A – Jason Scarsdale began his detective career as a straight arrow-type who followed the rules; in his mind, everything was either black or white. Gray areas were for the lawyers to argue about. Even with a wife and a daughter, being a successful detective was paramount, until his wife was killed. Now he had to be both mother and father to Shannon, a 5-year old daughter he knew very little about. Knowing she wasn’t a football he could pass to someone else, he stepped up, learning as much as he could about what a five-year old girl needs and wants as she grows up. As time moved on, their bond grew and continued even after Scarsdale met and became interested in Dani Mueller. An immediate chemistry developed between Shannon and Dani, one that complicated both Scarsdale’s professional and personal life. Theirs was a bond he didn’t want to upset. He knew enough at this time that a young girl needed balance in her life – balance that came in the form of a true motherly presence. It was at this point, that gray took on new meaning for him. No longer was it a concept just for attorneys. At this point in his evolution, Scarsdale learned that rules weren’t always hard and fast. They were more like guidelines that could be bent to fit whatever situation that came up. In rare instances, they could even be broken.
2. Could you please describe briefly the locations of the book?
A – Price of Justice was set in three cities in what is known as Central Texas. Those cities were Austin, the predominate locale for much of the story, a suburb north of Austin known as Pflugerville, and a city about an hour north called Temple.
3. Do you believe in happy ending or do you think it is just something overrated?
A – I prefer to give readers a satisfactory ending to a story which may be a happy one or may, as in two of my novels, be a lead-in to a sequel.
4. What is the most important element in a thriller?
A - For me, the most important element is suspense. It is what makes readers turn pages and holds their interest.
5. Tell us a little about you (a brief biography, you work as a writer, satisfactions or criticisms received)
A – I am a former police officer who became an attorney. My travels, for both work and pleasure, took me to many countries, including two visits to Rome, and a two-year stay in Berlin, Germany. Many years later, I began writing crime fiction novels under the pen name of Alan Brenham. Today, my wife and I live in the Austin, Texas, area.
My novels have garnered several awards and positive reviews. But everything in life and writing earns criticisms. I treat such criticisms as a learning tool with which to improve my writing. As an author, you are always in the learning mode.