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About the Author
Chris was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books.
Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. Sheís had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
She is a retired police detective who spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies.
Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream. She writes two different series. Her paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters. She currently live in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
About the book
The summer of 1889 was proving to be a strange one for Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner.
They had a sexual pervert loose. The man didnít actually harm women but threatened them at knife point, fondling them, and ultimately stealing their stockings.
Far more serious were the murders of influential men, which appeared random other than they were all killed by arsenic poison. Never had he and his partner had cases with so little workable evidence.
Also, the rivalry between him and his detective nemesis at Londonís other police department was intensifying. That nemesis was the boxing champion of their department and looking to challenge Rudyard, who never trained as a boxer.
Besides Rudyardís pride being at stake, and the pride of his station, his nemesis also had in his possession a photograph of the woman Rudyard cares very much for. The new lady in Rudyardís life had captured his heart and heíd fight the devil himself to save her reputation.
Where are you from? Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I was born and spent my childhood in Chicago. I moved to Southern California with my family and went to high school there and attended UCLA. I received a BA in Business. I became a police officer in the mid 1970ís with a large Midwest department when women were just being allowed to work patrol. In 1980 I moved back to California and joined a police department there in the LA area. (I worked under a different name.) After I retired, I finally took the opportunity to write. I always wanted to but never had time or courage. I began taking courses from well-known instructors and attending conferences to learn the craft. In 2005 I had my first book published, Heroes Live Forever. Iíve been writing ever since.
Can you tell us about your new book?
Snifter of Death is book two in my Bloodstone series. I never wanted to write a modern day cop story but was intrigued by the idea of writing a detective in a historical setting. I loved the idea of using Victorian London. My hero is Detective Rudyard Bloodstone. In Snifter of Death as in the first book, Silk, I use both the killerís POV and Detective Bloodstoneís. In this book, I wanted to have a killer that Bloodstone had almost no evidence to work with and is someone heíd never suspect under normal circumstances.
Release Date if applicable?
Answer: May 16, 2017
What made you want to write?
As an only child, I read a lot and watched a lot of movies growing up. As I got older, Iíd find myself thinking how I would change a story, how Iíd write the book or script. I thought maybe someday I will. I had this one story I wanted to write for a long time, a special love story. That turned out to be Heroes Live Forever.
How did you get started on your new book?
After I wrote Silk, I heard from readers that they would like to see my detective have more or a romantic relationship in the next book. I knew writing Silk, because I thoroughly enjoy writing Detective Bloodstone and his world, that Iíd give him another book. So, when the time came, I just had this idea for giving him a killer heíd never suspect while giving him a fun, new lady in his life. The minute I had the killer, I had the basic plot.
How do you create your characters?
I like characters who are first and foremost clever, the heroes, heroines, and villains at least. They all must be worthy opponents. I donít like to give my heroes and heroines a ton of emotional baggage to lug around. By that I mean, I donít (and let me be clear-this is just me) I donít like to write characters who have had their hearts broken at some point and never got over the issue. I prefer to start them at a time in their life where theyíve moved on. Det. Bloodstone suffers minor PTSD from a horrible battle he was in and showed incredible heroism.
He won the Victoria Cross as a result. I showed him having a nightmare in Silk but I donít dwell on this too much. Like I said, it is a mild case. Basil in Heroes Live Forever has guilt about the death of a friend. The main issue with both Bloodstone and Basil is these men do not let the past bring down their ability to function. I am not interested in writing characters who are emotionally stunted by the past. In Snifter of Death, the killerís actions are motivated by the past and she is angry. I wanted to write her POV to illustrate how she felt justified taking revenge. Because I do strive to write clever and strong willed characters I like to put them in difficult, nearly impossible situations. That is where I focus on the story conflict.
How do you get your ideas for your stories?
More often than not they come from the previous book. Heroes was inspired by The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I saw the movie as a young teen and thought how unfair this couple never had a life together. I thought how Iíd write the story and held onto that thought for many decades until the time came to sit and write. Journey in Time came from the friendship between the two knights in Heroes Live Forever, Knight Blindness from the characters in Journey and so on and so forth.
Silk was inspired by my desire to write a historical detective story. As I said in my post, I felt Victorian London was the perfect setting for murder mysteries. I wanted my detective to be a war hero but a humble one and one who fought in the Zulu War, specifically at Rorkeís Drift. I didnít want to have a Jack the Ripper style, slasher type killer. I wanted the opposite, a man who society viewed as one of style and grace. With the class system of the time, it made investigation of such a man even more difficult for Detective Bloodstone.
In Snifter of Death, I wanted to give Bloodstone a series of murders with almost no workable evidence and a killer heíd never suspect. His own preconceived ideas of a suspect interfere with what leads he follows. This story also was fun as it had several subplots I could play with and add into Bloodstoneís daily life and build up his cast of support characters.
When writing this book, what was the hardest part?
The killer had to get in and out of the crime scene without drawing the attention of the victimís staff. This presented the greatest problem for me. I had to create credible entry and exit possibilities. Another sticky spot was the boxing match. I know nothing about the sport. Bloodstone has a rival who is the department boxing champion and who challenges him. I had to arrange the fight and after researching the maneuvers, figure out how much to include and how to write it in a way that made sense to someone who does know the sport.
Anything else you would like to add?
I hope your followers enjoy the excerpts of Snifter. If they go to my website, they can see trailers for all my books. On my Pinterest page, I have book boards for several of my stories too.