- Interview by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery
Gabe Traylin, the hero of Lance Hawvermale’s thriller Face Blind, suffers from a condition where one cannot distinguish the characteristics that make up someone’s face – not a great thing when he witnesses a murder from his NASA observatory in Chile. He ends up with a motley crew of characters, on the run, trying to find the killer he can only distinguish as “The Rifleman.”
We talked to Lance about the book, his characters, the setting, and his influences. Joined by Jonathan Woods and Ben Rehder, Lance Hawvermale comes to BookPeople to speak and sign his latest on Sunday, November 20th, at 5 PM.
MysteryPeople Scott: What drew you to a protagonist with face blindness?
Lance Hawvermale: I wasn’t so much drawn to Gabe Traylin as haunted by him. Ever since I first learned of face-blindness, years ago, Traylin’s story has been growing behind my eyelids whenever I try to sleep. I can only imagine that sense of isolation, of not even recognizing your own mother. How could you ever really trust anyone? A protagonist like that certainly deserved to have his story told.