Q&A with Charles Strickler, author of Restorations
Question: How did the idea for Restorations take shape?
Charles Strickler: I have always enjoyed writing. Over the years I have collected a lot of ideas for different stories. I would tell my wife, “one of these days I have to write a novel about ….” About two years ago while I was helping my son with one of his automotive restoration projects, I decided that I needed to get started on that wild idea. That’s when the storyline behind Restorations began to come together.
Question: Where did you get the inspiration for Miles, Bramley, and the rest of your dynamic characters?
CS: They say to write what you know. So, like other writers, I take observations about people I have run across during my life and adapt them to fictional characters. Undoubtedly, some of the aspects of my characters have been influenced by experiences in my life. The characters were designed to have their own unique identities that would set them apart from characters in other books. I appreciate wit and humor and have a punny sense of humor, and readers will definitely see an element of that in this novel. Hopefully the mystery is also written so that readers will find a few satisfying twists and surprises.
Question: How much research went into this story as it spans several different timelines?
CS: Research was a very important part of the process. Even though I am writing fiction, I want the stories to have authenticity. For instance, in Restorations I researched what 1930 Decatur looked like, what businesses were there, even the buildings and streets. I had fun learning about mine-cut and European-cut diamonds and Double Eagle gold coins and all the interesting attributes of the old Stutz that are featured in the book. It’s an opportunity to share something new with readers as part of a fun story.
ABOUT Charles Strickler:
Charles Strickler is a native Virginian. He graduated from Virginia Tech where he also met his future bride Mary. An entrepreneur with work experiences that range from the barnyard to the Board Room, Charles brings a unique perspective to his mysteries. Charles is an advocate for the fight against Polycystic Kidney Disease, a mystery he does not like. PKD is a genetic disease affecting 200,000 people per year. While there is no cure yet, the PKD Foundation continues to fund promising research to discover treatments that can slow the progression and eventually end this disease.