Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me/Lyndi Alexander Author Interview
I'm here today with author Lyndi Alexander to discuss her paranormal mystery, Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. Luckily, I had the opportunity to review Lyndi'sI'm book beforehand, and I can promise you won't be disappointed.
Check out my review here: 4 Stars! Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me is a paranormal mystery loaded with suspense…not to mention some serious twists and turns. When newspaper reporter Sara Woods finds a connection within the deaths of numerous women in her small town, she sets out to uncover the truth. Unfortunately, knowing who to trust can be impossible…or even deadly. When someone close to her falls ill, Sara inadvertently unleashes a power she didn't know she possessed. Can she stop these women from dying, or will she be the next victim? I loved the slew of characters. They all had unique personalities but seemed to fit together nicely, and the small-town aspect gave the story an intimate touch. This story gives new meaning to the words: nothing is as it seems.
If that's not enough to entice you, how about a small taste of what you'd be getting with an excerpt: I woke shortly before dawn, feeling a definite call to rouse.
Lying still for a moment, I listened for a clue to what had woken me up. No phone chime, no doorbell. Nothing scratching at the windows. Puzzled, I slipped on a light robe and checked the living room for something out of place. The door was still locked and no one was even on the street outside. Nothing. With a sigh, I went back to bed.
A sudden stab of sciatic pain drove me upright again. I straightened, stretched, yoga style, and twisted in an effort to relieve the pain, but it wouldn't go away. After several minutes, I surrendered to the pain and headed for the kitchen for my medication. The earlier exercise session hadn't been very strenuous; what would have provoked this?
I fumbled with the prescription bottles, took enough of each that the pain should subside. As I started back down the hall, another stab of pain went down my lower back into my leg, sharp enough to make me stumble into the wall. "Damn it!" I bent over, stretched, lifted my leg, everything I could think of to try to relieve the burning agony.
1. How did you come up with the idea for Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me?
I took a class on energy healing. Normally, I'm a pretty much logical, in-my-head kind of girl, so this was a whole new way of looking at things. And then because I'm a little twisted, I noticed how one could turn these lessons into something evil.
2. Sara is a saucy little reporter/journalist…how did you come up with her character?
I was a journalist myself in my 20s, working at the South Dade News Leader in Homestead, Florida. I definitely modeled the newsroom and building layout off the paper where I worked.
It was a great job. I learned a lot about many different things, because all I had to do was call someone up and ask if I could do a story about them, and I could learn about everything they did. I even got to fly the F=16 simulator at the Air Force Base; crashed a $6 million machine in about 4 minutes.
3. Are any of the characters based on real people?
Jim O'Neal and his wife Gail were friends of mine. Jim covered the police beat and was such a big kid. Melissa is also modeled after a real-life friend, Mary-Lib Whitney. Only she was a sweet old storyteller, not like Melissa in the story.
4. Will there be a sequel?
Not at this time. It's certainly left at a point where there could be!
5. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
If I'm writing the first draft through NaNoWriMo, I'll plot pretty much through October, draw characters, etc. But on stories I'm just writing through the year, I'll often pants through the first half, then as the plotlines begin to draw in, I'll plot out the ending in more detail.
Blurb & Trailer:
In her mad rush to escape a failed marriage, Sara Woods takes the first job available and lands in the middle of a mystery. Her first assignment as a news reporter for the Ralston Courier is the investigation of a string of deaths, all young women, all her age.
She becomes a patient at the Goldstone Clinic, a local mecca of healing, to deal with chronic pain from her past. But all is not as it seems at the Goldstone, its doctors and nurses are all the picture of perfect beauty and health. Patients at the clinic first seem to get better, then they deteriorate. Sara enlists the help of Dr. Rick Paulsen, who teaches her how to access her internal power, skills she never knew she had, revealing secrets from her past. Police officer Brendon Zale also takes an interest in Sara, but he acts like a stalker, watching her every move, and he won't leave her alone.
As she digs deeper into the story, and more young women die without explanation, she tries to choose allies wisely, but not till the last confrontation does she discover the identity of her true enemy.
By then, it's too late.
Lyndi Alexander always dreamed of faraway worlds and interesting alien contacts. She lives as a post-modern hippie in Asheville, North Carolina, a single mother of her last child of seven, a daughter on the autism spectrum, finding that every day feels a lot like first contact with a new species.
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