If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

WWK's May interviews will be: 5/2--indie author Bobbi Holmes, 5/9--TG Wolff (aka--Anita Devito), 5/16--Chocolate Bonbon author Dorothy St. James, 5/23--Lida Sideris, 5/30--Food Lovers' Village (and multiple Agatha winner) Leslie Budwitz. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.

Our May Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 5/5--John Carenen, 5/12--Judy Penz Sheluk, 5/19--Margaret S. Hamilton, 5/26--Kait Carson.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), will be available on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here.

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with the authors in this anthology on 4/14! Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in August, 2018.

In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Fifth Course of Chaos.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Author/Publisher Kendel Lynn

“Receiving a Ballantyne invitation in your mailbox was akin to
finding a golden ticket in a chocolate bar.”
                                                                                    Kendel Lynn
                                                                                    Board Stiff

 Kendel Lynn set Board Stiff at a South Carolina beach, a place where she once lived. Beach bum that I am, the book was on my must-read list. Elli Lisbon, Kendel’s main character, lives on the beach like a millionaire and controls billions of dollars, but she isn’t wealthy. As director of the philanthropic Ballantyne Foundation, she serves the founding family of the nonprofit requiring her many talents, one of which is solving mysteries. When I read Kendel’s biography, I found a similar over-achiever who must know how to multitask since she heads two companies and also writes. Please welcome Kendel Lynn back to WWK and read her blog “Three Thoughts from an Editor.”       E. B. Davis

Kendel, would you give us a short synopsis of Board Stiff?

As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing more serious than retrieving a pilfered Pomeranian. Until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne’s reputation tanks, Jane’s headed to a jail cell, and Elliott’s sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town.  Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the deeper she digs to clear Jane’s name, the guiltier Jane looks. The closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation becomes: a brutal attack on her own suspect and the murder of a witness.  With victims piling up faster than shells at a clambake, Elliott realizes she’s next on the killer’s list.

Elli’s the woman most likely to have antibacterial gel in her purse. Why?

She’s completely freaked out about the idea of getting sick, especially from something from a stranger’s grimey, grubby, icky, slimey, germy, sneezed-on hands. Her hand-sani comforts her, lets her know she’s protected from the unknown, if only the most microscopic unknown.

This isn’t the first time Elli’s had to delve into complications posed by board members and residents of Sea Pine Island. Elli’s degree is in Criminal Justice, but she’s working on obtaining her S.C. Investigator’s license, requiring 6000 hours experience. She only has accumulated 400 hours. Will she ever get her license?

Yes! But it may take the rest of her life. She isn’t afraid of the task and she understands she’s working on her own timeline, not anyone else’s. She’ll get there!

Of Elli’s considerable talents, which one serves her best in solving murders?

Her people skills – sort of a people-awareness. She works with so many personality types, the eclectic and the eccentric, during her course as Director of the quirky Ballantyne Foundation.  She’s very self-aware of her own disposition, honest with her own shortcomings, so it helps her figure out the folks she’s investigating.

Given your commercial success, have you ever been asked or have served on the board of an organization like the Ballantyne Foundation?

No, not yet anyway. I’ve served on volunteer committees many times, and they’re definitely a mad mix of characters, power struggles, and opinions. It’s truly wonderful fodder for murder mysteries. 

Are wealthy people eccentric, or do they function at such a high level most people can’t fathom how they live?

I think society permits unconventionality in the wealthier set. If you’re rich, you’re eccentric, if you’re poor, you’re just crazy.

How does Elli avoid becoming a blimp while eating honey-roasted turkey and Brie, she-crab bisque, croissants and blackberry jam?

Seriously. She rides her three-wheeled bike wherever she can! She still has a decent metabolism and walks on the beach for miles. She’s a healthy size, definitely not on the skinny side. But we’ll be addressing her dietary situation in a future book. More of her coming to terms with the changes life and body bring to a woman over forty.

Elli’s parents expected a boy, whom they wanted to name Elliott. They never changed the name. I find Elli’s background intriguing. Will we find more surprises in her history in future books?

