continued Celeste eventually begins her life anew, as her husband Adam continues to struggle with his gambling addiction and abusive nature. This in turn causes issues with other members of his family.
The Delmar resident said one of his favorite scenes to write was a minor one later in the book between Adam and his young son Spencer at a bowling alley.
“He is trying to explain how his gambling habit is a disease and how he is really trying to be a good father to his son,” said Klein. “It’s a moment of real tenderness after a lot of difficulty on the parent’s part. It’s a small scene but very touching.”
The author said he knows many people think the books are based on Delmar, but that isn’t the case.
“I was trying to portray a similar community,” he said.
Klein said he doesn’t purposefully use where he lives or people he knows as inspiration in his writing, but subconsciously they are filtered through his experiences so some similar attributes could appear without him meaning to use them.
“When I develop characters I like to think I’m just imagining them or pulling them from the air somewhere, but I guess that’s not the case,” he said.
Both his books are suspense novels and Klein said he kept his writing style the same for both.
Klein has been writing for years. He's penned short stories that have been published in literary journals, as well as more technical writing and newspaper work. He also runs Klein Marketing as his “day job.” He said he didn’t mean to become a writer, but “sometimes you just do things and then you become them.”
The author said “Clean Break” ends with a “shocking crime” that could mean life or death for the characters involved.
Klein said he wants readers to be “emotionally satisfied with the story” and feel they wisely invested their time.