For me, it's finding time to write. I work full-time and I have a family. There is very little time in my life for writing. I have so many ideas and stories floating around in my head, but so little time to get them onto the page. That's probably not the answer most authors would give. I think generally, once you've become published, the hardest thing is coming to terms with how subjective the business is, and what I mean by that is that you can put your blood, sweat and tears into a book, spend years tweaking it, and the very best team of editors in the world can go over and over it, it can be published by the most fantabulous publisher ever, and someone out there is still going to say that it sucks. You will never, ever please everyone. You will never, ever write a book that everyone likes. You just have to try to write one that many people will like. You're going to get negative feedback no matter how hard you try or what you do, and I think for all authors that is a hard thing to accept.
Can you give us a short synopsis of Cold-Blooded?
Jocelyn Rush is a retired police detective with a new private investigation firm that hasn't seen a whole lot of action. She's approached by a retired homicide detective, Augustus Knox who has just found out he only has months to live. He asks her to solve a case he was never able to solve when he was on the job, which is the case of a murdered teen track star. Knox believes he knows who the killer is, so he and Jocelyn set about trying to get a confession from that person. Then all hell breaks loose.
What inspired you to write this book?
I just always wanted to do a cold case book where the crime, on its face, seems pretty cut and dried but as the investigation goes deeper, more and more crazy things are revealed.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Sometimes none. On the weekends I can sometimes get a whole hour in. Usually it's not hours, it's minutes, unfortunately. I have to write when I have time. Sometimes the only available time is when I'm waiting in line at the post office or in the doctor's office.
Name your Top Five Favorite Books.
In my genre:
1. Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
2. Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
3. You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz
4. The Mistaken by Nancy S. Thompson
5. The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier
What are you working on now?
I'm working on Over The Edge which is a sequel to Finding Claire Fletcher (my first book). It's about a woman who drives an SUV of children into a river and the investigation that ensues. I'm also working on a stand-alone called Harm which is about a teenage boy with telekinesis who stops a school shooting using only his mind and then has to go on the run. A little different than my usual stuff but very fun to write.
Author: Lisa Regan
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Fourteen years ago, high school track star Sydney Adams was gunned down in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The investigation yielded useless clues, and the case went cold. But homicide detective Augustus Knox never gave up on finding Sydney’s killer. Now, retired from the police force and with only months to live, he enlists the help of private investigator Jocelyn Rush to clear the case once and for all.
Armed with little more than a theory as to who murdered Sydney, Jocelyn tries to lure a killer into the open. But unraveling the mystery means facing off against a cunning psychopath whose ruthlessness knows no bounds. When more bodies start to pile up, Jocelyn has to decide just how far she’s willing to go to catch a cold-blooded killer.
Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime/suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013. Her second novel, Aberration won Best Twist in the 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent Book Awards. Her third novel, Hold Still was released by Thomas & Mercer in 2014 and has been translated into German. She is at work on her fifth novel. Find out more at www.lisaregan.com.
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