Best-selling mystery author, Lauren Carr is the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries and the Lovers in Crime Mysteries. Reviewers have noted that her humorous cozies have a touch of crime drama, without losing the cozy charm. The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, Acorn Book Services will be releasing several books over a variety of genres. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.
On October 1, The Lady Who Cried Murder, my latest Mac Faraday Mystery, was released and I held my breath while waiting for the first review to come in.
Then, the first review came in from Parker Pen in Amazon: “I thought some of the characters were stretching my imagination until I realized that these people probably really do exist in our political society in some shape or fashion, and that is a very scary thought.”
Exactly! With a big sigh of relief, I let out my breath. That was exactly what I was aiming for.
My favorite part of being a writer is finding new characters. I’m a people watcher. Even before I wrote my first book, I would study those around me and try to dissect their personality. “Why is she like that?” “What is his motive for treating his wife that way?”
I was really no fun back in my single days because instead of listening to my dates, I would be listening to the people at the next table. Now my husband recognizes that look in my eyes when I pick up a particularly juicy exchange that isn’t happening at our table.
Here’s a hint: Many authors listen in on conversations to hear how people talk to each other. It helps us to write dialogue. I read in one blog about an author who overheard a man plotting to kill his boss while his wife was shushing him. So don’t plot a murder while eating at McDonalds. The lady at the next table may be a mystery writer and you can find your conversation in her next book.
Admittedly, I knew while writing The Lady Who Cried Murder that some readers may think I was pushing the envelope with Harry Palazzi and his son Bevis. However, truth is, I have met people in positions of power who were exactly like them. Many facets of Harry Palazzi’s character is based on a local politician in my own area. Much of the dialogue that comes out of Bevis’ mouth came from that of a grown-up neighborhood bully during numerous hissy fits that I have witnessed.
During my search of unique characters for my books, I have come to a conclusion:
People are nuts.
How about those reality shows? Yes, we know reality television is not real, but hey! Those aren’t actors on these shows! They are real people who will do anything—no matter how ludicrous—to get on television to have their fifteen minutes of fame.
Have we forgotten about the Balloon Boy hoax? Richard Heene allowed a gas balloon filled with helium to float away into the atmosphere, and then claimed that their six-year-old son Falcon was inside it—all to get mass media attention in hopes of scoring a reality show. So is it really any stretch of the imagination to believe that Khloe Everest in The Lady Who Cried Murder would fake an abduction in order to achieve the same thing—and score it by ending up with one?
The more I think about it, the more I think my characters are actually pretty tame compared to the real ones out there. I think I need to eat out more.
If you see me in a restaurant, be sure to make your conversation juicy. I’ll be listening.
People Are Dying to be Famous
Fame comes at a price. Some pay with their privacy. Others pay with their pride. Khloe Everest paid with her life.
Determined to get her pretty face in front of the cameras, Khloe Everest fakes an abduction only to make a grand entrance in the midst of a press conference held by Spencer’s Police Chief David O’Callaghan.
Three years later, after failing to catapult her notoriety into a long-lasting celebrity, Khloe Everest returns to Spencer upon her mother’s sudden death and seemingly finds another weapon to propel her into the spotlight. Unfortunately, someone kills her before she can make this entrance.
Best-Selling mystery author Lauren Carr’s sixth installment in the Mac Faraday Mysteries, The Lady Who Cried Murder contains a unique dedication:
To the arrogant, envious, rude, self-centered, demented, and twisted souls amongst us. For without you, murder mystery writers would be without inspiration.
The Lady Who Cried Murder was inspired by a personal encounter with a neighborhood bully. “Believe it or not, childhood bullies do grow up,” Carr says. “Just like any bully, ours never attacks when my husband is around. He only makes his verbal assaults when I’m alone and for no reason.”
Like any good author, Lauren Carr was inspired by what some would consider to be a minor, yet annoying incident, to write a thrilling murder mystery. “Writers like to analyze people for character development,” Carr explained. “Not knowing anything about this man, including his name, I had to imagine virtually everything about him to come up with a motive for his arrogant behavior, especially toward me. Then, I came to realize that our society is overrun with bullies—not just those who stop their cars and scream at women who happen to be walking their dogs. I was surprised to realize that some areas of our society embrace arrogance. Also, some bullies, due to their power or social positions, are protected by those around them, which allows them to prey on the rest of us.”
In Lauren Carr’s sixth mystery, Mac Faraday and his friends come up against reality stars, politicians, has-beens, and wannabes. Mac also finds himself face-to-face with an old foe from his past who had managed to escape arrest during their last encounter. Now, Mac sees that his adversary has only become more powerful, and dangerous, with the passage of time.
Intent to not let this killer escape again, Mac and his friends need to put all of their talents together to put a stop to a cold blooded lady killer.