I am often asked how I came up with the idea for my Malicious novel series and it's interesting, the reaction I get, when I tell just how I did it.
First of all, when I started writing Malicious Intent: A Sam Parker Mystery, I didn't even think about writing one book, much less a novel series. I know, I'm spoiling it for you. Most people have all those thoughts about a struggling artist type who is suffering for her artistic calling. But in my case, that just isn't true. I write for myself as much as I write for all mystery lovers!
I started writing my malicious novel series almost by accident. I've always written, as long as I can remember, I wrote stories, I wrote in a journal and I have always loved putting ideas on paper. I also have a really good imagination.
But my first book came about because of a normal conversation with my son, Steven, who just wanted to stay up later than his younger sister, Ali.
So after putting some thought into the request, I offered a solution that I was sure would discourage the whole idea.
I told Steven that I would agree to him staying up an extra half hour but he could only read or write. No TV, No video games and No movies or playing with toys.
He though about it for a few moments, and agreed.
(If you know Steven, you'll understand. He's always been what we call an old soul, he's always been much more mature and insightful than most kids his age.)
Now, you need to understand that there was something else to this...at the time we lived in a pretty cozy house, aka small. So if Steven couldn't watch TV, neither could I.
For the first few weeks we both read books. Steven and I have always had that in common, we love to read! Then one night Steven decided to write a story and encouraged me to do the same. That's how Samantha Parker was born.
Every night we would write. The only thing is that once Steven went to bed, I stayed up for hours every night, continuing my story. No one knew about my secret life except Steven. My husband Scott worked nights then and Ali was very young and was sleeping when I wrote. So night after night, I wrote, re-wrote and did research.
The thing is, after you write two hundred pages, you finally have to admit you are writing a book!
I love writing novels and this novel series is so much fun to write. Samantha Parker was designed to grow as a character and I love that she is doing that. In Malicious Intent: A Sam Parker Mystery, she is a paralegal that gets caught up in a missing persons case, all by accident. With the help of her friend, private investigator Frank Meeker, she works to solve the mystery.
No, I'm not going to spoil it for you if you haven't read it!
In Malicious Secrets, my latest novel, Frank and his partner Chuck have recruited Samantha as a private investigator trainee to work their crappier cases. Sam loves the work, and despite the learning curve, she finds a way to do the job. But she can't do it alone. So with Frank’s encouragement, she finds a connection in the department to help her out. It doesn’t hurt that’s Jake is sexy and smart and has a wild crush on Sam either!
All I can say is that things get very hot between them!
Samantha Parker is back with a new job as a PI trainee and new cases to solve. Her first big case involves a college girl that disappeared from her bedroom and has been missing for seven months and it’s up to Sam to find out if she’s dead or alive.
As a new PI without much more than her gut instincts to go on, she enlists the help of a detective in the police department to assist her in finding out what could have happened to the girl. And it doesn’t hurt that Detective Jake Reilly is oh so sexy either!
Malicious Secrets: A Sam Parker Mystery, the second book in the Malicious novel series is a fast paced detective mystery that finds Samantha Parker in some compromising situations as she works her caseload, but with her sense of humor intact and her lucky undies to give her confidence, she’s ready for whatever comes her way.
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