Interview with Author Louise Lyndon

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                                             Interview with Louise Lyndon

I’m delighted to have one of my favorite authors and colleagues, Louise Lyndon on my blog today.

**Big Giveaway**  Anyone who leaves a comment on the blog will be entered into a random drawing for an Amazon or Barnes and Noble gifted copy of 3 books-that’s THREE: Of Love and Vengeance, Of Love and Betrayal, and Nowhere to Hide. How generous is that?   The winner will be randomly picked on Sunday night 3/at 5:00 .m. Eastern U.S. time.

Welcome, Louise!

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.

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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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Buy links:

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

Loose ID: http://www.loose-id.com/justice-served-1-nowhere-to-hide.html?___SID=U

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/nowhere-to-hide-37

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Louise_Lyndon_Nowhere_to_Hide?id=uJU7DgAAQBAJ

Tribute to Al Jarreau

A song is much more than mere music. A three minute tune can capture the history of our lives, times of joy or sorrow. A song can elevate our souls and lift us up when we’re down, energize us when we feel we can’t go on. Jazz and pop singer, Al Jarreau does all of those things for me. May he sing on.

I first heard him in the 80’s, and I was blown away by his scat-singing, his smooth, flexible voice, and above all, the sheer passionate joy he conveyed in every note. I’d never heard anything like it in my life. As a young mother of three small kids, to play his music while going about the same old routine (diapering, cleaning, preparing meals, seeing to everyone else’s needs) probably saved my sanity more than once. As the kids got older, I enjoyed blowing their minds with scat-mad songs like “Roof Garden,” and the unique version of “My Favorite Things.” He came into my home, bringing his vocal playfulness, filling the rooms with  joy.

Later, when my father became ill and passed away,  and while another family member recovered from a life-threatening disease, Al Jarreau placed his hand upon my shoulder with his music, and in kindness and comfort lifted me up with hope. There is compassion in every note he sings, and his love for life is contagious.

He will live on and gift his afterlife with passion and joy, transporting us out of the darkness, lighting up the world with his brilliance, turning three minutes into musical magic. Sing on, Al. And thank you.

Govt. Task Force: Bathing Suits

Good afternoon! I thought I’d depart from my usual blogs and hopefully provide a few well-needed laughs.  I wrote this piece in a Writing Humor Class at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival 1995, taught by the great Dan “Dr. Science” Coffey. He was a member of the famous Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre. What a great class, and a talented teacher.  Enjoy!

*** NEW GOVERNMENT WARNING LABEL***

The Special Government Task Force on Bathing Suits recently made known their new label mandate. This special warning will be stamped in bar code on the front of each thong (or bum-floss) bathing suit sold.

The warning reads: “Thong bikinis, when worn by any person over age twenty, have proven to be threatening, even dangerous to the casual observer, and just downright butt-ugly.”

This dictate was precipitated by a lawsuit between the State of Florida and a forty-two year old woman, who, while crossing the street, stopped in the middle to extricate aforesaid thong from her buttocks. This precipitated a multi-car collision, the likes of which have not been witnessed since the ill-fated Wonder Bra incident of 1994.

The male population of the nation is not without guilt in contributing to this national threat. On Miami Beach, an unsuspecting elderly woman was putting up her beach umbrella. She happened to glance up, saw eighty-six year old thong wearer, Dick Withers, and accidentally pushed the eject button on her umbrella. It took several lifeguards, a team of paramedics, and three pounds of Crisco to extract the hysterical woman out from under the potential deathtrap.

To prevent casualties such as the two described above, officials will activate the following procedure: Federal Proctors will be placed at strategic areas in beach parking lots. Each individual wearing a thong suit will undergo a special bar code check with instruments developed by NASA. This will enable officials to monitor these citizens. Those who cannot see past their stomachs will need to be reminded that they are wearing this device.

Numerous petitions have been signed by various civil rights and nudist groups in adamant protest of this new regulation. But a strong supporter and former victim of this national problem says, “You don’t ever think this kind of thing will ever happen to you, but when it does it really bums you out.”

Owl Hoots, Bee Skeps and Fog

 

Courtesy of the Rye Museum:                http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk/smuggling-in-rye-and-romney-marsh/

If you’re out walking at night in the fictional 18th Century coastal town of King’s Harbour, England, beware the owl hoot. Perhaps it’s just an owl, but it could be a member of the notorious Hawkhurst Gang.  Suddenly the fog rolls up from the English Channel and throws its cold wool blanket over you, and the only way to get home is to feel your way.

Midwife Maggie Wilson, heroine of Mercy of the Moon, Book #1, has some sage advice for you: the less you know about the smugglers, the better.

Travelling is a source of great inspiration for writers, and this month I’ll be talking about travel.

Several years ago, I visited the town of Rye, England, an important port town for centuries. Late one night, I stood alone in the middle of ancient  Mermaid Street, cool air from the English Channel misting my skin. My pulsed raced as the timelessness of the place took hold of my soul; it could’ve been 1300, 1500, or 1700. Long after I went home, the moment stayed with me, and the setting for my Rhythm of the Moon series was born. The more research I did on the charming town, the more the ideas flowed.

Owl hoots could be a signal from a member of the Hawkhurst Gang, a group of notorious smugglers in southeast England in the 18th Century. That’s the way they communicate. No matter how many times Maggie sees them during her nighttime baby calls, she’ll never get used to the glimpses of the men with the bee skeps over their head, holes cut out for eyes, carrying a signal lantern in one hand and a gun in the other. Turn the other way, and speak to no one about it!

Although King’s Harbour is a fictional town, the Hawkhurst Gang was very real. Thanks to research help from Jo Kirkham, and the Rye Museum in Rye in England, I learned that the smugglers donned man made bee hives, with holes cut for eyes, and communicated with owl hoots when on a smuggling escapade.

Smuggling was very common, and important for the economy of the coastal towns, but the Hawkhurst Gang did more than their fair share of nefarious deeds. If you’d like to learn more about the fascinating Cinque Port town of Rye (my inspiration for the setting) or the smugglers,  visit http://www.ryemuseum.co.uk/

You might ask yourself how the Hawkhurst Gang figures into the plot of Mercy of the Moon.

There’s only one way to find out.

Stay tuned for some fun blogs about travelling in far-flung places. What locale inspires you?