Please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com for information on guest blogs and interviews. Interviews for May: (5/4) Linda Norlander, (5/11) Connie Berry, (5/18) Mary Keliikoa, (5/22) Annette Dashofy, and (5/25) Rosalie Spielman.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

An Interview with Annette Dashofy by E. B. Davis

As Monongahela County’s new coroner Zoe Chambers-Adams gears up for a third day searching for a missing woman, she receives the news she’s been dreading: a body has been found. What she discovers at the scene leaves no doubt—the missing woman was violently murdered. Worse, the manner of death mirrors the Monongahela Strangler case that terrorized the county when Zoe was in high school. Those murders stopped, but the case was never satisfactorily solved. And with people arriving in town for Zoe’s twentieth high school reunion, the memories of those scary days return with a vengeance.

But Zoe’s new husband, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams, sees the murder differently. His investigation reveals two feuding families and a forbidden relationship between their children. The homicide appears to be a crime of passion until Pete’s relentless digging unearths a link between his prime suspect and Zoe’s serial killer. Suddenly, with the predator threatening to strike someone near and dear to both Zoe and Pete, they must race to uncover the truth and catch a madman before another innocent victim is brutally murdered.

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Fatal Reunion is the eleventh book in Annette Dashofy’s Zoe Chambers mystery series. It’s been almost two years since the last release, Book 10, Til Death, due to a change in publishers. For those of you who are fans of this series, Annette published an interim collection of new Zoe stories in Crime In The Country. Unfortunately, Fatal Reunion is not listed as the eleventh book in the series on Amazon, which could be confusing to readers.

 

In a recent blog for WWK, Annette revealed that with the new publisher, the Zoe Chambers series tone could be darker. When I read, I didn’t notice the change in tone. For those of you who are old Zoe fans, no need to fear. There is still the underlying humor even in the face of death and broken relationships.                                                                                        E. B. Davis

 

One theme that surfaces time and again throughout the book is that people blame the victims. Why do people judge children harshly when it’s the parent who is at fault? The child is a victim of the parent, too!

 

I’m not a psychologist or a parent, so I may not be the person to answer, despite having written the story. In this case, the parent in question truly wants a better life for his son but has a really horrible way of showing it. He believes he’s right and is the only one who knows what’s best. Basically, it’s his way or the highway. In the father’s mind, if the child wants a different path or rebels, then the child is misguided or being manipulated.

 

What’s a Quarter horse gelding?

 

A Quarter Horse is a breed named because it can run a quarter mile faster than a Thoroughbred. A gelding is a castrated male horse. They’re more docile than a stallion (an uncastrated male) and less “moody” than a mare. Having said that, Zoe’s gelding, Windstar, is named after a horse I once raised from a foal. Except Zoe’s Windstar is the horse I wished mine had been. My Windstar bucked me off more times than I can count and broke a few of my bones.

 

Why doesn’t Zoe want to go to her twentieth high school reunion?

 

Zoe was a “wild child” back then and isn’t proud of it. She really doesn’t want to face that part of her past regardless of how much she has changed. She figures she has stayed in touch with the people she liked back then and has no desire to hang out with the others. That last part is what kept me away from most of my own reunions too! (I was NOT a wild child though. Quite the opposite.)

 

I was surprised that a teacher came to Zoe’s reunion. I don’t think teachers were invited to mine. Is this a common practice in other places in Pennsylvania?

 

Ha! Probably not! This is where I drag out the disclaimer about writing fiction. In my fictional Phillipsburg High School, the reunion planning committee decided to invite a few of the more popular teachers to the reunion. In reality, I’ve only attended one of my reunions and there were no teachers there. I wish there had been! There are several I’d really like to see again.

 


Although men are often described as aging better than women, it seems from 18-38, even with pregnancies, the women are far more recognizable than the men. Any thoughts on that?

 

This is simply my own observation of classmates I ran into within that age range. I never had any problem recognizing the women. The men were another story. I’ve had several guys from my class come up to me—guys I SHOULD know—and I had no clue. I decided to give Zoe the same problem, which puts her in direct conflict with her pal Rose, who insists she recognizes one man in particular…a man neither of them wants to ever see again.

 

Abby, one of Pete’s officers, seems like a careful and in-depth researcher/investigator. And yet, Pete admonishes her use of a Taser on one suspect and encourages her to use it on another. What does Pete perceive that Abby doesn’t?

