When and why did you begin writing? When I was eleven years old.
How long have you been writing? Twenty five years.
When did you first know you could be a writer? When I started writing Finding Claire Fletcher. I always wrote before that but I was never sure I had the chops to pursue publication. After many failed attempts at novel writing, Finding Claire Fletcher finally seemed like something saleable.
What inspires you to write and why? Writing is how I make sense of my world. Things that stress me out or confuse me or keep me up at night—if I can write about them in some way, it makes things better.
What genre are you most comfortable writing? Crime fiction.
What inspired you to write your first book? The Jacob Wetterling case in Minnesota. Jacob was the same age as me when he was abducted by a masked gunman. I remember the news coverage of his disappearance and the feeling like wow, that could be me. It was very scary. I never stopped wondering what happened to him.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began? My very early influences were Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag and Lisa Jackson. Other crime authors that I aspire to be like in some way are Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, Gregg Hurwitz, Greg Iles, John Hart, Dennis Lehane.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years? In terms of my actual writing it would be reading other works by amazing writers in my genre. They made me want to get better. I always read as both a reader and a writer. Read for enjoyment while keeping an eye out for exactly what the writer is doing and how they’re doing it. I will read books by Karin Slaughter, John Hart, Gillian Flynn and John Hart over and over again to learn from them.
“Readers should drop what they’re reading and pick up a copy of Finding Claire Fletcher.” -Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author
“A powerful, emotionally-charged story by a debut author you’ll want to keep an eye on!” -J.C. Martin, author of Oracle
Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire’s siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead.
During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family.
Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department’s consent. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly.
5-Stars! “. . .heart wrenching, suspense ridden, and eye opening.” -Amy Castellano, Chic Book Chick
5-Stars! “Her characters are strong and believable and they will fill you with emotions that will rock you.” -My Cozie Corner Book Reviews
5- Stars! “. . .This was a fantastic novel and I am looking forward to many, many more in the future.” -Alex J. Clatch, Amazon Reviewer
Genre – Psychological Thriller / Crime Fiction
Rating – R
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