Inspiration Behind ‘And Fire Came Down’: Emma Viskic

Inspiration Behind ‘And Fire Came Down’: Emma Viskic

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I often wonder what happens to characters after I’ve finished reading their stories. Do Mr Darcy and Lizzy live happily ever after? Will Jack Reacher ever settle down? I wrote And Fire Came Down because I wanted to know what was going to happen to my own character, the profoundly deaf investigator, Caleb Zelic.

I’ve written two crime novels featuring Caleb Zelic, and a lot has happened to him along the way. When Caleb first appeared in Resurrection Bay he was lippy, stubborn, and fiercely independent. In And Fire Came Down, he’s still all of those things, but the cracks are beginning to appear. And Fire Came Down picks up seven months after his best friend’s murder, and Caleb is struggling. His business is failing, his beloved ex-wife is avoiding him, and he’s haunted by the horrific events in Resurrection Bay. When a young woman dies in his arms after pleading for his help, it sets him on a course that will endanger both him, and the people around him.

I wanted to explore Caleb’s fractured relationship with his family, and to give him a chance to reconnect with them, so I set the bulk of And Fire Came Down in his hometown. It’s late January and the town is sweltering through a heat wave, and beset by racial violence. Although Caleb grew up there, his presence isn’t always welcome and his investigation risks igniting already smouldering tensions. But Caleb is driven by guilt and can’t let go. As he delves deeper into the case, the town explodes into violence, and Caleb quietly unravels.

One of the best things about writing a series is being able to follow a character and see how they change. Caleb is as obstinate now as he was when he first appeared, but he’s grown as a person and is trying hard to show his vulnerable side, with mixed results. I’m desperate to know what happens next, so I’ve started writing the next novel in the series. I’ve really enjoyed spending the past few years with Caleb, and I’m looking forward to the next few. Although Caleb is probably getting a bit nervous about what I’m going to put him through next.

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                      Synopsis

                      Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic used to meet life head-on. Now he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.But when a young woman is killed after pleading for his help in sign language, Caleb is determined to find out who she was. And the trail leads straight to his hometown, Resurrection Bay. The town is on bushfire alert and simmering with racial tensions. As he delves deeper, Caleb uncovers secrets that could threaten his life and any chance of reuniting with Kat. Driven by his demons, he pushes on. But who is he willing to sacrifice along the way?About the AuthorEmma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers' Choice. Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She has also won the Ned Kelly and Thunderbolt Awards for her short form fiction.A classically trained clarinettist, Emma’s musical career has ranged from performing with José Carreras and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, to busking in the London Underground. Emma studied Australian sign language (Auslan) in order to write Resurrection Bay, and is currently writing book two in the Caleb Zelic series. And Fire Came Down will be out August 2017.
                      Emma Viskic
                      About the author

                      Emma Viskic

                      Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice. Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She is currently working on her fourth book.

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