I'm (Jaime) super glad to have another guest, Author Larry Timm, in my place today to tell us about his new release and the life of a suspense writer!! Stay tuned to the end, as we're giving away a copy too!
Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?
Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of the CCC blog. I am thrilled to be here.
MURDER FOR EMILY’S SAKE, my debut suspense novel, has been a labor of love that began several years ago. The concept hit me one day, and it grabbed my heart and mind and said, “You better pay attention to me, because I’m not going away!”
MURDER FOR EMILY’S SAKE is about three women who met a teenage girl named Emily outside of an abortion clinic, and help her make the decision not to abort her baby. A few months later, due to a rare condition, Emily dies attempting to give birth. Her father, driven mad by grief, swears he will hunt down the three women, because he believes they are responsible for Emily’s death. The three women—Lindsay Birk, Nancy Gunn, and Kathy Schultz, who are committed to speaking up for the lives of the unborn, must now fight for their own lives. Emily’s father plans on burying them, like he had to bury his daughter…except they will be alive when he puts them in their caskets. Then, once he buries them, he is sure they will die…eventually…for Emily’s Sake.
I was inspired to write this story by my conviction about the sanctity of human life, born and unborn, and my belief that many times God’s most precious gifts are many times also the most fragile. My deep appreciation for the brave and committed men and women who put themselves “on the line” to defend the lives of the unborn also inspired me to write this story.
On a REALLY personal note, this story, came to have an even more intimate meaning to me when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer (after chemo and radiation, it’s in remission). More than ever before, I try not to take the gift of each day for granted. This book is dedicated to my daughter. If you want to learn more about our journey through our daughter’s cancer, you can read an article I wrote by going to http://christianstandard.com/2017/01/beauty-in-the-battle/
Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Wow! This is a really tough question. I became so attached to all the characters. But I loved seeing Lindsay Birk’s character develop as the story went on. She found a greater appreciation for the things and people in her life, and she was driven by an inner strength that only grew more intense as the story went along. Her determination and grit amazed to me. And Momma Mac was a blast! She’s a joyful person whose loyalty to family and friends inspired me. And, man, does she have a habit of saying whatever is on her mind!
If you could cast your characters in a Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play them?
Great question! The problem is I don’t know the names of the current crop of Hollywood types.
How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel?
I picked Wichita, Kansas because that’s where I was raised.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why?
Since the common wisdom is that a writer should write what he knows, I’m sure my wife would say that I shouldn’t attempt to write Romance novels. Ouch.
Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why?
Okay, this is going to sound weird, but the literary character that has stuck with me most over the past several years is Odd Thomas. He’s an incredible character from the Odd Thomas series of novels by Dean Koontz.
Odd Thomas believes in doing the right thing to help others, even if that conviction puts him in some really hard positions. He believes that there is good and evil in this world, and he wants to see good win.
And he is longing for a better day…a better place.
What strange writing habits do you have? Like standing on your head while you write with a pen between your teeth?
When I’m writing, I have a habit of talking out loud to myself. And I pace…a lot! I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, so sometimes I have to talk myself through scenes as I’m writing.
Do you have a writing mentor, or another author who has inspired/encouraged you in some way?
There are several: Deborah Raney, in addition to being a mentor, did an initial edit on this book, and she has been a great help to me. And Nancy Mehl has been a good friend and mentor, as well as a fellow-suspense writer. Kim Vogel Sawyer has been an encourager too. Also, Joe Courtemanche, Karl Bacon, and Mike Ehret have been constant sources of inspiration and encouragement to me. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the wonderful writers from ACFW, especially from the chapter in Wichita. Writers have always been my heroes. And Dean Koontz continues to amaze me with each of his books.
We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?
My faith affects everything about my writing. Whether I’m writing fiction or non-fiction, I first and foremost write for an audience of One, and that One is my Lord Jesus. I never have and never will apologize for letting my faith inform my writing. To me, writing is an act of worship. I pray that God will help draw people closer to Him through whatever I write. Yes, I want my writing to entertain, but more than that, I want it to inform people of some element of truth. And there is truth because there is God.
Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were responsible to write your own epitaph for your tombstone, what would it say?
“It wasn’t the bacon!”
Anne is an insatiable romantic with a serious vintage aura in all she writes. Do you have fabulous love story in your family history that you could share with us in a few words? If not, what about your own?
This one is easy to answer! My wife surrounds our home with a love that makes what I do possible. She never lets me forget that she believes in me, and loves me. I mean, seriously, I married waaaaay out of my league. One of the most amazing examples of the love that she nurtures in our home is what she says each night and each morning to our children. She tells them, “I love you, my precious gift from God.”
Erica and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing?
It probably influences my writing more than I think. I do try to create relationships that have ups and downs, but also have note of hope and restoration. I do want to weave in the truth that love conquers all.
We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:
“As dawn broke on Friday morning, fingers of orange light stretched slowly over the freshly mounded dirt. Jack patted the last shovelful down, pausing long enough to wipe sweat from his forehead.
No one would find this grave until it was too late.
He walked across the dew-soaked grass and tossed the shovel into the truck bed. It landed with a muffled clatter on the tarp he’d used to cover the casket and the parts to the lowering device he’d stolen from the storage shed at the local burial vault company.
He went around to the passenger’s side door and removed the rusty metal grave marker he’d taken from the cemetery where his dear Emily had been laid to rest. It was a temporary marker, the kind with a small rectangular notice holder attached to a metal stake. He’d removed the existing notice and now inserted the new one he’d prepared. He read it out loud one more time, just to be sure it sounded right…
He’d decided against using the day and month of her birth, choosing rather to only list the year. Besides, if he used the full birth date, then he would have to use the full death date. And that was impossible. He simply did not know how long she would survive after being buried alive. She might die today or tomorrow, but her death would come soon.
After returning to the head of the grave, he smiled and pushed the stake down into the soil.”