"This is a dangerous journey filled with twists and turns. It is wrought with tension, false leads, doubts and more. We also get to look into the mind of a killer and it is a scary place to go. I highly recommend The Watson Girl to anyone that loves thrillers but you won't necessarily want to read it after dark." - Diane, Goodreads
A GRIPPING SERIAL KILLER THRILLER
An entire family is murdered and, by a quirk, a young girl is left unharmed. For fifteen years, she believed the killer had been caught, and he’s now on death row, awaiting execution. While trying to be content with her adoptive family, she’s living in relentless uncertainty and the fear of remembering what really happened that night when she was five years old. She’s The Watson Girl.
A therapist has asked her to participate in regression session treatments to attempt to bring back those lost memories. The closer she gets to the truth, however, the less time she has to remain alive. Now, the real killer is going to silence her, before she can remember the details of that horrifying night, when she was an innocent witness.
Laura Watson is young, she’s beautiful, and she’s a serial killer's loose end.
Join the smart, relentless, and short-fused FBI Special Agent Tess Winnett and her team in a heart-stopping search for the serial killer who has managed to stay hidden for many years. Explore the inner workings of the murderer’s mind, and find out what motivates such predatory, blood-lusting behavior, while following every twist and turn of an existence spent taking lives.
Laura Watson’s family was murdered fifteen years ago.
That was only the beginning. His beginning.
If you’re the apple of his eye, you’re already dead.
Special Agent Tess Winnett will hold nothing back to stop the killer before he takes another innocent life. She never fails, no matter what’s at stake. Even her own life.
The best-selling author of Dawn Girl is back with another suspenseful, gripping thriller. If you’re a fan of David Baldacci and James Patterson, you will enjoy Leslie Wolfe.
Meet the Author:
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
When I’m working on a project, I work in a very structured manner. I confess I’m an outline person. Everything I write is very well thought through, researched, and prepared before I even write the first word. You know what they say about how to eat an elephant, right? Piece by piece. So, no matter how challenging the project, all it takes is to cut it in bite-size pieces and develop each one of them just as carefully and with just as much dedication as if it were all the first page of the manuscript.
Sometimes I do free write, especially when I write short stories for my fan group and my newsletter. I like to start those by getting inspired from an image. I open Google Images or Flickr and I just randomly look at images until one inspires me. It normally doesn’t take me more than 15 minutes to find one image that speaks to me. The phrase that describes that image in my mind, will be the first phrase in my short story. From there on, I free write.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in The Watson Girl?
Tess Winnett, FBI Special Agent and feisty, sharp, and uncompromising heroine, has a traumatic past of her own she’s trying to hide from everyone. A subplot in the book deals with the intolerance shown in our society toward victims of any kind, towards PTSD sufferers, essentially, towards anyone who’s less than perfect. Like I mentioned before, I’m very passionate about the subject.
Laura Watson is a survivor of a terrible attack, and she’s been trying to move past that event her entire life. When the past comes crashing in, she has a difficult choice to make: face her worst fears? Or give up the only chance she has to remember her family, her parents, her siblings?
As for the serial killer, he’s enjoying everything he’s doing, and hiding it really well. In a rarely seen approach to crime thrillers, The Watson Girl brings a first-person account of the serial killer’s actions and motivations. The abyss will stare you back, so be ready!
I must have my players selected before the game can start. So first off, I select the characters and I build their backgrounds in detail. Then I work on their interactions. How will these characters interact with each other? And finally, I set the game rules, so the story game can start.
I’m personally invested in every character I write. If the character doesn’t deserve my attention, it doesn’t deserve any of your time. My lead characters are complex, and I spend a lot of time mapping their growth from both a personal and emotional perspective, as well as in relationship with the other characters in my story. I do have favorites though, and I’ve also created some pretty nasty villains, but, believe it or not, I even love my villains.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I absolutely loved writing from the psychopath’s perspective! Apparently, I did a good job; many reviewers wondered if I’m a real psychopath. To everyone’s relief, I’m not J
I did extensive research into the behavior of a psychopath, and I had to rewrite the opening chapter twice, because I was getting the emotions wrong. Then I filled the walls in my home office with sticky notes, reminding me of how a psychopath’s truly thinks and reacts. How his emotions work. “No fear.” “Heart rate doesn’t climb while killing.” “No anxiety.” “No conscience whatsoever.” “No remorse.”
Then a family friend came to visit, and it made for an interesting conversation to explain all that LOL
Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?
Dare to write. Don’t put it off. Don’t wait for your family members / friends / significant other to tell you you’re ready, or that the time for writing has come. The moment will never be perfect. Just sit down in front of that keyboard, and let your fingers fly!
Then, right after you finish a chapter or a short story, sit back, relax, close your eyes, and see if writing made you happy, if it made you feel better. If yes, continue; your passion will guide you. If writing stressed you out or made you miserable… well, try something else J
About the author:
Bestselling author Leslie Wolfe is passionate about writing fiction, despite spending a significant number of years climbing the corporate ladder. Leaving the coveted world of boardrooms for the blissful peace of the Florida-based "Wolves’ den," Leslie answers one true calling: writing.
Leslie’s novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. Fascinated by technology and psychology, Leslie brings extensive background and research in these fields, that empower and add texture to a signature, multi-dimensional, engaging writing style.
Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
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