Debra Webb and The Faces of Evil

debra webbToday I’m thrilled to welcome USA Today Best Selling author Debra Webb. We’ve got a fascinating interview followed by a giveaway for you, but first I’d like to turn my spotlight on Vicious, the latest in Debra’s Faces of Evil series. I LOVED Vicious! So often we talk about a book that you just can’t put down, but in reality, those books are hard to find. Vicious grabbed me from the first page and I found myself putting off many other things, like say…eating and bathing…because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. This story weaves a fascinating, dark tale involving a very strange definition of art. Find out what’s really on this serial killer’s canvas in Vicious. Here’s the official blurb below, followed by the interview I promised you.

Serial killer Eric Spears is far from done. He has chosen his next victim and Deputy Chief Jess Harris knows it’s only a matter of time until he comes for her.

The murders are vicious, the killer relentless. Has Birmingham’s major crimes team run into its most baffling and deadly case yet?

Carey: Debra first, thank you so much for joining us today. It’s such an honor to have you with us. Your Faces of Evil series is an amazing journey for readers. What inspired the series?

Debra: Thank you! It’s great to be here! The Faces of Evil was inspired by a study I watched several years ago about the scale of evil by Dr. Michael Stone. I was so enthralled. I couldn’t get the concept out of my mind. I decided to write a series where the same heroine solves cases that climb the scale of evil! I started with Obsession and Vicious is the most recent release. Vile is coming in March, Heinous in July and Depraved in December!

Carey: You have two protagonists who appear throughout the series, Jess Harris and Dan Burnett.  Please tell us what makes these two tick.

Debra: Jess and Dan have a long history. They were high school sweethearts with big dreams who went off to college together. But not all dreams come true and four years later Dan returned to Birmingham while Jess went on to become a celebrated profiler with the FBI. (You can read interviews with both Jess and Dan at Faces of Evil) Her return to Birmingham, along with an obsessed serial killer determined to haunt her, has turned both Jess and Dan’s lives upside down. No matter, the fact that they have always loved each other continues to triumph. I’ve really enjoyed watching their relationship evolve over the past seven books.

Carey: Is there something you can tell us about Jess that she’d never want Dan to learn, and vice versa?

Debra: We’ve been through some of that in the first six books! Jess is very independent and determined. I think she wouldn’t want Dan to know how much it really bothers her that his mother dislikes her. She doesn’t like anyone to see her weaknesses. Dan is the epitome of a good guy. But he has a few secrets of his own. A couple of those secrets are about to start haunting him and he would rather not have Jess learn about them.

Carey: Okay, you’ve got me determined to find out what Dan’s secrets are! I can’t wait to find out. Which of the Faces of Evil series was the most difficult book for you to write and why?

Debra: Ruthless, definitely. A serial killer known as the Man in the Moon abducted and murdered many, many children before he was caught. The abductions took place in the past so I didn’t have to put any of that on the page, which made it a little easier. I cried all the way through the scene where the remains were found. It was a very emotional story for me.

Carey: I can imagine how difficult that must’ve been. Sometimes the most powerful subjects are the hardest to write (and read) about. What’s up next for you?

Debra: I’m working on a follow up book to BONE DEEP. The story was so well-received, I decided to write BONE COLD which revolves around Special Agent Tom Cuddahy, a secondary character from BONE DEEP. Don’t miss my Faces of Evil short story in the My Evil Valentine thriller collection available now!

Carey: Has anyone ever given you a great piece of advice? What was it?

Debra: As long as you love what you do it will show in the work.

Carey: Your passion for storytelling certainly comes through in your books, so I’d say that was good advice. I’m sure many authors have inspired and supported you along the way. Can you tell us about one of them?

Debra: There are so very many! How about I name a few instead of one.

Vicki Hinze for her undying determination and sage words.

Peggy Webb for her incredible insights into life and invaluable friendship.

CJ Lyons, Cindy Gerard, Toni Magee Causey and Allison Brennan for being the best cheerleaders!

Regan Black for always having my back.

Kathy Carmichael and Rita Herron for always being happy to just listen.

Carey: A wonderful list! Ready for the lightning round? It’s easy- just name your favorite:

Fast Food Joint – Sonic

Vacation Spot – Anywhere in New England

Television Show – Rehab Addict

Song on your iPod (what’s the most played?) – Make a Memory by Bon Jovi

Valentine’s Day Gift – Roses

What’s the last book you read on your e-reader? Down and Dead in Dixie by Vicki Hinze

Carey: Ha! Debra, believe it or not Make a Memory by Bon Jovi is the second most played song on my iPod!

