I took a new tack in LIE CATCHERS, my newly released novel. Instead of anchoring my characters and setting with what I do know, I went the opposite direction: I took on unfamiliar places, unique people and a strange (to me) plot.
Here’s how the story emerged. It’s 2011 and we’re cruising from Washington State to Alaska on our trawler, Intrepid (see picture below). Never have we covered that distance, much less navigated such difficult stretches of water.
We arrived in Petersburg, Alaska, all the strangeness of a scary virgin voyage replaced by our fascination for this charming fishing town. Settled first by Tlingit and Haida tribes, the Norwegians showed up in the early 1900′s. Chinese workers soon arrived to gut and cut-up fish caught by the Norwegians.
So, I knew nothing about Petersburg, its amazing history, and the fishing industry. What’s more, Petersburg came with an unsolved crime from 1932. Could I solve that murder and entwine it with a recent murder…which means I’m writing a book that is more mystery than suspense, another leap for me? Challenging to compose, but fun.
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Here is LIE CATCHERS:
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.
Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.
Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.
Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005527LS2