I write dead people?
No, I don't pen letters to the other side. But I do write about ghosts. Or ghost -- Julia Reynolds, former homicide detective with the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. Killed in the line of duty, she does not go gently into that good night. She's not done with this side, not by a long shot!
I’m often asked how I came up with my story. My debut novel, Dead By My Side, came from my fascination with the criminal mind and my second love -- the supernatural. My bookshelves are filled with true crime books and ghost stories. How did I come to combine my two favorite genres? It all started when I read a short story written by my son-in-law. It was about a young man who wakes up in the attic of a bed and breakfast to discover he’s a ghost. I immediately knew I wanted to write a ghost story. The idea of a “companion” ghost intrigued me. Since I’m a huge fan of all the crime shows on television (Criminal Minds, CSI, Law and Order Special Victims Unit, to name just a few), the idea of making it a crime drama was a natural progression.
The first chapter practically wrote itself. My novel is about a handsome detective (of course) and his beautiful partner (naturally), teaming up together to catch a killer. I hope you enjoy reading about this dynamic duo as much as I enjoyed writing their story.
Be sure to visit my blog at gloriaincrime.wordpress.com. Read about former deputy coroner Kym Davis’ most interesting case. Check out eleven tips written by a police officer which might save your life. Find out about former Senator Brooks Douglass, who survived, along with his sister Leslie, the home invasion and murder of his mother and father in October of 1979, and who, at the age of 27, became the youngest state senator in Oklahoma history. He was, and continues to be, a staunch supporter of victims’ rights legislation, and with good reason.
Are you a mystery writer? Click on my Favorites page for some “must-see” websites, including one which discusses scenarios like the following:
In the course of serving a routine warrant, an officer sees a bloody knife and a trail of blood leading into another room. He can seize the knife…right? Maybe not:
- Was it lawful discovery?
- Did he/she have probable cause?
- Did he/she have lawful access?
Contests will soon be up and running. Visit again and enter to win prizes like Amazon gift certificates or the chance to “die” in my next book.
And please send a message to me on my Contact page. I would love to hear from you.