Connect with Debra: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Mailing List.

Readers do you have a question or comment for Debra? She’s giving away a Faces of Evil tote bag and a copy of Vicious to one lucky commenter. Fire away and good luck!

About Carey Baldwin

Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award winning author of edgy romantic thrillers by night. What's a nice girl like Carey doing writing scare-you-silly romantic thrillers? When you are a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes naturally, and when you are a hopeless romantic, well, you do the math! Look for Carey's upcoming release, CONFESSION, coming from Harper Collins this spring. Learn more at www.CareyBaldwin.com

Posted on February 11, 2014, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, book recommendations, Carey Baldwin and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. Wow! I am really excited to read the Faces of Evil series. I have read other books by Debra and enjoyed them a lot. As soon as I finish writing this comment I am going shopping 😉

  2. I just started reading this series i,m really enjoying it. my sister told me about it. looking forward to reading all the books

  3. Great interview!

  4. Welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Debra! These books sound perfectly scary. Great interview!

  5. Great interview! I LOVE the Faces of Evil Series!

  6. I love this series. I can’t wait for Vile. Great Interview, Deb.

  7. I love this series! I haven’t read Vicious yet but I am really looking forward to it.
    As for a question, I was wondering how you do all your research. Is it mostly online or at a library or do you interview people?

  8. Informative interview

  9. Wow, Debra, even your TITLES give me the chills. Welcome to K&T, we’re delighted to meet you!

    Is it difficult to stay in the dark mind of serial killers book after book? Also, every villain is the hero of his own world, so how do you come up with justifiable thoughts for these characters’ actions?

    Great interview, fabulous covers and I look forward to reading your novels!

    • Hi Sarah! I have always, always loved scary stuff! From Shock Theatre and Alfred Hitchcock as a kid to Stephen King as an adult, I am right at home with the creepy. In fact, my new “smaller” house is just one block from Huntsville’s historic and haunted Maple Hill Cemetery. As I’m writing the bad guys, I keep in mind that to make them the best possible villains they must believe as strongly in themselves and their actions as the good guys do in themselves!

  10. Welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Deb. great interview Carey.

    I see a lot of RS writers moving to suspense. What do you think the reasons are for this trend? Do you think RS is getting weaker or stronger re trad publisher buys?

    Looking forward to reading Vicious!

    • Hi Diana, I think RS has been a tough sale with traditional publishers for a few years now. However, there is a strong market for RS in self publishing, in my opinion.

      For some RS writers (Karen Rose, Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner), evolving into more straight suspense is the natural progression of their craft. From a marketing standpoint, I think it’s about building a broader audience.

      Since I primarily self publish now, I just write the story the way it wants to go. I listen to my readers. If my readers are happy then I’m doing it right!

  11. As always, I enjoyed reading interview from Debra Webb! Good job Deebra!!!

  12. Deb and Carey,

    Excellent interview! I have read many of Deb’s books but The Faces of Evil Series had me hooked with the first book “Obsession.” I love the characters.

    I guarantee that if you read any of the books, you will go back and read the earlier books in the series.

    In my opinion, The Faces of Evil Series is the Debra Webb’s best work to date!

    Marijane

  13. Hi Debra, I love all of your books and especially The Faces of Evil series. Like Marijane, I plan to go back and read some of your earlier books. I am currently reading My Evil Valentine and enjoying it, too. Great interview!

  14. Hi Debra, I love your concept for the series–climbing the scale of evil. Was it a challenge to ramp up the degree of evil with each successive book, especially now that you’re nearing the end of the series?

    • Hey Krista,
      Actually, the hardest one was the first one! I didn’t want to do the usual “obsession” story and I needed it to be lower on the scale of evil AND still be compelling!

  15. I’ve got Obsession on my night stand and can’t wait to start! I bought it b/c there were so many people raving about Debra’s series on goodreads! Thanks for interviewing her, Carey!

  16. My fingers are absolutely itching to get at Vile!!
    What a great interview Deb…even though I read quite a few of your interviews, I always learn something new! You never have the same set of answers!

  17. What fun to have you with us today, Debra! Thanks so much for joining us! And thanks to all our wonderful commenters. I’ll announce the winner of Debra’s giveaway on Thursday so be sure to check back with us then!

  18. Do you put friends or conversations you overhear into your stories and will they recognize themselves or do you put them in disguise?

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