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Pond Scum & Road Runner by Michael Lilly

  • Crime
  • Hard-Boiled
  • Mystery
  • Police Procedurals
  • Fiction

|Pond Scum Synopsis |

My name is Jeremy Thorn, and I’m a serial killer.

Jeremy ‘Remy’ Thorn is a detective from a small town in Oregon. He does his job well and keeps to himself. A past of trauma and abuse, and a compulsive need for balance have shaped him into the person he is today: a decisive, effective killer.

His routine is simple but trustworthy.

Step one: Find two targets. The first, an abomination of a human being whose only contribution to the world is as fertilizer. The second, a detriment to society, perhaps a sidekick or accessory.

Step two: Kill the first. Frame the second.


After his latest, and most personal kill, all seems to be going well. He makes it home by morning and continues with his plan as normal, with each perfectly timed maneuver all mapped out. But to his horror, he finds that the man he was trying to frame—a hotshot detective from a major nearby city—has been called in to work the case. And what’s worse … he’s privy to the truth.

|Road Runner Synopsis |

Remy and Todd are just getting comfortable when a series of death threats forces them to take refuge in a tiny town in New Mexico. Against his better judgment, an antsy Remy picks up detective work again and is thrust into a murder investigation. He quickly realizes these murders are no coincidence, and disturbing signs lead him to think they are connected to his unfinished business in Riverdell.

| Interview |

M Lilly Headshot

Michael Lilly has always had a love for literature—both the reading and writing of it. He has lived in Utah his whole life and loves cooking, travelling, video games, and spending time with friends and family, and currently lives in Salt Lake with some close friends.

Website Link – http://www.michaellilly.com

What book truly inspired your life and why?

There are many, but I think the most influential, as of late, was Stephen King’s On Writing. For those unfamiliar, it’s exactly what the title indicates: a book on writing by the immortal Stephen King. In it, he relates his own story and situations in such a way to make me feel like I could turn my hobby into a career.

How did you pick who you dedicated your book to?

Ah, this one’s easy. My parents have supported me all my life. I have memories, even as far back as eleven years old, in which my mom encouraged my writing and validated it as a career option for me.

Did you do a lot of research for your book?

In crime fiction, there will always be a necessary measure (Decay process of a corpse submerged in water; Test to detect the presence of blood in water and its effectiveness), but there was surprisingly little to do for Pond Scum. This is largely because the engaging parts of it were less about the crime/procedural process and more about the protagonist making his own journey as a human.

What was your favourite read of 2017?

Well, I was quite late to the party, but I finally got around to reading Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein, and it was superb. Definitely lives up to the centuries of hype.

If you had to take three books on a desert island what would they be?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

How to Survive on a Desert Island by Jim Pipe

Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey?

To preface this, I’d like to say that I was extremely lucky in how streamlined the process seemed to be. I finished writing the first draft of Pond Scum in March of 2017. By that point, I had been thinking of what steps I might need to take in order to be published. I was aware that self-publishing was an option, both for paperback and simply through eBook vendors like Kindle.

What many people don’t know is that, these days, an agent is practically a necessity; most publishers don’t accept submissions from authors. So the first step was to find an agent. To do so, the best strategy is usually to find someone who is willing to work with you and your genre, and send out a query letter (in which you make the case for your book; tell them a little bit about it, why it’s a good match for the agent and vice versa). Many authors do this upwards of 30 times and get rejected as many before they finally get an agent. I sent one query letter. During the wait, I was preparing to send out more, but the administrator of a page I follow on Facebook reached out to me and I sent him a query letter. He decided to take me on as a client the same day! I will add that I had a moment of sweet satisfaction, months later, when I received a rejection letter from the first agent I queried and was able to reply telling him that it was fine; I already had a publisher.

According to my agent, the wait time to find a publisher can be anywhere between a few weeks to six months, and I was fortunate enough to have one lined up at the two-month mark. After that, it was a matter of working with my awesome editor, Sarah, in order to get it best worked up for publication. Of course, there are others involved (the artist who did the cover, Claire Wood, for example, and Kelly, who does PR), but it was Sarah with whom I was working directly throughout the process.

Waiting to get published is both the longest and shortest wait in the world.

Can you share with us a photo that tells a story?

Barnes and Noble Lineup-1.jpg

(Attached) This photo is the lineup in the Fiction/Literature section at Barnes and Noble. Where I stuck my finger is where my book(s) would be if they stocked them. So I suppose it’s less about a story that happened and more about a story that I’m hoping happens, haha.

What would you like your readers to know before starting your book?

Know that, while I channel much of myself into Remy, my relationship with my own parents is fantastic and I don’t have the traumatic past that Remy does. Much of the mental illness (his OCD habits, for example) comes from my own experience, though.

Do you have any questions that you would like to ask your readers?

Was there any aspect that you’d like to see more/less of? Much of my feedback was that it ended too quickly and neatly, something I agree with and felt I did a lot to remedy in book two, but beyond that, what parts of the book really impacted you (either positively or negatively)?

By Michael Lilly for Love Books Group

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