 

That scene is the result of what I learned from a real police detective who has been around for a number of years. I pretty much put his words directly into Pete’s mouth with regards to younger cops relying on new technology. Pete has been around a while as well, has worked as a Field Training Officer in the past, and is a mentor to Abby in addition to being her boss. She’s a good cop, but she hasn’t seen as much or experienced as much as he has, especially since Pete spent the first half of his career in the city of Pittsburgh. Abby has always been a small-town peace officer.

 

As far as his suggestion she use the taser on the other guy, that was more in jest. He wanted the man in question to think twice before messing with Abby.

 

The new victim of rape and strangulation death reminds everyone of a serial killer who killed and raped three women during Zoe’s senior year. Rose, who has returned with her family for the reunion thinks the police targeted the wrong suspect twenty years ago. She thinks it was the class perv, who she claims to have seen at the reunion picnic. Someone else backs up her claim. But Zoe is skeptical, which ticks off Rose. Zoe disproves Roses claim, but then realizes she is wrong. Is Zoe’s lack of belief crucial in their relationship? Can Rose see that Zoe is a professional, and she is not?

 

I don’t believe Rose is thinking about Zoe’s profession in this case. Rose is being driven by her heart and her fears. Plus she believes what she has seen with her own eyes and doesn’t appreciate Zoe doubting her. To be honest, Rose and Zoe’s friendship has been on increasingly rocky ground since the first book in the series when Rose’s husband was killed. Although the loss had nothing to do with Zoe, it deeply changed Rose. Even now that she’s happily remarried, Rose is easily shaken and is constantly afraid of losing those she loves.

 

Vince Quinn, whose new tractor was stolen and taken for a joy ride, is described as a “surly son of a bitch.” Is there a reason for his manner?

 

He’s another case of losing a loved one (his son) having changed him. Even twenty years later, Vince still grieves, and his grief manifests in anger at everyone and everything. He’s mad at the world. He’s already lost the most important person in his life and doesn’t care who else gets hurt.

 

Refresh our memories of Lauren. She’s a journalist but also a horse owner.

 

Lauren first showed up in Uneasy Prey as a thorn in Pete’s side and a possible rival in Zoe’s eyes. Since then, her love of horses helped her bond with Zoe, and she’s possibly the only journalist Pete doesn’t mind having around. When Zoe’s cousin, Patsy, moved to Florida, she left her horse in Lauren’s hands. Now that the move appears permanent, Lauren’s been given the opportunity to buy the horse outright. And since she boards at Zoe’s farm, Lauren’s always around.

 

What happened to Zoe in high school that gives her such empathy for the murder/rape victims? Who was Jerry?

 

To learn about Zoe’s history with Jerry (McBirney), you need to read Circle of Influence. For me to answer in any detail would be a major spoiler for that book! Suffice it to say, Zoe was the victim of an attempted rape, thanks to Jerry.


Zoe sometimes makes incorrect assumptions. Is that due to lack of investigative training or her newness in her job?

 

A bit of both. Zoe went from being a part-time deputy coroner to full-time deputy coroner and was then thrust into the job of county coroner in relatively short order. She knows there are gaps in her training, but she’s really trying!

 

Abby’s research shows that sometimes a serial killer/rapist can go dormant for years, but usually not forever. Is that true?

 

Yes. I did a lot of reading on the subject (not a pleasant topic) and learned there are a few, very rare cases, when a sexual predator has stopped. Emphasis on very rare. But not unheard of.

 

Often, it’s the easy suspect, not the correct suspect that the police hound. What does Marcus see in Gabe that few others (except maybe Pete) see?

 

Marcus is another character who first showed up in Uneasy Prey, and he has always been the protector of the underdog and the bullied, although Gabe definitely doesn’t appear to fit that category at all. Marcus is desperate to give him the benefit of the doubt, whether Gabe deserves it or not. As for Pete, he’s always trying to straighten kids out and is known for his “come to Jesus” talks with troublemakers. 

 

Does Zoe really need Davis so much that she’s willing to put up with his arrogance and unprofessional behavior when she’s the boss?

 

Going back to Zoe’s gaps in training and experience, she believes she “needs” him. He’s managed to keep her convinced of it for a while now, but he’s really starting to wear on her last nerve. To him, Zoe is a steppingstone. He wants that position and believes he’s more qualified. In many ways, Zoe believes he’s more qualified too, but she also knows she has more empathy for the victims than Davis will ever have.

