I’ve always loved mysteries. I started with Boxcar Children, then Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, then Agatha Christie. Since I love to read them, it seemed only natural for me to write them.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When I had my kids and grandkids.
How has being published changed your life?
It made me believe that I am a real writer. The fact that someone thought my stories were good enough to put out there into the world has been a true blessing to me. It’s given me confidence to keep going.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading a science fiction book called The Rook. It’s a fun book about people in the government with secret powers.
What is your current work in progress?
Another mystery in Pinion Creek, this one involves Tori and her twin sister Libby. There have been two murders, and the twins’ brother has been arrested for the crime.
What would be your dream vacation?
We’re actually going to
in the spring. I can’t
wait to see the green countryside, and all the things I read about in books. Scotland
How do you choose your settings for each book?
It’s sound advice to write what you know, so I chose a small town in the mountains of
I live in Colorado Colorado, and I patterned Pinion
Creek off a mix between a real town called Estes
Park, and a larger city like the one
where I live. Denver
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Marilyn Hickey. I feel she has so much wisdom to impart, and I could listen to her for hours.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to play golf, eat out, and take walks in nature.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Finding time to write is difficult these days with a full time-plus job. It’s hard to switch my brain from the left analytical side that I need for my job to the right creative side. I’m not sure I’ve overcome it yet. Still working on it though!
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Keep learning. Go to every conference you can, read all the writing books you can get your hands on, and keep going even if it seems you aren’t getting anywhere. At the right time, God will bring it to pass if you don’t give up.
Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Maggie Schreiber finds her Aunt Esther murdered in the quiet neighborhood of
. In order to deal
with her loss, Maggie begins to read Aunt Esther's diaries, but before she gets
far, most of the books are stolen. Then, her sister is attacked, and her house
is set on fire. At the funeral, Esther's life was celebrated for her generosity
and caring, but what was really going on with Aunt Esther? Can Maggie stay
alive long enough to protect her sister and discover what secrets the diaries
Please give us the first page of the book.
The body rested where she fell, and he stared at her, bile rising in his throat. Why wouldn’t she listen? In the adjoining room, a jagged piece of a china cup sported an unbroken pink rose, smirking up at him, taunting in its simplicity. He ground it under his heel, and wiped the dust on the rug. Everything had to be perfect, nothing could be left here to identify him. He itched to leave, jumping out of his skin, but haste now would prove disastrous.
A thud echoed through the house. He froze, his heartbeat elevating. Was someone upstairs? There couldn’t be. His palms began to sweat. Maybe it came from outside. If someone was up there, they would have peeked down the stairs by now, it was human nature. Which meant they could identify him. With a shaky hand he grabbed a knife, and started for the stairs. Only one way to be sure.
Footsteps tromped on the wooden front porch. He jumped, knocking against a chair. Cursing under his breath, he positioned the knife handle in his closed fist, an extension of his hand. Why hadn’t she told him she was expecting company? The visitor fumbled around until the doorbell rang. Maybe they’d go away. Or if someone was on the floor above, it would draw them out. Either way, he couldn’t risk any witnesses.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My blog, An Encouraging Word can be found at www.cewaterman.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/chriswaterman.547
Thank you, C E, for sharing this book with me and my blog readers. I love reading mysteries and suspense novels, too.
Readers, here are links to the book.Deadly Diaries - Paperback
Deadly Diaries (Pinion Creek) - Kindle
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