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Tierney James, Author

Lipstick & Danger

To Kill or Not to Kill–On paper of course!

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Uncategorized
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Guess who I bumped into last week? The vivacious Shirley McCann. No matter where you see her she has a smile on her face and a bounce in her step. After catching up she graciously gave me an interview. Shirley, share with readers who you are in real life.
 I’m
a wife, mother, and grandmother who likes to kill people on paper. I’ve had
numerous short stories published over the years in various publications. I
currently work part time in a brainless job, which sometimes allows me time to
write.
What
most inspires you?
The
need to live in a fictional world for awhile. Life is stressful. In fiction,
you know things will turn out okay in the end.
You
write mysteries and suspense. Where does that come from?
I’ve
always loved mysteries. I grew up on Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. I love the
adrenalin souring through my body when the hero/heroine is trying to survive. Of
course, that doesn’t mean I want to experience that in real life. Fiction is
just fine.
If
you won the lottery and had to give half of it away, what or who would you give
it to and why?
I’d
give it to my family – mom, two brothers, sister and two kids. I’d want them
all to be as financially comfortable as me. I could only be happy if they were
financially set too. Then, with my share, I’d donate some to a homeless
shelter. I saw on Twitter once where a lady made scarves and donated them to
shelters in the winter. I thought that was so nice. We all can do some little
thing now. It doesn’t have to be a lot.
When
you write how do you envision your characters? In other words, how do they form
in your writing head?
Since
I’m a pantser, at first they’re more like stick people to me. I don’t have a
clear picture when I start. But as the story evolves and their lives evolve
they become more real. I picture my characters in a movie of sorts, so I’m
watching them as they go along.
What
are your favorite kinds of things to read?
I
love suspense, but I also love a good romance. Sometimes after reading a lot of
suspense, it’s nice to sit down with a short romance novel and come back to
earth for awhile with a happily ever after. I also like to read biographies.
I’m not that picky. If it’s a good book, I’ll usually give it a shot.
Fill
out this favorite list for me:
1.  Music – 60’s ROCK. You might see me bopping
in my car sometimes.
2.  Movie – Dirty Dancing. In my dreams, I can
dance like that. But not in real life.
3.  Place – HOME. Usually in Pajamas with a huge
bowl of popcorn, a cup of green tea, and a good book.
4.  Famous person –Mick
Jagger. He’s been my idol since I was young.
5.  Food – Enchiladas. My mom’s is the best.
6.  Actor – I don’t keep up, but if I have to
pick one, I guess it would be Mark Harmon, cause I love NCIS.
7.  Musician – Mick
Jagger. See # 4
8.  Restaurant – Olive
Garden and Mexican Villa
9.  Animal – Dog.
10.  Flower – Carnation
11.  Author(s) – Mary
Higgins Clark, David Baldacci, Harlen Coben. I also love to read indie authors.
There’s some really good ones out there.
When
you write do you outline or just jump in with both feet?
Definitely
both feet. I sometimes try to go back and outline after the first draft, but it
doesn’t always work for me. I like to start with a dead body, though.
Tell
us how to reach you on social media.
List
your books & buy links
The
Scarry Inn
Anonymously
Yours
Got Time? 13 Solve It Yourself Mysteries
A Collection – 13 Short Mysteries
The Necklace – A Middle Grade Mystery

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  1. Comment by Beth
    April 1, 2015 3:08 pm

    Nice interview, ladies. I'm a pantser, too, Shirley, and also envision a movie of sorts as my writing and characters evolve. I didn't know we had that in common!

  2. Comment by Janet Kay Gallagher
    April 1, 2015 10:54 pm

    Great interview. I bought The Scarry Inn Haven't had time to read it yet. Looking forward to it.

  3. Comment by Shirley
    April 1, 2015 11:06 pm

    You just never know, do you Beth?

  4. Comment by Shirley
    April 1, 2015 11:06 pm

    Thanks Jan. I hope you enjoy it.

  5. Comment by Chuck Robertson
    April 9, 2015 1:59 am

    There's a lot of good stuff here. I especially like reading about how your characters develop over time. That's the way it works for mine, too.


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