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Randee Green, another Authors18 member, is on the blog today to talk about her book, Criminal Misdeeds, which is out now through Coffeetown Press.

Welcome, Randee!

Name: Randee Green

Book Title: Criminal Misdeeds

Book Genre: Mystery

Release Date: July 1, 2018

What’s your book about?

Detective Carrie Shatner is related to a whole bunch of criminals. And it’s up to her to determine if one of them is now a murderer.

How did you come up with the idea for CRIMINAL MISDEEDS?

I first came up with Carrie Shatner when I was a senior in high school. This was way back in late 2005/early 2006. At that time, I was reading a lot of mystery novels starring strong, female sleuths, and I decided I was going to attempt creating one of my own. I later gave Carrie an extended family full of criminals, and based the novel around their crimes and her misplaced family loyalty.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you have to do any research?

As I always say, it took “too long” to write CRIMINAL MISDEEDS. Even though I came up with Carrie Shatner’s character in late 2005/early 2006, it wasn’t until January 2011 that I finally began to write the book that would someday become CRIMINAL MISDEEDS. I wrapped up the novel and started querying agents during the summer of 2014.

The majority of the research I did for CRIMINAL MISDEEDS involved crime scene investigation and police investigation. I also did some research into the Texas Rangers and the Texas Department of Public Safety because one of my main characters, Jerrod Hardy, is a sergeant with the Texas Rangers.

How did you celebrate when you learned that CRIMINAL MISDEEDS was going to be published?

Since my agent and I primarily communicate through email, I knew something was up when she called me back in late January 2017. I assumed she was either calling to tell me that we’d finally gotten a deal or that we had run out of options. Luckily she was calling to tell me that Coffeetown Press wanted to offer me a three book deal. I was at work at the time, so I had to refrain from screaming in excitement. Instead, I collapsed in my chair and just about passed out. It wasn’t until a few hours later – once the shock had worn off – that it finally hit me that all my hard work was finally going to pay off. That’s when I sat down and cried.

What’s one piece of advice that you would offer your younger writer self?

I would tell myself to just write the damn thing. Don’t let anyone or anything get in the way, and to just write. It will all work out in the end.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

Website: randeegreen.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/randeegreenauthor

Twitter: @RandeeGReen_12

Instagram: randee_green_author

Pinterest: RandeeGreenAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40583335-criminal-misdeeds?ac=1&from_search=true

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“A fun, Texas-style whodunit told with wry humor, quirky characters, and a sleuth you’ll want for a best friend. Never a dull moment!”

– Dianne Freeman, author of A LADY’S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE AND MURDER

Thank you, Randee! Criminal Misdeeds is available now.

As far back as the Shatners can be traced, they have been breaking the law and running from it. It’s a family tradition. Now Carrie Shatner is a detective and crime-scene technician with the Wyatt County Sheriff’s Department in Eastern Texas. Over the years, she has tried to distance herself from her family’s criminal activities. But that is easier said than done.

The Shatner family is celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Wyatt County Fairgrounds in their usual style: illegal fireworks, homemade moonshine, and a near brawl. After shutting down the party, Carrie does a final sweep of the fairgrounds and finds a dead body in a dumpster.

Good news: the dead man is not a Shatner. Bad news: the Shatners are now suspects in a homicide investigation. Soon the fairgrounds are overrun with law enforcement, including Sergeant Jerrod Hardy, a Texas Ranger. The victim is Kyle Vance, Carrie’s ex-boyfriend and a member of the Palmer family, who have been feuding with the Shatners since the Civil War.

Despite serious misgivings, Hardy allows Carrie to help him investigate. He knows she physically couldn’t have beaten Vance to death, but he wonders if she is covering for a family member.

AUTHOR BIO

Randee Green’s passion for reading began in grade school with LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, as well as a master’s and an MFA in Creative Writing. When not writing, she’s usually reading, indulging in her passion for Texas country music, traveling, or hanging out with her favorite feline friend, Mr. Snookums G. Cat.

EXCERPT FROM CRIMINAL MISDEEDS – THESE ARE THE OPENING LINES

I come from a long line of criminals.

Moonshiners, rumrunners, and drug dealers. Horse thieves and carjackers. Bank robbers, burglars, pickpockets, and con artists. And then there has been the occasional killer. You name it, whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor, somewhere along the line a member of my family has committed it.

