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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

An Interview with Kendel Lynn

Kendel Lynn’s main character, Elli Lisbon, isn’t wealthy, but her clients are. Reading Kendel’s series always educates me as to how the top one percent lives. I rely on Google to fill in the blanks for me as I am not (evidently) familiar with half-million dollar cars or some popular clothing designers. As Director of the philanthropic Ballantyne Foundation, Elli deals with the wealthy population of Sea Pine Island, SC, but her job title could be described as fulfilling oddball requests from her husband-wife employers, the Ballantynes, who founded the organization. Elli deals with eccentric clients’ egos and idiosyncrasies with aplomb. Kendel’s second book in the series came out in May. Its title, Whack Job, is the perfect description of Elli’s clients and her job.

Please welcome Kendel Lynn back to WWK.          
                                                                                                                                                             E. B. Davis

Gilbert and Jaime Goodsen are in the midst of divorce. Both vie against the other for the one open position on the Ballantyne Foundation’s Board of Directors, which puts Elli in the position of
determining if either deserves consideration. When Gilbert sustains a non-fatal gunshot wound in front of Elli, she must find out whodunit, but the case is complicated by Gilbert’s stolen Faberge egg, another whodunit for Elli, and more issues.

Viaticals is an insurance tactic/product with which I had no familiarity. Would you explain to our readers what this is?

In a nutshell (eggshell?), it’s the practice of buying the payout on someone’s life insurance policy. Say you have a policy worth $100,000. A guy pays you $75,000 now (while you’re alive), and then when it’s time for the policy to payout (after you’ve passed), he gets the $100,000.

I loved the history of the Imperial Russian eggs designed by Faberge. Would you give our readers the short version and how the history relates to their value?

Tsar Alexander III commissioned Carl Faberge to craft an Easter egg for his wife in 1885. She loved it so much, they continued the tradition every year, even after the Tsar’s death (his son carried it on). These are the Imperial Eggs, and there were 50 created. Because of their history, they’re worth millions. Carl Faberge also created eggs for private clients and friends, and then his grandson fashioned eggs long after the revolution, but alas, these are not the ridiculously valuable Imperial eggs.

In the course of a day, Elli goes through at least three sets of clothes due to her proximity to violence, her temper, and her proclivity to jump in where angels fear to tread. Does Elli have an expense account or is she very well paid?

HA! She makes a decent living, and understands part of her role as director (and leader of all Ballantyne events), is to look her best. One cannot represent a billion dollar foundation in rubber flip flops. Though those suckers would be way easier to clean…

Elli’s lost college love, Lieutenant Nick Ransom is also on the case. He considers it his job, not hers, but Elli’s job necessitates her involvement, which Nick doesn’t understand. Elli took forensic course work in school. Why didn’t she finish that course of study, like Nick?

Elli explains it best in Board Stiff:  I’d taken two years of criminology classes in college before I realized I’d never make it to graduation. I fainted twice in one forensics class and had to close my eyes during most of another. The smell of blood, death, and loose body parts would either gross me out or freak me out. Neither reaction impressed the professors. So she switched from a Forensics major to straight Criminal Justice.

How can Nick afford a half-million dollar car?

Wise investing. He got in on the ground floor of a social networking startup and sold his stock at the right time. All of this happened whilst he was in the FBI, before he moved back to Sea Pine Island.

Time isn’t Elli’s friend. Although her job entails getting involved in these cases, she also must ready the Foundation site for events. In this book, the Ballantynes are giving a tea party for children cancer victims. Is time-micromanagement one of Elli’s talents?  

Oh she’s a multi-tasker! That’s where she really excels. Mostly. Juggling her to-do  lists, patrons,
vendors, and of course, crime-fighting.

Sid, Elli’s BF and sometimes sidekick, is a wonderful character. Is there someone you based the character on?

I love Sid! She’s the perfect BFF for Elliott. Sid tells her what she really thinks, keeps her on track, and is there when she needs her. One of my favorite sayings repeated at Malice this year: A friend will help you move. A good friend will help you move the body. That’s Sid!

One fun aspect of Whack Job is your references to Stephen King books. Poor Elli is creeped-out. Does horror lurk in the dark around every murder or is it the Romanoff legacy?

Her love of Stephen King books parallels her own life: she loves the dark and twisty, but it totally creeps her out and she freaks out. But she’s compelled to shine a light on that horror and face what needs to be faced.

Elli gets into messes even though she’s a germaphobic. But then, she also lives on an island and doesn’t like eating seafood. Does everyone have contradictions? Do you? Would you tell us yours?

Ironically, Elli and I have a few things in common… I lived on Hilton Head Island and absolutely do not like seafood! (Though I’m also germ-conscious and carry hand-sani everywhere I go, I rarely get into food fights or scale buildings.) Contradictions make us human and interesting and unique. I think it’s essential for well-rounded characters to have a least a handful of contradictions.

What’s next for Elli and/or Kendel?

SWAN DIVE! I’m busy plotting it now (I’m a plotter) and will write it by the end of summer, it hits shelves next April.

If given a choice, would you chose a grilled-cheese sandwich or a hot dog?

Hot dog! A Dodger dog, if I’m being choosy. With ketchup and relish, please.


Jim Jackson said...

Welcome back, Kendel.

I had the pleasure of reading Whack Job in preparation for moderating a great panel at Left Coast Crime that included Kendel.

I recall smiling when I realized it involved viatical settlements as they are also included in my Cabin Fever.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Funny, after reading Kendel's book, I ran into another book that included viatical settlements as part of the plot. It reminds me of reverse mortgages, but a whole lot tackier. Not a good surprise for relatives, but then they should be in "the know." I love your MC, Kendel. Keep them coming!

Shari Randall said...

A cozy with a dash of Stephen King - sounds like my kind of book! Those contradictions and little dark touches do make for interesting characters. Thank you for stopping by, Kendel. I'll put this book in my TBR.

Kendel Lynn said...

Hi all, thanks for having me. It's always a pleasure to be your guest. and thank you for all the kind words! A funny side note: my editor thought I made the whole viaticals thing up! I knew someone who actually bought them. Crazy. ps. Jim was an fantastic moderator. Made us all look good...

Art Taylor said...

A nice interview here! And now that I know Kendel is a hot dog fan, I think we'll have to plan an outing someday....

Unknown said...

E.B.-As always, a funny, interesting, and individual interview. Very Impressive!

I love Elli Lisbon--she's a hoot! Though sometimes I question her love of "shorty pants." Can't wait for Swan Dive!

Nancy G. West said...

I've been planning to read Kendel's books, but after reading E.B.'s interview with Kendel,
I really want to read them!

Nancy G. West

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks, Nancy! Kendel is always a pleasure to read and interview. I can't wait until the next installment. So many books and not enough beach days!

Kendel Lynn said...

Hey Art, if Bouchercon wasn't in November, I'd totally tack on an extra day for a Dodger game! (and wear my shorty pants, Diane.) Thanks, Nancy!!

Cari said...

Awesome!! I'm halfway through Board Stiff right now, and I'm really enjoying it.

Paula Gail Benson said...

Wonderful interview. Thanks, Kendel and E.B. I'm reading Whack Job now and thoroughly enjoying it. Looking forward to Swan Dive.