Flying and Falling

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Flying and Falling

Posted on March 19 by R.M. Greenaway in Fiction, Mystery, Recent Releases
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I'm so proud to introduce Flights and Falls, the fourth book in my B.C. Blues crime series.

This one takes place in North Vancouver and out past Horseshoe Bay along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, and the challenge for my team begins with a crash. From the cliffs overlooking the Burrard Inlet, someone with a vile sense of humour is systematically scaring drivers to death, and the game is fishtailing out of control.

I wish all novels drove themselves along as Flights and Falls did for me. As usual, inspiration sprang from a simple concept. That idea juxtaposed neatly with my protagonist's troubled life, and the two became a ball that glommed some delightful complexity as it rolled along, with just slight steering from my end.

Well, I'm sure that's just me looking back at the process from a safe distance. Even so, it helps when there's a kind of momentum built into the theme, like flying and falling. Flying requires thrust to succeed, while falling creates its own. Ask any rocket scientist.

What is it that flies and falls in this book? Along with bodies and objects whipping around, careers and friendships suffer some breakage, too. There are good guys and bad guys in the mix, and then there's RCMP Constable Cal Dion, who's not sure which side he falls on.

Cal wants to be a good guy. He desperately wants his life back, like it was before he made those spectacularly bad choices one summer night two years ago, a side trip that went so wrong. Now fear of losing what he's got left has him torn. Fight or flight? Or just lay low? It's a precarious state of being, yet he thinks he can not only tightrope his way to safety, but also become his once-perfect self when he gets there. As if nothing had ever happened. As if he hadn't been involved in murder, crashed his car, and caused the death of his closest friend.

Some day Cal is going to have to face the simple truth: you can't go home again. But he's still got a ways to go, so he remains my inspiration. Because he just won't give up.

Speaking of not giving up, I'd like to put in a word of gratitude to those who take time to give reviews, encouragements, and other constructive feedback to authors. Without that, writing books would be like shouting into a canyon and hearing no echo. I get a lot of mileage out of every high-five I've received, and when I start losing altitude (mayday, mayday) — as happens on some dark nights — I turn my mind back to one email from a stranger who loved Cold Girl and urged me in ALL CAPS to never stop writing. Usually that's all it takes, and I'm up there again, feeling good. Now and then I even feel great! I guess that's how it goes for everyone; you can't have flights without falls.

R.M. Greenaway

Posted by Dundurn Guest on January 19, 2016
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R.M. Greenaway

R.M. Greenaway has worked in probation and travelled British Columbia as a court reporter. Her first novel in the B.C. Blues Crime series, Cold Girl, won the Unhanged Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Nelson, B.C.