The past is never past. Sometimes it repeats itself. And sometimes it comes back to pay a visit.
Blu Carraway, flush with cash and back in business, never had it so good. Or so he thought.The reality is his love life is in shambles, his business partner is spending too much time with women half his age and not enough time on the job, and someone close goes missing. Blu’s business partner goes off the rails, his friends show their true colors, and he realizes that getting closure sometimes means walking away from everything. With a case from the past gone wrong twice, a loved one in trouble, and an unanswered marriage proposal, it’s a bad time to be in it for Blu Carraway Investigations.
David, thanks for stopping by Island Confidential! Can you tell us about your protagonist?
Blu Carraway is an ex Army Ranger turned P.I. who fought in Desert Storm. He lives on a small barrier island south of Charleston, South Carolina with a herd of Carolina Marsh Tackey horses. He has a twenty-one-year-old daughter named Hope who helps him stay sane and a business partner named Mick Crome who drives him crazy. He’s forty-five, divorced, and trying to maintain a relationship with a woman named Billie but things are rocky. When he’s not working, he can be found at home or at the gym working out the stresses of the day. His mother escaped Castro’s Cuba and married his father, a sixth-generation Charlestonian.
How alike are you and Blu?
Blu and I are the same age and like the same music—80’s classic rock, alternative, and punk. Blu would probably intimidate me because he’s six-three and very direct. He does not back down, but is smart enough to know when to avoid confrontation.
Do your characters change and evolve?
Very much so. I like showing how Blu’s relationships with his daughter, business partner, and friends grow over time. They have an impact on each other and the dynamics appeal to me.
Have you ever thought of killing someone that you know in real life–on the pages of a murder mystery, I mean?
Not someone specific. A few years ago, I was angry enough about the dreadful poaching in Africa to have the protagonist of my first series, Brack Pelton, kill several poachers and have an elephant germane to the story help him do it. I found great satisfaction in that.
How realistic is your setting? Do you take liberties, or are you true to life?
My settings are based on the time I spent living in Charleston. However, if something bad happens, I make up the location. I also created a beach bar that has become a central meeting place in the books because the same Brack Pelton from the previous answer owns it.
When the movie or TV series is made, who plays the major parts?
Good question. I’m not sure I want to answer it.
What’s the worst and best advice you’ve heard or received as an author?
The best advice I heard was to stay out of the political commentary on social media. The worst advice, which I didn’t follow, was to not use a private editor. It made the difference between still waiting to be published and getting my first contract. Now, there are a lot of caveats to hiring the right private editor. It isn’t something everyone is good at.
About The Author
David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. In It For The Money is his fourth mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s Island for five years, the setting was a foregone conclusion. He and his wife call South Carolina home.