Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Murder at Granite Falls is the fourth book in my Big Sky Secrets series for Love Inspired Suspense. The books are connected through a childhood experience--the murder of a close childhood friend. I initially wondered how such a tragedy would affect three young girls into their adulthood, but this fourth book branches away from that concept and involves the missing sister of one of those initial characters. Kris (Fatal Burn) and her sister Emma were orphaned and in the foster care system when Emma disappeared.
Though this is a series, each book definitely stands alone.
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
What a great question! I love a lively discussion about writing. I would probably chose a disparate group of writers from various walks of Christian fiction. It's hard to choose from the many writers I admire, but I think Lyn Cote, Brandilyn Collins, Lenora Worth, James Rubart, James Scott Bell, and Debra Clopton would make a lively and fun evening!
Yes, they would. I'd love to be there to watch and listen. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Good question, again. Hmmmm.....Deeanne Gist, Lynn Austin, Lyn Cote (again! She writes both contemporary and historical, and is such fun to talk to), Delia Parr, Nancy Moser, and newcomer Pamela Nissen might be a fun mix!
Yes, they would. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
I've written thirty books, now. I left my day job last fall and write fulltime, but still wish I had forty-eight hour days! No matter what happens in one's personal life, with family or a day job, deadlines still need to be met. And it isn’t just the book deadlines themselves--there's so much one can do with one's visibility on the Internet these days, if one has the time. It's a whole new world out there, and my resolution for 2011 is to expand my horizons in that regard!
Just don't let it take over your time. You have to learn to control it. Tell us about the featured book.
Everyone in Granite Falls tells Carrie Randall the same thing. Is it a threat, or a warning?
Yet even if it endangers her fresh start, Carrie needs to know what secret the town’s hiding. There’s her troubled student and his disturbing drawings. His fiercely protective father, and the mysterious death of his mother. And Carrie definitely has to find out more about the bad reputation of her standoffish new landlord, Logan Bradley. She wants to trust him, but she’s been fooled by charm before. Is the town wrong about him—or is she?
Big Sky Secrets: In Montana’s wide-open spaces, danger and love are waiting.
I just love your suspense novels. Please give us the first page of the book.
Tightening her grip on the steering wheel, Carrie Randall glanced again in her rear view mirror. The vehicle was still behind her. Billy? It couldn't be. She'd been so very, very careful.
She'd caught a better glimpse of the car while negotiating a set of hairpin turns at a higher elevation. Not close enough to identify the make and model, but close enough to be fairly certain it was the same one that had tailed her for the last two hours.
It had dropped back when she'd stopped for gas before starting over the mountain pass.
Crept closer after that.
She palmed her cell phone, checking the number of reception bars on the screen. Zero. No surprise, in this isolated part of the Montana Rockies, where bears probably outnumbered the two-footed residents, three-to-one.
She glanced again at the odometer. Ten miles to the town of Granite Falls. The lane leading to her new home should be coming up in less than a mile. But if her ex-husband was following her, the last thing she wanted was to lead him right to her door.
An ear-splitting yowl erupted from the cage on the seat behind her, followed by the frantic scrabbling of paws. "It's okay, Harley. Just hang on."
She stepped on the gas. Rocketed past the little gravel lane that wound into the pines off to the left that led to her rented cabin.
And then she headed straight for town.
I can't wait to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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