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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Welcome My Newest Guest: Chris Redding!

I want to welcome Chris Redding. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

I’m a published author of romantic suspense and romantic comedy.

Tell us about your latest release.

A View to a Nerd
Waking up next to a dead guy can ruin your whole day. When a wise-cracking interior decorator wants to put her past behind her, the dead body of the mayor’s son makes it pretty clear that won’t happen too easily. A conservative former computer geek for the FBI is holding on too tightly to his past. His wife died under suspicious circumstances and he believes the decorator has the information to solve the case. Unfortunately for him, she isn’t talking… until a series of events convinces her she needs protection, especially when her biggest secret threatens to destroy both their lives.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

Lisa Gardner wrote a book called The Perfect Husband. The so called perfect husband is such a great villain that if I were to say his name many years after I’ve read it, it would still give me chills. No, I am not naming him.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

I think Miriam in A View to a Nerd. She is most like me.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

Mostly I write romantic suspense. I kept trying to write straight romance and people kept getting killed. I think it chose me. All those Agatha Christie books I read as a kid.

4.) What are you working on now?

Right now I am working on book one of a trilogy set on a winery. Three brothers in inherit a winery, but have to work there part of a year before they can do anything with their inheritance. Each brother gets a book and he has to find his place at the winery. Of course they will each find love.

5.) What got you to start writing?

I’ve been writing so long that I can’t remember that.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere. I work part time at a winery so that’s where I got the idea for the winery trilogy.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

That I can talk. A lot. My writing tends to be sparse so it does not reflect my personality.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I say what everyone in the room is thinking, but is unwilling to say.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Write every day. I did not believe it until I began doing it and it really does work.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

Julia Child. I’d have her teach me how to debone a chicken.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Not sure there is just one song. Sorry.

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?


A house cat. No one expects them to do anything, but sleep.



Blurb:


Waking up next to a dead guy can ruin your whole day. When a wise-cracking interior decorator wants to put her past behind her, the dead body of the mayor’s son makes her realize that won’t happen too easily. A conservative former computer geek for the FBI is holding on too tightly to his past. His wife died under suspicious circumstances and he believes the decorator has the information to solve the case. Unfortunately for him, she isn’t speaking until a series of events convinces her she needs protection, especially when her biggest secret threatens to destroy both of their lives. This was originally published as A View to a Kilt.

Excerpt:

“I just got a call from the Commissioner. He talked to the Mayor. If you weren’t finished, you would be now.”
The detective grumbled, but obeyed the order, turning off the recorder.
The Lieutenant shook his head as he ushered Miriam out of interrogation and down the hall to his office. “I’m sorry, Mim.  He’s a little overzealous. He’s new at this.”
“I’m sure he’s just doing his job, and considering what the situation looks like, I understand his position. By the way, someone hit me on the head.”
Bob stopped to examine her. “Guess the killer wanted you out for the count. I’ll get someone to take you to the hospital to get checked out.” He paused. They both stopped to face each other in the drab gray hallway. No pictures adorned the walls. He shuffled his feet then looked at her. “May I ask what your relationship with Joe Waltney was?”
She stared up at him. His eyes found a spot on the wall behind her to look at then the floor.
“I’ve given you no reason to believe you have the right to be jealous. Haven’t I made things clear? I’m only interested in friendship.”
They stared at each other for a moment before he nodded his head as if in agreement.

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