The Writers’ Lens is about "Bringing fiction into focus"–what brings your writing into focus, the characters, the stories, the love of words? What brings my writing into focus tends to vary. Sometimes it begins with a spark from something I’ve read like an interesting article in a newspaper or magazine. I’ll start to imagine a plot and characters that relate. With Death Legacy two things sparked the novel. First, I was intrigued by an article I read in a magazine about a provocative case of international espionage and murder that remained unsolved. That gave me the initial idea. The characters are imaginary, but share some characteristics with real people. I don’t like formula fiction so I really try to make my main characters complex, realistic people with both faults and good qualities.
How do you find time to write? I cheated. I took an early retirement. My job was very demanding and although I wrote consistently, I really wanted a chance to write fulltime. I miss the paycheck, but other than that, I really have no regrets. I’m an early riser and like to work before the normal workday begins. I start at five a.m., take a short breakfast break around 8, and then continue to 10 or 11 a.m. I work again in the afternoon or evening as time permits. But I’m on the computer just about every day. I believe writers need to discipline themselves as if they were at a normal job. It’s the only way to accomplish anything worthwhile.
What do you think readers will like about your book? I gave ARCs out to a number of typical readers, not close friends or relatives, because I wanted feedback. Responses I got:
* This book is exciting, once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.
*I really enjoyed the romance between the two main characters, the relationship was hot and there was also humor.
* It was a good mystery thriller; I didn’t guess the ending.
What's your favorite writing accessory or reference? I love dictionaries and encyclopedias. I actually read them for pleasure. I still like print editions best.
What's your favorite way to interact with fans/readers? I enjoy blogging, reading the comments that are left for me, and responding to them. I comment on Facebook and enjoy interacting there as well. I also comment on Goodreads.
DEATH LEGACY, a fast-paced romantic suspense mystery/thriller, features Michelle Hallam who heads a unique consulting firm she inherited from her deceased uncle, a former intelligence agent. Called to the French Riviera for business under mysterious circumstances, Michelle meets Dr. Daniel Reiner, a handsome young psychiatrist. They have a strong physical attraction but Michelle remains wary of being involved with him. Daniel’s friendly, warm personality and urban wit stands in contrast to Michelle’s outward facade of cool cynicism. In New York, Michelle reconnects with Dr. Reiner when she sends him a referral, her client, Nora Parker, who has asked Michelle to look into the suspicious disappearance and possible death of her husband. The complex case involves both Michelle and Daniel in espionage, international intrigue, and murder, placing their lives in jeopardy. The novel combines elements of suspense, mystery, and romance.
Available from: http://www.amazon.com/Death-Legacy-Five-Star-Mystery/dp/1432825739
*Since Five Star/Gale is mainly a publisher that sells hardcover novels to libraries, you can request this novel at your local library.
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