ELUDE: PART ONE (Author Interview)



Elude looks like an exciting story.  Can you tell us a little about Vicente Vargas?

He’s a good kid, just made a bad judgement/decision in his early youth. Now as a young ex-con he wants to really make a go on finding himself, finding purpose and make something of himself. He has left the gang-life and works for a food delivery company to support himself and his sister, Caterina.


Any plans to turn it into a series?

Elude #1 is the first in a three-part series. All three novellas are on sale on Amazon & Kindle as well, you can hear all three on Audible, performed by the extremely talented S.W.Salzman.


How long did it take you to write Elude?

The novellas all together were published in about a year and a half.


What inspired you when writing Elude?

I was inspired by the great Stephen King novel Mr. Mercedes which was inspired itself by true events. I loved how he combined the horror genre with the grim detective story genre.


What will readers get out of your book?

It’s an original tale with a unique hero as well. The suspenseful tale gives you a lot of twists and turns and has a breath-taking finale.


How did you come up with the story and ideas in Elude?

I wanted to do a story that had horror elements as well as an exciting modern-day “Fugitive” story. I also used many sites around the city of Phoenix to give it a real sense of authenticity.


Did anything stick out as particularly challenging when writing Elude?

Sometimes I worried that I wouldn’t be able to capture the scene the way I wanted or that it was too big for me, and it would not satisfy myself or my readers. But to date it is one of my favorite works and I’m truly pleased with it.


What do you like to do when not writing?

I am an avid video gamer and movie buff. I had a stroke a year ago so my exercise and athletic capabilities have been a bit limited, but I hope to one day play racquetball once again.


Where can readers find out more about your work?

As I stated above all my work can be found on Amazon, Kindle and Audible. Newer content is routinely released for free on my writer website at www.authorderekbarton.blog.