Tuesday, April 8, 2014

LynDee Walker: Small Town Spin

Today we have an interview with LynDee Walker about her new book and don't forget to go all the way to the end for giveaway details. 

Where did you get the idea for Small Town Spin?

The idea for this book grew from the setting, and a long-standing joke with my best girlfriend. Gwynn's Island is a beautiful little hidden gem on the Chesapeake Bay, and my friend Julie grew up there. It's about an hour and a half from Richmond. She rarely runs across anyone here who's ever heard of it.

I grew up in Texas, hundreds and hundreds of miles away, and I meet people in Richmond who are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area all. The. Time. Really. I got pulled over one day and was chatting with the officer (sweet guy, used to work K-9) and it turned out his parents live in the next town over from where I grew up. I could give you forty more examples.

Years ago, my friend and I were talking about this phenomenon, and I told her if I ever got a book deal, I'd set a novel in Mathews County. This one is it. We had such fun going on research trips. I fudged a few things, but tried to stay true to the beauty and spirit of the island. It's a lovely place.

What is the best thing that has happened to you as a result of your novels?

Meeting readers who love Nichelle, and seeing my little ones be as proud of me as I always am of them. That's pretty darned cool.

If your protagonist was actually a real person, would you be friends with them? Why or why not?
Absolutely! I would love to grab a glass of wine with Nichelle. And go shoe shopping with her. She's friendly and smart and witty—I think she'd be a great friend.

What can you tell us about your next book?

It starts with a gruesome murder in a super-creepy location I had a lot of fun scouting out. And an exclusive Nichelle can't walk away from, no matter who tells her to stay clear. Look for DEVIL IN THE DEADLINE in January 2015.

How did being a journalist prepare you to be a writer?

In so many ways, but I think the best preparation I got for writing a series is the ability to write when I need to and work on deadline, the ability to tune out background noise while I work (the receptionists used to have to come to my office and put a hand between my face and my screen to get me to answer calls. I'm pretty good at that.), and a pretty thick skin.

Here's a picture of the Gwynn's Island bridge, which is important in the story:

Today is the start of Lyndee's tour. Here's where you can find her for the rest of the virtual journey. 

April 9 – readalot blog 
April 10 – Kelly P's Blog
April 12 – deal sharing aunt 
April 14 – Community Bookstop 
April 15 – Beth's Book Reviews 
April 17 – Chloe Gets A Clue 
April 18 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews 
April 19 – Books-n-Kisses 
April 20 – Brooke Blogs 
April 21 – Queen of All She Reads 
April 22 – A Chick Who Reads 

And if you would like to see her in person, you can find her at the world's largest mystery convention, Bouchercon 2014.

LynDee Walker
The Headlines in High Heels Mystery series
FRONT PAGE FATALITY—Agatha Award nominee, Best First Novel (2013); Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 bestseller
BURIED LEADS—Amazon bestseller
HEARTACHE MOTEL—Amazon bestseller 
SMALL TOWN SPIN (Henery Press, April 8, 2014)
Get signed copies: Fountain Bookstore
Twitter:  @LynDeeWalker


  1. I love books that take place in small towns. I live in a small town. Very small.

    1. Angie - I love books set in small towns as well. Thank you for stopping by.

    2. I love to read about small towns, too, Angie, I think because I didn’t grow up in one. Always fun to imagine how others live. I had a great time discovering the island and bringing to to life in this book, and I hope y’all enjoy your visit.

  2. Thank you LynDee for a great interview. Congratulations on the new book!

    1. Thank you so much for having me, Deborah! I didn’t see the post until I was on my way downtown for the launch party last night, but will share today. It was a fun interview, with wonderful questions. :)

  3. This sounds really cute. I'll have to read it.

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