I’m a bit late doing this, because I’ve just been on vacation (details of which will be saved for a later post!!!). Anyway, I’m really excited to be touring Linda Gerber’s DEATH BY LATTE (cute title!)
Aphra Connolly, who had been living a quiet existence on her father’s secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turns up and steals her heart… and provides information that leads her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn’t quite what she expected. Aphra’s mom, Natalie, doesn’t seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie’s boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he had given her that summer. At least Natalie’s good-looking neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . .
1. What inspired the plot for your book?
During the course of writing DEATH BY BIKINI, I realized that I really wanted Aphra to go find her mom in DEATH BY LATTE and try to put things right. That her mom happens to be a CIA agent gave me a lot to play with.
2. Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I love reading YA and I love thrillers and romantic suspense. With this series, I get to work with all the elements I love.
3. What is your writing process like?
Write, fret, write, fret, write, fret…
More seriously, what seems to be working for me now is to outline the story I’m working on, usually running it through a template based on Hauge and Vogler’s Hero’s Two Journeys. When I actually get going, the story typically strays quite a bit from the original outline because so much discovery comes from the writing itself, but at least I have a sense of the pacing and plot points I’m working toward.
4. What are you working on now?
I just finished the final edits on the next book in the series, DEATH BY DENIM, which comes out in May, and moved on to CHARLATANS (working title) my upcoming paranormal YA about two sisters who share cryptic premonitions.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Read, hang out with my kids, think about writing…
6. Who do you like to read?
Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot rank right up there, but I have too many favorites to list!
Praise for DEATH BY LATTE:
“Great characters, plot twists, and non-stop action and excitement.”
“Full of action, suspense, and mystery, Death by Latte is a thrilling edition to the Death by series!”
The Story Siren
“An entertaining Seattle joy ride that… teens will appreciate.”
“Death by Latte is a compelling read for those who like mystery, action, and adventure with a little romance and humor thrown in for good measure.”
Purple Pens Reviews
“Enjoyed quite thoroughly!”
“This exciting installment features non-stop thrills and leaves you guessing right up to the end.”
“High action and suspense.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Linda recently returned to life in the Midwest after four years in Japan, where she served as the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives and writes in Dublin, OH, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy.