It’s a question every writer gets, as soon as the word “writer” is mentioned. I try to answer as succinctly as possible. My experience is that they want to make sure to validate my choices without opening up Pandora’s box. Writers can get chatty. I explain that I write in multiple genres, including children’s fiction, historical Christian Fiction, and light suspense espionage. That is usually enough to satisfy any curiosity the casual inquirer may have.
And what are you working on now?
I tell them I’m on book three of my spy series. I offer my “elevator pitch” that the series is a sort of “If Audrey Hepburn was James Bond.” That usually gets the main theme across. If they ask for more, I tell them my main character is a fashion model-turned-spy who is hunting a villain (or two) who is trying to manipulate world currencies for power.
But what type of story is it?
That’s an interesting question to me because now they’re asking to find out if it would be something they would read. The reason I suggest Audrey Hepburn as my heroine-type is because I write “clean” novels. I don’t use R-rated language, explicit sex, or graphic violence in my books. Bad things happen; don’t get me wrong. My villains are plenty mad, perverted, sickening, and evil. Some of my heroes are a little off-kilter, too. (Aren’t we all?) But mostly, my style is much more Mary Higgins Clark than Nora Roberts.
Usually, people respond kindly, though I have had a few who have told me to give them a call when I do include more explicit sex. I don’t have plans for that, by the way.
Why don’t you focus solely on historical Christian fiction?
I do love it. And I may write more in the future. But I am a sci-fi geek-loving, technology-wielding Texas gal, and none of that fits into stories set in 30-54 AD very well. So for now, I’ll work on my spy stories. I’m not suggesting that there aren’t great spy novels out there right now, but I struggle with reading books that bombard me with vulgar language, sickeningly dark plots, and endings without hope. I figure that if I need a respite from that, others do as well.
Covert agent, Evan Tyler, has survived her first mission wearing the high-tech weapon known as the Little Black Dress. Along with the help of her InDIGO team, she slipped behind the curtain of the Paris fashion scene to infiltrate and dismantle an international extortion ring bent on global manipulation.
What they discovered only extends their mission to find the head of this villainous organization and protect the desperate victims. New leads take them from Paris to Marseilles, Barcelona, and London, where Evan finds herself entangled with the handsome billionaire entrepreneur, Michael Cooper. She, therefore, must protect him and his business if she hopes to uncover the truth.
Red Heels is the sequel to Little Black Dress, the first book in the LBD Project Trilogy. This book mixes suspense, mystery, international intrigue, high fashion, and state-of-the-art technology. It features strong women, handsome men, and plenty of action in a world of espionage and extortion. If you enjoy the fashion-sense and quirky sarcasm of Audrey Hepburn and the five-minutes-in-the-future adventure of James Bond, you’ll love the LBD Project Trilogy.
After years (yes, I confess– years) of writing, rewriting, editing, reworking, and more editing on Little Black Dress, we have LAUNCH in 3… 2… 1…!
And this is just the beginning. I hope to add two sequels and two prequels to The LBD Project Series. I am planning to release both Red Heels and Bare Essentials before the year’s end. The prequels, On the Runway and Off the Rack, are scheduled for release next year. (I’m hoping for a simultaneous release on those novels.) I’m trying to leave the door open for more books in the series, but we’ll see how it all goes. I have a list of 30 story ideas that I carry with me on my phone, and I’d really like to get to them all in my lifetime.
I just want to thank all my readers for the support and encouragement you bless me with every single day. You inspire me.
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Hedge Parker was born the third child, with ten sisters, to Linda and Oscar Parker of Sidney, Nebraska. As the only son in the family, Hedge took it upon himself to become his sisters’ protector. This led to a constant series of fights throughout his school years. Hedge became known in his small town as a trouble-maker, and by the time he entered high school, he was a perfect candidate for military school. Hedge straightened himself out, and upon graduation, enlisted in the US Army.
His broad skillset and above-average IQ caught the eyes of nearly every national intelligence agency for recruitment. Hedge joined InDIGO at the age of 24, becoming one of the youngest field operatives in the organization’s history.
With his partner, Eleanor McKinnon, Hedge developed an idea for a nearly undetectable surveillance suit, to be beta-tested by Agent McKinnon. After getting the green light for official development, the pair find themselves in Mexico City when their mission goes sideways. Agent McKinnon was critically hurt and taken out of the field. Hedge continued his field operations, refusing to take on another partner.
After a few years as a solo agent, consulting on the LBD project, Hedge agrees to take on a team when the dress becomes officially activated.