Thursday, October 16, 2014

Murder in Real Time by Julie Anne Lindsey Interview & Giveaway

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Murder in Real Time
by Julie Anne Lindsey

The mystery is interesting and kept me flipping the pages until the end, wanting to know who was doing this and why. I also really liked the way the author tells the story. She’s creative with it and I felt like I was one of the islanders through most of the story.
~The Gal in the Blue Mask
As for the mystery, it’s an engaging one that will keep the reader hooked all the way to the end… So as I tell my students – if you want to know what happens you HAVE to read the book. Seriously, I highly recommend you read the book. My to be read list is out of control and there’s not much room to add more, so when I say that I’m adding a series to my must read list (you know the list of authors/series that you always buy?) then you know the book is a must read.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (September 29, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00KV62MK4

Book three of The Patience Price Mysteries
With the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her little island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage?
When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience’s FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn’t want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can’t help herself.
Patience promises to let Sebastian handle the investigation—he is FBI, after all—but after a drive-by shooting, her wicked curiosity gets the best of her. And with the TV show forging ahead with filming, the list of suspects (and the line of food trucks) only grows. But has the shooter already flown the coop? And how do you find a killer when you don’t know who the target is?

About This Author
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

Where are you from?
 I’m from Ohio.  I was born and raised here, attended college at Kent State and met my husband shortly afterward. I’ve never lived anywhere else, but that’s okay with me. I can’t imagine a better place to grow old watching my children become the world-changing people they will one day be.

Tell us your latest news?
 Well, I’m excited to be here today as part of my blog tour for Murder in Real Time. Murder in Real Time is the third installment in my debut cozy series, The Patience Price Mysteries. Murder in Real Time released September 29th from Carina Press and I still can’t believe it’s here. Book one in the series, Murder by the Seaside, hit the bestsellers list and climbed to number one in cozy mysteries on Amazon, Nook Books and Kobo, then somehow managed to stay there for several consecutive days last month. THAT was a very exciting week!
Additionally, Prophecy, book one in my new YA series released October 6th, so I’m in double author confetti mode. In Prophecy, an historic, small town faces a potential Norse apocalypse and one local girl finds the power to change history.
Lastly, I recently received the green light from Carina Press on a new cozy series!  I’m really excited to get started in a new world, create new friends and take my amateur sleuth on new adventures. She’s a little on the nerdy side, so I can relate to her rather well. I’m calling this The Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder until the publisher renames it, which they inevitably will because I’m terrible at names.

When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing in 2009 after the birth of my third child. I was homeschooling a kindergartener, potty training a toddler and nursing a newborn. I didn’t sleep. I was lucky to shower and I most definitely had no time for myself. I saw a movie late one night that captured my attention and I read the book later that week. Suddenly, I didn’t mind nursing at all hours of the night or spending so much time on the couch feeding the baby. I had an escape! Fiction was amazing! In an act of perfect timing, the author was on Oprah and said she was an at home mother of three – like me. She’d never written a novel before – like me. And she knew nothing about the industry when she began. Like. Me.
That was all it took. At that moment in my life, I needed something just for me more than ever. Something only mine. Something I didn’t have to share. I needed to be a person again with thoughts and interests outside diapers, strollers and ABCs. That’s why I opened Google and typed that first precious search, “How to write a novel.”

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s harder. I’m not really sure. I guess I started thinking of myself as a writer several months after I’d decided to write a novel. It’s a hard thing to say out loud. It feels a lot like a pipe dream or a midlife crisis. For a long while, it was my dirty little secret. I mean, what would people think if they knew I wanted to become a novelist at my age? I had kids and a house to care for. I worried they might think I neglected my “real” responsibilities to chase a selfish dream. I worried they’d think writing changed me. I worried my kids would be neglected. My husband might be embarrassed. Writers, after all, are those day-drinking, housecoat wearing loons who shuffle around town talking to themselves. Aren’t they?
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but one day I gave up worrying and embraced it all. I turned my face away from naysayers and decided I could do and be anything I wanted. I’m so much happier than I ever was before this endeavor. I tell people readily now. Most make wrong assumptions. “Oh, you’re a reporter?” No. “A journalist?” Nope. “I’m a novelist. I write fiction. I make things up.” I’m okay with that.  Proud even.

What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote my first book after watching Twilight and reading the series. Back then only three books and one movie were out, but what I read compelled me. The imagery was so vivid and powerful. I wanted to capture emotions the way that author had. I wanted to give another woman the same reprieve from life’s challenges Stephanie Meyer gave me when I open the pages of her world. I want to make people smile.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t think so. I tend to write across genres, so I adjust the voice, tone and style to the target audience. In my mysteries, I keep the pace quick, the wit heavy and the tone light. I try to make the reader guess at the killer and smile at the shenanigans. In YA, I’m darker, slower. I explore the emotions more deeply and let the characters hurt, so they can grow, change and heal. Each genre has its own unique set of rules, readers and expectations.

How did you come up with the title?
The publisher created this title. I’d called it Murder by the Episode. I still think that one’s okay, but I trust the publishers to know what will garner the most attention from perspective readers. Plus, I’m horrific at titles. I’ve had very few stories published that didn’t get a name change. I’m not great at naming characters, either. Luckily, I know a lot of people, so I use whichever names I haven’t already used from my real life and move down the list. Names are hard. My children are lucky I didn’t let them live with Male and Female Lindsey like the hospital wristbands said.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No.  My cozy mysteries are written as an escape for readers. They are upbeat, lighthearted, fast paced and hopefully a lot of fun. They’re written for readers who enjoy a good intrigue plus a hearty side of laughs. My plan for each mystery is to challenge my amateur sleuth readers, keep them guessing and entertain them while I do that.

What would you like my readers to know?
It’s not really something I want them to know, as much as something I’d love the opportunity to say….If you’re still reading this post and there’s something out there you’ve been thinking you’d like to try, I hope you will. Anything can happen. It might be the best decision you’ve ever made. If it’s not, then you have a great life experience story to tell. Did you never learn to swim? Register for lessons. Wish you could belly dance? Play guitar? Run a marathon? Start today. Make a plan. Take action. I’m closer to forty than I’d like to admit and it took me until five years ago to discover my passion for writing. Today, I can’t imagine life without it. Whatever the meanie voice inside you says, you’re not too old. Too out of shape or too shy. You’re not. You’re amazing and beautiful and you have a world of possibilities ahead of you. Don’t miss out on something you’re passionate about. Grab it tight and see where that might take you. If you need a personal letter of encouragement, look me up. I will tell you again.

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  1. I enjoyed the first book in this series. Patience and her family were amusing without being over the top.

  2. this is a new-to-me series!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  3. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog and for being a part of this tour!! xoxo