Meet June Ahern, author City of Redemption
Published May 8, 2012, Createspace.com
What was your inspiration for writing City of Redemption?
It started out as a screenplay for a Scottish actress who I met in Los Angeles when I put on a stage read for my first novel, “The Skye in June.” She loved a character in that story and wanted to present the book to her agent, however after some talk we agreed it wasn’t for her. She asked if I would write another film role for her. I did but with delays and as time went by she moved on to other projects. Rather than me shelving it, I went on to write the story as a book where I developed the characters and the storyline more so. I also redid the screenplay, which received interests but no commitments.
Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Mason Decatur Perry, a gay hairdresser and commune family member is the best friend a girl could ever wish to have as Liz, the protagonist, learns. With humor, he finds the best in difficult situations, reminding Liz even the worst haircut eventually grows out. The two become more than friends after sharing a hookah and family history. When all seems hopeless for Liz, loyal Mason becomes part of a dangerous plot to expose a traitor and protect the family. His advice to her to be like the spy Mata Hari gives her hope that she can redeem herself from past sins. As the plot heats up and Liz’s situation becomes dire he shows more courage than one would imagine from this Southern gentleman.
Who is your least favorite character in this book and why?
There are two: Chad, the undercover cop because he’s creepy, however I have to say hands down it is devilishly handsome and devious Ricky Martinez, another commune member. He’s the bad boy women fall for with regrets. Cocky Ricky gets away with manipulating and bulling those he can, especially Mason. Why, you might wonder? Ricky’s the candy man – the connection and that includes Black Panther Bobby. His only concern is what’s good for Ricky. Oh, he does irk my sensibilities!
Some authors plan ahead, making a plot outline of how they intend for the story to unfold and some will allow their muse to take over, writing the story as it is revealed to them. What writing method did you use for The City of Redemption?
Both. The writing takes off like a runaway horse as my muse inspires my creative spirit. To reign the words into a reasonable story and keep on track with facts i.e. dates, character development, and plot, I write an outline. With logistics in place I return my writing spirit back to my muse.
How is City of Redemption different from other books in its genre?
“City of Redemption” is a thriller that takes place mostly in San Francisco during 1967 and that exposes the dark underbelly of the Summer of Love. However, it’s also a noir love story. Liz’s lies result in the heartbreaking murder of her young son and abandonment by her husband. Later in the story, her spying causes more than the take down of a snitch, it leads to more tragic deaths. Can Liz redeem herself in the city of groovy, free love people when flower power ignites into fire power?
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