As far back as the Shatner family could be traced – from southern England to the mountains of western North Carolina, and now to the Piney Woods of East Texas – we had been breaking the law. And running from it, too.

 It was a family tradition.

You see, the Shatners have never swum in the baby pool of life. We’ve always been out in the deep end, and we jumped in headfirst.


I’d like to welcome fellow Authors18 writer, Carolyn Walker, to the blog today. She is the author of Immortal Descent, out now.

Great to have you on the blog, Carolyn! Let’s get started, shall we?

Name: Carolyn Walker

Book Title: Immortal Descent

Genre: Fantasy thriller

How would you describe your latest book?

One man learns the truth about immortality— a truth that no living soul on earth can escape and one so big, history may have to be rewritten.

What sparked the idea for Immortal Descent?

My fascination with immortality led me to begin writing this story. I wanted to explore the great “what ifs” in our history.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you have to do any research?

It took me about a year to draft the whole novel. Then a few more months for edits. My story pulls from ancient lore, religion and history so I did a TON of research!

How did you celebrate when you learned Immortal Descent was going to be published?

I pretty much called everyone I knew and squealed over the phone!

If you were speaking to someone who hasn’t read your writing before, why should they want to read Immortal Descent?

If they seek a very well-written, deeply descriptive and original story, I would recommend IMMORTAL DESCENT. I also focus heavily on the backstories and struggles of my characters to get a clearer understanding of WHY they do what they do. I have that psychological element to the story that makes it a deeper and more meaningful read. I think readers seeking a new take on an old trope would enjoy my story a lot.

Are you working on another book? Looks like Immortal Descent is the start to a series. 

I sure am! I am currently working on a couple of things. In the Immortal Series, I’m working on book 2 right now. I also have a women’s fiction story and a sci-fi thriller in the works as well.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

Don’t doubt yourself! I spent a lot of time doing that and wondering if I could succeed. Just doing is so much better than speculating!

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

I am everywhere online! 🙂 Here’s some links to find me online and connect.

AUTHOR LINKS:
Website: https://carolynmwalker.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carolynmwalkerwrites/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissWriteWise

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17271041.Carolyn_M_Walker

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misswritewise/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/misswri/

BOOK LINKS:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VJBMW2/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1128631880

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36582427-immortal-descent

OR if you want to go to a one-stop shop to find me, visit this convenient page here:

https://carolynmwalker.wordpress.com/contact/get-connected-with-carolyn-m-walker/

Thank you, Carolyn! Immortal Descent is available now.

Deep in the caves of rural Western Germany, the truth about immortality has remained a secret for centuries, but now that secret is about to break free…

Ethan West knows what it means to be different. With a haunted past and a strange sixth sense he sometimes can’t control, Ethan’s in search of a better future. Instead, he’s brutally attacked. Narrowly saved by the beautiful and mysterious Rue, Ethan quickly learns the world is darker and more bizarre than he had ever imagined. And sparing his life comes with a price: being reborn immortal. Now, a dark faction of ancient, cursed immortal beings known as Lorns are after him. And they want his rare, newly awakened soul.

AUTHOR BIO

Carolyn M. Walker is a California native and lover of all things literary. As an avid reader, she always enjoying new and exciting reads. Now as an avid storyteller, it is her mission to bring that same joy to her beloved readers. After earning her Bachelors in English Literature and Psychology, Carolyn went on to pen the draft for her first fiction novel and hasn’t looked back since. Aside from writing, she is also passionate about art, food, travel, history, and music. Carolyn now lives in sunny Florida with her husband and daughter. Carolyn’s debut novel Immortal Descent, comes out in April 2018.


Author Joy Norstrom is on the blog today. Her book, Out of Play is available now from Crooked Cat Books.

Welcome, Joy!

Name: Joy Norstrom

Book Title: Out of Play

Genre: Women’s Fiction

What sparked the idea for Out of Play?

I wanted to write the kind of story I enjoy reading, and for me those are the ones that make you laugh out loud in a doctor’s office, or blink back tears on a crowded bus.

