Author of the Series:
Release date: December 4, 2019 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Editor: Kaycee John – Cover Artist: Abigail Owen
“I’m a murderer. I’m a murderer. I’m a murderer.”
Those three repeated words discovered in an old letter propel Meredith Lowe in a cross-country pursuit to unveil her mother’s murky past. Danger stalks Meredith back to Hay City, Idaho as she peels apart the mystery: who is her father, and did her mother kill him? In finding the answer, will a growing love slip through her fingers?
Past merges with the present as the story races to its stunning conclusion.
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Ooh, love this question! I love to travel and wherever we go, I seek out bookstores, especially independent bookstores because they’re more fun. They’re also surprising in the books they carry. In Venice, Italy, there was a store hidden in an alley with a staircase of books in the back with a view of the canal. Melbourne, Australia has the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen with and the old Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland made me feel so reverential about the power of the written word. Closer to home, I love Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon and Grassroots in Reno, Nevada. Sorry for the long answer; I could go on and on!
I felt the same way about Ireland! Beautiful ancient, vibrant country! What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Never finishing a project is No. 1. Really, good story ideas come easy but it’s never a book until it’s finished. I know writers who are compelled to move on to another project as soon as a new idea occurs to them, or they get stuck and abandon their work mid-way.
Another common trap is to not set a schedule for writing. There are so many distractions in life and often even doing laundry feels preferable to hashing out a difficult plot point. Writing is work – fun work – but you have to approach it like a job.
I’m definitely guilty of the latter! If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Your stories are worthwhile! Writing fiction is important! Never give up and ignore the naysayers.
Great advice! What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I’ve recently started treating myself to mini-writers’ retreats of my own making. Even though I have a solid writing schedule at home, I do a couple intensive writing sessions of 4-5 days in a remote location. I set a specific goal or two and then attack it. With fewer distractions and targeted goals, I double my output – plus the time away is fun.
What a fantastic idea! What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck. He’s one of my favorite authors for his beautiful prose and insight into everyday people. This book is a very slender work, set during WWII, in a small Norwegian village invaded by German soldiers. The story is very different for Steinbeck, but cuts to the similar yearnings of the human spirit we all possess – to belong.
What has been the best compliment?
I’ve had a number of reviews where the reader will say they want to read more of my books. Those reviews make my day!
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
This is part of a series about a young abused woman who is accused of killing her husband. In Wild Crime, she discovers a letter that changes everything she’s believed about her mother. The main character has to uncover secrets of the past in order to understand who she is, and to find her own future. While this is part of a series, the book can be read as a stand-alone.
Love it! Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
I was a reporter for a number of years and interviewed several celebrities in different arenas. I interviewed Oscar winner Patricia Neal and Emmy winner Craig T. Nelson and business leaders Carly Fiorina and T. Boone Pickens. The most famous in my opinion though was author Kurt Vonnegut.
If you could write about anyone fiction/nonfiction who would you write about?
My own family’s history. Both sides go back to the American Revolution and there are so many stories to delve into. I do actually have an unedited historical fiction I hope to someday complete. It’s the project that lurks in my desk drawer and haunts me – someday soon, I’ll pull it out and finish it.
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Would you prefer living in the city or country?
What color best describes your personality?
What are you most passionate about? BESIDES family!
What do you consider your best attribute?
What’s your favorite beverage?
What does your desk look like right now? Clean or messy?
Are you a night owl or an early bird?
What book are you reading at the moment?
The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough, and The Turn of the Key
by Ruth Ware
What would you take with you to a desert island?
Coffee, a ream of paper (plus pens), and a bottle of wine. Not very useful…
What would be your ideal holiday destination?
What time in history would you have liked to be born in?
Right now; this is the best time in history for women, so far
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?
DIY or call an expert?
Call an expert!
What is your favorite thing to learn about in your free time?
What is your favorite time of day?
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Music or silence?