1. Why did you write The Tipping Point?
WD: It was a story made of separate and unrelated instances of my investment career. As I experienced them, over the years, they kept coalescing into the fabric of one story. For years, I thought I’d take the time to write that story and finally did last year.
2. Was there any one person who was your inspiration for Garth Wainwright, the central character?
WD: They say that an author needs a model he knows well. Some of me is Wainwright; A younger smarter me. He experiences such an arc of change in the year of the story. That is the part I relate to most.
3. In the book, you say, “You know, some people are like onions. They rot from the outside, one layer at a time.” Why do you feel that way?
WD: Wainwright uses that analogy in describing what has happened to his partners, some of them. Greed and the lust for power are only two of the Cardinal Sins he observes in their personalities. Don’t you think that is a fitting correlation?
4. What’s the most important thing readers will learn from The Tipping Point?
WD: Don’t quite! If the goal is worth your time, go for it and just do not quite.
5. People listening to this often struggle with trepidation. What’s your best advice on how they can deal with that?
WD: Do what Wainwright does in the story. Face the fear and charge through it. Among the several life issues he deals with is having a killer stalk you. That is real. His solution was to find the killer and put him away. His other fears were self-imposed and he deals with them the same way.
6. When do you write? Is it easier to write in the morning or at night?
WD: I love the very early mornings when the world is still quite. I’m fresh, my mind is untroubled and the muse is active at that time of day. It’s funny because, as a younger person, I was more of a nightowl. Now, I can quickly drop off to sleep watching the late news.
7. Who’s your favorite author?
WD: Oh dear! I read so many. The DLG’s are on the top of my list. DLG is my acronym for Double Letter Guys. Have you noticed how many of the top selling authors have double letter names? Michael Connelly, Dean Koontz, Dennis Lehane, Stig Larsson, James Rollins, J.D. Robb. These authors sell books in the millions. I’ve been considering changing my name to Dannelley!
8. Where can we buy the book?
WD: I hope everywhere! Ingram is doing a terrific job of distributing The Tipping Point for me. But it is available in paperback and eBook formats, thanks to Smashwords and BookBaby, at Amazon, Barns & Noble, iBook and Kobo as well as on my website and many other book retailers. I am particularly excited about book retailers in India. Smashwords does business with a large firm named Flipkart. Did you know that there are almost as many folks there that read and speak English as there are in the US? Of course with a much larger population, their 22% of the population comes close to our 94% of the population of English readers.
9. When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?
WD: What an interesting question. In all the interviews I’ve done in the past three years, no body has ever asked that question. So, to your virginal question, and after shacking my head to get the synapse connected, my assumption is that after my first novel was published.
You may know that the book Ella so eloquently reviewed here is the 2nd edition. It was first published in Feb 2013 and I was encouraged with the many 4 & 5 star reviews it generated. I was also put on guard by the 2- 2 star criticisms, but I agreed with most of the criticisms posted by thoughtful, fair and balanced reviewers.
At that point, I was well into writing the sequel, INSIDE MOVES, which will be released in late October. In order to make that story work, some details in the original story need to change. (Posterity looks backwards!) That was an opportunity to address the issues raised by the critics. It also meant that my publisher would have to push back IM by more than a year and spend a bunch of money on the rewrite of the 2nd edition of THE TIPPING POINT: A WAINWRIGHT MYSTERY. After many long and heated discussions, we made the decision to make TTP 2 the best that we could produce and we did it!
At that point, April 30, 2015, TTP 2 was released for sale and that is when I could realistically call myself a writer.