Time for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have LynDee Walker in the hot seat! She’s here to tell us about her book Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery ( just love that title).
LynDee is also giving away one signed e-card, which is good for a download of her novel for any device the winner chooses. So please leave your email address with your comment and at the end of the day we’ll pick a winner who will be contacted for their mailing address. WOOT WOOT!
Let’s get started!
Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! I’m excited to have you here. What five words best describe you?
Thanks so much for having me, Christine! I’m excited to be here today! Oh, goodness, five words. Talkative. Fun. Real. Mom. Dreamer.
If we lifted the cushions on your couch what would we find?
Popsicle wrappers! My children adore the popsicles that come in those plastic tubes, and they stuff the wrappers into the couch rather than walk ten feet to the trash can.
Kids…they are a blessing and a curse! lol Do you prefer to read with an e-reader or to read “real” books?
It depends. I love my kindle when I’m traveling, because I can carry hundreds of books in my
handbag. But nothing beats the feel and smell of a book in my hands. Especially an antique one.
What genre (s) do you write?
Humorous mystery and women’s fiction.
Why did you choose that particular genre?
I guess because those are the genres I gravitate toward most as a reader. There are books I love from almost every genre, but those are the two I love best. My WF has a bit of magical realism, too, which
is also something I like to read.
Share the blurb from Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery.
Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.
What’s something about your book that makes it stand out from others in the same
I think Nichelle is a bit different from a lot of other heroines, because while she’s smart and sassy, she’s also very independent and can definitely take care of herself.
What’s a favorite line from your book that you’re proud of?
But that’s the thing about dead people: they can’t warn you to keep your nose out of things that are
going to put your ass in danger.
Nice one! Tell us the thing you like most about your hero.
Because of the above mentioned independence, I’m not certain I really have a hero. I have a few
sexy male characters with hero potential, maybe, but Nichelle is definitely the star
of this story.
Fair enough…I like the idea of hero potential. Tell us what you like most about your heroine 🙂
The things I like most about her are her tenacity and wit.
Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?
I know newspapers and reporting inside and out, but I had to do some interesting research for the mystery. Drug trafficking, Mafia families … I must be on some FBI watch list for some of the things I googled! I also got into the trunk of a friend’s car to make sure one scene was properly executed.
Love it LynDee! Please share an excerpt from Front Page Fatality: A Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels Mystery.
“Have a seat.” Aaron cleared a stack of paper off a black plastic chair in his cluttered
closet of an office. An ever-changing collection of maps, photos, and notes made it
impossible to guess the color of the walls, and the small metal desk was buried under
piles of manila case file folders. Judging by the detectives’ offices, Richmond was a
downright dangerous place to live.
His gray upholstered chair rocked backward as he settled into it and looked at me
expectantly, the genial manner that made him the department’s king of confessions
evident in the smile that lit his round face. Aaron’s charm was his central talent. He had a real gift for getting people to talk to him, and was nearly as good at keeping his own hand
close. Often, reporters left his office with little or nothing, and felt like they’d somehow been done a favor. Not me. Usually, anyway. Aaron and I had a nice little groove where he tried to bullshit me, I called him on it, and then we bantered until I talked him out of some actual information. It wasn’t personal. It was the job. Personally, I liked Aaron, and the feeling seemed to be mutual.
“Who is our unfortunate friend who was shot in the head?” I asked.
Aaron flipped a page on a legal pad. “Darryl Anthony Wright, African-American male, age twenty-five. Formerly a resident of cellblock seven at Cold Springs.”
I jotted that down and pulled the police report on the Noah Smith murder from my bag. “Are you guys looking for some kind of Charles Bronson wannabe?”
He pinched the bridge of his nose between his thumb and forefinger and chuckled. When he looked up, his hand slid down his face so his fingers rested over his lips and muf- fled the first part of his answer.
“Not pulling any punches today, I see. But I think so.” His hand dropped to the desk and he shook his head. “I can’t say anything for sure without ballistics.”
“When is the report supposed to be back?” I smiled as I scrawled his words into my notes. That was easier than I thought. It took about thirty-five seconds to figure out why.
Ignoring my question, Aaron cocked his head to one side and grinned. “This whole damned thing is about to turn into a giant pain in my ass, isn’t it?”
I arched an eyebrow. His Detective Adorable routine was usually reserved for the TV crews. I waited, eyebrow up, for him to go on.
Great blurb! What’s the best advice you were given on your road to publication?
Never give up! Publishing is a business, and you can be a good writer but not have a hugely marketable product for many reasons. Keep learning, honing your craft, and seeking honest feedback. And if this is really your dream, hang on with both hands, because writing is a necessity for a writer, but publishing can be a brutal business sometimes.
Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
In the beginning, everything did! I thought you just wrote a book and wrapped it up and sent it to
New York and it magically showed up in Barnes and Noble. (Why are you laughing?) But I educated myself about the way the business works over a period of several years, all the while writing new projects and polishing FRONT PAGE FATALITY. From the moment I signed my contract, I have been nothing but happy with the home I found for Nichelle (and myself). Henery Press is top-notch.
I’ve heard wonderful things about Henery Press…congrats on working with them! Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is?
Which one? I’ve *just* finished the rough draft of Nichelle’s second mystery adventure, which I’m tentatively calling Buried Leads, and am beginning to revise it. She’s poking around in backroom political deals, a prostitution ring, and assorted other shady situations. There are laughs, gasps, and more sexy men. Plus, fantastic shoes—and chocolate! I’m also about to start at Nichelle Clarke novella for an anthology with two other fabulously funny authors: Terri L. Austin and Larissa Reinhart. I’m excited to get into that. I’ve never written a novella, so wish me luck!
For sure…GOOD LUCK! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
I am online every day:
catch up with me at www.lyndeewalker.com,
like my author page on Facebok at
fan me on goodreads at
or follow me on Twitter @LynDeeWalker.
As for the book, it’s everywhere!
Kobo, iBooks, or your favorite independent bookseller.
Thank you for joining me today LynDee! I’m so glad you visited and we got the chance to get to know you and learn about your fabulous sounding book :)!
Thanks again for having me!