Hi, Rachel! Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born to Baby Boomers during the Reagan Era when the Cold War was still…cold. I love reading, writing, and traveling, but not necessarily in that order. Also, I have an amazing husband, great friends and family, and someone is actually paying me to do what I love. It doesn’t get much better than that.
No, it doesn’t! Let us know something unique or different about you.
I wouldn’t say it’s unique, but I play the guitar and I love music. If I couldn’t write, I would probably focus more on that.
Why do you write mysteries/thrillers?
I prefer to read and write in the mystery/thriller genre, particularly crime novels. Reading a story that keeps you involved, that keeps you trying to solve the mystery, has always interested me. I especially love series in this genre. Some of my favorite series include Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas and James Patterson’s Alex Cross. My dream is for Jordan James to eventually reach that status – to have people who know her and love her story and look forward to solving cases alongside her.
I look forward to that happening. I want to know what’s inspired you to write. Was it people, places, or things?
Too many to name! It’s cliche to even mention, but there’s something to the line in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off about stopping to look around every once in a while or you’ll miss life. People are often so focused on getting through the day they don’t realize how many stories are going on all around them, all the time. I love going to new places and meeting new people. The best advice I’ve ever received on writing is to write what you know. I do my best to learn as much as I can from as many people as I can.
Good advice. What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m editing book three, Retribution, and in the process of writing book four, Misconception. Retribution happens on location in the Rocky Mountains for a television show and Misconception is set in my hometown, New Orleans.
I’ll put those on my TBR list. Who are some of your favorite authors?
I have several authors I enjoy reading, including Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I recently discovered Erica Spindler and just finished her latest novel, Justice for Sara. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
Tell us what else you have written.
Cold Ambition, book one in the Jordan James, PI series. People can find it on sale now on Amazon.
Can you give us a book blurb & excerpt from your new book, Lost Distinction (book 2 in the series—just released)?
Lost Distinction Book Blurb:
“It all started with a favor…”
When private investigator Jordan James agreed to search for the missing son of a U.S. Ambassador, she didn’t realize she was walking into a case one hundred years in the making. The deeper she delves into this unusual assignment, the more shocking, and the more dangerous, it becomes. With time running out and lives at stake, Jordan must race to identify the culprit of an elaborate plot while also uncovering a far more personal truth too intimate to ignore…
Lost Distinction Book Excerpt:
“So, when was the last time you saw Arthur?” I asked as the guys cheered when one of James’ sons scored a touchdown with George’s help.
Michelle stared past the men. “I guess the last time I saw him was at Easter. Since Mr. and Mrs. Cross couldn’t make it back from London in time, we went over to James’s house in Falmouth. I was surprised to see him there.”
“Why? Does he usually avoid family holidays?”
She clapped when Rick carried one of the twins over the “goal line” for a touchdown. She looked back at me and shrugged. “To be honest, I haven’t seen Arthur many times in all the years I’ve been married to Eddie. He lives and works in Middletown but just always seems too busy to come around. Eddie never gave me specifics, but I think Arthur tries to stay away from his family for some reason.”
“He didn’t say why?”
“No,” she shook her head. “Can’t say I blame him…”
I found myself more confused every time I learned more about this situation. As I sat there, I considered all the things I knew as fact. First, Arthur Cross was missing and had been missing for several days. Second, his family was concerned enough about his disappearance that they felt it necessary for his parents to fly in from London, but they did not want to involve the police as it might generate unwanted publicity. Third, they were going to a lot of trouble pretending like nothing was wrong.
I looked across the yard and saw the Crosses watching their children and grandchildren with absolute enjoyment. The last thing I knew was by far the most troubling fact of all. As I sat there, it became crystal clear that this family was hiding a secret. What I didn’t know at the time was how great the secret was and how many lives its revelation would affect, including my own.
Thank you so much, Rachel, for joining us today!
Rachel Sharpe’s Bio:
Rachel Sharpe is the author of Cold Ambition and Lost Distinction, the first two novels in the Jordan James, PI series. Although born and raised in the South, “Yankee” relatives first led Rachel to historic New England, which she has come to consider her second home and is the setting for the series.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English, Rachel began dedicating her free time to her childhood passion, writing, and in the fall of 2013, she signed with Soul Mate Publishing. An active member of Sisters In Crime, Rachel currently resides with her husband in the Greater New Orleans area.
“COLD AMBITION” Available Now on Amazon http://www.amzn.com/B00L2OLQPG
“LOST DISTINCTION” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q5OGCS4
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