can buy or read one book this week or month, why should it be yours?  If you like twisty mysteries with some depth, this is your book. I’m a little uncomfortable about tooting my own horn, so I’ll quote the Kirkus review again: “A rigorous, thoroughly engrossing mystery from a writer with immense potential.” 

About The Author: T.L. Bequette is a criminal defense attorney turned writer. Located in Oakland, California, most of his practice involves defending accused murderers. His outlook on the criminal justice system’s need for reform, the unbalanced jury selection process, and his fight for those receiving harsher sentences than they deserve, is what fuels his writing. Bequette’s writing is inspired by his time in the courtroom where he has tried over 20 murder cases. His skill in delivering closing arguments and presenting the stories of his clients to the jury make him a master storyteller. Good Lookin’ is his debut novel and weaves his expertise from the courtroom into the page of a thrilling mystery. He holds degrees from The University of the Pacific and Georgetown Law School and serves annually on faculty of the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Clinic. For more, explore: https://tlbequette.com/.



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