What was the inspiration for you to write this story? What was
your motivation to complete it? Were there defining moments that helped you
along the way?
I have always
had an interest and/or fascination with ancient Egypt. My dream to visit this
country came true a few years ago and I have tried to capture some of my
experiences in this novel.
Many writers do research or construct
outlines before writing a story. Take us through the process you used before
you started writing.
I used my
personal experiences during my visit to Egypt and then researched many, many
documents pertaining to the food of the country, entertainment, lifestyle of
the people who lived along the Nile, historic locations, and, of course,
the Cairo Museum as well as the exhibit in the London Museum.
How did you come up with the title?
published title was “Valley of Obsessions.” I’m afraid I can’t disclose
the meaning of the new title because it would give too much of the story away.
Tell our readers what the setting or backdrop is for your
begins with a trip down the Nile on a ship described in the Hilton Hotel’s
brochure. The side trips along the Nile, the Cairo Museum, the historic
pyramids, Karnak, and more provided fodder for a tale of mystery.
5. Q. Without giving too much away, can you
give us some background on the major characters? Do you have a favorite
Roberts, a legal assistant from Houston, Texas travels to Egypt to fulfill a
lifelong dream. She is accompanied by her childhood friend, Sandy Olsen.
The two women encounter many interesting characters along the way, but when a
crime occurs, a call for help is sent to detectives in the United States. Vicki
Sanders and Paul Barlow fit the bill.
characters are the detectives, Vicki Sanders and Paul Barlow.
6. Q. Can you give us a brief summary of
assistant from Texas follows her dream to visit Egypt, a country that has
captivated her since childhood. She treks through shifting sands to enter
portals of pharaohs long since entombed. Her obsessions lure her into alien
territory filled with suspicious characters. Someone wants to end her
fantasies. How far will he or she go?
7. Q. Do you have a favorite part or
partial – “Vicki tossed and tumbled all night—escaping through Karnak’s false
doors and real ones with hundreds of lions leaping at her. She saw a woman
floating over the altar…”
8.Are there any anecdotal stories pertaining
to writing this story that you would like to share?
The story is
based, in part, on my experiences in Egypt.
9. Q. With all the new genres out there
today, what categories and subcategory would you say your novels falls into?
10. Q. On a
scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the most difficult) what is the reading level of
It is not a
difficult read as far as language is concerned, perhaps 3, but the subject
matter would not be suitable for primary school children.
11. Q. What
well-known author would you compare your writing style to?
12. Q. Other than
your current novel, what other books, short stories, etc. have you written?
Design, Into Thin Air, The Common Thread (co-authored with CC Smith), The
Miracle of Christmas and numerous short stories printed in various anthologies.
13. Q. Are you
working on any new projects?
Yes. I have
two projects going at this time. They will both fall into the mystery/romantic
14. Q. Is there a sequel or a prequel somewhere
out there in the future?
There will be
more novels with the two detectives highlighted, but they will be stand-alone
15. Q. Do you
have any media or book signing appearances coming in the near future?
Not at this
time. I’m doing a lot of publicity on-line.
16. Q. Is
there anything you like to say to your fans or potentially new fans?
I would like
to extend a warm thank you to my fans. So many readers have responded to my
work in a wonderful way. I hope they enjoy this reprint as well.
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