Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Carol Kravetz ~ guest post and her novel Murder Is Just the Beginning

TITLE: Murder Is Just the Beginning
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2017
AUTHOR: Carol Kravetz
CATEGORIES: Crime/Romance
ISBN: 978-1542809917

KEYWORDS: Crime, Romance, Adventure, Mystery, Intrigue, Suspense, Murder

Love can occur in the most unexpected of places – even while investigating the murders of four dancers who work in the same seedy nightclub.

Four murders of staff who work in the same seedy nightclub, a shady nightclub owner and no clues as to who the murderer is. Detective David Andrews and Detective Paul Cameron are thrust together with two recruits from the United Kingdom, Cathy Edwards and Krista Nolan, to solve the murders and bring to justice whoever was responsible for them. Personality clashes and strong physical attractions ensue between the four but they always maintain their strong professionalism. During the investigation, yet another member of staff is found murdered but the evidence is gathering and soon the guilty one is caught. But the case doesn’t end there. By the time the court hearing comes around, the accused has already devised a getaway plan. And the hunt is on….

Guest Post: 
My interest in writing started when I was a young girl going through English Language and English Literature classes in school. Although I was never one to enjoy poetry or the classics, I was always, even at an early age, intrigued by a good plot. When my parents would put me to bed, more often than not it was with the plea to read “just one more page please” and, unless it was really late I was usually granted that wish. Reading was my hobby and, although still expected to do household chores, more often than not my parents would find me in a quiet corner with my nose in a book, engrossed in what I was reading and oblivious to the rest of the world.

As an adult, my interest in reading never waned. Eventually, I began to dream that if anyone like Danielle Steel or Stephen King could write a book, then so could I. I often paraphrased sentences with “I’m going to put this in my book” or, “I’m going to put that in my book” until I was advised quite strongly to stop procrastinating and just start writing. So that’s what I did.

My characters were dreamed up long before I had a solid storyline. I had always wanted to be a Police Officer but back in the late ‘70s, the Northern Ireland Police Service, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), now known as  the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) had a height restriction of 5’4” for a policewoman. Unfortunately, I didn’t grow any taller than 5’2”. The older I became, the more disheartened I was at not being able to follow my childhood wishes of being a police officer and eventually I came up with the plan that if I couldn’t be one, then I could at least write about one. Or, in my case, I could write about two policemen and two policewomen.

I had a vague idea of what I wanted to write, but, because it was before the advent of the internet, I had no real means of doing proper research and working full time as a medical secretary didn’t exactly give me the time to make phone calls or go to the local library anytime I wanted. I persevered with whatever knowledge I had, or could find in bookstores and, eventually, I sat down and started writing in long hand the bare bones for the first book.  I only had a clear idea on how the story was going to end. The beginning and the middle had to be carefully thought out so that it could all tie in.

Needless to say, my first book went through many changes before it became the novel it is today. However, the storyline remained more or less the same and the characters were exactly the same as they had been at the very beginning of my writing adventure. I learned quite quickly to develop my characters and wanted to make them likeable, have them be the sort of people readers could respect, and root for, and feel for when life threw them all curve balls.

I was born and raised in Northern Ireland, near Belfast. I emigrated to Canada in my mid 20’s and while there, started writing. My day time job was as a medical secretary to various health care professionals but my spare time was dedicated to my writing. I lived in Canada for 12 years and during that time had almost completed seven novels in a series. After living at home for a year, I moved to the United States and continued my career as a medical secretary. My writing was shelved for just a little while during my time in the States but, since my return to Northern Ireland upon my husband’s retirement five years ago, I have been able to resume my hobby and complete the seventh novel.  I currently work full time within the Education Authority and dedicate as much time as possible to my family and my writing.

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