How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
That is so hard. There are always little negative voices external and internal. I try shut them out as much as I can. I have the best support system in the world in all honesty. My husband, sister, parents, friends (awesome friends) and extended family are such a positive force for me that when I start to believe the negativity I lean heavily on them.
What scares you the most?
Spiders bring immediate terror. Also, any time I hear about a child being hurt, and I think about my little girl, I go into full blown panic mode.
What makes you happiest?
It’s really the little things. The other day I got into my car and my husband and left a Post-it Note on the dash that said I love you so much. Or when my daughter picks all the tops of my day lilies and hands them to me with big grin on her face. It should make me angry but she’s so happy that I’m happy too.
What’s your greatest character strength?
That is a hard question. I think I’m fiercely loyal and protective of those I care about. I will go to war for my friends and family if I feel like they’re not being treated right.
What’s your weakest character trait?
I am soooo lazy. I could have written 50 more books in all the time I’ve wasted surfing the internet, playing Spelltower, or having marathon movie weekends where I never get out of my jammies. It makes me sad when I think of all the things I have not accomplished but could have if I’d just got up to do it.
Why do you write?
I can’t not write. I’ve tried but I can’t. I’ve been writing stories since I was a kid. Other children had favorite dolls or security blankets. I had a red notebook (always red) and a pencil. For me I think it’s a way of understanding the world around me. There is so many things that happen that I cannot fathom, so I need to write it out. A notebook is a lot less expensive than a therapist.
The irreverent detective is back, and this time she’s on vacation. God help us all…
St. Paul, Minnesota Homicide Detective, Catherine O’Brien, and her loving husband Gavin, are vacationing on one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. When a local is murdered, Catherine is tapped to help the small town Sheriff until the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrives to take over the investigation. Catherine is surprised when her partner Louise and Diggs, the forensic pathologist, whose crush on Louise is only dwarfed by his own genius, show up to assist instead of the BCA. Before long, Catherine and Louise discover this sleepy little town has a dark side hidden beneath its placid lake charms. Somewhere in the tangle of cheating and deception is a motive for murder.
Genre – Mystery
Rating – PG13