The latest thriller from Samuel Parker is the pulse-pounding Coldwater (Revell). Just out of prison, Michael moves back to his hometown—a town that’s always hated him—and finds himself on the run from those who tried to kill him once before. In this interview, Samuel talks about this tale of vengeance and justice, the familiar setting he chose, and how he hopes readers will respond…
Can you please tell us about your newest book?
Coldwater tells the story of an ex-con who moves back to his hometown after being released from prison. He committed a horrendous act as a child and the townsfolk are not excited to have him back. They take it on themselves to try to get rid of him. This story is a classic chase tale culminating in a final showdown between the ex-con and the townies.
How did you come up with the plot for Coldwater?
I have always liked the simple story construct of “a chase through the woods.” Hunted Past Reason by Richard Matheson is one of these types of stories that is one of my favorites. Also, a local story about a child committing a crime and the public’s reaction to him gave me a lot of ideas to work with.
How did you choose the setting?
My hometown provided the basis for the setting. I grew up in a town of 1,200 people, and so I was able to dig into a lot of locations from my childhood for scenes in the book. I would like to add that I love where I grew up, but for the story, I had to paint a more sinister feel for small-town life.
How would you describe your writing style?
I would describe my style of writing as fast paced and to the point. I am not a fan of filler in novels, and so I am especially conscious about that in my writing. Short chapters, brisk pace, plot over character.
What do you hope readers can take away from Coldwater?
I hope that they would, at least for a moment, consider the human element of a crime—not only the victims but the perpetrators as well. If people actually believe in the power of redemption, then it pertains to criminals just as much as everyone else.
Visit Samuel Parker’s author page here: https://www.familyfiction.com/authors/samuel-parker/