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Monday, August 30, 2010

Looking Out the Window: Welcome Linda Weaver Clark

Linda Weaver Clark tells us about her journey from romance to mystery writer and talks about Anasazi Intrigue and Mayan Intrigue, the first two books of the adventure series about John and Julia Evans. To enter to win a copy of a book click on the link below to Linda's blog.

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 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 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


Miss Mae said...

These books sound absolutely fantastic, and just the sort that I love to read! I'm drawn to such things as pyramids, so the idea of Mayan ruins has me hooked! :)

Laurean Brooks said...

Mayan Intrigue sounds exciting! Yeah you got my attention.

Linda, I grew up on mysteries. This sounds like my kind of book.

Anne Patrick said...

Your books sound great, Linda, I love the theme. Having spent some time in Central America I've always been fascinated by the Mayan culture. I especially loved the ruins in western Honduras. The Hieroglyphic Stairway, at the Copan Ruins, includes the longest single glyphic text found at any Maya site. I hope to go back someday when I can spend more time in the area.

Best of luck to you!

Gina said...

Hi Linda and Gail
Wow, I think I am already hooked on this book! "Mayan Intrigue" - just the title - is so evocative and captivating! It's on my MUST read list. Good luck with your sales. Gail, as always, you site is fabulous.
Thank you,

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Miss Mae, Laurean, Anne and Gina,

Thanks so much for stopping by. I agree these books sound intriguing.

Jan Marie said...

Now these books sound like the kind I can really get into - just my cup of tea! Please enter my name in the drawing.