When Your Characters Stop Talking to You—Make New Imaginary Friends…and a Giveaway! @TheMysteryLadie

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty-five titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Killer Deadline marks Lauren’s first venture into mystery’s purely cozy sub-genre with a female protagonist. 

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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There’s a meme on social media that says, “Writer’s Block is when your imaginary friends stop talking to you.”

No, I do not have writer’s block. Actually, I think my imaginary friends have gotten mad at me.

As a writer, I embrace my characters talking to me. I admit it, I was one of those kids who had imaginary friends when I was growing up. To me, they were real people. They had names and tons of stories to tell. On the farm where I grew up, we would spend our days acting out adventures together.

I didn’t realize then that I was taking my first steps into become a writer.

When I grew up and discovered that people with imaginary friends are considered peculiar, I called them characters and began writing books. Oh, what great fun my characters and I have had writing one murder mystery after another. As the author of several series, it can be challenging. Imagine trying to finish the latest installment from one series while the detective of another series impatiently drums his fingers next to my laptop.

“When are we going to get started on Helen’s and my book?” Chris from the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries will ask. “You promised that we’d get married. We can’t get married until we solve her mother’s murder. Have you decided who did it yet?”

“The governor,” I’ll suggest while trying to keep half of my brain focused on my current work in progress. “Or maybe her best friend’s husband?”

“I like the best friend for it,” Chris will whisper in my ear.

“We’ll talk about that later.” I will shove Chris away. “First, I need to finish Erica’s book.”

“Erica, who’s Erica?” Offended, Chris will storm away into the back of my mind.

Erica Hart is my new imaginary friend. I mean—character. She started talking to me after Mac Faraday decided to go on vacation. I hope that’s what happened. I hope he didn’t get mad at me, too.

One of my most talkative characters has been Mac Faraday. We’ve been together through thirteen murder mysteries.

I was working on the latest (fourteenth) Mac Faraday Mystery (Came Upon a Midnight Murder) when Nikki Bryant of the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mystery series showed up. She was so much fun, and she promised that it would not take long to write Killer Deadline (now available in Audible!). So—I kind of walked away from Mac. I promised I’d be right back—which I did!

But then, Mac stopped talking to me. Two-thirds of the way through Came Upon a Midnight Murder, he walked away. Could he be in a snit about me abandoning him for Nikki?

It’s not that my imaginary friends aren’t talking to me. Chris Matheson is nagging me to write his next book. Meanwhile, Erica Hart is talking to me, but she keeps changing her mind about how she wants the plot in A Course in Murder to go.

Erica Hart is the Cold Case Diva—a blogger whose blog is devoted to cold murder and missing person’s cases.

A fortieth birthday is a day to take stock of those dreams achieved and those items that we’ve failed to check off our bucket list.

For Erica Hart, it is a painful reminder of her best friend’s unsolved murder—committed on Erica’s twenty-first birthday. Launched while a stay-at-home mom, Erica’s Cold Case Diva blog was supposed to be an avenue to accumulate clues for Shannon’s murder case. Over the years, the Cold Case Diva with the help of her thousands of followers, has brought closure to the family and friends of many victims—but not for Shannon.

As she blows out the forty candles on her birthday cake, Erica vows to cross this item off her bucket list: Find Justice for Shannon.

As luck would have it, a birthday present from Erica’s son may prove to be just the thing she needs—registration for a community education course in criminal investigations taught by private detective Dusty O’Meara, who finds the redheaded blogger quite intriguing.

Does the Cold Case Diva have what it takes to melt the ice off this unsolved murder? When she gets too close, this blogger may find that this cold case is too hot to handle.

I’m looking for a winter release of A Course in Murder.

Here’s hoping that Mac and Chris will forgive me and be my imaginary friends again!


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