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My Interview with Shawna Robison Young

I had fun reading through and doing light edits on Shawna’s novella, part of the The Visitor series. I hope you enjoy finding out more about this up and coming talented author. I really liked her style!

Her novella releases this week on Amazon. Yay!

 

 

Shawna is the mother of four, the wife of a Navy Veteran, and lover of all things chocolate. She is a former children’s minister and currently owns a preschool. Shawna enjoys writing the unexpected stories of life and love. Her debut novel, The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers released in February 2020 and her cozy mystery, The Visitor plays a Game, releases May 12, 2023.

 

1.  What state do you live in? Have you always lived there? Have you lived anywhere else?

I grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, and during my husband’s navy career we lived in Washington State and Florida. We returned to Indiana sixteen years ago. I’m a Hoosier all the way!

2. What do you write? How did you decide to become a writer?

I write contemporary general Christian Fiction and contemporary split time that include a little mystery and the unexpected. I loved dabbling in writing a cozy mystery with The Visitor Series. I have written fiction since I was a young girl. I also write Christmas plays and VBS curriculum. Writing has always been a part of me. It wasn’t until after I had children that I thought about having my writing published.

3. Where do you get your ideas for your books?

From all around. Sometimes a song can spark a book idea, or something I saw on the news, a character in a book or movie, a story I heard through the grapevine, a question to how one might respond in a situation, and sometimes God just places a story on my heart and I have to write. I’m always watching and listening. I’m very observant and empathetic. Almost anything gets my mind thinking of a story to write.

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert, or something in between? How does that help you write?

I am definitely both. It  helps me write because I’m able to see how both personality traits would respond in different situations.

5. Besides The Visitor series, what else have you written? What other book(s) are you planning? Oh, and when did/does your Visitor book launch?

My debut novel, The Unsuspecting Heather Meyers released in Feb. 2020. I’m hoping to have a split-time contemporary release next year. And my book, The Visitor Plays a Game, releases May 12, 2023.

6. What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I love escaping into another world that I have created. I learn so much about myself, and I see how to grow and heal along with my characters.

7. Where can we find you online?

 

Thank you, Shawna!

Author Lill Kohler’s Interview

Lill Kohler is another outstanding author selected to be part of the group of writers who contributed to The Visitor mystery/suspense series of novellas.

Her novella, The Visitor Sees a Ghost, released on Amazon last Friday.

I thought it would be fun to post my recent interview with Lill. She’s a pretty interesting person and writer.

Bio: Lill Kohler loves humor and feels a smile is the first step to feeling joy within. Her adventure in writing is led by her walk with Jesus.

  1. Lill currently lives in Texas but as an Air Force brat and Army wife, was blessed to live in many locations around the world.
  2. the Lord called Lill to write several decades ago. After many years of “practice” writing, the Lord led her to produce books in the Speculative Fiction (Christian) genre. The Visitor series is her first book in the cozy mystery genre.
  3. In her blog posts, Lill share what the Lord is teaching her or show her in the Bible. Her books are shared works with the Lord as many scenes were given to her from Him.
  4. Overall, Lill considers herself an extrovert with an occasional introvert need. As a result, she tends to go to public locations to transcribe he handwritten rough drafts into her computer. At other times, in order to set the mood for the scene she’s writing, she will turn on a movie or show with the same rhythm.
  5. You can find stories by Lill in Guidepost’s Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware, and Tara’s Falling in Love with You. She has completed two books of a trilogy: One Way Out and Wrong Way Out. Last Way Out will be coming out soon. Her novella, The Visitor Sees a Ghost just released on Amazon.
  6. Lill enjoys writing, as it allows her to express and release emotions, but also to share revelations. Hearing from readers that the words she writes brings them comfort or something to think about is priceless.
  7. You can find her at: lillkohler.wordpress.com
  8. rocking-my world.blogspot.com
  9. https://www.facebook.com/authorLCKohler

 

Thanks, Lill!

Love, Dena

 

 

Author Fay Lamb’s Interview

Author Fay Lamb (of Write Integrity Press) is another author chosen to be part of The Visitor series. Her novella: The Visitor Meets Old Hairy, released in March. It’s fun to meet Fay and find out more about her and how she writes. Here’s a fun interview about Fay and her books:

Give us a brief bio: (thirty words or less) And then please answer the following questions:

Fay Lamb is the only daughter of a rebel genius father and a hard-working, tow-the-line mom, and the result is a dreamer who loves to share her daydreams with the world.