 

(Behind the scenes tidbit: The Davis/Zoe relationship is going to eventually explode big time.)

 

Like Zoe’s cousin Patsy, you seem to be retiring some secondary characters for new ones. Why? Are you taking the series in a new direction?

 

I don’t know if I’m “retiring” secondary characters. Just like real life, people come in and out of Zoe and Pete’s lives. Or maybe they just don’t have a major role in the current story. Unless a character has been killed off, there’s always a possibility they’ll show up again.

 

Why does Zoe question that she may not be the best person to serve as coroner?

 

If Franklin Marshall was still alive, Zoe would happily still be working under him as deputy coroner. His death threw her into the job of heading up that office. Also, she worked as a paramedic, saving lives, for a lot of years. She misses the outcome of having her patient survive a trauma. It’s a different mindset, one that she’s still trying to reconcile. Until she comes to terms with what she really wants, she’s always going to doubt herself.

 

What’s next for Zoe and Pete?

 

I’m working on book #12, tentatively titled Helpless. In it, a friend has been shot and left for dead. His wife’s been murdered. His daughter’s been kidnapped. He knows he’s probably not going to survive, and his dying wish is that his little girl be rescued from the monster he saw but can’t identify. And as if that isn’t enough to keep Zoe and Pete busy, a major hurricane is bearing down on Vance Township. Will they be able to capture the killer and rescue the missing child before both disappear forever?

 

 

 


Saturday, May 21, 2022

My Writing Process


My Writing Process by Terry Ambrose

I confess. Im a plotter. But I wasnt always that way. In the beginning, I was happy to let the story take me where it would. And then…bam! Disaster struck in the last quarter when I put my protagonist in two places at once. And those places were 150 miles apart. That wouldnt have been a serious problem—if I had been writing sci-fi or fantasy. But a current-day thriller? Oh yes, serious problem.

Fast-forward to today, and my current process, which is what I did for Lies, Spies, and the Bakers Surprise. I began the same way Ive always begun. I wrote a synopsis for each of the five storylines (or arcs) in the book. The most important of those is, of course, the actual mystery. The others include the murder backstory, the love story between the main characters, another about Alexandra “Alex” Atwood growing up, and what I call the treasure story,’ which allows me to add historical elements.

Keeping your sanity while weaving five loosely connected stories together can be a challenge. For

instance, in Lies, Spies, and the Bakers Surprise, the murder storyline begins with Alex writing in her journal. Alex is the co-protagonist (along with her dad, Rick Atwood). Shes a delight to write because shes eleven-years-old, has a wild imagination, and loves a mystery. Via Alexs journal entry, we learn that a young married couple, Henry and Tara Nicholas, have checked into the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast. We also learn that Henry has a secret—hes married, but not to Tara.

There are four characters involved in that one event—Henry, a woman on the phone, Tara, and Alex. After Alex outs Henry to Tara, the tension ramps up. When someone murders Henry, Tara becomes the primary suspect. As the suspect list grows, the timeline becomes very complex and detailed. For Lies, Spies, and the Bakers Surprise, there were over 200 entries in my timeline. The process can feel very laborious at times, but it helps me make sure I never put a character in two places at the same time again. Unless I decide to write a multidimensional sci-fi thriller. In that case, Im sure the timeline would be even bigger.

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About Terry Ambrose:

Terry has written over twenty novels, several of which have been award finalists. In 2014, his thriller, Con Game,” won the San Diego Book Awards for Best Action-Thriller. His series include the Trouble in Paradise McKenna Mysteries, the Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mysteries, and the License to Lie thriller series.

Friday, May 20, 2022

No Experience Needed: by Warren Bull

 





Image by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

No Experience Needed: by Warren Bull



Luckily crime writing is not like method acting. Direct experience is not required.  That does not mean all writers have been angels for their entire lifetimes. 


For example:


While working as a newspaper reporter in San Francisco, Jack Boyle became an opium addict. He fell into crime including kiting checks and robbery. Boyle was serving a term in San Quentin prison when he created the character of Boston Blackie. First published in 1914, for his first stories Boyle used the pen name of “No.6066.” 

