With Paradise Falls I wanted to write a suspenseful mystery, but I also wanted to explore the effects of crime on families and the doubts and suspicions that ensue. Grace Whittington is married to her second husband with a happily blended family of teenage children. When Grace's daughter disappears and Grace suspects that her teenage stepson is to blame, the fault lines of a seemingly typical family crack. The investigation also takes a toll on the detective as the case becomes increasingly personal for her. Why did you decide to leave the legal profession to write full time?
I was working at a large, high-pressure firm and I had two very young children. I took a leave of absence to spend time with my family, fully expecting to go back, or to at least go back to the practice of law. I never did go back to practicing law. Kate is an amateur sleuth, a single mother with a cop love interest, and the tone is much lighter in this series.
I do, however, give Kali some personal stake in each case because I think that adds depth to the story and this is the sort of book I like reading and writing. Which do you prefer, writing series or standalone novels and why? None of my novels sprang from my work professionally. I was a business attorney, not a criminal attorney, so the cases I was involved with were hardly the stuff of drama which may be why writing fiction has such appeal to me.
That said, there is something in each book, usually something key to the impetus in the story, that is personal to me. That has changed greatly over the years. When my first books came out, independent and mystery book stores dotted the country, and many were eager to host author events. I did signings and readings and gave talks, and often travelled with other writers covering several states on a tour. My publisher also sent me on tour. Things are different now. I contribute to interest group sites and lists, maintain a web site, and reach out to readers whenever I have the opportunity.
Probably the hardest for me is getting into a book. I might have a vague idea for a story but working it out to sustain or so pages is pretty daunting. Some authors can plot the entire book from the beginning.
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So getting through a rough draft can be quite painful. Once the story is down on paper, I do lots and lots of rewriting, but that involves far less hair-pulling and angst. You have an advice page for beginning writers on your website. Which of your suggestions do you consider most important? Oh, gosh. And doing so critically. I love to hear from readers and make a real effort to answer every single email or letter I receive. Wednesday, July 25, Write, Right In these days of ever increasing demands on our time through the summer vacation time when kids are out of school, where do we find time to write?
In between are household responsibilities and friends, volunteer work and bill-paying. Right now, we must include summer holidays and cottage get-togethers, shopping and travel as well and build them into our schedules. So, when does your writing Muse strike in the midst of the hectic life? For me, the best time to write is at night. How about you — when do you write? Libby Libby McKinmer Romance with an edge www. Not all of them, of course. Some of them kill people.
She and her husband live in rural North Central Texas with a menagerie of rescued pets. Learn more about her at her blog. She loves to hear from readers at caroline carolineclemmons. Inspiration Comes From Many Sources. Authors are frequently asked how they conceive ideas for books.
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My friend Bobbye Terry answers that she orders hers from a small factory in Ohio. Fun answer, but not true. Authors are besieged by ideas from everything they hear, newspaper articles, and life.
For instance, I attended a seminar at Weston Gardens in Fort Worth, a lovely garden center with gardens, a lecture hall, and a gift shop in addition to plants for sale and landscaping service. My youngest daughter, Bea, and I enjoy Weston Gardens. They offer seminars on everything from tea to attracting bats. We love the place and admire the owners and their staff. What if a situation arose that encouraged her to solve a murder? The heroine is the only grandchild of Meg and Richard Gillentine, who raised her after her parents died twenty years ago.
She is tall and gorgeous, but her duty to her profession keeps her from taking advantage of her good looks. Working with her are her best friend and shop manager, Chelsea Bedford, and her assistant manager Miguel Diaz. Heather is determined to prove to her grandparents that she is worthy of the trust they showed when they turned the garden center over to her. The murder of a client and the clues pointing to Heather's employee and mentor, Walter, sends her searching for the real killer.
Walter definitely looks guilty, but Heather is sure—well, almost positive—okay, she certainly hopes her friend and mentor is innocent.
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Heather is compelled to scour the fictional North Central Texas town of Gamble Grove to exonerate her old friend. Or, is Kurt just interested in spending time with Heather? The muscles in my stomach were like vise grips clenched on my insides as I drove past the other vehicles and parked.
Sickly dread overwhelmed me at what I might find. I wanted to turn my car around and drive home and run up to my bed and pull the covers over my head. No such luxury for me. Steve Harris sat beside him. Bad vibes shot through me. A uniformed policeman and another man stood talking to Miguel. Miguel looked ashen and ill, but he nodded to me. Steve said nothing, merely hung his head. The officer turned to me. What's happened? Steve looked up, but said nothing. Miguel looked as if he were trying to send me some sort of signal.
The man in plainclothes quieted Miguel with a glance as he stepped forward. Good heavens, what a giant. Must be six-four with shoulders broad as our truck. Even a long, tall Texas gal like myself had to look up to meet his gaze. What a gaze it was. We need to ask you a few questions. Why are you questioning Mr. Diaz and Mr. We want to speak with Mr. No one here seems to know where Mr. Sims is. Rockwell dead and Walter missing? Panic rose with the bile in my throat.
At that moment, paramedics wheeled a gurney bearing a black body bag past the truck and loaded it into the ambulance. And Walter hated him. Carole King was in my head, and the earth really did move. Dropping away from my feet, leaving me drifting. The sky tumbled down. Swirling, everything was swirling. Spiraling around me. I thought I might throw up or pass out—or both. The detective stepped forward and grabbed my arm, anchoring me in the mixed up universe. Maybe you should sit on the truck by Diaz and Harris.
But the sky still tumbled, the earth spiraled around me. I was a kid spinning until I was drunk with dizziness. Sky flipped places with earth. I shrugged off his hand intent on levering myself onto the bed. But I stood there as if in a trance. The detective hoisted me up onto the truck as if I were a small kid. I sat there wondering if I were going to pass out.
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