A Taste of Victor

A Cleavester Brooks Interview

On the eve of the release of his upcoming literally debut “A Taste of Scars” we sat down with new author Victor Yates.

Please give the readers a brief bio on you the person and the writer?
One of the most rewarding experiences of my life has been working at the Ann Arbor District Library. Books surrounded me. Staring at a bookshelf one day I said to myself if these writers can dedicate time to sit down and write a book I can sit down and write a book. That was in 2005. Before that I worked at two newspapers and loved it. I was in grad school at the time. In undergrad I worked for the school yearbook starting freshmen year. I gained my editing skills there. I don’t have a formal writing background but I think I’m a natural journalist. I ask questions and seek out the answers. I believe a good book has to answer a question or solve a problem.

Tell us about your new novel?
Several stories are told in The Taste of Scars. Five very different characters reveal how there are no coincidences in life but a single line or thread of events that connect people. A love letter found by Carsten, a young photographer, written to his rough-looking construction-working next-door neighbor Brett from Hector, another man, is the thread that helps Carsten to find self-acceptance. The thread continues to unravel revealing Hector. Hector feels stuck in Iquitos a poor city in Peru and flees to forget what he finds out about his long-term boyfriend. His sister Mirabel is caught between her fiancé Dario and the woman she loves Savannah. Stanton, Brett’s best friend, is about to marry a woman he thinks will help his political career. A grotesquely disfigured body is found at Stanton’s house. When the death pushes them all together the killer holds them at gunpoint. Carsten makes a dangerous decision to save them.

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