When Boston Blackie began to find success on the silver screen, Boyle edited the stories into a book, Boston Blackie (1919) by revising and rearranging the order of the stories to create a cohesive narrative—a common practice at the time known in publishing as a fixup, that I have used too. This was the only time the character of Boston Blackie was presented in a book format. But Boyle continued to write short stories about him.


The earliest Boston Blackie film adaptations were silent movies dating from 1918 to 1927.  Columbia Pictures picked up the character in 1941 with Meet Boston Blackie. Chester Morris starred and Robert Florey directed the 58-minute-long B movie that was well received and started a series. 

In the action/comedy features, Boston Blackie is played as a reformed jewel thief who is always suspected when a daring crime is committed. In order to clear himself, he investigates personally and brings the actual culprit to justice, sometimes using disguises. Blackie could be charming or dangerous depending on the situation. There was an ensemble cast of veteran actors and up-and-coming new stars including Dorothy Malone, Nina Foch, Forest Tucker, and Lloyd Bridges. New directors got a chance to show their talents. The series continued until 1949.





Edward Bunker, actor and author can be seen in quite a few films including (The Longest YardTango & Cash, Animal Factory, and Reservoir Dogs to name a few.) His criminal record is even more impressive than his acting. He destroyed his neighbor’s generator with a hammer when he was three before burning the same neighbor’s garage down at age four. By age 17, he was locked up in Los Angeles County Jail. There he stabbed a guard and escaped. Recaptured, he was sent to San Quentin prison becoming the youngest inmate they’d ever had. A record he apparently still holds. 


Placed in solitary confinement near the cell of a notorious killer and rapist named Caryl Chessman, who was, himself, already a published writer of some repute, Bunker became fascinated by the idea of telling stories and decided to try writing himself. After 18 years of crime both in and out of jail Bunker ended up in Folsom prison, still working on his writing. After 12 rejections, he finally managed to publish his novel, No Beast So Fierce, while still incarcerated. His novel was adapted into the 1978 movie Straight Time, with Dustin Hoffman playing a character who is a loose version of the author.  Bunker was given a small role in the film you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94vZQO1rc2s&ab_channel=rudeboynoah 


Bunker went on to write several best sellers, wrote and produced a few movies, and acted in a number of film roles. Director, Quentin Tarantino apparently saw Straight Time back when he still worked in a video store. 



Jimmy Boyle, a gangster from Glasgow, while hiding out in London with the protection of the notorious Kray twins, was arrested in 1967 for the murder of a fellow gangster named Babs Roonewhile.  Boyle protested that he was innocent of Babs Roonewhile’s murder but he was duty-bound not to snitch on the real killer. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.

At Barlinnie Prison in Scotland prisoners were allowed a voice in how the prison was run. They were encouraged to express themselves artistically. In 1977, Boyle wrote his first book, a thinly disguised autobiographical novel called Sense of Freedom. The book described Boyle’s harsh upbringing on the streets of Glasgow, his first forays into crimes, and his eventual redemption after discovering art and literature in jail. The Sun later called him “Scotland’s Most Notorious Murderer.”


Three years after the novel’s release, Boyle married a psychiatrist who’d arranged to meet him after reading it. He received parole in 1982 and hasn’t been back in prison since.  Boyle is now a successful novelist and sculptor whose work, in 1999, sold for about £10,000.



For more details and to find out about other criminals who became authors check out the links below:


https://listverse.com/2018/02/21/10-lifelong-criminals-who-became-successful-authors/ 


https://crimereads.com/crime-authors-who-served-time-in-prison/ 


https://vocal.media/criminal/10-writers-who-were-actually-criminals  


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Blackie 



Thursday, May 19, 2022

Reporting by Marilyn Levinson

Reporting is what I do every evening when I finish writing my WIP for the day. I jot down the number of words I've written plus the page I'm up to and the total number of words in the manuscript I've written so far and email it to two friends who are fellow mystery authors. I receive a similar email from them as well.

We're not in competition with one another, trying to write the most words each day. We're all at various stages of very different projects: a short story, outlining a suspense novel, and writing a book in a cozy series. In fact, we have no problem announcing that we didn't write one word that day because life took over and demanded that we babysit or see a doctor or run several chores instead.

