1 - What's your latest?
Stephen Jay Schwartz: Latest book is called BEAT, which is a sequel to my first Hayden Glass novel, BOULEVARD. BEAT arrives in the bookstores on September 28, 2010.
2 - Assuming I haven't read it, why should I?
Stephen Jay Schwartz: BEAT is a very intense, fast-paced psychological thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until it kicks you off a ledge at the end
3 - What can you tell us about your main character that you hadn't realized until you answered the question?
Stephen Jay Schwartz: I realized that Hayden's desperate attempt to right a wrong makes the reader want to take the journey with him, even though the reader might come away feeling like he's been kicked in the gut along the way.
4 - What's your favorite scene and why?
Stephen Jay Schwartz: I like the opening scene, not the "prologue," but the first scene of action, where Hayden finds the girl he's come to save and accidentally leads a set of kidnappers to her doorstep. It's a scene of intense action, shame, regret, humiliation and pathos. It sets the pulse of the entire novel.
5 - What's next?
Stephen Jay Schwartz: Next is a standalone, an international thriller with a young FBI agent as protagonist. Psychological and filled with twists and turns and extremely fast-paced. I'm embroiled in the research as we speak.