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BEHIND THE SCENES: A Waitress Named Rita

In my latest novel, BEFORE EVIL a waitress named Rita plays an important role in the story. But this isn’t the first time. In fact, with the exception of A PERFECT EVIL, every single one of my 16 novels includes a waitress named Rita. Some of you who have read my books back-to-back may have noticed this. Usually it’s very subtle.

So why did I do this?

When my first book was published I was explaining to a radio host how I love to use the ALFRED HITCHCOCK APPROACH TO SUSPENSE. Hitchcock was a brilliant filmmaker who understood how to lead his audience to the edge of their seats then leave them with only their imaginations. I always tell readers that YOUR IMAGINATION WILL TERRIFY YOU much more than anything I can put into words.

During that same conversation with the radio host, he asked if I’d ever considered inserting myself into my novels like Hitchcock did with his cameos in his movies.

What a great idea, I thought. But I didn’t want to be so obvious by having someone named Alex. Waitress was one of my first jobs as a teenager, so I decided I would have one in every book. I don’t remember how I chose the name Rita.

In BEFORE EVIL a waitress named Rita finally gets to be a secondary character, but if you pick up any one of my other books (again, with the exception of A PERFECT EVIL), look for the waitress named Rita.
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Published on September 15, 2017 11:47 Tags: a-perfect-evil, alfred-hitchcock, before-evil, behind-the-scenes, suspense