Friday, October 28, 2016

Murder By Proxy Author Betty Gordon Interview



Betty Gordon


1.       Q.     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.

2.       Q.      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.
3.        Q.     How did you come up with the title?

The original 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.

4.        Q.     Tell our readers what the setting or backdrop is for your novel.

The setting 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 character?

Desiree 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.
My favorite characters are the detectives, Vicki Sanders and Paul Barlow.

6.         Q.     Can you give us a brief summary of your book?

young legal 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 chapter?

Chapter 8, 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?
Mystery and romantic suspense.

10. Q.       On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the most difficult) what is the reading level of your novel?

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?

Robert Crais

12. Q.      Other than your current novel, what other books, short stories, etc. have you written?

Murder by 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 suspense categories.
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 stories.

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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