Monday, August 30, 2010

Guest Blog - Linda Weaver Clarke

I know I usually post something personal on Mondays, but Linda Weaver Clarke asked if I would help her with her blog tour, and I was only too happy to help a fellow author promote her new books.
Take it away, Linda...

Romance VS Mystery!
I have written five historical romance novels but have changed to mystery. The writing process between romance and mystery is quite a change with a completely different mind set. It’s so different from telling a love story. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they're going to hit it off and fall in love. You, as the reader, know what the outcome will be. But with a mystery, the reader is in the dark. The author has to come up with a plot that no one knows about until towards the end of the story and hope they haven’t figured it out. In a mystery, you may or may not allow your reader to know who the bad guys are, according to whether it’s just a mystery or mystery suspense. Do you know the difference between a mystery and a mystery suspense novel? In a mystery, when a knock is heard at the door, the reader doesn't know who's behind it. With mystery suspense, the reader knows who's behind the door and yells to the heroine, "Don't open the door!"

Anasazi Intrigue is the first book in a mystery adventure series called “The Adventures of John and Julia Evans.” It’s about a devastating flood that takes out several homes in a small town, the importance of preserving ancient artifacts, and a few puzzling and mysterious events. Julia is a reporter, and when she finds out about a possible poison spill that kills some fish and neighbor's pets, she has a feeling that something isn’t quite right. Before she realizes what is happening, Julia finds out that this incident is much bigger and more dangerous than she thought. With dead fish, a devastating flood, and miscreants chasing John and Julia, they have their hands full.

Artifact theft is a very intriguing subject. That’s why I call it the Intrigue series. In my research, I found that archaeological thievery is becoming more and more of a problem every year. Did you know that looting is only second to selling illegal drugs? While researching the second book in this series, Mayan Intrigue, my eyes were opened to the problems they have in southern Mexico. When an ancient ruin is discovered, it doesn’t take long for thieves to take it apart. The reason why is because the Mayas used astrological alignments when planning their city. Looters have learned the layout of the Mayan cities so they know where to dig. With this knowledge, they can loot a sacred temple in a few days. I also found that artifact theft in Mexico has been taken over by drug dealers from Columbia. In other words, since organized crime has taken over, there is also an increase of violence. 

Mayan Intrigue will be released on August 30th and I’m having a week long celebration with a book give-away at my Blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com.

 Mayan Intrigue is about the discovery of a priceless artifact that puts Julia’s life in great danger. While on assignment for the newspaper, John and Julia try to enjoy a romantic vacation among the Mayan ruins, but when Julia accidentally comes upon a couple suspicious men exchanging an item, she quickly turns and leaves but it’s too late. Before John and Julia realize what's going on, they find themselves running for their lives through the jungles of the Yucatan. To read an excerpt from each of my books, you can visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.

8 comments:

  1. These books sound fascinating! And thanks for the easy way to tell mystery and mystery suspense apart.

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  2. I’m so glad you do author themed blogs. I love to read about the authors, their thought process, their creative process, their motivation. This blog was no exception. A romantic turned mysterious...that is a great story in and of it’s self. Thanks for the glimpse into Linda W. Clark. I can’t wait to pick up a copy of her book.

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  3. Jill,
    I agree. Linda did a great job! :)

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  4. Christina,
    I'm glad you like reading author themed blogs. :)

    Linda's books are fascinating. I'm sure she appreciates your comments.

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  5. Wow. I always find other writer's processes fascinating.My current MS is a mystery, and it's true, it's hard to get the plot to a point where the reader won't figure it all out until the end. :)

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  6. Lindsay,
    I didn't know you wrote mystery. I understand trying to get the story down without giving too much away until the "ah ha" moment. I just finished a romantic suspense, which I loved writing, but there were days...

    Linda's process was fascinating. It's great what we glean from each other.

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  7. Ooo, these sound intriguing! I'm always looking for new authors and novels. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Laura,
    Linda has write a couple of good books here. Thanks for stopping by.

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