Interview with Lauren Carr, author of ‘Dead on Ice’
Lauren Carr fell in love with mysteries when her mother read Perry Mason to her at bedtime.
Lauren is also the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The first two books in her series, It’s Murder, My Son and Old Loves Die Hard have been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers. Lauren’s fifth mystery, Shades of Murder has been receiving rave reviews since its release.
Lauren’s sixth book, Dead on Ice, has just been released. Dead on Ice introduces a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, in which Joshua Thornton will join forces with homicide detective Cameron Gates.
The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.
Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.
She lives with her husband, son, and two dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.
Visit her websites at www.acornbookservices.com and www.mysterylady.net.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Lauren! Can you tell us where you are from?
I’m originally from Chester, West Virginia. I now live in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, which is on the outskirts of the metropolitan Washington, DC area. I have been living on this mountain with my husband, son, and two dogs for over twenty years.
Q: How did you come up with Dead on Ice?
I wrote the first draft of Dead on Ice back in 2007, years before hoarders became a household word. A friend was telling me about a house that she had moved into that was filled with junk. One closet that she cleaned out was filled from floor to ceiling with the tubes that toilet paper is wrapped around. So, I started thinking, “Gee, what if they found a dead body under all that junk?” That year, I wrote the rough draft for Dead on Ice, even though I had no title for it. But was I unhappy with how it came out. So I filed it away in a folder on my laptop and showed it to no one.
This spring, while working on Shades of Murder, the third Mac Faraday book, where I introduced the characters Cameron Gates and Joshua Thornton, I was struck with the solution to solving my problem with Dead on Ice. The same day Shades of Murder was released, I started on the next draft for Dead on Ice and wrote non-stop for one whole night until I was done. I even had the title. The problem with the first draft was the original main characters. Once I developed the Lovers in Crime, Dead on Ice came completely together.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
Since I publish my own books, then I had complete say on the cover design, which was designed by Todd Aune of Projetoonline, who did a fabulous job of capturing the tone of the book in one image. I told him about the premise of Dead on Ice, the body of murdered porn star found in an abandoned freezer, and he came up with the cover in a matter of four proofs.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
Dead on Ice is the first installment of my new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.
Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
Albert Einstein once said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” What does that have to do with Dead on Ice? You have to read the book to find out.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
The one I had the most fun with was at the beginning of the book where the hoarder house blows up. Imagine a house, packed full of junk from top to bottom, and a bomb in the basement blows up. Can you imagine newspapers, toasters, plates, forgotten canned goods that filled the cupboards, being propelled up into the sky and then raining down on the countryside?
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
Certainly not to better mankind. I leave that up to the real literary geniuses. I write so that my readers can escape into a world of mystery and be entertained.
When I get a story idea, I will think on it for a long time. Usually I have another project that I’m working on that I need to finish up. More than once I have come up with story ideas that turned out not to be so good. I would start writing them and then come to a block. Now, I have discovered that if it is a mystery worth writing, that it will stick with me until I have the whole book written in my head and I am able to write it.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I’m Lauren Carr and I’m a choc-aholic.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have to say Alaska. I say that is because my family and I are planning a cruise for next summer. Right now I can’t get it off my mind.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
Morning. Only because my Australian shepherd Ziggy is and my son has to get up to go to school.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
No, I’m it. They think I’m very strange.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Most definitely. I also had an imaginary friend named Sam.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
Peace on Earth.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Visit my websites and blog at:
Blog: Literary Wealth: http://literarywealth.wordpress.com/
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