Secrets: Author B.J. Daniels on Hard Rain
by B.J. Daniels, author of Hard Rain
Psst. Wanna Know A Secret?
With each book, I start with the theory that every character has a secret. Some secrets are small. And some are killers.
I also like the idea that anything, at any time, can bring the character’s secret to light. Imagine living with a horrible secret and realizing that you were about to be found out. What would you do?
In Hard Rain, out March 22, I loved the idea of something as simple as a thunderstorm dislodging an old grave. You can imagine how the killer, after almost thirty-five years, had thought it would never be discovered. That the truth would never come out.
Once the remains are found, though, all kinds of secrets begin coming out and that’s where I get excited when I’m writing a book. Because I write by the seat of my Levi’s, I’m as surprised as anyone! It’s like dominoes. Secret after secret is revealed and I start looking around, wondering, who’s the killer?
So do you believe it might be true that everyone has at least one secret? How about you? Do the people closest to you know everything there is to know about you? Or is there something, something a little dark, say, that you want to take to your grave?
What if that something came out? How far would you go to keep it quiet?
What about someone you thought you knew? Ever been surprised to find out that someone close to you had a deep, dark secret?
To me, that’s what makes a fun book. We are all human. We all make mistakes. We all have secrets, right? But what we do to cover them up…well, that’s another story.
About Hard Rain:
When Brody McTavish sees Harper Hamilton’s runaway horse galloping across the pastures, he does what any good cowboy would do—gives chase and rescues her. Unfortunately for him, the woman he’s secretly loved for years didn’t need saving, and she’s just reached her limit with people treating her as hopeless. But they soon have bigger problems when they make a gruesome discovery—human remains revealed by a recent rainstorm. Remains that will dredge up old Hamilton family mysteries…and bring about a scandal that could threaten all Harper’s loved ones.
With her father running for president, every move Harper makes is under scrutiny. But despite the risks, she’s determined to uncover the truth about her family’s role in a long-ago murder. If she can trust him enough, Brody will be more than an ally. He could be the only thing standing between Harper and an enemy intent on keeping the past buried forever.