If Mario Puzo and Jane Austen crossed the time-space continuum and mated, “First, I Love You” would be their literary baby. Imagine being a detective with a mobster for a father, or a mobster with a straight arrow, good cop for a son. This is a relationship that is tricky on its best day. Add in some well-meaning meddling from a mob princess sister, an arrogant DEA agent, and gangsters running a human trafficking ring and you have a recipe for a book that refuses to follow the rules. Told from the perspective and point of view of each the six main characters this is the first novel in a trilogy about love, loyalty, revenge and redemption.
Omaha Detective Tommy Gates has kept his gangster father at arm’s length his whole life. Mickey Downey has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy has taken an opportunity to work on a Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task Force in Chicago where his father lives. Tommy’s sister Kiki and his mother Mary see this as an opportunity to build a relationship between the two. Tommy’s new DEA partner James Hoffman sees it as an opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Tommy’s other partner, FBI Agent Ginny Sommers wants to keep Tommy’s family as far from the case as possible. When Kiki and James join forces, sparks fly and it sets fire to a maelstrom of unexpected consequences for everyone involved.
One part The Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.
Genevieve Dewey is the author of The Downey Trilogy (First, I Love You & Second of All) and the short stories Bird Day Battalion & V-Day Aversion. She is a wife, mother, sister, friend and Anthropologist. She was raised mostly in Nebraska, partly in Arizona. She has a Master’s in Anthropology and worked as an Applied Anthropologist for years (even ran her own research company for a while) before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She loves passionate (rational) debates, reading, and libraries… oh, and Chicago and high-heels and chocolate and target practice and gangster flicks and anything with the FBI in it and run-on sentences. She lives in Nebraska with her three brilliantly diabolical children and one incredibly funny husband.
Interview with Author
1. What inspired you to begin writing? Did you like writing as a child?
A friend of mine from college challenged me to start writing fiction. I have written non-fiction before as an Anthropologist and I’ve always enjoyed that aspect of the research process. When I was teenager I would have fun writing stories with my best friend, so I guess I’ve always had a little bit of a writer in me. At the time I never considered making a career out of it, though.
2. Do you have a daily writing goal or do you stick to an outline?
No, I don’t have daily writing goals and I usually only outline once the story’s started just to make sure I’ve blocked chapters correctly. I only write when I have the characters and scenes clear in my head. I don’t believe in forcing it. On those non-creative days I edit or proofread.
3. Where did you get the inspiration for all your lovely characters?
Well, they are little bits of me, family, friends and history. I think that’s the case with most authors. And it’s strange but sometimes they just come to you like they have a life of their own.
4. Tell me why you love Chicago so much! It’s apparent that you have such a love for that city in your books.
My whole family is originally from there! I have very fond memories of visiting my grandparents there before they retired. I loved hearing stories my dad would tell me of his family and when he and my mom were in college at Elmhurst. I also enjoy reading about organized crime, and you can’t do that without learning the rich history of Chicago. It’s an amazing city built on grit and ingenuity—not all of which was criminal, ha!
5. At what point in your life did you realize that being an author was no longer going to be just a dream but a career you were going to turn into reality?
Just last year, actually. I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I do when I started, and frankly, had no expectations that anyone else would enjoy my writing as much as they do! It still amazes me on a daily basis.
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