Please help me give a warm fuzzy welcome to Romantic Suspense author Avery Flynn. Avery has dropped by to visit with the Pink Fuzzies this fine Saturday morning. When I asked Avery to blog for the fuzzies, she said she'd love to and just look at the inside view she has given us of one particular writing challenge and how she over came it. Take it away Avery....
By Avery Flynn
A psycho with a gun. A heroine with a temper. A hero with the need to lay the goon out flat. That’s where I was stuck while writing my debut romantic suspense novel, Up a Dry Creek. I had written and deleted the scene about a million times when I finally threw my hands up, pushed away from the keyboard and stomped over to my friend’s house.
Tim (not her real name) lives next door to me. She’s five-feet, three-inches of muscle and attitude. Also, she’s an FBI agent. We have a lot of discussions while I’m standing on my air conditioning unit peeking over the six-foot privacy fence between our yards, hence why I call her Tim and she calls me Wilson. Tim is a night owl like me, so I knew when I poked my head over the fence that she’d be up even though it was 11 p.m.
“I’m stuck.” I whined.
“What’s wrong?” She asked taking a drag from her ever-present cigarette.
I laid out the facts of my scene. “So what would you do in that situation?”
Tim pondered for a moment. “Just kill him.”
“I can’t do that,” I wailed. “It’s still the first third of the book!”
The rising sun was turning the sky pink when we finally stopped yapping. I wondered back to my house, grabbing the newspaper from the front stoop, and collapsed into bed. I was completely exhausted but had a solution for heroes Claire and Jake that didn’t involve bumping off the villain. At least not yet.
I had a lot of help and encouragement while writing Up a Dry Creek, but that late-night conversation with Tim really solidified the book for me. Also, it made me realize that even though I hadn’t finished yet and even though the book hadn’t sold yet, that I was a real writer. The gift Tim gave me wasn’t technical law enforcement advice. No. It was that she took me seriously as a writer and thought of my story as a legitimate pursuit worthy of five hours of discussion. She helped me do the same myself.
So that’s how the FBI helped me write a gunfight and, more importantly, believe in myself as a writer.
Claire Layton is a successful, though somewhat debt-ridden, restaurateur who minds her own business—literally. She has enough on her plate between an irascible chef, an abandoned sous-chef, and the pressure of running her highly praised eatery, Harvest. But when she discovers one of her customers dead in her dumpster, her world begins to unravel.
Even as her county sheriff brother Hank and his team continue to swarm the property looking for evidence, she receives a threatening call. It seems there’s a slight problem involving the dead young woman in the dumpster. She doesn’t have her phone and her flash drive with her. The killer makes it clear that Claire better find them by noon the next day or he’ll go after her and her entire family.
With the clock ticking, Claire searches for the missing items to no avail. Complicating matters is the arrival of Jake Warrick, a hotshot security expert hired by the dead woman’s father to find her killer. Claire’s trying her best to get Jake out of her restaurant when her jeep goes up in flames. The noon deadline has passed.
Determined to find the killer and to keep her family safe, Claire refuses to back down, even as the murderer continues to terrorize her. Jake isn’t backing down either, and the tension between the two—sexual and otherwise—continues to mount. Jake has no intention of leaving Claire in danger—or before he gets to know her much, much better.
Clues, most leading nowhere, pile up, and the threads of the mystery are becoming still more complicated, even as the killer comes closer and closer to claiming his prize—and his prey.
In Up a Dry Creek, Avery Flynn brings readers a strong and sexy romantic suspense novel, with plenty of action, engaging characters and a shocking ending.
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