Josie Bates has a full plate caring for a troubled teen, but it’s about to get fuller when her ex-cop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disabled stepson – a son Josie never knew he had. When Timothy Wren died at California’s oldest amusement park it appeared to be a tragic accident. But now Timothy’s biological father and the district attorney are out for blood. Is this a criminal action with merit, a vendetta, or a shakedown? For Josie the stakes are personal. Racing against time to prove someone is framing Archer, her faith in him is tested by his honesty regarding his feelings about his stepson. Finally, she finds the truth lies not in Archer’s words but with a long-forgotten silent witness.
Targeted Age Group: General
Genre: thriller/legal thriller
I had three friends who were going through divorces at the same time and I noted that, no matter what the circumstances, families and friends seemed to immediately support the woman during that hard time. I began thinking about father’s rights. I found dad’s situations in divorce heart-wrenching as they often battled not only family but the judicial system. When you wrote the book did you know you were going to offer it as an audio book?
Why did you decide to produce an audio book?
After producing Hostile Witness it seemed a natural progression to move on to the next book in the series and let Josie Bate’s voice continue to be heard.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
I felt very lucky that Tara Platt, the award winning voiceover artist, agreed to voice Silent Witness also. I love her work.
Communicate the story from character to plot point. If you’re doing the next book in a series, tell your talent what changes in each character and point out what must remain the same. What else would you like to share with readers about your audio book?
My goal is to not just move the characters forward but to give them true lives to live. Audio deepens my understanding of them.