Oliver Sands is the pseudonym for the author of the legal thrillers, The Kappa File and The Mumba Peition. He has a Juris Doctorate degree  from the University of Miami, school of law and  we thank him for taking the time to answer some of our question. Visit Oliver’s Amazon author page to learn more about his writing.

1. Regarding the Kappa File, What made you choose Miami-Dade County as the setting for the book?

I wanted a setting that had some similarity with other locales. Whether you live in New York City, Paris, Los Angeles, or London, Miami-Dade County has some resemblance to your city. Miami has colorful communities, warm weather, nutcases, nice people, traffic jams, diversity, and {to help|to assist} my plot development, there is always a murder here or there from time to time.  Also, I did live and practice law there, Therefore, I am very familiar with the city.

2. What are some of the challenges that you face as a lawyer writing a fictional book regarding a legal case? Do you use the cases that you worked on to develop the plot and the scenes in your book?

Luckily, I never had a killer chasing me and attempting to stop me from discovering the content of a file. In The Kappa File, the protagonist handles government contract litigation. It’s true that I relied on a few of the cases that I have handled in the past to help me decide the area of practice of the main character. My challenge is not dissimilar to any other author’s challenge in that that I had write a story that is both riveting and original, while at the same time I am trying to improve on my craft.

3. As an author, what other writers do you get inspiration from?

Some of the authors that I like are Alan Topol,  Sandra Brown, Harlan Coben, and Robert Ludlum. One of my favorite book is a novel by Christopher Reich  called  Numbered Account.

 4. What are some techniques that you use when writing a legal thriller to ensure that the book moves at at quick pace?

Even though it is cliché, it’s true that dialogue and conflict keep the plot moving. For this reason I like Sandra Brown. She tends to use a lot of dialogue and conflict in her books to hold the reader’s attention and keep the story moving. I just read one of her books where the whole plot centers around interactions between customers at a gas station. It takes great skill to write a book like that.

5. You’ve done some clever promotion for your book, like creating a website about the fictional law firm in your novel.  How did you come up with this idea  and what have the responses been from your readers?

I wanted to do something different besides simply doing what other others are doing. Therefore, when I had the idea to create a website to bring the characters to life, I thought I was being very creative. However, while taking a course on entertainment law, I learned that the movie studios routinely promote their products that way. As for the readers, I am still trying to determine how effective the campaign was and whether that was what led them to buy the book.