Strike a Poser by Dylan Edward Asher

This was a fun book. It was a nice con game gone slightly wrong. Olivia and Jack had a fling 15 years before and worked a con, then separated. Now Olivia wants Jack to help her with a new con. He has gone legit and is working a dead end job. Should he get back in the confidence game or tell her no. This is well written and has many funny parts. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion.  Overview
Olivia, a professional con artist, is putting together a team. Along with her current accomplice, Jillian, she figures they’ll need two more as they case a millionaire named Jerry Mallore, having followed him to, of all places, the theme park land of Orlando, Florida.
Olivia quickly locates an old flame from way back named Jack. An ex-scammer himself, he’s long since gone straight, working as a bar manager of an Irish restaurant just outside the wacky theme parks. His uniform involves kilts. She knows he’ll be in.
Joining up with Jack, and ultimately his younger brother Kip, they set out to get between Jerry and his shady cash transaction. The plan? Savvy. Complex. Borderline ridiculous. But it’ll be flat-out brilliant if they can pull it off, creating the ultimate illusion in the land of illusions, and ultimately relieving Jerry of hundreds of thousands of dollars and leaving him, quite literally, not even sure what day it is.Dylan Edward Asher is a South Florida bar owner and pilot turned author of an award winning series of “indie-pop-fiction” that strides to be as shifty and alluring as the con artists it portrays. For more information check out http://www.DylanAsherBooks.com. 

Author Q&A for Blog Tours:

 

1. What is your name and where can you be found? Website, Facebook, Twitter- Dylan Edward Asher. Website- DylanAsherBooks.com or on Facebook. Also, I am a Goodreads author.

 

2. Other than writing, what is your favorite hobby or thing you do for fun? Traveling. Temperate climates almost exclusively.  

 

3. How long have you been writing? How many books have you written – including those unpublished? I’ve been “writing” since sixth grade, when a teacher told me I had a talent for it. I’ve written eleven novels, and four screenplays. Five of the novels were throwaways, four were published, one is in edit, and one sits in limbo. Oh, and working on one now, about a third complete; no verdict yet.

 

4. What genres do you like to write about? Do you also read those same genres? I like shifty plots, so I naturally gravitated toward con artists. I’ve recently expanded to other areas of crime; the book in edit is about a banner towing pilot turned smuggler. When reading, I’m a fan of the sixties crime novels, thin little paperbacks that fit in your back pocket. In a way, that’s what I’m trying to bring back to mainstream. Quick, fun carry-alongs. Pulp stuff.

 

5. Why did you write your book? Is it inspired by true events? I wanted to catch up to these characters at an older age, Olivia at the top her game, and with all the characters having gained enough wisdom from past antics to begin to reflect internally. In turn, this would allow the material to also reflect (and pose questions about) the truths of living a lie.

 

6. How did you begin your project? Did you write outlines and character profiles, jump right in or focus on one section at a time? Crazy, but first I need a title. Often, it turns out to be a working title, but I need a vision of the thing, regardless. A sense of “what it will be.” Next, an opening scene; I just get characters in a room together, see where they go. With new characters, I will often write scenes with them outside the scope of the story in order to get to know them. I meet my characters the same way we meet people. By talking to them and getting them talking to each other.  

 

7. Where do you like to write? Do you have a “ritual” you do before writing? Absolute solitude. A place familiar, and predictable, with zero distractions. In my case, it’s an office, and a desktop computer. Funny, I find I’m often the most productive at times I’m “not supposed to be writing.” Like absurdly late at night, when others are asleep.  

 

8. What is your next project? I just finished a book outside the “Olivia” series called Disaster Faster. It centers around the day when a banner towing pilot in Myrtle Beach turned smuggler. It’s in editing, not certain yet if it will be my next release. Currently, I’m writing a sort of chamber piece called “3 Lefts to The Triggerfish South” (working title) about a bartender who inherits a hideaway tiki bar in Key Largo and is forced to deal with its shady past.

 

9. Who do you ask first to look over your writing? Wife, first filter. Second, some trusted confidants, those familiar with my work. An honest group, sometimes brutally. An important step, I’ve found, even if just to trim scenes or to know what to clarify.  

 

10. What is your favorite beverage and food to eat while writing? Nothing. It’s a distraction. Although, once the typing is done and it’s time for a recap read through, sometimes a stiff vodka or rum drink. Mind is weary, shutting down; might as well help it along.  

 

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