This is so interesting! Such a nice change from the usual.
The book is Crime Times Two (Wild Crime book 2) by Julie Howard, a romantic suspense that will release on October 8th.
Meredith knows three things: First, the man in the library begged her to help him. Second, he was afraid of his wife. Third, now he’s dead.
While the evidence first points to a natural death, Meredith is certain there’s more to discover. People are tight-lipped in this small mountain village, and the man’s wife isn’t talking either. Then a second death occurs, with remarkable similarities. It’s time to talk about murder.
As a slow-burning relationship heats up in her own life, Meredith struggles with concepts of love and hate, belief and suspicion, and absolution and guilt. Nothing is clear cut…
She must decide: Is guilt, like evil, something you can choose to believe in?
Buy Link will be on Julie’s Page upon release: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07D6CS4NQ
Jowls quivered under the man’s weak chin, and Meredith noted the stained and frayed shirt of someone who spent a lot of time alone in dark rooms, sending out a better version of himself into the virtual world. His eyes were anxious and beseeching at her as though she should have a clear understanding of him and his life.
Somehow, over the past hour and a half they’d been sitting next to each other – him playing video games and sharing his life story and her ignoring him the best she could – she had become his confessor and friend.
Meredith gave him what she hoped was an impartial-though-quasi-friendly smile. She reached for her purse and papers and rose from her chair. “Well. Nice talking with you.”
The man was lost in his own train of thought and seemed only slightly aware that Meredith was leaving.
He shook his head, morose.
“To make a long story short,” he summed up, “I think my wife is trying to kill me.”
I had the pleasure to speak with Julie Howard, and it was a real pleasure. She is the author of the Wild Crime series and a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. Learn more at juliemhoward.com.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Shortly after moving to Idaho from California, my husband and I took a drive through Idaho to see what our new home was like. I was struck by some of the very isolated places people would live – homes that would be cut off from anyplace else during the deep winter months when snow blocked the roads. I thought how vulnerable a person could be if they lived with the wrong person…maybe someone who didn’t like them, who maybe hated them. This was the genesis of my Wild Crime series.
A fun fact about writing your book.
I didn’t let my husband read the first book until right before it was published. He was nervous because it’s a story about a woman who wants to kill her husband. After he read the first page, he looked up at me and said, “My palms are sweating.” We’ve been married for thirty years so I think he’s pretty safe.
Did you always have the reins of the story or did the people in it try to take over?
My characters always take over. They’re very insistent about being in charge.
What are you working on now?
I have three projects underway: the final book in my Wild Crime series, a paranormal mystery and a whole new mystery series. I love having multiple projects going!
What was your job before you started writing full time?
I’ve always been fortunate enough to be a full-time writer. My degree is in journalism and I was a reporter and editor for two decades before turning strictly to fiction. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else.
What started you on the path to writing?
Ever since I can remember, stories filled my mind. I’m a voracious reader and the local library was my favorite excursion when I was little. It seemed a natural transition to go from reading to writing. Even in grade school, I wrote stories and entertained friends and family with them.
The biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer
I thought switching from newspaper writing to fiction writing would be easy. After all, I had all the basic tools – spelling, punctuation, grammar, and knew how to string a story together. But fiction writing is entirely different! I had to rewire my brain to rediscover that inner child from way back, the part of me who liked to play and invent worlds and characters. Writing a novel isn’t just about coming up with a good story. I learned there are rules and structure around novel writing too. This was something I totally didn’t expect.
What does your writing space look like?
Usually it’s in a coffee shop. Baristas at several places around town already know my order when I walk in. There’s something about the buzz of people around me that’s comforting. I find it difficult to write at home since my mind drifts to chores like laundry and what’s for dinner.
Do you outline books ahead of time or are you more of a by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer?
I start with an outline and then play outside the lines a bit as I go. I suppose I’m a hybrid.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Spending time with my family, traveling, wandering a trail somewhere.
What are your top three favorite books of all time?
Don’t make me play favorites! Really, though, I keep coming across amazing books by new writers. I’d hate to think I’ve already read the best and it’s all downhill from here. I optimistically believe my favorites are those I haven’t discovered yet.
Up early or sleep in?
I love the experience of night melting into day. I’m usually up before the birds start singing and often hear the newspaper land at the front door.
Strangest place you’ve brushed your teeth?
I booked an Airbnb place once that used to be a bank long ago. The old-fashioned teller windows and giant old vault were still inside. I don’t know if this was strange, but it was certainly memorable.
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