One step into hell – researching and writing about crime 🕵

 As an author who started her career by writing romantic comedies, the transition to weaving mysteries and thrillers is as difficult as it’s interesting. I won’t lie to you, my research into crime psychology took me to some very dark places, but it’s both fascinating and horrifying to see what makes people tick.

Of course, I do it from the safety of my own home, unlike real-life detectives.
Since I have no background as a crime-fighter, when I created my fictional world of crime-solving heroes in The Irish Garda Files, I wanted to offer my readers a unique but accurate experience. I talked to detectives at An Garda Síochána, I found myself a hell of a crime consultant in retired detective turned author, Simon McLean, and started reading books about true crime.
The most recent one was Elizabeth Kendall’s memoir, The Phantom Prince, where she portrays her boyfriend, Ted Bundy, one of the most notorious serial killers in history. I have to confess this book left me with a bittersweet taste, as I couldn’t muster up any sympathy for the drunken, irresponsible, immature Kendall, who I suppose redeemed herself in the end by helping the police bring Bundy to justice. All in all, it was an interesting read, as were other books like Val McDermid’s Forensics, Daniel Simone and Nick Sacco’s The Pierre Hotel Affair, or Captive, the shattering true story told by Catherine Oxenberg describing her crusade to save her daughter from the notorious cult, NXIVM.
All in all, reality beats fiction, but these high-profile cases are—thankfully—exceptions. According to my crime consultant, a good part of crime cases are solved within twenty-four hours, and a real detective’s life can get pretty boring at times. That’s where fiction comes in, where a skilled author needs to create a plot intricate enough to be entertaining, and plausible enough to be possible. This is what I tried to do with my new series, and I hope all the behind-the-scenes work shows within the pages. The best way I can describe these books is that they are thrilling but not dark, suspenseful but not gory, exciting but not explicit. In style, they are similar with books by J.D. RobbAlisson BrennanLisa GardnerTami Hoag, Melinda LeighDavid Baldacci, etc.
If you’re a thrill hunter like me, I have prepared a couple of great promos for you today. Click on the banners to check out them books!

If you’re looking to fill up your Kindle, check out this review giveaway – all you have to do to read these authors’ hard work for FREE is to leave a review!

Also, I kept this announcement for last because I hope to still have your attention by now. My introduction to The Irish Garda Series is a holiday special novella, Saving Maddie, available exclusively in the Authors’ Billboard box set, DEAR SANTA: A Christmas Wish.
The box set consists of eighteen brand new stories, all for 99 cents, and is available at all major retailers.

This is the blurb of Saving Maddie:

The only reason demons exist is because angels do, too.
Detective Finola ‘Finn’ McGregor enjoys her job at An Garda Síochána, Ireland’s police force. In a country with a low crime rate, a cop’s job isn’t as exciting as people might think—until Finn becomes part of a team that uncovers a network of human traffickers, specializing in kidnapping children and forcing them to beg on the streets.
Finn’s sense of justice would’ve compelled her to solve the case anyway, but when she meets one of the trafficker’s victims, her resolve strengthens. One look into the little girl’s sad, blue eyes, and Finn would willingly give her life to save Maddie.

If you like the sound of it, I would appreciate it immensely if you bought a copy, because this would be an extra chance for our box set to be on the USA Today bestsellers list this year. I can’t imagine a better Christmas present!
What’s your Christmas wish this year? I would love to know, so write and tell me!


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