  1. What state do you live in? Have you always lived there? Have you lived anywhere else?

I have always lived in Florida where the ocean meets space, right across the river from the Kennedy Space Center. Both my family, and my husband’s family are generational, and noted as founding families of our community. My grandmother was born here in 1899 with her mother’s family having established a steamboat landing in a nearby area called Blue Springs prior to the Civil War.

  1. What do you write? How did you decide to become a writer?

I write a variety of genres: romantic suspense, romance, and even contemporary fiction. With my latest novel, I found myself writing a cozy mystery, and I loved it.

  1. Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Locations strike me often, and I’ll develop a series around a special place that I’ve come to know. Sometimes, I’ll see something benign unfold, and I’ll think, “What if …” an give it a sinister twist.

  1. Are you an introvert or an extrovert, or something in between? How does that help you write?

I used to say that I was an introvert, but then I realized that it wasn’t true. I began to teach on the subject of writing, and I also speak on women’s issues. I decided that I had been purposefully introverted and sometimes inclined to be that way. But I’m actually a lot more outgoing than I used to give myself credit for being.

  1. Besides The Visitor series, what else have you written? What other book(s) are you planning? Oh, and when did/does your Visitor book launch?

My book, The Visitor Meets Old Hairy, was published in March, and I’m so excited.  I also have four other series currently available: The first is romance: The Ties that Bind Series: Charrisse, Libby, Hope and Delilah, are the titles. My romantic series is Amazing Grace, and it includes: Stalking Willow, Better Than Revenge, Everybody’s Broken,  and Frozen Notes. Those are completed. My series in the making include: Mullet Harbor Christmas, with Christmas Under Wraps and All I Want for Christmas already published and three more on the way. The first book of my Serenity Key series, Storms in Serenity, is available with Luke’s Journey under revision for publication next.

  1. What’s the best thing about being a writer?

All the wonderful, wonderful worlds that I get to live in without leaving the chair at my desk.

  1. Where can we find you online?

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FayFayLamb

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/fayfaylamb

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FayFaylamb

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1482814.Fay_Lamb

Amazon Central:https://amazon.com/author/faylamb

Newsletter, Tales from the Azalea Garden:https://www.faylamb.net/contact

 

Author, Julie B. Cosgrove’s Interview

Julie Cosgrove and I and several other authors have spent the last two years writing novellas (for Write Integrity Press) for a series called The Visitor.
Each of the seven novellas is a mystery/suspense involving characters that are related by birth or marriage, with the cool, stylish Connie B. Wright as the connecting character. She appears in every novella.
So, I thought I’d interview each author, in order of their books’ appearance. Julie’s book released in February.
It’s been fun to read my writing friends’ answers to the interview questions. Writers are interesting people!
Here are Julie Congrove’s words:

1.  What state do you live in? Have you always lived there? Have you lived anywhere else?  Texas, born and raised. I have lived here the most and live here now but have also lived in Missouri, Louisiana, and Florida.

2. What do you write? How did you decide to become a writer? My husband’s job required us to move quite often and I soon became unemployable. Several people told me I should consider writing for a living. I took some courses and began earning money as a freelance writer very quickly. So in thanksgiving, I tithed my writing time to God. That was back in 2007.  I became a devotional writer for CRU, then their editor over 35 devotional writers for six years. I have written for several devotional websites and publications, and still do write for a few. My own blog, Where Did You Find God Today, launched in 2010, has a readership in over 50 countries. But I love fiction and so in 2009 I joined a Christian Writers’ group, went to workshops, and eventually landed a contract in 2011. I have now written 20 contracted, traditionally pubbed novels and novellas.

3. Where do you get your ideas for your books? In the beginning, I thought, what if my suspense romance novel started out on a dark, cold, and rainy night? Cliche, but I tried it. It worked and it ended up being a trilogy over the next two years suggested by my publisher at the time.  I then wrote three short romance novellas in two series for them as a favor, but romance, even faith-based and clean, was not my thing as a widow. Then, my sister asked why I didn’t write more mysteries since I love them so much. So I gave it a shot, and my publisher took a chance even though they had never contracted a mystery before.  I write mostly mysteries with a message now. The message is not only redemptive but I also include facts about a social issue because I believe as Christians we need to learn more about what is faulty in the world in order to pray about how God may call us to help minister in it for His glory.

4. Are you an introvert or an extrovert, or something in between? How does that help you write? Introvert!  I did public speaking and workshops for a while and enjoyed being with folks, but it so drained me!! It took me days to recover. Since Covid, that has not been part of my life and I doubt I will return to it. That is up to God, though.  Being an introverted widow, I do not mind being alone, but in the evenings I would get bored. I am not artsy-crafty, so writing fills my time.

