Just so you know, I originally met Nike online through the Grace Awards. She is sort of in charge over there you know, being the founding board member and all, and so when my novel Split Sense won for speculative fiction back in 2011, she was the one to notify me. That was an exciting time… but I digress.
Nike also has a new book out. The first in a promising new series. I just finished reading it and I give it two thumbs up! You can purchase Harmful Intent here.
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Nike asked me these four questions:
What am I working on?
I just started writing a new mystery series that I’m very excited about. Set in the Upper Peninsula along Lake Superior, a husband and wife sleuthing team, Blake and Shelby Gunner, will solve murders while trying to keep their dilapidated Bed & Breakfast –The Drunken Sailor –from falling into complete disrepair and trying to maintain a full house of paying customers. Blake – or “Gun” as his fellow police officers called him before retiring from the force after a debilitating gunshot wound – is still an investigator at heart. His wife, Shelby, is in love with acting and the theatre. She wants to start a small town theatre company and host productions. When murder happens, she falls happily into the role of sleuth and acts her way right into trouble. Between the two of them, they start Double Barrel Investigations off with a bang.
How does my work differ from others?
Every writer’s work differs from others. Like fingerprints or DNA, each one of us has our quirks, habits, certain way of expressing ourselves – even a partiality to certain words. I think my writing is filled with a lot of self-deprecating humor. I find myself writing characters with a lot of flaws, insecurities, or lack of confidence. They end up finding the strength, confidence or ability they need to solve the case, fall in love, or be a superhero. Of course there are always exceptions to the rules. Some of my characters have plenty of self-confidence and end up getting into trouble because of it.
Why do I write what I write?
My writing has gone in many different directions. Publishers usually like writers to stick to a certain genre and never deviate from that. But I prefer to flaunt rules and so I decided to self-publish. I write what I write because that is the story I’m consumed with at the time.
How does my writing process work?
As with my new series, The Double Barrel Mysteries, the first glimpse of my characters and plot come to me while I’m dreaming. I wake up, lay there half asleep for a while, pondering the different directions my story can take, than jump up and type some notes on my computer before I forget anything important. Apparently, a half asleep brain is the best tool for plotting.
I usually learn who my characters are a little bit at a time by coming up with snippets of conversation they have with other characters. I write these down and sometimes use them later in the novel.
I’m a “seat-of-the-pants” writer, so I have a sketchy plotline and just start writing. Somewhere along the line I realize exactly what’s going on with my characters and where they are headed and I follow, typing as fast as I can.
Now let me introduce you to some of my writer friends! These women are great writers and have awesome stories that would make wonderful summer reads! Check them out! (bunny photo purchased from fotolia.com)
Rebekah Lyn is a popular Indie writer with a strong following of loyal readers who enjoy her inspirational novels of Faith, Adventure, and Hope. She is a Christian with a heart for new beginnings, and her desire is to reflect that in each of her books. Rebekah writes character-driven novels, which she hopes will engulf the reader in a great story and leave them stronger in their faith. One Summer Storms reviewer said, “Something about this author’s writing style reminds me of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series.” Her first published novel was released in October, 2011, and three of her current books have received solid ratings in the Christian Fiction category on Amazon.com. She has two distinct series developed, with further books planned for each series.
Tammy Doherty lives on a small farm in central MA with her husband and two children. She is the author of 3 Christian Historical Romances and is currently working on contemporary romantic suspense novels. When not writing, Tammy enjoys working on the family perennial farm and spending time with her kids. Life in small-town New England provides much fodder for fun novels.
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