Running “errands” for her mob-boss employer, Joey “The Knife” Manetto, often ends with Shelby in trouble, making her cautious about continuing her association with him. Instead, she focuses on a new client who hires Shelby to find her missing mother. What seems like a routine case turns into something more sinister and deadly than she ever imagined.
In the meantime, Uncle Joey has summoned Shelby to his office, where she runs into her former nemesis. Shelby inadvertently hears something that makes her fear for the lives of Uncle Joey and his hit-man, Ramos. This time, Uncle Joey is not sure he wants to involve Shelby in something he knows could get her killed. Keeping Shelby’s involvement to a minimum has disastrous results, sending Shelby on a dangerous path. As her investigation unfolds, Shelby finds death at every turn, and soon realizes she is in over her head. Can she escape from danger in time? Or will she find herself deep in death?
Fast 5 Questions:
1) Describe your writing area – where do you like to write? Is it neat or cluttered? Do you write on paper or on the computer?
I usually write on my laptop with a diet soda nearby and a legal notepad specifically for the current book I’m writing. It’s not real cluttered, but things do manage to pile up. I do most of my writing on my laptop in a spot in my living room where I can look out the windows and see the mountains, but I also like to go out on my deck on the swing (in good weather). There are times when writing longhand is just what I need for a change of pace and to get the creative juices flowing. The notepad is mostly for times I get stuck and I can just write down different scenarios until the right one fits.
2) How much time do you spend writing each day?
Writing is hard work, and sometimes it’s hard to get going, but once I do, it’s hard to stop! I also spend a lot of time in my head thinking things through before I ever get to the computer, but I still count that as time at work! Actual writing time can vary from 2-5 hours depending on where I am in the story.
3) If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
That’s hard to imagine…but I’d want to do something creative, like painting or composing music…something like that.
4) What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Do you have any fun hobbies?
I actually do watercolor painting…the walls in my house are covered with my paintings.
5) If you could travel to the past or the future for a day, where would you go and why?
This is hard but something I’ve actually thought about. I’d really want to find my younger self and tell me a thing or two about life so I wouldn’t make so many mistakes, but then I’d worry that I’d mess things up for my future self that I really love. SO…it’s probably best to leave the past alone, although if I could visit my grandpa one more time, I think I’d really enjoy talking to him again.
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About the Author
As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble…I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.
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