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Friday, March 10, 2017

Interview with Mystery Author L.C. Hayden by Jacqueline Seewald

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing L. C. Hayden who has written mysteries for Five Star/Cengage in the past. She has a new novel out that I have read and very much enjoyed and can recommend to other readers.


Question: What is the title and genre of your novel?  Why did you select them?

Answer:  My new thriller, What Lies Beyond the Fence, is the fourth in the Harry Bronson series. Although I write other series, this one seems to have the most following. Also, I really like Harry Bronson. When I write about him, I feel like I’m with family.


Question:   What inspired this novel? How did it come about?

Answer:  I had played with the idea of Bronson going to a place he wasn’t familiar with. In fact, he wouldn’t even know where he was. I needed a remote place so that Bronson couldn’t simply open the door and walk out. That began the premise for What Lies Beyond the Fence.

Question:  Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your novel?

Answer:  Several people have emailed me and told me that Bronson is their literary crush. He’s mine too. One of the reviewers wrote: “He is steadfast, smart, and loyal with some interesting quirks that make him human.” But what I really want to do is talk about another character in the story. Bronson is hired to find 17 year old Roger Hallberg who is out in the woods where inhabited by wolves. In real life, Roger is a real life hero. He’s a MIA, lost during the Viet Nam conflict. It all began when the national headquarters for MIA’s/POW’s contacted me to donate a character in one of my books. I agreed and in the process, I learned how much our MIA’s families suffer. It’s an on-going pain that will never heal. I want to thank all of the men and women who serve and my deepest thanks goes to our MIA’s and their families for their great sacrifice.

Question:   Can you tell us about some of your other published novels or work?

Answer:  I write the Harry Bronson Mystery series which have been Agatha Finalist for Best Novel of the Year, Watson Award Finalist for Best Characters, have hit the Kindle Top 100 Best Seller List, made the Pennsylvania Top 40 List, the Barnes and Noble Top 10 Best Seller List and other.
      I also do the Aimee Brent Series. There’s two so far in that mystery series and I also have a stand alone, Secrets of the Tunnels.
      Another series I thoroughly enjoy writing is the miracle and angels one. These nonfiction books answers the question: are they coincidences or are they miracles/angels?
     I also have two children’s picture books and a host of other genre books.

Question:   What are you working on now?

Answer:  Promotion, unfortunately. I’m taking a break from writing to get my files done correctly and promote the books like they deserve to be promoted. Once that’s complete, I plan to do another miracle/angel book. If any of you have had an angel or miracle in your life, please contact me. I’d love to add it to my book.

Question:   What made you start writing?

Answer:  I’m a story teller—always have been. As such, it’s only natural that I would graduate to being an author.

Question:   What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?

Answer: Never, ever let anyone discourage you. The road to writing is paved with rejection. Stay true to your dream. Also, write that book. Don’t worry about whether it sounds good or if you’re following all of the “rules” of writing. Just get it finished. When you put the end, then you have plenty of time to go back and revise. Now, go write!

Question:  Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?

Answer:  Like all things now-a-days, the best place is through Amazon for both the e-book version and the traditional version. Here’s the link: tinyurl.com/LCHayden
I am also available to speak or Facetime.

Thank you L.C. for being our guest today.

Questions and comments welcome here for L. C.



23 comments:

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Great interview! Always nice to find out more about fellow authors and their work.

Good luck and God's blessings with your new release!
PamT

Sharon Ervin said...

I thoroughly enjoyed WHAT LIES BEYOND THE FENCE. The characters were like acquaintances, the plot unusually good. Thank you, Jacqueline and L.C., for this interview.

Susan Oleksiw said...

I like your description of writing about Bronson, how it feels like being with family. I also liked hearing that you highlighted the burden carried by families of MIAs. Vietnam was such a significant event for my generation, and yet we still haven't come to grips with it. Your sensitive remarks brought a lot of it back. Good luck with this book and all your others.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Pamela,
Thanks for wishing me God's blessings on my new release. Like all authors, I'm hoping this one sells a million copies! That's what makes us authors--we're dreamers, eh?
L. C.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Sharon,
Thanks for the super comments about WHAT LIES BEYOND THE FENCE. BTW, I'm reading your book, MEMORY, and thoroughly enjoying it.
L. C.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Susan,
It amazes me how close I feel to Harry Bronson and the rest of the gang, even though they exist only in the world of books. He is so real to me--he is family!
Thanks for acknowledging the MIAs. I too grew up in the Viet Nam era. But the worse part is that the number of MIAs continue to grow with each war. God bless them and their loved ones.
L. C.

Mary R said...

Happy to read about your latest novel, L.C., and wish you every success with it. I was thinking about you a few days ago and as so often happens the thought-of person appears! Odd how that happens, no?

Betty Gordon said...

A good interview, L.C. I look forward to reading your new work. I, like Susan, would like to thank you for acknowledging the MIAs.

Charlene Tess said...

L.C. Hayden is one of my very favorite authors. Her characters are like old friends to me. I never miss her new releases because I know it will be a good read.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you for thinking of me. It is amazing the connection between thinking and then happening!
L. C.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Betty,
Thanks for giving my book a try! Also thanks for acknowledging the MIA's. They and their loved ones need as much support as possible.
L. C.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Charlene,
Thanks a ton for the sweet comments. I appreciate you!
L. C.

Earl Staggs said...

Excellent interview, Jacqueline and L.C. I like the way you describe your characters as family. That is so true and so necessary. Otherwise, we'd be writing about strangers and that just wouldn't work. Best wishes for continued success, L.C.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Earl,
I definitely agree. Our characters need to be family. We need to care what happens to them so that the readers can care too. Thanks for the wish.
L. C.

E Speed said...

Hi L.C.
Great interview to highlight an excellent new book. I thoroughly enjoyed Harry's newest adventures. And I agree that characters that become family to you are the best. When you're writing THEY take you on the adventure and guide you to the ultimate resolution of their adventures!

Great job on a great book and definitely look forward to upcoming adventures. And I love that I know one of our resident El Paso writers!!
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L. C. Hayden said...

Hi E. Speed,
Wow! Thanks for the super cool comments on the Bronson series. Did I tell you that I love that guy? But don't tell my husband!
Also, thanks for saying you're looking forward to more Bronson books. You need to drop by sometime!
L. C.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

Thanks ,Jacquie and Elsie for a good interview. Elsie,I especially liked your relating to Bronson as "family". Successful writers do have that feeling about their characters, and you have been very successful.
Good luck with future sales.

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Mary,
Thanks for your kind remarks. I agree with you. We authors have got to love our characters if we expect readers to love them.

Val Raehl said...

Love the Bronson and Aimee Brent books!

L. C. Hayden said...

Hi Val,
Thanks a ton for your comment! I appreciate your support.
L. C.

Mary F. Schoenecker Writes said...

A great interview, Jacquie. I especially liked your feelings, Elsie, about your characters as "family". I often battled with my characters as I tried to sleep. I wish you good sales with your new book,and joy in your writing life.

L. C. Hayden said...

Thanks, Mary! Best wishes on your writing too!

Bonnie Tharp said...

Good stuff Jacqui and LC. What a great way to honor those missing veterans and their families. You inspired me to do the same. Can't wait to read this latest book.