Sunday, September 11, 2016

Mystery Author of the Month: Amy Reade

Author, Amy Reade

Patricia: Amy, when did you know you wanted to be a writer? 
Amy: I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I had already started writing. Here’s how it started: I had three young children at home and I wanted (needed?) some time to myself, so my in-laws babysat three nights in a row while I, either on a whim or just out of sheer desperation, attended a workshop at a local library given by a sometimes-local author. 
By the end of that first night, I was hooked. I loved the homework, I loved talking with the group about writing, and I loved that the first homework assignment spurred me to think creatively in a way that wasn’t geared toward getting my kids to try salmon for dinner or pick up toys from the living room floor. 
After the workshop ended I continued working on that story for a long time. I would write, then set it aside for months, then write again, and so on. At some point on the way to finishing my story, I decided that I should be doing something with it, not just letting it sit in my desk (and it was literally in my desk- I wrote the entire book longhand). So I bought a book by Phyllis Whitney called Guide to Fiction Writing and I pored over it, made notes, highlighted sections, and made the decision to try to submit the story to publishers.
Patricia: That's an interesting story, Amy. But, what if, for some reason, you couldn’t be a writer, what profession would you choose?

Amy: If I couldn’t be a writer, I would go back (reluctantly) to my job as a lawyer. 
Patricia: Do you have a bucket list, things you still want to do and/or places you want to visit?
Amy: How much time do you have? My bucket list is even longer than my TBR (to-be-read) list, which itself is as long as a city block. My bucket list consists mostly of places, not activities. I’d love to go to Turkey, Germany, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, and Morocco. I have a Pinterest board devoted to my Bucket List. I can dream, right?
Author Bio:
Amy M. Reade grew up in northern New York. After graduating from college and law school, she practiced law in New York City before moving to southern New Jersey, where she lives now with her husband, three children, dog, two cats, and a fish. She writes full time and is the author of Secrets of Hallstead House, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor, and House of Hanging Jade. She is currently working on the second and third books of The Malice Series, a trilogy set in the United Kingdom (Book 1, The House on Candlewick Lane, has an expected release date in February 2017). She loves cooking, reading, and traveling. 

Secrets of Hallstead House
Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy's help, but others on the island, including Alex's sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats...slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House...

The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor
"Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours." 

Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house to refurbish the interior. But the tall white columns and black shutters hide a dark history of slavery, violence, and greed. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home, and Carleigh is told she disapproves of her restoration efforts. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie simmering resentments and poisonous secrets that culminate in murder—and place Carleigh and her child in grave danger…

House of the Hanging Jade
A dark presence had invaded the Jorgensens' house. On a spectacular bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, something evil is watching and waiting . . .
Tired of the cold winters in Washington, D.C. and disturbed by her increasingly obsessive boyfriend, Kailani Kanaka savors her move back to her native Big Island of Hawaii. She also finds a new job as personal chef for the Jorgensen family. The gentle caress of the Hawaiian trade winds, the soft sigh of the swaying palm trees, and the stunning blue waters of the Pacific lull her into a sense of calm at the House of Hanging Jade--an idyll that quickly fades as it becomes apparent that dark secrets lurk within her new home. Furtive whispers in the night, a terrifying shark attack, and the discovery of a dead body leave Kailani shaken and afraid. But it's the unexpected appearance of her ex-boyfriend, tracking her every move and demanding she return to him, that has her fearing for her life . . .
I'm offering a free e-Book copy of House of the Hanging Jade, my most recent book, to someone who leaves a comment. The winner will be announced on Saturday. 
Pam Wight is the winner! Congratulations!