5. Besides The Visitor series, what else have you written? What other book(s) are you planning? Oh, and when did/does your Visitor book launch?  My Visitor book, the Visitor Makes a Retreat was the first to launch. It came out on February 10th. I have written three mystery series: The Bunco Biddies Mysteries, The Relatively Seeking Mysteries, and the Word Play Mysteries. Book number five of that series will release in September, and three more may be in the works. Write Integrity Press has approved their synopses.

6. What’s the best thing about being a writer? It is a creative outlet, and I have become friends with some amazing authors over the past fifteen years. The Christian community of authors knows we write for One Person, so there is no competition. He has a plan for each of us. We support each other. Right now, in this digital age where messages can be globally received in nanoseconds, it is an exciting time to be a small part of fulfilling the Great Commission to go into all nations and tell them about our Lord.

7. Where can we find you online?  My website is www.juliebcosgrove.comMy blog is www.wheredidyoufindgodtoday.com. I am on Amazon, Goodreads, and on Facebook as juliecosgrovetx.

Thanks, Dena!!

Chapter Eleven – Assistance from Sib #7

Chapter eleven introduces Connie’s closest brother, Paul. Maybe, finally, he can shed some light on Connie’s questions.

 

Paul Wright stepped out of his police cruiser and headed toward his front door where his wife and little girl waited. The rising, morning sun peeked through the trees and momentarily blinded him.

“Hey guys. Why are you up so early?” He stepped onto the porch and leaned in to give his wife a kiss.

Maggie returned it. “You know the early bird gets the worm.” Smiling, she nodded towards their daughter who always rose before the sun no matter how late they put her to bed.

Little Teagan wrapped her arms around his legs. “Daddy, I just gotta see you every morning before you go to sleep. How was your beat? Did you serve and protect?”

“Always.” Paul lifted his daughter into his arms and tapped her nose. He loved it when she used police terminology. It reminded him how much she listened and watched him. “Were you a good girl last night? Did you help, mommy?”

Teagan nodded. “I washed the dishes.”

“Good girl.” He placed her on the ground and spun her around by her fingertips.

“Connie called last night.” Maggie’s voice and eyes held worry.

Paul let go of Teagan’s hand. “Is she okay?”

“Your sister fears that something fishy is going on at the foundation. They’re having some financial trouble, apparently. Her and your father’s account accesses are inactive, and passwords aren’t working either. It does all sound a little sketchy. Your parents are out of town. Your other siblings have all weighed in, but she’s beginning to wonder if there’s something criminal going on. I didn’t want to bother you at work, but I think something might be up. Connie reached out to your brothers and sisters. That, in itself, proves that she really believes something bad is going down.”

Maggie was right. Connie needed him, and he would be there for her. He had the next couple of days off. He looked down at his watch. A five-hour drive would get him to Chicago around noon. So what if he’d been up all night working a twelve-hour shift?

Nothing a little coffee wouldn’t fix. He’d get some shut eye later after helping his baby sister.

“I already made you a breakfast sandwich and a thermos full of black coffee.” Maggie raised an eyebrow. “You are planning to go to her, right? Not just call?”

He kissed his wife’s cheek. “Ah, you know me so well.”

She squeezed his hand. “Best husband, dad, and brother on the planet. Connie is lucky to have you. We all are.”

He gave her another kiss. “I’m the lucky one.”

“You better head out soon. I’ll call Connie and tell her you are on the way.”

His sister had a wild imagination from time to time and tended to see a mystery when there was none to be found, but it wouldn’t hurt to do a little investigation work if it eased Connie’s mind. Besides, she had a good head on her shoulder. If she felt something was wrong, then she was more than likely right.

Five hours later, he pulled into the parking lot. The foundation building hadn’t changed much in five years since he’d visited last, and according to his parents even most of the volunteers remained the same too. It appeared nearly all of them were out to lunch now except for Mrs. Hodges who waved from her reception chair as he walked through the door.

Her smile spread across her wrinkled face. “Well, well, look what the cat dragged in.”

“Hello, Mrs. Hodges. Is Connie around?”

“She’s back in the volunteer accountant’s office. She’s been working herself to the bone trying to figure out why some of the donors are reportedly giving less than they pledged. It isn’t true of course, but I think she feels responsible for this situation. Thank goodness you’re here. You are her knight in shining armor.” She winked. “You know that, right.”

He nodded. He’d taken his role as big brother seriously since the day she’d been born.

“Sometimes I feel like the only one in the family who stands up for that girl.” He shook his head. “I don’t get it. She’s a gem and has worked so hard to achieve all she has at such a young age. I don’t know why they count her out.”

