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Guest Post by the Author
During my two-year attempt at acting, I had the pleasure of meeting actor Dan Lauria. He was a guest speaker at an actor’s workshop held by my agent at the time in Colorado.
If you are not familiar with him, he was the dad on the family show The Wonder Years, and I loved him in it. A while back, I got to see him in a 1988 movie called David. He played the role of a disturbed father which was a huge difference compared to his role as the grumpy and caring dad on the show. After the movie was over, I realized how frustrated I’d become watching him play this character. It had distorted my view of the guy I looked forward to seeing each week.
Once I’d gotten over that the movie was based on a true story, I told myself that Dan Lauria was doing his job as an actor. He’d honed his craft. That was one of the moments that helped me decide that acting wasn’t for me. I wanted to be behind the camera and write. The similarities in each artist’s performance, whether it is on screen or paper, are meant to touch an audience. But to make any of it real, I had to do what Dan did—make my writing a priority.
Fast forward to today. As I look back and reflect, it has been a long, long road. Going to conferences and treating my writing like a business on an author budget was tough. Except my desire to be a writer was stronger than my addiction to avocados. With all of the ups and downs, the easiest thing for me would have been to give quit. But that’s the one thing I refused to do. When my books weren’t selling, I kept writing. When the rejection letters poured in, I kept writing. When I reached the point of exhaustion, I took a nap and started a new chapter.
I’ll never forget what my writing mentor told me. She said, “Keep your head low and just write.” And that’s what I’m doing.
About the Books
case involves the killing of an undercover cop working to bring down
the mob for prostitution and drugs.
whom she’d killed in self-defense. Unsure whether to keep her baby or
place the child of this cruel man up for adoption, Lily keeps the
pregnancy a secret from her colleagues.
local mob boss only to find out her suspect is also wanted by them.
But before Lily can warn her team, she and her new partner, Jeremiah,
are shot at, and another body is found.
pulled into a conflict that swirls around the boss’s son who’s
hell-bent on revenge.
might still be alive if it wasn’t for opportunistic Assistant
District Attorney, Ibee Walters, who has a twisted vision of
that point to Ibee and Jeremiah – placing Lily’s life and her unborn
child in danger.
brink of divorce. Now she’s lead on a multiple murder
are discovered. One look at the way the bodies have been posed and
Lily knows her sister’s killer is back.
had arranged to meet a man going by the handle CtryGeek23 on the
social networking site Scatter.
she digs around, clues point her to a local brewery where she
discovers the body of another young woman.
at work, and CtryGeek23 is the mastermind.
discovers she may not be who she thinks she is at all.
wondering how well anybody knows anyone…
realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime
fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down
with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded
the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law
enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online
library for crime writers who need help with their book research.
book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe.
now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible.
She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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