Tuesday, July 5, 2016

#377 : Online Talk : In Conversation with Author Lauren Carr

A lot of people are on Twitter these days, so can you describe Candidate for Murder for us in 140 characters or less (which is the size of a tweet)? 
W murder on ballot, Mac Faraday dives in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer & save Spencer in a deadly election! CANDIDATE FOR MURDER

  1. What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?

My mother. We’ve shared this love of murder mysteries. She noticed early on that I have this tremendous imagination. It was something she didn’t squelch, but encouraged.

  1. What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published?

My first book was the Great American Catastrophe. I was eighteen years old and wrote my first book on an electric typewriter. This was before computers. So we aren’t talking about a word processing program, folks!

Determined to be a novelist, I devoted a whole summer to my masterpiece. The television was off. Meals consisted of peanut butter sandwiches that were quick and easy to make. Hours that I used to sunbathe for a golden tan were spent composing. I stopped going out with my friends. Not a minute that could be devoted to literary creation was wasted. At the end of the summer, I proudly emerged from my bachelorette apartment pale, thin, and socially bankrupt. In three months, I had written the Great American Catastrophe, all 846 pages of it in hardcopy.

The only thing is, at eighteen years old in a small town in Ohio, I had no idea what to do with it. This was before Internet. I couldn’t e-mail it to an agent and do you know how expensive it is to copy 846 pages? It’s now boxed up in my mother’s basement and I hope no one ever reads it. 

  1. Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual?

I can write anywhere and everywhere. I have a writer’s studio, but if I’m inspired first thing in the morning, I’ll write on my laptop in bed. Next thing I know, it’s noon and I’m still in my jammies. Or I’ll end up in front of the fireplace. My husband will find me everywhere with my laptop perched in my lap except my studio, not because I don’t like it there, but because I keep getting dragged away into the zone.

  1. Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?

Gnarly. I’m a sucker for dogs, especially loveable bad dogs.

  1. What is the best gift you have ever received, do you still have it and who gave it to you?

My son. I consider him a gift from God. Yep, I still have him.

  1. What is something that you have always wanted to do, but just haven't gotten around to it yet?

Read all of the works of Agatha Christie in chronological order from her first book all the way to her last.

  1. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you hope to find in your suitcase? 

One gallon of ice cream (I love ice cream). The complete works of Agatha Christie in chronological order. I guess now I’ll have time to read it without being interrupted. And a “Do Not Disturb” sign.

  1. What are you currently working on?

By the end of summer, September 2016, Lovers in Crime will see the third installment for that series, Killer in the Band. Fans of the Lovers in Crime and the Thorny Rose Mysteries will get to know more about Joshua Thornton Jr (J.J.), Murphy’s identical twin brother and Joshua Thornton’s eldest son.

J.J. has graduated at the top of his class from law school and is returning home to spend the summer studying for the bar exam. However, to the Thornton’s shock and dismay, J.J. decides to move in with Suellen Russell, a lovely widow twice his age. The move brings long buried tensions between the father and son to the surface. When a brutal killer strikes, the father and son must set all differences aside to solve the crime before J.J. ends up in the crosshairs of a murderer.

In November, fans of the Thorny Rose Mysteries will see the second installment for that series, A Fine Year for Murder

To know more about her latest book - Candidate for Murder, go here



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