Shadow of Doubt by Nancy Cole Silverman
A Carol Childs Mystery
When a top Hollywood Agent is found poisoned in the bathtub of her home suspicion quickly turns to one of her two nieces. But Carol Childs, a reporter for a local talk radio station doesn’t believe it. The suspect is her neighbor and friend, and also her primary source for insider industry news. When a media frenzy pits one niece against the other—and the body count starts to rise—Carol knows she must save her friend from being tried in courts of public opinion.
But even the most seasoned reporter can be surprised, and when a Hollywood psychic shows up in Carol’s studio one night and warns her there will be more deaths, things take an unexpected turn. Suddenly nobody is above suspicion. Carol must challenge both her friendship and the facts, and the only thing she knows for certain is the killer is still out there and the closer she gets to the truth, the more danger she’s in.
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1) Describe your writing area. Do you write in the same place each day? Are you neat or messy? I try to keep things fairly well organized in my office, which was formerly my son’s upstairs bedroom. My two standard poodles serve as sentries to the entrance. Nobody disturbs me without getting by them. See photo of My Girls attached.
2) What is the best part of the writing process for you? Frequently it’s the surprise that comes with writing a scene. While I have a general idea about what I know is about to happen I’m often surprised by the characters or amazed when someone new enters the picture. I’ve learned to trust the process. Time and again I find if I try ignore it, that I have to come back to the scene and rework it.
3) Are you influenced by any other authors? If so, who? I read a variety of authors. Sandra Brown, Gillian Flynn, Michael Connelly, Stephen King. They’ve all influenced me.
4) What is a day in the life of a writer like? I wake up early and start writing before breakfast. I’m frequently still in my bathrobe at ten o’clock. It’s then I’ll take a break, grab a bit to eat and shower. I try to run any errands and go to the gym during the middle of the day and then I’m back at it all afternoon until dinner time. I treat writing like I would a job. I allow myself a lunch break and try to my evenings to myself and my husband.
5) Do you have any interesting writing quirks? Does obsessive, compulsive count? I like music, generally jazz or classical playing while I write and of course my girls, Cozy and Eppy, my standard poodles. They’re names after the two little girls in Les Miserables.
6) What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I like to cook and I love the theater. I see a lot of plays and movies and of course I read, every day.
Coffee or tea? Both. Coffee, two to three cups in the morning and tea after dinner, every night.
Sweet or sour? Depends. Do I have to choose?
Cat or dog? I’m a dog person, but I have had horses and love them too. In fact, I believe horses really opened me up to my creative side more than anything else I’ve ever done. My first book, The Centaur’s Promise, was based upon a story my horse told me. But that’s another story.
Day or night? I’m a morning person.
Sunshine or snow? I grew up in the middle of grapefruit orchard, so sunshine’s in my blood. But I do like snow, too.
About the Author
Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio help her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001 she retired from news and copywriting to write fiction fulltime. Much of what she writes she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some Los Angeles busiest radio newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes some of which have won awards &/or been picked up for publication. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010. In December, Henery Press will roll out the first of Silverman’s new Carol Childs Mysteries, Shadow of Doubt.
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Thanks for the post. I love a good mystery book and this sounds like a good one.