Lindsay, please tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Connecticut and am the product of a dysfunctional family. Dad was Navy. Mom Army. If you know anything about the military that’s almost as bad as having one parent in the Army, the other a Marine. Since I never really took to the water, when I started writing my stories they tended to have Army slant to them. But that wasn’t enough. I knew that the best stories, don’t forget I write mystery/thriller and suspense, had to have a little humor in them and since I have a collie I thought that including one in the story would be the perfect foil. So that’s how, in this case, Dakota, a tri-color rough collie, and Emily ended up together. One smart. One smarter. Some of Dakota’s personality comes from the collie that owns me.
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Final Mission- Her mission for today, to complete a special prisoner’s transfer. Tomorrow, back to the States and Fort Leonard Wood for school to follow her dream-CID Special Agent. She bit back a smile not wanting to make her new trainees jealous. Even though they knew, she was leaving the boiler plate of the world.
She and two other MP’s had been ordered to transfer a high profile and dangerous Al-Qaida leader from Tuz back to Baghdad. She’d chuckled, she thought to herself, when her commanding officer had said ‘dangerous’. Oops. His iron stare stopped her laughter almost before it started.
A Body in the Snow- For him to be late wasn’t the norm. Especially when it came to food. And tonight was special-roast beef, roast potatoes, pan drip gravy; everything he liked and deserved after the last case. If not for him, she’d be dead or worse; so severely injured that she’d never recover.
With confirmed reports that the brown haired man was back in the area, she had new cause to worry. Had the terrorist gotten her partner before he reached home and safety?
She prayed not.
She’d chased the brown haired man over half the country. At one point even thinking that he’d disappeared to Europe. But that turned out to be an unsubstantiated rumor. A trail of dead soldiers marked his wake. Once, she thought she’d had him cornered but a traitor helped the man escape. That man now is basking in the Caribbean sun at Gitmo.
Right Place, Wrong Day- At first she couldn’t understand the bugged-eyed look the soldier was giving her. Her gut told her it wasn’t the sudden, unexpected sight of her ID. Then she realized she hadn’t put any clothes on. She was still in her panties and t-shirt.
She started to backpedal deeper into the tent when the man started to reach in. Before he knew it, he found his wrist in a collie’s jaw grip.
Frozen in terror, the soldier was about to call for help when Emily said, “If you know what’s good for you, first set your weapon on the ground, then smile at my dog.”
As she wiggled into a pair of jeans, which wasn’t easy one-handed, the other still in possession of her pistol, she tried not to laugh as the poor soldier did as he was told.
Dog on Fishing- Early afternoon found the four streamside. Each at what they hoped and prayed would be the lucky spot. Actually, Emily was standing knee deep in the water, needing the extra space for back casting.
Meanwhile, Dakota had found himself the perfect spot overlooking the water. A maple tree provided the perfect amount of shade, while the sun warmed, weather flattened and smoothed, rock afforded him the perfect sleeping platform. From this vantage point he could keep an eye on the humans. And from past experience with them, they needed all the looking after he could muster.
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…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I became a writer late in life, 2006 to be exact. Prior to then I’d dabbled in nonfiction with occasional forays into fiction, from which I haven’t looked back.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
I got the idea from two TV shows for my latest, ongoing, Emily Dahill, CID series.
One, a popular CBS Tuesday night show, tends to use forensic technology in a lab run by one person. The characters dynamics is interesting because if how they treated each other in real life, one or more would be fired.
The other show, now in reruns, is a military court room show. Here the primary male character is always sticking his nose in where it might not want to be. He comes off, to me, as a self-centered egotistical individual. He makes the female lead tell him everything that’s bothering her but when she asks about him he shuts her out.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Yes. All the characters, from Emily, Dakota and her team, are from my imagination. Even the minor characters. However, the villain and victims names might be from people that I don’t like. So, if any of you get me mad, be careful as you might end up, or at least part of your name will, end up in one of my stories.
Where do you go to do your research?
Quite a bit of my research is done on the internet, Wikipedia in particular. I also check military blogs and website. I’ve got several friends in the Army and other branches of the service and have, on occasion, called on them for help. I also watch and have saved to my DVR many military documentaries that at times I’ll refer to.
I do most of my research online, too. How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
From concept to starting the writing to completion is pretty much the same for each story. The first thing I’ll come up with is a story concept. For example: the next book in the Emily Dahill, CID series started with the exchange of blog comments back in April. Several of us were talking about attics and secret rooms and passageways and from those few words I got the basic idea for A Body in the Attic. This is a novella which is contracted to Astraea Press and with luck should be released in the next month or so. For the four stories in Emily Dahill, CID Part 1 the last three started out as posts for my blog but when I found people were liking them I needed a reason for her to have a collie as her partner, hence Final Mission was born.
With all the stories, from shorts to full, interlock with each other and to date I’ve got somewhere in the vicinity of fourteen stories either written, being written or have the concept for.
For how long it takes to write one of the stories, that’s really hard to answer. I guess it depends on what’s involved. For insistence A Body in the Attic took about two months. I’ve got several stories that only took a week or two to write.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
My current project is the first full book, 65K minimum, in the series. The tentative title is Terror on the Mountain and the beginning of this book is the ending to A Body in the Attic.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write. Write. And write some more. Have faith in yourself and your stories. Learn the craft If you can either take workshops on line or in person.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I’m lucky that I am able to write at work. I try not to do any at home, unsuccessfully at times especially when I need to get a story finished for Tuesday Tales.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
I found Astraea Press by sheer luck. I participate in Six Sentence Sunday and one day while reading a post I found out they were looking for authors to take part in a fund raiser for Japan Relief. Since the maximum word count for this project was 10K and the four stories I had were over that I took the chance and submitted to them.
What was my journey like? Long, hard, with plenty of rejection letters. But I knew that was part of the process so I didn’t give up. I knew I had a good product and just needed the right publisher to showcase it.
I'm glad you didn't give up. Persevering as a writer through all the speed bumps is what will bring you to success. How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My friends are very supportive of me, my writing and career. Frequently, I’ll run an idea past one or more of them to see how it would work in the current story. One of them even is my beta-reader and has caught mistakes I even missed.
Lindsay, thanks so much for guesting today. I enjoyed chatting with you and finding out more about your work.
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