Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Q&A with David Myles Robinson Author Tropical Doubts @DNRobinsonWrite #TropicalDoubts

David Myles Robinson was a trial attorney in Honolulu, HI for 38 years before retiring to the mountains of New Mexico, where he lives with his wife, a former Honolulu trial judge. In the days of yore, before becoming a lawyer, he was a freelance journalist and a staff reporter for a minority newspaper in Pasadena, CA. He is an award-winning author of six novels, three of which are Pancho McMartin legal thrillers set in Honolulu.

Having traveled to all seven continents, he has also published a travel memoir entitled CONGA LINE ON THE AMAZON, which includes two Solas Traveler’s Tales award winners.

He says he includes his middle name, Myles, in his authorial appellation because there are far too many other David Robinson’s running around.




Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

Tropical Doubts is the third book in my Pancho McMartin legal thriller series. Like its predecessors it takes place in Honolulu, HI, which is where I worked as a trial attorney for 38 years. Pancho is the top criminal defense attorney in Honolulu, but he is pushed out of his comfort zone when he is cajoled into handling a medical malpractice case on behalf of an old family friend whose wife fell into a permanent vegetative state following what should have been a routine surgery. But not long after Pancho begins work on the med mal case, his client is arrested for the murder of one of the doctors, and now Pancho is handling both a medical malpractice case and a murder case. Stress and mystery ensue.

The medical malpractice case was inspired by a tragic real-life case I handled in Honolulu.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

My first novel, Unplayable Lie, was a golf-related suspense novel, and after being told by agents that the golf aspect was too limiting for a wide readership, I found a boutique traditional publishing house in Florida which loved the book and published it. Both of my first two Tropical legal thrillers were published by that house. When I again searched for an agent for one of my non-legal thrillers, The Pinochet Plot, I did secure an agent, but she was unable to sell it. She then referred me to my current publisher, Terra Nova Books, which is an indie publisher.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

I got locked into using Tropical as part of my titles for my Honolulu based legal thrillers (Tropical Lies, Tropical Judgments, Tropical Doubts) and so it was only a matter of finding a good descriptive word for the rest of the title. I wait until the book is finished so I can find a word that best describes what is happening in the story.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

My publisher designed the cover. I am allowed approval and input after the initial mock-up, but in the case of Tropical Doubts I was very happy with what was presented to me.

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

It is handled in-house by my publisher.

How was your experience working with the designer?

I didn’t have anything to do with the cover on this book. On two previous books published by Terra Nova Books (The Pinochet Plot and Son of Saigon), I did have input and it went well. My concepts for the covers were accepted and the publisher made it happen.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

Very good on my latest books. I did have some negative reactions to the covers of my first two Tropical books. I think part of the problem with designing a cover for a book that takes place in the tropics is that it is difficult not to get too cliché while still conveying a sense of place.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

There are some good essays about cover design which would be helpful to read. Make sure the designer understands what the book is about and what you want the cover to convey to potential readers.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

Although Tropical Doubts is the third in my legal thriller series, it is a stand-alone story, so there is no need to read Tropical Lies and Tropical Judgments first, although a reader would get a stronger sense of who Pancho McMartin is by doing so.

My hope is that not only will the readers enjoy the story, they will come away with a sense of what real world litigation is like.

About the Book:

When Honolulu’s flamboyant and quirky attorney, Pancho McMartin, agrees to step out of his normal role as a criminal defense lawyer, he thinks it will be a challenging but welcome change from his daily dose of criminal clients. His old friend and father-figure, Manny Delacruz, has beseeched Pancho to handle a medical malpractice claim against the physicians who botched what should have been a routine surgery, but which resulted in Manny’s beloved wife being in a permanent vegetative state. The case looks good, the damages enormous, but when Manny is arrested for the murder of one of the doctors, Pancho finds himself back in his old role. If Manny is convicted, it means he won’t be able to be at his wife’s bedside to hold her hand, caress her face, and read his poems to her. He will have lost his reason to live. The pressure on Pancho is enormous. While he and his team try to make sense out of one of the most sinister and complicated murder schemes he’s ever seen, the medical malpractice case chugs forward, in jeopardy of being worthless should Manny be convicted.


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