Serving Up New Authors
THE SPEED DATING FOR READERS INTERVIEWS this week come from Texas and Oklahoma. You may have seen Saralyn Richard on Instagram with her adorable sheepdog visiting schools, libraries and community groups. But she doesn’t just write children’s books. There is some pretty exciting mysteries going on in her head too. Then there is Sid Martin who has the law after him. Well actually I mean he is a lawyer and uses it to his advantage. But I’ll let him tell you about all that. So lets meet these interesting writers who have some good advice too.
I’m Saralyn Richard, known at times for speed-driving, speed-laundering, speed-cooking, and speed-reading, but speed-dating? Not so much. I write books for children and adults, and I’m partial to mysteries. Not that I enjoy killing characters, but sometimes it comes with the territory.
One of my favorite spots is Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania. Nestled into the lush farmland outside of Philadelphia, it is home to horse owners and artists, alike. Large country mansions dot the landscape, and the nearby Brandywine River Art Museum and Longwood Gardens are fabulous attractions.A few years ago I attended a weekend birthday party in Brandywine Valley, and the idea came to me that this rich and peaceful milieu would be the last place you’d expect a murder to take place. That’s how Murder in the One Percent was born, and now A Palette for Love and Murder.
When I wrote Murder in the One Percent, I never expected it to become a series-starter, but one of the authors who reviewed it insisted that the world needed more of Detective Parrott. Smart, ambitious, and dedicated to making a difference, he is the perfect outsider to confront the members of the elite and powerful one percent.Without giving any spoilers, I’ll say that he does it again in A Palette for Love and Murder. https://amzn.to/35SdVOI
A Palette for Love and Murder has all the characteristics of a well-woven mystery, but with the additional layering of multi-dimensional characters and sometimes flawed relationships. Parrott and Tonya make a dynamic modern-day Nick and Nora, sure to engage readers’ thoughts and to warm readers’ hearts. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/A+Palette+for+Love+and+Murder?_requestid=2258777
Best writing advice.
Erik Larson gave me this advice, and it’s served me well. Whenever you’re writing, stop each session in the middle—in the middle of a sentence, a paragraph, or a chapter. That way, you’ve got a head start on where you’re going in the next writing session.
I like to write because I don’t like to talk. That may sound funny coming from a lawyer, but my specialty is legal research and writing. It’s a funny kind of writing. Only lawyers and judges read it, not real people. I also have a theology degree and published a commentary on the Gospel of Mark, which quickly soared to the top of the worst selling list. Before I went to law school, I tried to make it as a screenwriter. I even had an agent in Hollywood. Nothing ever came of that, of course. I joined a writers’ group at church where we wrote flash fiction based on prompts we were given. That got me interested in writing fiction. I tried a NaNoWriMo novel and joined a critique group which demolished it. I guess you’d call it a practice novel. I may get back to it sometime. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Secret+of+the+Savior&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss
Secret of the Savior was my first published book and can be found on Amazon.
As to my work in progress, I was driving to work one morning when I saw a young woman jogging, pushing a stroller with a baby in one hand and leading a dog in the other. I suddenly thought: a shot rings out, she drops dead. Why? It helps to have an evil mind to be a writer. Normal people don’t think like that. This is what you can expect.
Death at Dawn, a young woman, Joan Southern, is shot dead while jogging in the park. Shot with her ex-husband’s rifle, it was an open and shut case until Chet Waters came along. Being an investigative reporter and working during a civil war in the Middle East, he discovers that she was a victim of international terrorism, killed to keep her from blowing the whistle on illegal arms sales. The shooter’s mixed motives—she dumped him to marry the ex-husband—prevents a conviction for witness tampering murder. Will there ever be justice for Joan, who tragically died for her country?
Thinking about being a writer? My best writing tip is just to tell your story. Don’t let anyone stop you. Begin at the beginning and end at the end and make sense, or be entertaining, all the way through. A good story is about interesting people doing interesting things. Don’t be boring. That’s rule number one.
Big thanks to these authors for taking time to visit with you. Look up their work on Amazon for more information. See you next time! As always, I’d love to have you join my Lipstick & Danger Reader group on Facebook.