Interview with Louise Lyndon
I’m delighted to have one of my favorite authors and colleagues, Louise Lyndon on my blog today.
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Louise: Thanks for having me, Jennifer!
You have a brand new release out called Nowhere to Hide, published by Loose-id. Congratulations! I started reading it, and the story grabbed me from the first paragraph. I can’t wait to devour it. And the best thing is it’s book 1 of the Justice Served Series.
Enjoy the back cover blurb, folks!
“Forty years ago the Australian rural town of Burrawang Bend was the scene of a brutal murder, and the townspeople are still calling for justice. Marlee Moore, the suspect’s and victim’s granddaughter, is fighting to clear her grandfather’s name. And no one is going to stand in her way. But when things take a dangerous and deadly turn, Marlee must turn to the one man she was determined to run out of town.
Devon Reilly, investigative journalist for his hit TV show, Justice Served, is in Burrawang Bend to solve the forty-year-old cold case murder. But, he didn’t bargain on Marlee keeping him from investigating the case and he soon questions where her loyalties lie. With the living? Or with the dead? But when Marlee and her son’s life are put in danger, Devon knows he is the only man who can keep them alive. But what happens when he soon realizes he is the bigger threat to the woman and kid he loves?”
Louise, as an author of two medieval romances (see book covers below) what prompted you to write a contemporary romance?
Louise: You make that sound as if my characters gave me a choice in the matter! No, but seriously… A while ago I read an article about a granddaughter who discovered that her grandfather (who she loved and admired all her life) actually turned out to be a NAZI and was responsible for sending millions to their death. It wasn’t a light read! She struggled with trying to equate the two men she knew – the loving grandparent versus the NAZI war criminal and how she found it difficult to still love him knowing what he’d done in his past. It got me thinking. I knew I wanted to deal with a similar theme (finding out your loved one was not who you thought they were) and I also knew that the theme wouldn’t really fit into the medieval time period. As soon as I realized that everything else just fell into place.
Tell me about your heroine.
Louise: Marlee Moore. Single mum. Business owner. She’s been thrust into a situation she couldn’t foresee and really has to dig deep and work out how she is going to get herself, and her son, through it. I think she is pretty ‘average’ and by that I mean she could easily be a friend of yours. She’s one of the gals, down to earth, and likeable.
What makes her special?
Louise: She knows her strengths and weaknesses and isn’t afraid to admit when she needs help. I think that makes her pretty special.
Your heroes are always fascinating. Tell me about this one.
Devon Reilly. Former New South Wales and Australian Federal Police Officer. Host of his own TV show, Justice Served. He’s someone who is very passionate about what he does. If someone murdered me then I would want Devon investigating the case. He’s like a dog with a bone!
What makes him special?
He can admit when he’s wrong. Eventually.
Your book is set in Australia. Sometimes a setting can be very much like a character. How does the setting of Burrawang Bend, Australia influence the story?
Louise: I always view a setting as another character of the story. Burrawang Bend is a fictional town, very loosely based on a town that I used to live very close to growing up. I deliberately chose the setting of a small town for the simple fact that in small towns (as I know from personal experience!) everyone knows your business pretty much before you know your own business! This story wouldn’t have worked if it was set in a city because you can easily disappear in a city and live anonymously. I needed Marlee to be in a position where she had to defend her grandparent – where the stakes were high if she failed in her defense of him.
What did you enjoy about writing this book?
Louise: That I based it in Australia (which is my country). There is something enjoyable about setting a story in your home country, using specific language and settings to that country. I really enjoyed that.
Did you find switching from historical to contemporary a challenge?
Louise: A little bit. From a heroine point of view, not so much, as I like to think I write strong female characters. The hero was another story! I’m used to having them wield swords and other weapons of choice; I couldn’t really have my modern day hero do that. Instead I had to use other skills.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I so enjoy seeing your pictures of nail art on Facebook and Instagram. Could you tell us about how that hobby got started?
Louise: Yeah, that’s kind of gotten out of control! Just a little bit. Well, it started because I wasn’t happy with the results I was getting when I paid a professional to do my nails. For the money I was paying I expected more and thought I could do a better job myself. I started watching YouTube to learn how to do different designs and to get design ideas. From there I started doing my own, more intricate designs. I have now taught myself how to do my own SNS nails (which is a dipping powder system of acrylic nails). So now I don’t even go to a nail salon and am now self sufficient and completely obsessed.
What’s next for you?
Louise: Book two in the Justice Served series – tentatively names, Nowhere to Run. It’ll feature Ryan Callahan, who briefly appears in Nowhere to Hide. Stay tuned!
Thanks so much for joining me today, Louise.
Thanks for having me!
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Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XCBYT91
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XCBYT91
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B06XCBYT91