What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* 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.
Today Lisa Regan will be talking about how she became a writer and what inspired her in regard to the story she's promoting.
* When I was in the fourth and fifth grade, I desperately wanted to be an astronaut. I was even saving up to go to Space Camp. While I was saving, I wrote tons of poems about being an astronaut, and at some point I realized that I enjoyed writing more than anything else so I turned my attention to that. I started writing stories, then full-length novels, and I’ve been writing ever since. When I was eleven I wrote my first full-length novel, which was a murder mystery. Then in high school I wrote three more terrible young adult novels. They were all crap, but it was great practice. Between eighteen and twenty-two I was chockful of great ideas but I couldn’t finish a darn thing. It was very demoralizing. I had no discipline and couldn’t concentrate on anything. Finally, at twenty-three I finished what was my first adult novel—a novel about adults for adults. It was a stab at literary fiction although it had elements of a thriller, and it was certainly a mystery. I sent out four queries before I gave up. It wasn’t good. Really, all I had wanted from that book was to prove to myself that I could finish something again and also to get a lot of stuff off my chest. I accomplished both of those things. So I put that aside and started writing what would later become my first published novel, Finding Claire Fletcher. I think once that book was finally finished was when I knew I had a shot at being a published author. The rest, as they say, is history.
* The story I am promoting now, Cold-Blooded, is about the cold case of a murdered teenager. In the book, she is found killed in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and her murder goes unsolved because there’s really no evidence to speak of—it just seems like she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I wanted to take the story of this crime and build up a complex web of deceit behind it. I wanted to peel away the layers of her story to show that sometimes things are not what they seem. Sometimes there’s more behind a certain act than anyone can possibly imagine. I used Fairmount Park as a backdrop since much of it is beautiful and idyllic and you wouldn’t expect a cold-blooded killing to take place there, but just like everything with this book, things are not what they seem.
* 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.
* Knox cleared his throat as if he were about to address a room full of people. “The victim was Sydney Adams. She was seventeen years old, a track and field star for Franklin West High School. She was a senior there.”
* “The charter school over by Drexel University?” Anita asked. “The one where they had that shooting in 2006?”
* “Yeah, that one,” Knox answered. “Sydney was only a month or so from graduating. She left her grandmother’s house around seven in the evening for her nightly run through Fairmount Park. She always ran the same route. She didn’t get very far that night, so I think she was killed close to seven-thirty, although I was never able to get the medical examiner to say so. He would only give us a four-hour range. He said Syd died sometime between seven and eleven.”
* “Where in the park?” Jocelyn asked. Fairmount Park was really a collection of outdoor parks that covered over 9,000 acres in the city.
* “She started her run around the athletic field on Boxer’s Trail. Not too far from her house.”
* “She lived in Strawberry Mansion?”
* “Yeah, over by 31st and Dauphin. Anyway, she was shot in the back three times at close range. There was a bullet lodged in the tree, so there were four shots in all. .22s. There were no shell casings, so we think the killer picked them up and took them.”
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