Sunday, March 18, 2018

Interview & Giveaway: A TARGET ON MY BACK by Erleigh Wiley

A TARGET ON MY BACK
A Prosecutor's Terrifying Tale of Life on a Hit List
by
Erleigh Wiley
Genre: True Crime
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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Date of Publication: October 3, 2017
Number of Pages: 176 with b&w photos

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Murders don’t happen in Kaufman County, Texas, a sleepy community where people raise their kids quietly and drive into Dallas for work and entertainment. In 2013, murder came to town when two professional prosecutors were slain in cold blood, simply for doing their jobs: one in broad daylight in plain view of the courthouse, and one in his home, along with his wife. Eric Williams is responsible for all the bloodshed—and he has a list of who to kill next.

A Target on My Back is the first-person true story of Erleigh Wiley, an accomplished lawyer who accepted the job as the new district attorney—after the death of her predecessors—which turned her into the next target on the killer's hit list. This is her story of how she and her family endured the storm of the press, the array of Homeland Security agents assigned to protect them 24/7, and the weight of knowing she was someone’s prey. Though fearing for her life, she served as the prosecution's final witness against the murderer, sealing his fate on death row. This chilling account of how she survived the hit list is a terrifying cat and mouse tale.

PRAISE FOR A TARGET ON MY BACK:


“A legal thriller with a twist: a crazed lawyer and his wife, believing they have been wronged, become a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde and go on a terrifying murder spree. Next on their kill list is the new DA, and her courage in confronting the killers makes this a fascinating read.”
―Dennis L. Breo, coauthor of The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation 

“John Grisham and Scott Turow had better start looking over their shoulders. . . Wiley’s engaging, nimble style immediately draws you into the action and proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. It’s a good thing for us all that she lived to tell about it!”
―David Dean, Dallas attorney, former Texas secretary of state and chair of the North Texas Crime Commission

“When murder comes to her town, Erleigh Wiley steps into the shoes of the slain district attorney and finds herself on the killer’s hit list. In A Target on My Back, Wiley tells her personal story of overcoming fear in order to carry out her duty to hold Kaufman County, Texas, together while the killer is brought to justice. Don’t miss it!”
―Mike Farris, author of A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow

A Target on my Back is a unique first-person look into the world of crime-fighting in which the tables have been turned. The author takes the reader on an all-too-real journey into what it means to stand for justice when your very life is in danger. A must-read."
―Robert Kepple, executive director of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association

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Author Interview  -- Erleigh Wiley 
Where did your love of books come from?
When I was a young girl, I loved to read. I played a lot outside with my brothers, but when I wanted to escape -- I would read. When I read all the books I was interested in at school, I started going to our community library. I had library friends: older women who gave me book suggestions...what we think of as a reading list.  By the time, I got to middle school, I started writing plays. Plays about criminal cases. I liked Perry Mason. Go figure?
Reading was never boring for me. I liked reading history, romance, and suspense.
What kind of writing do you do? Any future projects?
This is my first writing endeavor- so true crime genre. I’m interested in writing another true crime book, but I’ve also got another story floating around in my head about my dad. It would be a biographical piece about his success as a small town high school coach in segregated 1950s Texas. My dad’s team was successful despite hardships. They were football state finalists. Dad will be 92 years old in a few months.
What do you think most characterizes your book?
Most people think the book is about the horrific crime, my appointment to the position, and then ultimately finding out I was also a target; but it’s not just that. The book is really a story of survival and being a woman -- that in spite of all the horrible things that were affecting our community and my family,  I still had to grocery shop, make dinner, get kids to school, and do all the other things that women do. This story is about being a woman and getting it done -- like we all do -- every day.
What cultural value do you see in books?
Books are better than any other medium because reading engages more of your senses -- if not all of them.  You touch, feel, and see. When you are really involved in a book, you can hear the characters’ voices and smell what they smell and taste what they are eating...and all of this happens within you by allowing your mind to take you there. No movie can match that!
Superhero?
What gal wouldn’t want to be Wonder Woman (the new movie)? And if I could look like Gal Gadot, I would wear her outfit. I also liked her safari wear.
A quote I like.
“Fear is a Reaction. Courage is a decision.” - Winston Churchill
Animal
The lioness. She is powerful, a nurturer, and the hunter in the family. Isn’t that all women?


Erleigh Norville Wiley was born and raised in Kaufman County. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business; where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a degree in Finance. She attended law school at Texas Law at The University of Texas in Austin receiving her Doctorate of Jurisprudence.
In 1990, Judge Wiley joined the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Her goal was to prosecute the criminals and protect innocent children and victims who have no voice. She was promoted to supervising attorney-training other new attorneys and managing fourteen different courts.

Wiley takes an active role in her community by volunteering. Some of her board work includes Chairman of the Kaufman County Juvenile Board, Trustee of Texas Health Resources- Kaufman, Kaufman County Children’s Advocacy Center and Kaufman County Children’s Shelter Board member.

Wiley has been lauded by various organizations for her work in the legal community as a Judge and as the Criminal District Attorney in Kaufman County. Some of the most notable were in 2013, from the State Bar of Texas, Outstanding Leadership-Profiles of Courage Award and Texas District & County Attorney’s Association, Lone Star Prosecutor Award; as well as the Dallas Black Police Officer’s Association with the Paved the Way Award in 2015.

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MARCH 16-25, 2018
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