Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Until Murder Do Us Part": Q&A with Treg Julander

Fantastic thriller that keeps you guessing 
 
Mike Kingston, an attorney at an elite Washington, D.C., law firm, wakes up from a violent nightmare to find his hands wrapped around his wife's throat, almost killing her. A few nights later, on the same day that he settles an important case and is elected to the partnership, Mike awakes to find his wife suffocated in their own bed. 

Mike becomes the focus of a highly publicized murder investigation with compelling evidence of his guilt. While preparing his defense, Mike comes to the awful realization that he might, in fact, have killed his wife. 

His two-year-old daughter is his only reason to keep fighting. The "monster" she saw that night might indeed have been the killer. 

Published: April 2013
Formats: Paperback $14.95 and e-book $2.99
ISBN: 978-1427696366
e-book ISBN: 9781310378683  



Praise for Until Murder Do Us Part
"From the first heart pumping scene, he keeps you guessing as to what's going to happen throughout the book. It has some great twists. Highly recommend this book." - The Game Gal, Amazon Reviewer

"An exciting legal thriller which is unique in its style and unravels at the perfect pace to entice and to tease in a very satisfying manner. Interesting, complex characters which are completely believable." - Linda Kay, Amazon Reviewer

Q&A with Treg Julander (Smashwords)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I podcast about rock music at RockTaleHour.com. I love rock music, and I love reading and telling stories about rock songs. My buddies and I recently created a Rock Club--like a book club except we share music instead of books. I also love to spend time with my family, ride my mountain bike, watch movies, and play strategy games. 
 
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends are the most important source of the ebooks I read. 
 
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first meaningful story I wrote is a short story called "Corporate America." It is a satire about a boy and his grandfather attending a baseball game in which corporate sponsorship had permeated everything, including the national anthem and the flag. It was published in Storyteller magazine.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? 
 
The first story I remember reading as a kid was Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls. I lived in a semi-rural town in Utah near a large wooded park. The book spawned numerous adventures through the park imagining monkeys swinging in the trees. 
 
How do you approach cover design?
I like a simple, clean cover design that is intriguing and meaningful to the story. 
 
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy reading about rock music, religion, and new advances in science. I also enjoy reading legal thrillers. 
 
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPhone. I can read whenever I want. 
 
Describe your desk.
Organized chaos. 
 
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Ogden, Utah. I had amazing English teachers in the local junior high and high school that fostered my creativity. The community was very conservative, but my parents were comparatively liberal. They taught me to think critically, so I grew up learning to question social norms. North Ogden was also a great place to be a kid with so much room to roam and explore. 
 
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in earnest in the mid 1990s after finishing law school. 
 
What's the story behind your latest book?
Until Murder Do Us Part is a legal thriller that follows an attorney’s meteoric rise to the heights of his profession and instantaneous fall to the depths of humility through the destruction of his family, wealth, and career. Mike Kingston, an attorney at an elite Washington, D.C., law firm, wakes up from a violent nightmare to find his hands wrapped around his wife's throat, almost killing her. A few nights later, on the same day that he settles an important case and is elected to the partnership, Mike awakes to find his wife suffocated in their own bed. Mike becomes the focus of a highly publicized murder investigation with compelling evidence of his guilt. While preparing his defense, Mike comes to the awful realization that he might, in fact, have killed his wife. His two-year-old daughter is his only reason to keep fighting. The “monster” she saw that night might indeed have been the killer.

About the Author
Treg Julander was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. He is a graduate of Weber State University and George Washington University National Law Center, where he graduated with highest honors and was a member of the Law Review and Vice President of the Moot Court Board. His writing draws on twenty years of practice as an attorney with prestigious law firms in Washington, D.C., and Southern California and as general counsel for a general contractor. He is now in private practice in Orange County, California, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. 



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