Absolutely! We’re just getting to know her, and it’s fun to peel back the thin layers of her life, revealing the tidbits that make her who she is today.

What adventures will Elli face in Whack Job, due out in May 2014?

I’m just finishing it and what a fun one to write! She helps a loyal Ballantyne donor recover a stolen Faberge Egg, but encounters the darker side of island life with pawn shops, trailer parks, tennis clubs, yacht parties, and murder. Plus, she’s unsure about her own client. Is he a victim or a complete whack job?

You’ve been successful in varying commercial fields including publishing. How long have you been a publisher? What attracts you to a book and how do you decide which ones to publish? How many authors have you published?

Publishing is definitely for me. I started Henery in January 2012 and I truly love every minute of it (except traveling, literally. I enjoy being at a conference, but dread the to/from.) I’m no different than most editors/agents, attracted to books that fit my personal taste. I like a fast pace (tighten, tighten, tighten), surprising humor (catch me off guard so I laugh out loud), and a twisty plot (I’ll try to figure it out, but make sure I don’t!).

We’ve got thirteen authors in the Hen House, with a few new ones slated for next year, plus we’ll have twenty-two books by the end of this year. And for those thinking of subbing, our calendar for next year is filling up fast.

Sick as it may be, do you think mystery writers kill off victims in their favorite settings?

Absolutely. A lovely setting is an ideal backdrop for murder – juxtaposing a pleasant environment with an unpleasant deed. We want to invite our readers into a town/place/island they want to spend time in. And then they get to play detective with us, so it’s fun for everyone.

After beach paradise, why did you move to Texas?

I’m originally from LA, so I think of it as a journey back toward California! I enjoyed the peaceful life on Hilton Head – the slow days, the salty air, the gorgeous landscaping. But I was antsy to return to more of a city life. Dallas is definitely city. Though everyone says y’all all the time…

Thank you, Elaine, for inviting me to join you. You’re a terrific interviewer, and I appreciate the chance to share a bit of Elliott, and myself, with you and your readers!

Look for Kendel's books at Barnes & Nobel, and Amazon.


Warren Bull said...

It sounds like you have created a character who would be fun to follow from book to book. Thanks for sharing at WWK.

Sarah Henning said...

Great interview!

Susan M. Boyer said...

Great interview, ladies! I love Elli Lisbon, and can't wait to read her next adventure. Whack Job--live that title!

Shari Randall said...

Whack Job sounds like a great read - thank you for stopping by, Kendel.
EB - as usual, you do the best blog interviews - always fun.

Toby Speed said...

Enjoyed this interview and the unconventional questions asked!

E. B. Davis said...

I loved Kendel's setting and main character. I'm a beach bum so--no wonder there!. Thanks for the interview, Kendel. You're a busy gal, but I do hope that the next-in-series won't be too long from release.

Gloria Alden said...

Great interview, and Kendel, I think this is a series I'd like to follow.

Kara Cerise said...

I echo everyone else—great interview.
Whack Job sounds like a fun read. I’d like a three-wheeled bike like Elli rides so I can eat tasty food too.

Kendel Lynn said...

I'll second that, Elaine gives a great interview! I appreciate all the kind words, thanks to everyone for taking a few minutes to learn about my world!

KM said...

Thanks for a great interview from a different point of view. I have two of the e-book download cards from Malice Domestic (I'm planning to download the books when I will have a chance to read them. Which is not right now.)

I wish you and your company all the success in the world! Your are n inspiration to all of us.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Congratulations to you, Henery, and Susan Boyer on a stellar year! May you all have many more to come!

Deb Romano said...

Kendel, after your appearance over on Jungle Red Writers I made it a priority to read my way through all your authors! I've read your book, and Susan M. Boyer's award-winning book(loved both of them!)as well as books by two or three other Henery authors. There IS something special about books published by Henery. The week after next I will be taking a "stay-cation",and I look forward to reading for much of the time, including reading the rest of the Henery books I own but have not yet gotten to. I'm looking forward to more books by each of your authors in the future; best of luck to all of you!