Track You Down Kindle Edition
by Luis Samways (Author)
A brand-new edge of your seat psychological thriller from bestselling Kindle author Luis Samways!
Stephanie Kurtis’s life is perfect. She’s got a great job. She has good friends. And to top it all off, she’s in love! Life could not be better. The fact that she lives in a small town is just a snag in her otherwise fulfilled existence. One day she plans on taking the world by storm. And why not? She’s young, attractive and smart. Sticking around Heavensworth isn’t in her long-term plans, but unfortunately for her, plans change…
It starts off with a strange text from somebody she doesn’t know. But then it escalates. Weird things start happening to her. Things that she can’t control, and before she knows it, her whole life is in ruins.
But some things just can’t be fixed, and Stephanie must contend with a vicious foe that will stop at nothing to track her down…
Can she identify her stalker before it’s too late?
Or will she get dragged kicking and screaming from her seemingly perfect life?
Find out in this riveting, bone-chilling thriller that will leave you absolutely dismayed!
WARNING: This book contains scenes that some readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.
Interview With Luis Samways
Q: What kind of research do you do for writing violent thrillers with twisted plots and depraved baddies?
A: “This is going to sound really bad, but to be honest, I’m not that much of a researcher per se! (Anyone familiar with my Sci-Fi will know that about me, haha!) But when it comes to research on baddies or plot ideas, I tend to get most of my inspiration from what I see around me, on the news, or through film and television.
I get inspired by historical bad guys, and have read a ton of stuff on serial killers. I also watch a lot of documentaries on TV, so the bulk of my “research” is done that way.
As for coming up with the murder scenes and various other inventive deaths in my stories, I just let my imagination run wild. I actually don’t like horror movies because I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat, so I use my inner most fears to fuel the thrills in my novels.”
Q: How did you develop Stephanie’s personality and did you intentionally incorporate any particular character traits for her?
A: “With Stephanie, I wanted to test myself a little. I’ve written female characters before, but never anyone like her. She’s a lawyer, so I figured that she’d be quite smart. But I guess she actually ended up a little different. So my original idea to focus on her intelligence soon morphed into something else entirely. I decided to focus more on her wants and wishes.
I assumed that someone as young as her on her current career path would have some regrets in life. I chose to use her social life as a catalyst in the novel, or more precisely, the fact that she didn’t have one.
I thought that her loneliness would help the reader relate to her a bit more. I also thought that it would help manifest a certain paranoia in her, a paranoia that could trick both herself and the reader into wondering if what was happening to her was in fact real or not.
Besides from that, I didn’t really intentionally ‘inject’ any personality or traits into her. She, like all my characters, evolved naturally.”
Q: What did you edit out of Track You Down?”
A: “All the bad stuff (hopefully!)…
… I tend to edit out all the junk that I find boring, like inner-thoughts from the characters, or stage directions if you will. (Character walked here, character looked there, ect. ect.)
I feel like that sort of thing slows a thriller down. When I’m editing, I start to notice annoying things I do, like describing the ground, or what someone is wearing. No one needs to know that stuff, so I cut it.
I also get rid of a lot of the swearing! By the time I’m done with the book, I’ve culled the bad words, and replaced them with smarter ones. I don’t know why I do it, but during the writing process, I get carried away and end up dropping all sorts of expletives onto the page!”
Q: Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
“I do. But Track You Down didn’t have any secrets really. It did have a few head scratching scenes, but I decided to leave them in there because I like people wondering what they meant. I supposed it’s a tactic I’ve used in the past, especially when it comes to a book’s final scene.
I like to leave people thinking about my stories for a little while after they finish them. It hopefully starts a dialogue between themselves and me, where they either email me asking me what the scene meant, or better, email someone else who may have read it and discuss the meaning of it with them.
Secrets and ‘Easter-eggs’ usually happen by accident. I don’t force anything in there, but when I’m editing through the final draft, I’ll come across something like that, and expand on it a little, giving it some sort of meaning.
My aim is to make people talk about my books, so anything like that is a good thing, but at the same time, I don’t strive for hidden meanings. I’m more concerned with entertaining people.”
Q: What was your hardest scene to write?
A: “The end, it’s always hard to say goodbye to a story. During the writing process, I always get immersed in the story and end up getting attached to whatever I’m creating. But when the end comes, I start to get apprehensive. I don’t like the idea of ending a story because in my mind I tell myself that there’s no going back now, which is ridiculous, because that’s what a rewrite is for!
None of the scenes in Track You Down were especially hard to write, but the ending does stand out a little in my mind. It was the big climax, and I’d been leading up to it during the whole story, so the payoff had to be big.
I don’t know if I pulled it off or not, I never do, but once the story is out there, the easy part is over and done with. The hard part is moving onto something else, something that is better than the last thing I wrote.”
Q: Is there anything that you want readers to take away with them after reading Track You Down?
A: “The only thing I hope a reader takes from any of my books is a good time. If they enjoyed the ride, and feel like it was worth their money, or more importantly, their time, then it was all worth it on my end.
On the contrary, if a book isn’t as well received as I would like, I end up beating myself up and feeling guilty. My only goal ever is to entertain, and if I fail at that, then in my mind, I’ve failed as a writer. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do the job and above all, do it well, so if anybody takes anything at all away from any of my books, then I guess I’ve done my job right!”
Q: What do you want readers to know about you?
A: “Apart from writing, I enjoy various other creative endeavors. I produce music as a hobby. My brother is a DJ. He’s reignited my passion for music and making it since we reconnected a year or two ago. I love hanging out with my wife Louise and our two cats, watching TV, and generally lounging about.
It’s quite embarrassing, but I’m a huge WWE fan. Have been since I was little. Wrestling was in fact my first passion, and I dreamed of becoming a wrestler when I was younger. If the WWE offered me a writing job (paid or otherwise), I’d probably drop everything in a heartbeat!
I know it’s a cliché, but I do feel like the luckiest man on earth sometimes. I’m able to make a living doing what I love, and I owe it to all the readers out there that ever picked up (or clicked on) one of my books.
I’ll be slogging away at this till I’m 100. I’ll never retire from writing, although I’ll probably think about slowing down on the output a little. A book every month and a half is tiring, but I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it, so I guess I’ll continue to write at the speed of light!”