Posts Tagged ‘mystery’

Today I am pleased to welcome best-selling author Amy Manemann!

Sexy Sleuthing –Only the Sassy Need Apply

My heroine in the Deadly Series (Investigative Reporter Taci Andrews) doesn’t wield a gun, nor does she drive a flashy car. She doesn’t have a full time boyfriend, and other than a few personal friends, has no social life whatsoever. So, what makes her considered a Sexy Sleuth? Simple. She has a sassiness about her that draws you in and leaves you wanting for more. And, as hot fireman Tony Parsons can attest to, she is pretty damn sexy when she’s in sleuthing mode.

While Taci doesn’t wield a gun (let alone know how to use one) she has a biting sense of humor that’ll cut you to the quick. Her car may be a Honda Civic that seems to spend more time in the repair shop than on the road, but at least it occasionally manages to get her to work on time. As for the boyfriend avenue, Tony Parsons would easily fit that bill if he wasn’t all hell bent on keeping her out of trouble.

So what are the requirements for Sexy Sleuthing, you might ask? Let me introduce you to Sexy Sleuthing 101:

1. Never let the bad guys see you squirm, even when they’re holding you at gunpoint.

2. Learn diversionary techniques, they come in handy when you need to escape said bad guys.

3. You’ll need to drive a nondescript car that’ll be good for tailing, but something you won’t miss too much if it gets parked next to a building that suddenly explodes.

4. Definitely flirt with hot firemen, even when they’re determined to get in the way of you doing your job.

5. Definitely get up close and personal with said hot fireman. You know, for the sake of job research.

And the most important rule of Sleuthing 101:

6. Always (and I can’t stress this enough) have a bag of Double stuffed Oreos on hand for that occasional emergency. Said emergencies would include (but are not limited to) broken hearts, meddling mother’s, annoying suck up brothers, friends with hyperactive children or just overall sexual frustration with a relationship that isn’t really a relationship. You know, the usual stuff.

So there you have it, Sexy Sleuthing 101 as told by investigative reporter, Taci Andrews. Now that you know the requirements, are you ready to join the Sexy Sleuthing ranks?

International best-selling author, Amy Manemann, is the author of Deadly Reunion and Deadly Science, the first two books of the Deadly Series (Taci Andrews Mysteries). She resides in her hometown along the Mississippi river with her husband and their two children, where she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, blogging and interviewing authors to feature on her website. Amy is also a site administrator for the World Literary Cafe.

Connect with Amy through her website www.amymanemann.webs.com or blog www.amymanemann.webs.com.

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Today I welcome Wendy Cartmell, author of the Sgt Major Crane novel, Steps to Heaven. She is participating in a December event – Holiday Sirens – and working on some exciting new books!

Tell us about the inspiration for your book – especially the main character, Sergeant Major Crane.

When I was considering writing a crime book, my husband and I discussed what could make my detective stand out from others and so, taking the old adage, write about what you know, we decided the lead character would be a detective with the Special Investigations Branch in the British Army and posted at Aldershot Garrison, where we used to live. My husband served 22 years in the British Army and was based for a time in Aldershot. The character of Sgt Major Crane is drawn from soldiers I have met and my imagination.

Who are some of your favorite authors? What genres do you gravitate toward?

Obviously I gravitate towards crime and thrillers. Ian Rankin is right up there as well as Lee Child and Stephen King.

Has writing always been a part of your life?

My working life has always in some ways been connected to writing. I worked in PR and marketing and wrote and edited a corporate in house newspaper. After having my children I went to University as a mature student and trained as a teacher. Within the degree were strands on Creative Writing and that got me writing children’s stories.

Are you a panster or a plotter?

Very definitely a plotter. I read a book by Elizabeth George the author of the Inspector Lindley books and she detailed how she wrote her books. This method definitely works for me. I plot the story arc first and then take each chapter in turn, writing down what needs to happen in each chapter to move the story forward. Once this is done I then start to write each chapter and scene, by visualising the story in my head. Sometimes the characters do and say what I thought they would, and sometimes they don’t and take over!

What are you working on now?

At the moment I am editing the second Sgt Major Crane Novel, 40 Days and 40 Nights. It was originally planned that Aldershot Garrison would host a Team GB Training Camp for their preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games. However, in 2010 the venue was changed to Loughborough University. This is the story of what could have happened if Team GB and then the Paralympians had held their Training Camp on Aldershot Garrison. Sgt Major Crane suspects there could be a terrorist cell on the Garrison, but no one believes him, of course!

I am in the planning stages of a third novel which deals with the issue of military rape. Both will be published in 2012.

Wendy is married with two grown-up children and and has been a school teacher and worked in sales, marketing, and publishing in her career. As a teacher, she frequently wrote children’s stories for use in the classroom.  While in PR, she wrote press releases and wrote and gave presentations at Media Launches and Sales Conferences.  She also wrote and was Editor of a corporate in-house magazine. She is now retired and lives on the Costa del Sol in Spain dreaming up new mysteries for Sgt Major Crane.

Connect with Wendy at her blog or on Twitter @WendyCartmell.

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Wendy, who recently reviewed Come the Shadows, has read and reviewed One Final Night on her blog. She doesn’t normally touch short stories but liked the book enough to give this one a chance.


She liked it even more than the book and says (I hope she doesn’t mind me quoting her email.) “skip the mysteries and just go for drama!”

And she pointed out that’s a genre issue more than any issue with the writing of Come the Shadows – she’s not really a mystery person. Either way, I was very gratified by her overwhelming love for the short story.

Check out her review here.

And, as always, One Final Night is free here, here, and here.

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In addition to writing I love photography. I consider them linked, as both are involved in catching moments. Photography captures the moments that are beautiful, important, artistic, sad, mundane, heartwarming, special, or horrific. Writing does the same thing. I wish I could snap every important moment, and more  than a few of the small ones that seem unimportant at the time.

Today I was driving home from the grocery story and I drove across a bridge covering a railroad line. I rarely notice them, but this time I happened to look over and see a train passing underneath. I saw car after car filled with coal and immediately itched to have a camera in my hand.

At first glance it’s a simple moment – a train full of coal. But there’s so much meaning there.

To staunch environmentalists that is a horrific sight.

To the eye it was an ordered, artistic sight with a long line of identical cars stretched into the distance.

It could also symbolize progress, industry, the might of the people who put it on the move (including the one who flattened the peak on every last car).

Pictures with layers of meaning and symbolism always attract my attention. And I strive to bring the same to my writing – plot, characters, subtle moments, humor, societal issues, and so many other aspects make the story much more than a simple mystery, romance, or tragedy.

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