Strangers Join Hands: MysteryPeople Q&A with Lance Hawvermale

  • 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.

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Guest Post: Lance Hawvermale on Writing in 3D

Writing in 3D

Guest Post from Lance Hawvermale

Lance Hawvermale is the author of Face Blinda mystery exploring historical trauma against the dramatic backdrop of the world’s driest desert. He comes to BookPeople to speak and sign his latest on Sunday, November 20th, at 5 PM

“A writer lives his life in a pit.” I encountered those words many years ago, when I was skull-deep in everything written by William Goldman (Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). Goldman writes novels like they were movies and writes movies like they were novels. What does that mean? It means the scenes in his books have motion, and the dialogue in his screenplays has depth. And that’s what I hope I learned from him. Every great novel needs motion and depth.

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