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.
I use Pinterest for LOTS of things, including inspiration for my writing. When I begin my framework for a manuscript, I cast the characters. This helps me to “hear” their voices so that I can choose their words more precisely. It also helps with facial expressions, mannerisms, and physicality. Pinterest enables me to cast the story, using characters from any time period, to create a more real ensemble to tell my story.
It also allows me to travel the globe, reference specific places, features, culture, weather, and events. This enables me to world-build more effectively. And since my books often include fashion and food, Pinterest helps me choose just the right touches for sensory imagery. These are the details that bring the stories to life.
I create Boards for all of my stories, and I’m including a link to my Red Heels (my newest novel) board.HERE.
Are you a Pinterest user? Do you use it for work, fun, or something else? Comment below! I’d love to hear from you.
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.