I am thrilled to participate in the Author's Blog Chain today.
Paffi S. Flood tagged me on her blog. Everyone should check out her blog because of the variety of topics and her interest in learning more about the world around us. She is witty and insightful. Lots of fun to read.
Paffi is a writer of YA (young adult) fiction, an occasional blogger, and the author of Mystery Ink: A Killing Strikes Home. Her book can be ordered on Amazon at http://www.Amazon.com/ You can find her on Facebook http://facebook.com/paffisflood. Twitter http://twitter.com/paffisflood, and her Blog.
Paffi S. Flood
Twenty-five-year-old fraternal twins, Naomi and Penelope Dotson, discover the dead bodies of their parents in the lake house on the edge of Centerville. While still in shock, the twins strive to discover the murderer and are drawn into two other related investigations--the kidnapping of nine-year-old Jamie Reed and the disappearance of Keith Evans, a deadbeat dad. when a car tries to run the twins down, they know they are getting close to the truth. In the process of chasing these criminals, they learn it's hard to run in high heel shoes.
I'm the author of Mystery Ink: A Novel Way To Die
now available on Amazon.
As a coroner, Dr. Marv Henderson is more comfortable around corpses than with the living, especially his adult daughter, Mary, who refuses to speak to him. But when members of his book club are murdered the same way as characters in the mystery novel they're reading, he unwittingly leads the killer to his daughter's doorstep. And when a romance with a fellow book club member, the mysterious Lyla Baxter, finally seems possible, Dr. Marv fears she's involved in the serial killing and is nothing more than a deadly distraction.
As part of the author's blog chain I am required to answer the following four questions.
What are you currently working on?
I am writing a futuristic novel set in 2064 in the Kansas City area. This world is filled with androids who have taken nearly every job humans used to employ. The tension between man and machine builds when an android minister downloads a microchip resulting in consciousness.
How does your work differ from others’ in the same genre?
There have been many works about a future with robots. Most of them show robots as evil who want to overtake humans. In my story, I show some humans with evil intensions driven by greed. A robot requires no health insurance and no income so labor is cheaper than employing humans. In 2064, androids are serving humans in restaurants, hospitals, and classrooms among other places. Humans must ask themselves what role they can play in this new world where machines do almost everything.
Why do you write what you write?
I am fascinated by human nature. Having spent sixteen years providing counseling services, clients have inspired me with their ability to overcome difficulties and to persevere. I’ve always enjoyed true life stories, but science and the future have always intrigued me. It is my desire to combine realistic human responses to an imagined future to display the possible outcomes of our choices. I enjoy the writing craft and hope to improve with each work. I like the challenge of writing something to entertain and to hopefully provide the reader with an experience not otherwise possible.
How does your writing process work?
I usually start with an idea or a hook for a story line. Then I roughly outline what will happen. I need to understand the characters first and feel enough of a connection with them that when I start writing I can begin to hear their voice through the dialogue. I like to write in dialogue first and then fill in later with setting and details. I enjoy the discovery process of what comes out of their mouths as the characters interact with one another. It’s fun to write dialogue with conflict between two or more characters and make it sound believable.
I am tagging two authors: Juliet Kincaid and Markus Kane. Please read more about them and check out their books.
Juliet Kincaid, Writer
I’ve been hooked on fiction since grade school. And I’ve always preferred stories that supplied adventure and escape. Humor and wit help, too. I try to write the same sort of stories and novels as the ones I like to read.
In addition to January Jinx, Book One of the Calendar Mysteries, my published work includes Walls, a Cinderella, P. I. Novel, and Cinderella, P. I. and Other Fairy Tale Mystery Stories, a collection of twelve stories. Both of these books feature Cinderella as a detective twenty years, three kids, and a few extra pounds after the ball. Both combine fairy tales with mystery, plus humor and a little romance with Prince Charming.
Along with my daughter, a dog and two cats, I live in a house filled with books, mostly detective fiction, just a few miles from where Minty Wilcox and Daniel Price had their adventures in January Jinx. Their story continues in Fatal February, coming in February 2015.
You can find Juliet at Facebook, http://facebook.com/julietkincaid, and her Blog below.
Now available as Kindle eBooks: Walls, a Cinderella, P. I. Novel (www.amazon.com/dp/B00FQLQ2WI) and trade paperback); Cinderella, P. I. and Other Fairy Tale Mystery Stories (www.amazon.com/dp/B00GMMUSTI) and trade paperback; and January Jinx, a historical mystery set in Kansas City (www.amazon.com/dp/B00HSSSBE4)
Markus Kane is an attorney and freelance writer living in Kansas City. He’s spent much of his professional life making the byzantine world of legal speak into something more palatable. His work often focuses on the dark places of the world, especially when they exist in people who otherwise think of themselves as good.