19 April 2023

Where No One Will See by Felicia Watson Guest Review and Guest Post!

 

Where No One Will See by Felicia Watson
Publisher:  DX Varos Publishing (April 11, 2023)
Category: Mystery, Detective Mystery
Tour Dates April 17-May 19, 2023
ISBN: 978-1955065788
Available in Print and ebook, 271 pages

  Where No One Will See

Description Where No One Will See by Felicia Watson

Lucia Scafetti, a Philly private eye, has tried to move out of the shadow of her infamous crime family. She has her own business, her beloved dog Rocco, and she’s starting to date the cute lawyer down the hall. Her life is upended when her notorious hitman father disappears while in search of the diamond and gold coins he stole from his last victim. 

 Lucia races to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance before a crooked and powerful cop beats her to it. Though Lucia’s allies are scanty and her enemies numerous, she tries to resist the questionable help on offer from her Mafiosi family. It looks like Lucia must finally decide on which side of the law she truly belongs, knowing the wrong choice could send her to prison – or an early grave.

Guest Review by Laura Lee

'Where No One Will See,' by Felicia Watson is an unexpected joy in the form of a noir-style detective mystery.

Lucia Scafetti is a 20-something woman living in the mean streets of West Philadelphia in the summer of 1995. Working as a private investigator, Lucia sees her fair share of criminals and low-lifes, but truthfully, she had quite a bit of experience with that group from the time that she was born.

See, Lucia comes from a family of criminals, one of the biggest being her father who has been in prison for the last 18 years. Lucia's father, Carlo was a hitman for many years, and supposedly stole a diamond and some rare coins before being arrested.

Upon being released from prison, Carlo visits Lucia to insist that she hand over some personal items of his that were willed to her after her grandmother's death. After Lucia tells him that she doesn't have what he's looking for, Carlo leaves in a huff and a few days later, the man's car turns up abandoned.

Carlo's family believe that he was killed, but Lucia is hesitant to agree, knowing how wily her father is. But, when another body turns up and Lucia, herself is implicated in the crime, she realizes that she must find both her father and the missing diamond to save both of their skins.

I loved the atmosphere of this novel! Watson has a real talent for creating a setting that is so real, you feel as if you are there while reading. Lucia is a fantastic character and I couldn't help but root for her as the story progressed. I really wanted her to succeed in her business and with her new romantic interest, Hank, a lawyer who just set up office in her building.

This was a five-star read for me! 

Awards for Felicia Watson


EVVY Award for Science Fiction, 2020 -We Have Met the Enemy 


2022 Independent Press Book Awards, Distinguished Favorite Science Fiction Series 1st Place for the entire Lovelace Series

Guest Post by Felicia Watson

How to Make Your Characters Believable

My advice on crafting believable characters is a two-parter.

Number one is to ensure that your characters are realistic: in addition to those strengths and virtues we love to give them, they must have weaknesses, shortcomings, and especially flaws. Not flaws like oh, they’re clumsy or they don’t stand up for themselves but true moral failings that help drive the plot.

Number two, is for you, the author, to know them, intimately. Not only know who they are but why they are that way. The better you know your characters, understand what motivates and drives them, the more flesh-and-blood people they will become for you. That knowledge precludes an author treating their characters as mere chess pieces who move around the board as the plot directs.

But wait, you say – shouldn’t the characters serve the plot? Yes and no. (You saw that coming – didn’t you?)

Yes, the characters should serve the plot, but they must do so in ways that are internally consistent with their personality, values, and life experience. For example, let’s say you’ve just come to that part of your story where the plot calls for someone to jump into the fray and fight the over-powering villain, possibly sacrificing themselves for the greater good. How exciting! Problem is you took my advice to imbue your characters with moral failings so you’re left with a character who is a self-serving coward, with no hints that more may lie beneath that selfish exterior. If you go ahead and use that character anyway then, sorry, epic fail as an author, even if the story remains compelling.

Of course, the problem is that most offences of “whiplash characterization” aren’t as cut-and-dried as that example so it can be easy for an author to overlook. We’re so immersed in the plot and the writing that it’s easy to think, ‘Sure, my character would pull that 180 – why not? I’m the boss and she’ll do whatever I need her to do.’ Yes, you are the boss, but the better way to handle that is for you to lay the groundwork for that scene. Make the reader believe in your character’s motivation by building the right character from the ground up. That doesn’t mean you should build a one-dimensional perfect hero – I stand by my advice that failings are important. Perfect characters leave no tension, no drama, no stakes for the reader to be invested in. The trick is to build an imperfect hero who might be able to save the day, but they must stretch themselves to do so. A balance like that can be difficult to achieve but the resulting story is so much richer and more captivating.

That art of building three-dimensional characters brings us back to the necessity for the author to intimately know their characters so they can inhabit them fully as they write. Know your character’s background, their internal drivers. What trauma drives them? What are they looking for in life? Who or what would they die for? Who do they love, unconditionally, passionately? Is it no one but themselves? What do they hate? What makes them laugh? What keeps them up at night? What scares them? Can they lie easily and well? Can they tell when someone else is lying? What unconscious biases do they have? In a flight-or-flight situation, what is their go to response? What are some of their favorite phrases? Are they eloquent or tongue-tied, well read and educated, or slangy and street-smart?

If you outline as I do or even if you pants your way through your story it’s easy to get so excited about plotting out your story that characterization takes a back-seat in the heat of the moment. And that’s okay – as long as you catch it before it’s too late. The time will come when you have to do the hard thing: scrap a scene or an entire plotline because you realize that your character couldn’t or wouldn’t do that thing or react that way at all. At this point you’re allowed to bang your head on the keyboard, mutter a few choice words and internally scream at how freaking hard writing can be. Then you need to take a deep breath and get busy rewriting that scene, replotting that arc, fixing that character. The work is hard but the reward is high. The day will come that you’ll have that moment, like I did recently, when a reader will say something like, “I was really disappointed in that character when they did that thing, but it was so them.” That’s when you’ll know that you’ve gotten it right.

©Felicia Watson

 

Where No One Will See by Felicia Watson

Felicia Watson, author of the ground-breaking romance, Where the Allegheny Meets the Monongahela, and the award-winning scifi novels, The Lovelace Series, started writing stories as soon as they handed her a pencil in first grade. 

When not writing, Felicia spends her time chasing after her not-so-brilliant, but darling and beloved dogs, being chased by her truly brilliant, darling, and beloved husband. She is known to friends and family as an amateur pastry chef and still finds time for swimming and her day job as a scientist. 

 Website:  https://www.feliciawatsonwrites.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FeliciaTes
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  Where No One Will See by Felicia Watson

4 comments:

  1. I'm so glad Laura enjoyed 'Where No One Will See'! Thanks so much for hosting Felicia!

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  2. Felicia Watson20 April, 2023

    Yes, thanks for the opportunity to be featured on your awesome blog!

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    1. You are welcome! It is much better now that I got rid of the ads! Good luck with your book and tour!

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