Good day everyone. Today have the lovely Ms. Ford over at BookWinked. You might remember her from the previous interview she did. Now she talks exclusively about her upcoming release Sloe Ride and the Sinner’s Gin series. Ready to find out more? Give a warm welcome to Rhys Ford!
Sloe Ride is the fourth book in the Sinners series. How did the story come about?
The story came about because well, the band needed a bassist and I wanted to write a Morgan centric book. In this case, the book really is structured around Quinn rather than Rafe, it’s sort of an in-depth look at the family and its dynamics.
Out of all the Morgans, Quinn is the odd duck in the family. How did his character come about? Can you give us a little insight into the life of Quinn Morgan?
In every family there is an odd duck—the black sheep—and well, for the Morgans, it is Quinn. The Morgans tend to be very protective of Quinn, somewhat because he didn’t follow their path and well, he’s a bit off in the clouds. This book is a lot about how he makes his own way in a world defined by law, order and a badge as much as it is about his relationship with Rafe. He was a great character to write because while he IS a Morgan, he fits into a different template.
I was wondering about the title ‘Sloe Ride’. Can you explain the meaning of the title?
The title has to do with how long Rafe and Quinn took to get together. They’ve known one another for years but really danced around any hint of a relationship. So for them, it’s been a slow ride.
With Rafe we see a different character in the music business than in the other books. Unlike the other musicians, Rafe caused his own downfall. Tell us a little bit how it was to write his character.
I didn’t want to go too in-depth with Rafe’s downfall but I did touch on it. There will be more exploration of some personal issues for Rafe in Absinthe of Malice but I did want to portray his climb back into the good graces of other musicians. Alongside of this, he has Quinn in his life and that needed to be developed.
Are any of the characters in the Sinners series based on people you know?
No, not really. I try to write personalities. There are definitely parts of me in Miki and Quinn, I’d say but it’s really bits and pieces of traits and attributes. I don’t really base a character on any one person but rather who I’d want to write and how they are inside.
Quinn is one of the few Morgans not in Law Enforcement. Despite that bodies start dropping around him. Why did you choose a plot that focused on a serial killer and stalker? You write a variety of stories, but mysteries theme seems to be recurrent in your stories. What draws you to the mystery genre?
Because killing people is fun. The Sinners series is a Suspense Thriller line so serial killers are a dime a dozen. Writing the hunting of a main character is a lot of intrigue and I enjoy doing the puzzle pieces of a mystery along the way. Most of my series are mysteries or suspense thrillers, unless they are urban fantasy or paranormal.
Did you visit/travel to any of the places in the Sinners series?
Oh yes. I know San Francisco quite well and a lot of the images on the covers are my own photos. I do try to write the city as much of a character as any of the people in it.
Music is a main theme in this book, as each book features a musician. Is there a musical influence/inspiration behind the series? A band or singer? And how important is music for your writing process?
I would say music influences a lot of everything I write. Not that there was any one thing to set off the writing of this series because really, I usually start with a kernel of an idea. In the case of Sinners, it started off with the accident. And then Miki’s walling himself off from the world. That’s what really started it all. That idea.
Music is soooo important when I write. I usually write to a type of music, depending on what I’m doing for a scene. The flavour of the music helps me create the mood I am trying to create.
Do you have any odd writing rituals that are specific for this series?
Nope. None at all. I just sit down. I plug in headphones. And I write. Mostly with coffee.
Will there be more books in the Sinners series? And if yes, can you share (what you can) about where the series is going?
There will be a novella called Absinthe of Malice next, which is about the guys going on the road. And after that, a full-length novel called Sin and Tonic, featuring Miki and Kane. That will close the series out. I haven’t plotted everything out yet but I’ll be working on that in a bit. So nothing to share as of yet.
Thank you so much for having me and I hope you enjoy the series! Thanks again!
About the Book
It isn’t easy being a Morgan. Especially when dead bodies start piling up and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.
Quinn Morgan never quite fit into the family mold. He dreamed of a life with books instead of badges and knowledge instead of law—and a life with Rafe Andrade, his older brothers’ bad boy friend and the man who broke his very young heart.
Rafe Andrade returned home to lick his wounds following his ejection from the band he helped form. A recovering drug addict, Rafe spends his time wallowing in guilt, until he finds himself faced with his original addiction, Quinn Morgan—the reason he fled the city in the first place.
When Rafe hears the Sinners are looking for a bassist, it’s a chance to redeem himself, but as a crazed murderer draws closer to Quinn, Rafe’s willing to sacrifice everything—including himself—to keep his quixotic Morgan safe and sound.
About the Author
Rhys Ford was born and raised in Hawai’i then wandered off to see the world. After chewing through a pile of books, a lot of odd food, and a stray boyfriend or two, Rhys eventually landed in San Diego, which is a very nice place but seriously needs more rain.
Rhys admits to sharing the house with three cats, a black Pomeranian puffball, a bonsai wolfhound, and a ginger cairn terrorist.
Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird, a Toshiba laptop, and a red Hamilton Beach coffee maker.
But mostly to the coffee maker.