Out of Play is about a married couple at a relationship standstill. The main character, Gillian, believes her husband is choosing his hobby (LARP) over spending time with her and misses the how connected they used to be. For those not sure what LARP is, it stands for Live Action Role-Play. It’s an immersive, character-driven game where participants dress in costume (ie:  medieval knight, goblin, elf) and interact with other characters in real time.

I first learned about LARP around the time I started writing Out of Play. I thought the idea of people immersing themselves in another world, even if only for a weekend, was fascinating and thought it might be a fun balance for some of the heavier relationship topics I wanted to explore.

How long did it take for you to write the book? Did you do have to do any research?

It was almost three years from the time I started writing Out of Play to the first time I held a published copy of the book in my hands. That includes the time it took to write, revise, edit, query, re-edit (fun, fun!) plus do all the other fun stuff that needs to happen when you publish with a small press.

And yes, I definitely spent time researching LARP as well as issues related to grief and loss as they are central themes in the book.

A lot of readers wonder if I (or my husband) LARP. The answer is no…or maybe, ‘not yet!’ I was lucky enough to have a Larper friend who was willing to beta read the manuscript for me. Beta reading involves going over a manuscript and providing feedback to a writer regarding what works and what’s complete crap. Obviously you’ve got to trust whoever betas for you and having thick-ish skin certainly doesn’t hurt. My beta reader suggested several YouTube videos and other online resources for me to check out and he also invited me to a local LARP meet-up.

The meet-up involved beers and discussing LARP with actual larpers. The group was very gracious to me. They answered my questions, occasionally switching in and out of character (yes!) and told me about things I wouldn’t have thought to ask about. 

As part of my research I also observed a few Viking re-enactments with my mother. Re-enactments are different from LARP as there is no game-play going on. The participants stay in character and can spend several hours or days in costume participating in activities that would have occurred in a real Viking village (minus the rape and pillage, thank goodness!). The participants made fishing nets and cooked over fires and made footwear from leather. They ‘battled’ with rubber tipped arrows and blunted swords and spears. Fun fact: A fairly rugged looking Viking hit on me during one of these re-enactments. It was rather uncomfortable especially with my mom present. This situation became the inspiration for my Ivan the Wanderer character.

How did you celebrate when you learned Out of Play was going to be published?

Oh gosh! I happened to be at work when I received the email. I was over-the-moon excited! Heart palpitations, giddy, all that good stuff. My family and friends were very supportive and thrilled for me. It’s often several months between knowing your book will be published and when it’s actually launched, so there was lots of time for impromptu celebrations over cider and wine and cake.

What’s one piece of advice you would offer your younger writer self?

Listen to your mom. Sometimes she’s right. If I never say it again, I’ve at least said it here. Several years ago she told me I should write a book. And what did I say? “Ya, right. I could never do that.” Yet here I am, an honest to goodness author. I wrote the whole damn thing, even the hard scenes that troubled me for days.

Where can readers find you (website, blog, social media, etc.)?

Readers can find me on:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/norstrom_joy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joynorstrom/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joy.norstromauthor

and my Website: www.joynorstrom.ca

And for those avid readers out there I can also be found on Goodreads and Litsy. I like to post about the books I’m reading and love swapping book recommendations.

Thank you, Joy! Out of Play is available now.

Hilarious, surprising and deeply moving. Out of Play explores themes of grief, loss and letting go.

Gillian is stuck in a humdrum marriage and is at a loss on how to fix it. Her husband regularly ditches her for weekend adventures participating in Live Action Role-Play, otherwise known as Larp.

With tensions running high, Gillian seeks professional advice. She is surprised when her therapist encourages her to try larp. “Who knows? It may make you smile. It may make you laugh. It may even improve your sex life. How terrible could it be?”

Gillian is skeptical, yet decides to give it a go. If larp doesn’t work a marital miracle, Gillian can walk away knowing she tried everything before giving up on her dysfunctional marriage.

Will going on a role-play adventure heal Gillian’s marriage, or will the game shed light on everything that is wrong?


Previous Interviews:

June 19, 2018: Joan Livingston Q&A

June 5, 2018: Elizabeth LaBan Q&A

May 22, 2018: Dawn Ius Q&A

May 8, 2018: Alice Castle Q&A

April 24, 2018: Isabella May Q&A

April 14, 2018: Margarita Montimore Q&A

 

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