Monday, May 22, 2023

Q&A: W.L. Brooks, Author of Crossing a Fine Line: The McKay Series Book 5 #Q&A #Interview


Today we have the lovely and talented W.L. Brooks with us. W.L. was born with an active imagination. When characters come into her mind, she has to give them a life - a chance to tell their stories. With a coffee cup in her hand and a cat by her side, she spends her days letting the ideas flow onto paper. A voracious reader, she draws her inspiration from mystery, romance, suspense and a dash of paranormal. A native of Virginia Beach, she is currently living in Western North Carolina. Pick up her latest novel, Crossing a Fine Line - available now!


Thanks for this interview, W.L. Brooks. Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing? 

This book will conclude an interesting twenty-year journey.  

Can you tell us about your journey? 

I first came up with the characters for the McKay series for a creative writing class in 2002, and from there, the journey began. 

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun? 

Reading, hiking, shopping, and having lunch with friends.

What makes your book stand out from the rest? 

All of my female characters are strong, independent, and flawed, but Fletcher, who is the MC of this book, is the fiercest of all my McKay girls. She is the most beloved character of my series, and her story will be the darkest yet. 

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

Chapter One 

Noah Reed grimaced and set the mug down; the coffee was cold. How long had he been standing here, staring? He leaned his muscled shoulder against the wall and continued to study the woman on the other side of the two-way mirror. 

At twenty-five, his suspect could easily be mistaken for a teenager. She was young, brash, and bewitching. Her long, tawny hair was in twin braids on either side of her head, her overalls were frayed, and her boots were muddy. By all appearances she was dismissible, but underestimating her would be absolute folly.

 Not only was this woman intelligent and resourceful, but she was also his nemesis, and he had charges that would stick. Murder in the first degree; he had her dead to rights. And he hated it. Her gaze landed on him through the glass. She couldn’t see him, but that didn’t stop Noah’s gut from clenching at the ice in her blue-green gaze. 

Fletcher McKay didn’t try to disguise her feelings. No, her hatred of him radiated off her slender form like a plume of smoke. Noah straightened from the wall and rolled his neck. There was no doubt he would be walking on dangerous ground. He had given up being a homicide detective in the city, a job he’d loved, to take over as interim sheriff when Jasper Hart asked him to. Noah had been honored. But that was before this.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why? 

Maybe Independence Day because Fletcher is freeing herself of her trauma. 

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done? 

This is the fifth and final book of my McKay series. 

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession? 

I don’t know that I saw it as a profession until I was in my late teens, but I have always loved telling stories. 

What’s next for you? 

Writing the next book. 


Crossing a Fine Line: The McKay Series Book 5
W.L. Brooks
The Wild Rose Press
Romantic Suspense

Fletcher J. McKay has been shot, driven insane, and tortured by a madman, so what’s one more psycho coming after her? But this foe’s disturbing attempts to extinguish Fletch’s light leave her shaken. Running out of options, she must consort with the enemy.

Fletcher is undoubtedly Sheriff Noah Reed’s nemesis. Their discord began with an irrevocable outcome of an unforeseeable trauma, but duty demands he keeps her safe. The closer he gets, the more his loathing turns to lust.

Devastated by loss, Fletcher agrees to go into Noah’s protective custody. Passion takes them across the boundaries of their animosity, but is their tentative bond enough? Or is the line between love and hate, as with life and death, fixed.

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