Author Interview Amongst the Killing Tour


I’m hosting an interview today with Joe Compton ,author of crime thriller “Amongst the Killing”.

Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?
I know it’s cliche but as for as long as I can remember. I love being a storyteller and I was just so in my element being that.  As for what started my writing career, well I will quote one of my favorite movies, Bull Durham:
“It beats working at Sears.”
Is Amongst the Killing your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book. 
It is. It’s the story of a young detective doing what he always wanted to do until a mass murderer he is chasing changes everything for him and a mass murderer who only wants to be left alone and feee from society but can’t escape the needs of what society gives him. It’s both of their stories, each telling it in their own words, in sort of dueling chapters. 
Why did you choose crime thriller as genre for your book? 
The genre kind of chose me. I wanted to write this story and I liked this playground so to speak of the cop and criminal dynamic. So naturally it just gave itself to the genre it fit in. 
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write and when you are done with that, write some more. Don’t get hung up on what it means to be a successful writer or getting published. Where there is a will there is a way. That’s the least part of being a writer. The writing is what makes you that and if you have something to say you should get it out. I don’t mean be undisciplined but all of the little things about writing can be fixed, don’t sweat grammer, punctuation when first drafting. Just don’t stop. What can’t be fixed is not getting on the word document or typewriter (for those of us who remember what those are). I can’t wait for the days when someone can reach into my head and pull out my stories, actually I can, that doesn’t sound very pleasant, but it does no one any goodbeign in there. It really stiffles you when you are taking minutes or hours trying to determine whether that should be a period or comma. I say write everything out and go back and fix it in the subsequent drafts. 
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I am starting the sequel to Amongst The Killing, which is called We the Moral Majority. I also have been writing notes and here and there paragraphs for another one I want to do called, P.O.W.

About the Book

ATK Final Cover (3)Title: Amongst the Killing

Author: Joe Compton

Genre: Crime Thriller

For as long as he could remember, Detective Charles Street wanted to be a police officer, moreover a detective. He wanted to be knee-deep in the action, working the biggest cases, and reaping the biggest rewards. But he didn’t think when his dream job came calling that it would ever turn into his nightmare.

For as long as he could remember, Jack Casey just wanted to be free, his own man to do what he pleased, when he pleased. He too craved action, and when his dream life came calling, he didn’t think he would meet anyone who was his equal, and definitely didn’t think he would ever have difficulty leaving behind the world he loathed and mocked.

Amongst The Killing documents both of their stories, told in their own words, as the moments unfolded when their paths first crossed and their lives intersected. How could two men, with two different philosophies, be so different and yet so connected?

As the ultimate cat and mouse game unfolds, each has to deal separately with the other’s decisions and the effects they have in turning their lives sideways and upside-down. Will one of them crack? Will one of them succeed?  Ultimately, the journey may mean more than the game, and show both of them the outcome neither was ever expecting.

Author Bio

Joe - Headshot-3Born in Hawthorne, CA in December of 1973 Joe grew up in Southern California; the majority of that spent in Torrance, CA. Writing has always been that thing he could do at an early age. He spent many a summer stints with his Grandma and Aunt where he was left mostly to his imagination and would escape by writing scenes and short stories; then acting them out in the backyard.  Sometimes bringing in his brother to help act or just be an audience member. Then when his mother went back to work, Joe would spend the summer with his brother, write scripts ( even before he knew what a screenplay was), and perform all the characters for his brother. Joe went on to South Torrance High School and while he wasnt the world’s best student, he did manage to have 3 short stories published in the school’s annual creative anthology. They  were mostly horror driven, in the vein of Poe or Lovecraft. It would be Joe’s first published works. One of those stories Joe would end up turning into a screenplay and short film. Joe served his country in the United States Marines for 4 years, were he wrote the very first draft of Amongst the Killing. Once he was out of the Marines Joe moved to Denver, got another short story published in a underground magazine called Harvest Moon, a sort of reader’s digest for Horror fansJoe started writing screenplays and decided he would like to try making movies. He shot his first movie, Karl’s Liquor in 2001 ;  which had one screening and one screening ever, at the awesome, world famous Mercury Cafe  in Denver, CO in August of 2001. You can still see the trailer on youtube. Joe went on to make 2 more short films, Devilwind  and aforementioned (short story turned into movie) Out of Range.  Joe at one time had a deal in place with a publishing company to publish Amongst the Killing  but didn’t want to change the principle concept and thus walked away.  Now a few years later he has started this company and decided to his first release would be Amongst the Killing .  In 2010 Joe met the love of his life, his wife Shawna. Knowing that they will have children very soon he wanted to have something to hand over to his child, should they want it. So he felt the time was now to do this.


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