I am thrilled to introduce Kimberly Rose Johnson to you for this blog tour. I had the privilege of meeting her in person when she and her husband came to Orlando last December. She is every bit as delightful in person as she is online!
Thank you for hosting me on Among the Reads! It’s a privilege to be here. ☺ I thought it would be fun to tell you about the inspiration behind The Librarian Sleuth Series then more specifically The Sleuth’s Dilemma.
The Librarian Sleuth series was inspired by Nancy Drew mystery books. I came up with the idea several years ago and wrote the first couple of chapters of book one and the general idea of the story, so I wouldn’t forget it. Then set it aside until I sold the idea to my publisher years later.
The Sleuth’s Dilemma is tied directly to the first book in the series, The Sleuth’s Miscalculation. Nancy, who is the main character for every book in the series spends a good deal of time with Anna in book one, and through getting to know Anna in that book, I realized she needed her own story.
When I started writing this series I worked for a high school, and the high school setting and teacher characters grew organically out of my daily life at that time. I spent three hours a day working with teens and teachers, so it definitely had an impact on my creativity.
I think most writers will tell you they are inspired by the things and people around them. I am no exception, although I didn’t realize it at the time when I came up with my character’s occupations lol.
Even though I worked at a high school, this books dives into things I was unfamiliar with, so I connected with a female teacher at the school who also happened to be a talented writer. Over coffee at Starbucks I picked her brain. When she didn’t know the answer about one very specific question she called one of the science teachers, on the spot, and got the answer for me—talk about feeling blessed!
I am in awe of how the Lord works. More than once He has orchestrated it so I had the right people in my life at the time I needed them.
Now back to the inspiration of the story. I’m what is called a “seat of your pants” writer. I generally don’t plot out my stories except for a basic framework. All I knew when I started writing The Sleuth’s Dilemma is that it would involve a writing contest, Anna, and couple of the other teachers at the school. Stories come to me as I write.
Seat of your pants writing is not very practical when writing a mystery though. Consequently, it took lots of re-writing. I don’t recommend it lol, but it works for me.
My goal was to create a fun and entertaining story that would keep the reader guessing to the end. I hope I accomplished that.
Thanks again for having me on your blog!
Thank you, Kimberly! Readers, you can read my thoughts about The Sleuth’s Dilemma and see some quotes from it here.
The Sleuth's Dilemma
Series: The Librarian Sleuth #2
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date February 1, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Anna loves her job as a high school English teacher until everything goes sideways. The one bright spot in her life is Titus Gains, the school counselor, who is there for her at every turn. Titus’ boss complicates his ordered world when she tasks him with running a meeting that changes everything. How had he not noticed Anna earlier? Someone is out to destroy her, and he can’t let that happen.
As the head of the English department, part of Luke Harms’ job is to make sure everything runs smoothly. Things went haywire when Anna was put in charge of the big writing contest. Entries are missing, Anna appears to be in danger, and her job is on the line. Luke is investigating and wants to make things right for this woman he’s starting to care about.
Can a trio of school officials along with Nancy Daley, the town sleuth, stop the saboteur before it’s too late? And will Anna choose the right man, or lose them both?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Sleuth's Miscalculation, The Sleuth's Conundrum, The Sleuth's Surprise
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