Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m Lisa Orchard the Young Adult author of The Super Spies series and I’d like to take a minute and thank Sara for allowing me to be her guest today. Thanks Sara!
You’re welcome, Lisa!
Sara read this excerpt on another guest post that I did earlier this year; she really liked it and wanted me to share it with all her followers. So, to anyone who has seen this before, I apologize and for all the newbies it’s a humorous post so you’ll probably enjoy it. J
I wanted to take a few minutes and explain why research is very important when writing a novel. It’s important because even though an author is writing a fictional story she wants it to be authentic. In my opinion, the more authentic a story is the more the reader is drawn into it.
These days, research is so much easier with the internet. An author can google a topic and find all kinds of information. However, for me I like that personal contact so when I was doing research for my first novel, “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” I called down to my local State Police Post. Since I’ve never found a dead body before, I thought I should talk to someone who has. After all, who knows more about finding dead bodies than the police?
Here’s what transpired. It’s good for a chuckle!
When the officer answered the phone, I politely introduced myself and explained the reason for the call. When I told the officer that I was doing research for a book, he paused and cleared his throat. While he paused I heard him fumbling around.
I imagine he was turning on a recorder, because the next thing he did was ask in a cautious tone, “This is fiction, right?”
I laughed and said, “Yes it is.” I took a few minutes to explain that I really was writing a story about teenage girls finding a dead body and I needed to get realistic details about the crime scene.
After he was reassured, he sent me to the Sergeant who was more than willing to provide me the information I needed. She was very helpful and encouraging. I’m thankful that I made that call because it made my story that much more believable and my characters that much more authentic.
Now, whenever I need some information I know where to go. They know me by name and get me to the Sergeant right away. I’m grateful for the relationship because I’ve learned a lot about crime scenes and dead bodies. The information she has provided has been instrumental in making my stories realistic. I appreciate the relationship and who knows if I’m every in hot water, I know whom to call!
So check out my story, and let me know how I did!
Wonderful story all ages will enjoy! Return to your youth and read! By: Sara Stinson
Back cover Blurb:
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber” is the second book in the “Super Spies” series. Her first book was published in March of 2012 and it has received rave reviews.
After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the third novel that stars the same quirky teens. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.
You can find me at these social media sites:
My website is www.lisaorchard.com
Buylinks for my books:
“The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer”
Amazon buy link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007JZH61K
“The Super Spies and the High School Bomber”
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Wonderful visit! I am so glad you were my guest. I know I will be seeing more of your work. 🙂