Though the three of us are part of a small group of mystery writers that's constantly communicating about every conceivable topic, writerly and otherwise, reporting is something else. We find that checking in every evening is a valuable writing tool. It helps take away some of the loneliness of writing we all experience. We share minor victories that only our fellow mystery writers can truly appreciate. Like figuring out a complicated plot problem, and coming up with a new way of offing a victim. The best part is that we cheer each other on. And for some reason,  this often encourages us to write a little more each day than perhaps we thought we could.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Deceived by Mary Keliikoa

In the third book in the series, PI Kelly Pruett finally feels like she's coming into her own. With her personal life well on track, a gig uncovering what drove a client's granddaughter underground could be good for business. But after her undercover operation at the homeless shelter reveals rampant drug dealing, she's suddenly kicked off the case... just as another girl goes missing.

Vowing to expose the truth even if it means pro-bono work, Kelly is taken aback when her half-sister helps her hunt down answers in a tent city brimming with distrust. When her investigation doesn't move quickly enough to save a second woman from a vicious murder, Kelly doubles her efforts, unwilling to accept defeat. Amazon.com

 

The PI Kelly Pruett series has been nominated for Lefty, Agatha, and Anthony awards and was a Shamus award finalist. Deceived is the third book in the series. Although you have short story and Woman’s World credits, what particularly draws you to writing in this genre?

 

I’m a puzzle solver and a curious soul… those are probably the easy answers. But the first books I read in the mystery suspense genre were those of Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, Faye Kellerman, Janet Evanovich, and Sue Grafton. I loved them all, still do, and was really drawn to not only trying to figure out who the culprit was, but why they were committing the crime. Deep diving into the psychology of why a person is driven to crime and what motivates those trying to solve it really appeals to me. And that often means looking into the relationships. Mystery/suspense checks all the boxes and it’s what I read. So when I decided to try my hand at writing a novel, there was no other choice but this genre.

 

Tell us how you got into writing? The impact of any of your past work on your writing?

I started writing in my later twenties. I was a legal secretary, another profession that really appealed to me because I found the behind-the-scenes look at cases so intriguing! But as to writing, the secretary next to me wanted to write a mystery novel, so we penned one together. From that moment on, I was hooked. While that first book didn’t sell, I went on to write two more novels on my own, and then drafted the first Kelly Pruett mystery. I did take a break after that to start a company, however, and it would be nearly 20 years later that the first Pruett book was published. But those early years absolutely impacted the writer I am today.

 

In 2017, you wrote blogs which addressed being at a crossroads in your life. How did choosing the paths and making the decisions you did during that time impact you then and now? In this series, would you consider Kelly to have come to a crossroads in her life?

 

There are so many times throughout the writing journey that you can opt to walk away. Rejection is hard and showing up to write when success doesn’t seem obvious can be debilitating, if you let it. What I learned during that crossroads period of my life is that in the end, I wanted to write. Even if it didn’t go anywhere, I loved creating story. And that focus helped me to show up and continue to create books.

 

As for Kelly Pruett, she has come to a crossroads in the third book. For her, learning balance and creating her own pathway is an absolute necessity if she wants it all…and she does. Her quest becomes to make choices that honor her father’s legacy, while paving her own way as a mother and an investigator.

 

Kelly has inherited her late father’s PI agency. Was she trained to be the PI that he was or is she getting on-the-job training?

 

Kelly’s father was very protective of what he allowed her to do, and how deep into the darkness he allowed her to go. Throughout the series, that proves to be more hinderance than help. She’s definitely getting on the job training, and she has to do it quickly to stay ahead of danger.

 

In Deceived, a long-time client of her father’s asks her to take on the task of finding what has happened to his granddaughter – is she alive and in hiding, in danger, or dead. Does he treat her with the same deference he would have treated her father or what is her perception of working with clients who dealt with her father?

 

He does and he doesn’t. He thinks enough of Kelly’s father’s reputation to call her for the case. But he also makes it clear she has to earn his trust and respect. Kelly knows that too, which makes her push harder and sometimes push too far to be half the investigator her father was. Part of her character growth comes from changing that perception, however.

 

When one thinks of PIs, one often thinks of male characters – how should Kelly change, if there is any difference, how one views PIs? Does she act differently than if you had made her a male character? Are her inner thoughts different?

 

There is an image of male PIs that often equates to tormented, go-it-alone souls who live on the edge. But I wanted a PI that was more relatable, which is why I made her a mom, co-parenting with an ex-husband, and surrounded by complicated family relationships. I’d like the reader to recognize that a woman can be just as good as any of her male counterparts—she might just need to approach her cases differently.

