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Title: Blind Redemption
Authors: Denise Dearth and Amy Gillen
Genre: Mystery, Detective, Paranormal Mystery, Lesbian, F/F, LGBT
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
A woman is missing, paths are misleading. Can Psychic Detective Jackie Vaughn see through the veil of lies to find her?
Kidnapped and sold into the Chinese slave trade the survival of Annette Freder, the wife of University Chancellor, Charles Freder, depends on struggling psychic detective, Jackie Vaughn.
Crippled by grief over the unexpected death of her wife, Jackie deals with her anguish through pills and booze. While these coping mechanisms numb her pain, the growing addiction hampers her abilities, and places her health and livelihood in jeopardy. The missing person’s case of Annette Freder shifts Jackie’s focus, challenging her psychic abilities.
While on the job in China, Jackie finds herself with limited access to medication, resulting in bouts of withdrawal and depression. But that is just one of the many hurdles hindering Jackie in her quest to find Annette and return her to safety. Will corrupt police, maxed out credit cards, an ousted Greek intelligence officer assassin, and a revelation from an unexpected sourceprove too much for her?
Entangled deceit and unravelling lies Blind Redemption captures the essence of the human spirit and the power of redemption.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B014U2PX9G
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B014U2PX9G
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B014U2PX9G
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What inspired you to start writing?
Denise was writing song lyrics for a band she was in. Anyone interested can check out the song ”Who’s Cryin Now” used in the book trailor. It’s available on Amazon and a lot of other musical outlets online. An interest in novel writing evolved from there and provided a new challenge. Amy put pen to paper to make sense of her teenage years. In college she took poetry writing classes and has been writing ever since.
How long have you been writing?
Denise began the novel writing adventure in 1998 and has been writing songs since childhood. Amy is drawn to poetry and has been writing since 1985.
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
Treat constructive critism like gold and use it to your advantage. Never stop learning about the novel writing craft.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
We’ve never had writer’s block. If we ever did we’d would start writing the most ridiculous story possible. Hopefully that would relieve some stress and get the keyboard humming.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Denise love’s Rita Mae Brown because of her wit and style. She’s a lesbian—bonus! Amy likes DH Lawrence and Thomas Hardy because of the way they write metaphors. Margaret Atwood because she’s just so good.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Good writing is doing the basics very well. Another key is creating believable falable charactors that people can relate to.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
We spend a lot of time on our patio discussing it all. We’re not sure what the neighbors think of us.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
We zero in on the plot and work from there.
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.
In the creation of a secondary bi-sexual character we wanted to be careful that his flaws were in his personality and not his sexuality.
Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?
We are very excited to wrap up the next book in the Jackie Vaughn Psychic P.I. series.
What are you reading now?
Denise reads nonfiction and spends time researching for the story and studying writing as a craft. Amy just finished reading the Outlander series. She’s waiting for book nine.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Author John DeChance was Denise’s writing mentor. He’s most famous for his comic fantasy Castle series, and his science fiction Skyway series. He provided instruction and encouragement while validating the effort. Amy’s influence was the poetry of Ann Sexton and Silva Plath.
How do you come up with the titles to your books?
The story dictates the title.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Denise completed a writing course and the first draft of a novel. Amy had her poetry published in 2003.
Describe your writing space.
There’s a wonderful second story view of our tree- lined backyard. We can see the birds feeding, our cats playing and the dogs froliking along the chain linked fence.
Inside the writer’s den there’s a contemporty bookshelf filled with pictures, books and a few antique camera’s on display. Denise has recording equipment nearby to capture song ideas. Guitars, a ukalale, and a dulcimer are there when inspiration calls. On the wall above the writing desk is a memory box filled with pictures and momento’s from a visit to Emily Dickenson’s home in Amherst.
What is the hardest part about writing for you?
Going through the pre-publication editing was challenging. We learned a lot from the process.
What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
Denise does the bulk of the writing. She usually writes every day for a week and then shifts gears to other projects and commitments the following week. Amy adds input and edits on the off-writing week.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
We like to act out the adventure scenes to check accuracy. We try to do this inside the house, a few of the neighbors are already on edge with Lesbians nearby. We do live in Indiana.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
We have a house to maintain and our rescue pets demand attention. For fun Denise rides a motorcycle and Amy loves to kayak. Denise also loves watching sports. We have a blast attending the Indiana Fever professional women’s basketball team games.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
That besides being a married couple we have a great writing chemistry and have fun with the writing process.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
Blind Redemption is our first novel. Our goal is to write a book series based on the Jackie Vaughn, Psychic PI character.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
We’re just starting to connect with our readers and look forward to it.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Amy wanted to be an archeologist. Denise considered life as a sports announcer.
How do you do research for your books?
Thanks to net neutraility the internet is a main source. Every now and then a trip to the library and getting lost in the stacks is necessary.
Thank you for the interview!
Denise Dearth & Amy Gillen
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About the authors
DENISE DEARTH is a novelist and songwriter. Blind Redemption is the first novel in the compelling Jackie Vaughn detective series. She is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated, a music performing right organization, and the National Writers Union, UAW Local 1981. When’s she’s not writing she may be seen riding a two-toned, sky blue and white Victory Vegas Steel horse into the Midwestern sunset.
AMY GILLEN is a co-creator of the Jackie Vaughn detective series. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Indiana University. She is a poet, photographer, and entrepreneur with a passion for kayaking and travel.
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