Inspired by crash tests and 30A, seasonal resident pens his first book

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 16:28 PM.

"I was interested not only in telling what I hope is a good story, but  also in educating the reader about the legal work-up and high stakes strategizing that the lawyers engage in behind the scenes in these types of cases," McDermott said. "The public is generally not aware of that case preparation.  Those pre-courtroom dynamics and emotional twists and turns behind the scenes can often be as interesting and nail-biting as the actual trial itself."

McDermott's real-life experience helped set a backdrop for the story, with fictionalized exaggerations. As a defense attorney for vehicle manufacturers his team would go and re-enact accidents, filming them with high speed cameras, to debunk plaintiff's claims.

"I was getting paid to do stuff that kids want to do," he said.

It was during these crash tests that McDermott thought of the plot for his book.

"I wanted to give readers a behind-the-scenes story," he said. "Show them how difficult and costly these cases are. And to tell a good yarn."

McDermott's main focus as an author is to enjoy writing and to give readers something to enjoy. It seems he has succeeded at both. "Deadly Propensity" has received positive reviews online, which has humbled and surprised the author, and he's already planning to write another book.

On his next visit to 30A, you might even see him feverishly jotting down ideas and plot points.



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