 

As to how Kelly acts—much of what drives Kelly is not only to make her father proud, but to show her daughter that a strong woman can succeed in a male-dominated profession. So, her motivations are different than a man’s might be because it’s about how she views herself as much as how her daughter views her.

 

As for how she acts differently…while she does get herself into a few tangled spots physically, she’s always aware that she isn’t going to dominate physically in many situations…and pulling out a weapon is not necessarily the best answer, but she better have it ready.

 

You made Kelly a mother, but you added the challenge of her having a deaf daughter. Please define Waardenburg syndrome and tell us how you envisioned incorporating that into this series?

 

Waardenburg syndrome is a hereditary deafness, and what I wanted to incorporate into the series really was that while society might view that as a limitation, Kelly never wanted her daughter to be limited by it or what other people believed. It’s used in the series as motivation for Kelly to keep showing her daughter the way forward, and that you define your own path, no one else.

 

You have some very interesting side characters in Deceived who appear to be recurring characters– Kelly’s daughter (Mitz), Jeff (her ex-husband), Jeff’s mother (Arlene), Kyle (Det. Hot Stuff), Hannah (half-sister) and Floyd the dog. Each has a definite role in the book and in interacting with Kelly. Which one or two characters are your favorite to write? How does the presence of these characters influence the arc of Kelly’s personal growth?

 

I loved writing all of the characters… each has such a unique place in Kelly’s heart, and in her motivation to grow throughout the series. But if I had to pick a favorite, it would be Arlene, Kelly’s ex-mother-in-law who lives right next door.

 

Because Kelly lost her mother early, and she was raised by a busy PI dad, Kelly has built some heavy walls that suggest she has to go it alone and can’t rely on people. But Arlene challenges her on what family looks like, and how it cares for each other. That love, which on occasion doesn’t appear that loving, really works to lower Kelly’s defenses, allowing her to have a fuller life going forward. And Arlene is so complex. You see her one way in the beginning, but as the layers peel back, the reader learns what motivates and drives her too. It’s probably the most rewarding of relationships in the series.

 

You do an excellent job in Deceived of addressing many social issues, including homelessness, drugs, mental illness, women’s equality, and physical challenges, without ever beating the reader over the head with any of them. How did you balance bringing these issues into Deceived and why was it important for you to do so?

 

I really appreciate that, and I strived to create that balance for sure! A lot of my writing is what I know or what people I love have known. In this case, all of the above are aspects that have touched my life. My husband was homeless because of poverty and abuse, and my brother because of addiction and physical disabilities, which is why I wanted to bring some light on the subject and humanize those experiencing it.

 

One of the ways I tried to do that was to show Kelly’s beginning biases, and to see how she changed throughout. Whether she knew it or not, she had a few misconceptions, and as she worked through the process, I believed it allowed the reader to do the same. At least that’s what I was hoping for. 

 

In the dedication and credits, you address the person who makes every day an adventure for you – Robb. Who is he and how has he influenced or supported your writing?

 

Robb is my husband of 33 years this July. I am a work-aholic and I derive a lot of joy from my writing and all things around being published. That said, Robb is an expert in making sure that I don’t take it too seriously and that I get up and balance my world.

 

He is also the first person who hears my story ideas. And because of his diverse background, being a street kid in Hawaii, and having experienced some of the crime that can be present there, he’s been a fountain of information on many subjects. I love sharing this journey with him, and he always tells everyone he’s my biggest fan—but I would add that I am equally his.

 

What is next for you?

 

Deceived is out May 10, but I am also starting a new series that will be out mid-September 2022. The first book in that series is HIDDEN PIECES. It features a former Portland homicide detective turned small town sheriff who is emotionally debilitated from the loss of his child and marriage. Sheriff Jax Turner answers the call for one last case of a “runaway” teen, but when it’s clear the girl has been abducted, and ties to a tragic cold case emerge, he is forced to confront his own ghosts before another child is lost.

 

I’m really excited for this series as it is set at the Oregon coast—an area my family lived in for several years—and I was able to revisit many of my old stomping grounds and use them as the setting.

 

How can readers find you?

 

Best place to follow me is through my newsletter where I host giveaways, let my readers know where I will be, and of course, any upcoming sales or releases.

 

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