“Plight of being the baby of the family.” She gave him another wink and then answered the ringing phone.

Paul slipped into the volunteer wing of the building and quietly opened the door to the office. Connie sat in the chair, facing the bulletin board behind the desk, her back turned away from the door. He snuck in and wrapped his arms around her.

She swung around and smacked him. “Paul, don’t do that. You scared the bejabbers out of me.”

He patted the top of her head, the same way he always did. It was his affectionate and fun way of calling her short and him tall. “You were daydreaming about crimes and murders and such, I assume.” He raised an eyebrow at her. He loved teasing her.

She winked. “Not this time.” She tottered her head back and forth. “Well actually, maybe I was a little. I can’t shake the feeling that Clint—the new accountant . . . Have you met him?”

“No, but Dad raves about how amazing he is.”

Connie pointed toward him. “Exactly. I don’t think Dad is seeing the full picture. Our emails associated with our bank accounts and my foundation passwords aren’t working. And the donors are, reportedly, lowering their donations or stopping their payments altogether. According to Clint, but he’s out of town, lounging in a luxury hotel, so I can’t ask him any questions.”

She pulled the sticky note from her pocket that had been shaded to show several numbers and letters. “And why would Clint write 1.5 million? Is that how much he’s trying to steal from the foundation?”

“You really think the new accountant is taking money from the donors and the foundation?”

She continued talking, obviously unaware he’d asked her a question. “Of course, I guess anyone could have written that number down, but he’s the one most often working in here.”

Paul pointed to the note. “I see I’ve taught you well. You rubbed the imprint off onto this sticky note?”

“Yes, how else does one find evidence on a crook?” She flashed him a winning smile. “But seriously. I need something to prove Clint is up to something. I feel it in my bones. Something is off about him. Mama and Dad may not see it, but I do.”

Paul nodded. Once his sister had her suspicions she ran with it. That was for sure. “I believe you are on to something, but we need to look at all angles. Who else could possibly have both the access and ability to tap into the donors’ information? Or the know-how to change the passwords.” He pointed to the computer. “You mind if I take a look and see what I can dig up.”

She stood. “Please, do.”

He plopped into the chair. “Give me an hour or so.”

“Do you need anything from me?”

“How about a cup of coffee? Black.”

“And I’ll order us a Chicago-style deep-dish.”

He clapped his hands together once then pointed at her. “Best sister ever.”

Some time later, Paul wiped pizza sauce off the side of his mouth with the back of his hand then took another swig of his coffee. The scanning of the hard drive would have come faster if the volunteer computer wasn’t ancient and if he had access to the search programs at his station, but he was making some headway. Only a few files left on the drive.

A male voice along with Connie’s came from down the hall. Paul didn’t recognize the other voice. Perhaps the missing man had returned? He should go out and introduce himself.

He paused and straightened glancing up at the door. The voices seemed to get softer, like they were moving away.

Good. He really wanted to finish this.

He clicked on a file labeled W.F.D.L.B. Inside the file, folder upon folder filled the screen. Twenty-seven untitled folders in total, twenty-six of them empty. He clicked on the last unnamed file.

Inside of it a blank folder labeled B.B.T. held a Word document of names underlined with hyperlinks. Connie. Dad. Clint Rutherford. Anna Hodges. Diana Carson, the rest of the volunteers, along with people and companies he knew to be long-standing donors to the foundation and several he didn’t recognize. He slid his finger down the list.

Bahama Bank and Trust? Had they partnered with the Wright Foundation? They did have donors from all over the world. The folder was labeled B.B.T. Did that stand for Bahama Bank and Trust? He clicked on the hyperlink. It went to their website. Was this the account where the donors were directed to send their money?

He should ask Connie, but that could wait.

He clicked through several of the other hyperlinks. Each one pulled up email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses for the donor, volunteer, or company.

He finally reached Clint Rutherford’s name. Same as all the rest of the links—a breakdown of his contact information. Nothing suspicious. Except . . . a second page? With another hyperlink for something called, “goalscrbbt1.5m.” He clicked it and it took him to a yahoo email account password box.

Hmm. I wonder.

He entered the letters from the post-it note that Connie gave him. The email account opened.

Paul clapped his hands together once and pointed to the screen. Bingo. Everything he needed to prove Connie’s suspicions were correct glared at him from the screen. Something shady was going down at foundation.

“That-a-girl, baby sister. You are definitely, the right Wright for the job.”


What has Paul figured out?

Come back tomorrow for some revelations!

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