ABOUT LILLIAN MELENDEZ
Lillian R. Melendez received a B.A. degree in English with a minor in Psychology from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America. She lives in South Orange, NJ.
Author’s website: http://lillianrmelendez.com
Q: Thank you for this interview, Lillian. Can you tell us what your latest book, Dismantling Vindictiveness, is all about?
A: Christopher Parker is finding it hard to believe that his architect firm is being affected by the recession. His firm’s overall budget is decreasing in a rapid pace, employees are complaining that their funds are being tampered with, and the unforeseen attacks on top employees outside of his firm and murder, has Christopher’s heart racing.
Witnessing his own company’s downward spiral, Christopher holds suspicions, but does not accurately know who is responsible for the sabotage. Through newspaper articles published by the Disclosure Daily Tribune, he is getting closer and closer to the suspect. At the same time, Christopher’s health is declining and he is trying to make peace with those he hurt in the past.
Q: Can you tell us a little about your main and supporting characters?
A: Christopher Parker is a CEO of an architect firm. He was once a selfish individual and now tries to correct his behavior as his conscious burdens him. Several supporting characters despises him and finds themselves making a choice on whether to help Christopher or let him drown in his misery.
Q: Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
A: Art reflects life. My characters are created from my imagination, but their personalities are based on actual people in this world.
Q: Are you consciously aware of the plot before you begin a novel, or do you discover it as you write?
A: I have a good sense of what the plot will be before I write. Several aspect on the plot changes as I write. The idea becomes more concrete in my mind as I outline.
Q: Your book is set in Philadelphia, PA. Can you tell us why you chose this city in particular?
A: Philadelphia is known for the saying “brotherly love.” I chose this setting to remind readers how we must care for each other. We can empower ourselves by forgiving others who have wronged us. We cannot give them power by our anger and frustration for their corrupt ways. Brotherly love is a symbol of how forgiveness can be the best medicine. People who commit wrongful actions will deal with the consequences sooner or later.
Q: Does the setting play a major part in the development of your story?
A: The setting plays an important part, because of the state and its popular symbol. There are also architect firms in Philadelphia, which architecture is the occupation among several of the characters.
Q: Open the book to page 69. What is happening?
A: Carla goes into George’s shoe repair shop and tells him the killer may attack his brother next.
Q: Can you give us one of your best excerpts?
“My past, which is the past by the way, does not affect what is occurring today,” Christopher said slowly and in a deeper tone of voice.
“All right, let’s put the past aside, forget I even mentioned it. What if someone could be using this recessionary period to mess with your budget and employees’ funds? They can just say that the recession is what’s making you lose money.”
“Sorry to interrupt you two,” Oscar injected.
“But do you mean to suggest that his architect firm is not being adversely affected by the recession but by someone inside his own firm messing with his business?”
“Through sources connected with journalists working here, I’ve come to believe that something else than the recession is happening,” Samuel replied, and then looked at Christopher.
“What’s going on?” Christopher asked.
“That’s all I know for now. The paper explains it; it is better read than said,” Samuel responded.
“So you know nothing!” Christopher’s voice rose slightly, and he started to breathe in and out.
“Did you come here for information or to tell me to do my job your way?” Samuel said calmly.
“I came to tell you to stop the nonsense, which is ruining my reputation.”
Samuel collected several papers in his hands from his cluttered desk.
“I think that is all I have to say to you. Just like you, I have to get back to work.”
“Well, I cannot stop you from writing what you hope to find, but a lot of parts in your articles are false.”
Christopher again started to breathe in and out so deeply that Samuel looked at him with concern.
“Are you alright?”
“Does it look like I’m alright?” Christopher said in frustration.
“Why be in denial, just read and keep an open mind,” Samuel said.
“Sounds reasonable,” Oscar said as he turned his head to Christopher.
“My health is perfect; just fine,” Christopher said.
He calmed his breathing and lowered his voice. He turned towards the door.
“Mr. Parker,” Samuel said.
Christopher turned back, and stood by the door.
“Yes,” Christopher said in a low voice.
“Just don’t stand in your own way,” Samuel said…
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Lillian. We wish you much success!
A: Thank you for choosing to do an interview with me. I hope readers enjoy Dismantling Vindictiveness.