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Viki Winterton interviews Thomas M. Hewlett!
Thomas grew up in Los Angeles and was raised on a steady diet of science fiction, fantasy, and all things mythic or paranormal. While he knew he wanted to be a writer at the age of twelve, after college he strayed from the path and into drugs and alcohol addiction. Hewlett had his first drink when he was seventeen and blacked out shortly after finishing it. He woke up thirteen years later, with little to show for his life besides a notebook full of unwritten books.
Finally in 2011, he hit rock bottom and ended in up in a rehab facility. It was there, at his lowest point, that he rediscovered the power of writing and found the idea for his first novel, One Death at a Time, when a good friend suggested he write a story about “vampires in AA.” With the encouragement and support of his loving wife, he decided to combine his experiences of addiction/recovery with his love of modern fantasy and noir mystery.
Writing the “Twelve Stakes” series saved Thomas’s life and became his way of telling a new story about himself. It’s his hope that other lost souls will find through his work a community of readers and the inspiration to re-imagine their lives.
His #1 International Bestseller, One Death at a Time ~ Twelve Stakes: Book 1 is a tale of Jack Strayhorn, a corrupt cop who was killed and turned vampire in 1948, now “living” to right wrongs as penance for crimes he committed when he was alive. In 2010, Jack is now residing in his old stomping grounds, Los Angeles. He is a private investigator who has one simple mission: Catch the bad guys and try not to kill any innocent people along the way.
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