Joining me on the blog today is author Adam Mitzner. I’ve had the pleasure of reading two of his novels now, A Conflict of Interest and more recently A Case of Redemption. Adam has generously agreed to participate in an interview to learn more about him and his works. Enjoy!
What made you choose a new character instead of continuing Alex’s story from A Conflict of Interest?
When I finished A Conflict of Interest I thought that Alex Miller’s story arc had come to a resting place, at least for the time being. I wanted to start with a new character who was also in the midst of crisis, but one that was different than the kind of struggle that Alex went through. I actually wrote an article on my feelings about stand-alones and sequels, which has more on my thinking, and can be found here.
What made you choose this particular plot line? I know that in your acknowledgements you mention that both this book and A Conflict of Interest are very loosely autobiographical. How much of it was based on your own cases?
I’ve never worked on a murder case, so that’s not the autobiographical part. The part that’s from my own life is more about the struggles the characters face. In Dan’s case it’s that sense of loss that he feels. I’ve thankfully never suffered anything as dramatic as he encounters, but I think everyone has those moments in life when things look particularly bleak. I was trying to tap in to that feeling of despair and write about someone trying to seek redemption for past mistakes.
The most interesting part was trying to get inside Dan’s head and understand that feeling of hitting rock bottom. Having everything one moment and then losing it all. And then going the next step to capture what it must be like if you thought that, on some level, you deserved it. The question I wanted to address was — how do you come back from that?
What was your favorite scene to write?
One of my closest friends is named Matt Brooks, and so I enjoyed writing the scenes with the Matt Brooks character. My friend Matt is a card player, and so I consulted him about the black jack scene with Matt Brooks.
And now a few questions about you as an author:
I can see from your bio that you didn’t start writing until after you began practicing law. Was writing always your first passion or did it develop over time?
I’ve always been interested in writing, and of course I write a great deal as a lawyer. However, it wasn’t something I studied in college and never actually tried to write any fiction until a few years ago. It is truly a passion now, however. As my family will attest, I’m writing all the time that I’m not practicing law.
What’s your favorite part about being a writer?
Truth is that I love so many different things about it. First, there’s nothing like hearing people tell you that you’ve entertained them. Just thinking about the fact that people are enjoying something I created is a remarkable, almost surreal, experience. But I also find the process of writing exhilarating. The combination of crafting the story, delving into the inner psyches of the characters and using language to make it come alive is something that’s exciting every time.
I see that A Fall From Grace will revisit Cromwell Altman, the law firm in A Conflict of Interest. Can you tell us anything else about this upcoming work?
My next novel does indeed return to Cromwell Altman, this time following the head of the firm, Aaron Littman. As the title implies, the story focuses on his potential downfall. There are twists and turns a plenty, but what I’m most excited about is that my wife thinks it’s the best writing I’ve ever done.
Thanks again for joining us, Adam!