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Interview: Lauren Carr, Author of Dead on Ice

As a child, Lauren Carr’s mother often read her Perry Mason stories for her bedtime story time. This ritual made Ms. Carr fall in love with mysteries and become a life long fan of the genre.

It was with this deep-seated love of mystery, that led Lauren Carr to become an author and weave her own edge-of-your-seat mystery tales. She is the author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which take place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The first two books in the series, It’s Murder, My Son and Old Loves Die Hard have been getting rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike. Miss Carr’s fifth mystery, Shades of Murder has also been receiving enormously positive and glowing reviews since its release.

Lauren Carr’s sixth book, Dead on Ice, has recently been released (August 22, 2012). Dead on Ice introduces a new series entitled Lovers in Crime, in which Joshua Thornton will join forces with homicide detective Cameron Gates.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren Carr is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover, and layout designer, and marketing agent for many talented, independent authors. This upcoming spring, two books written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services.

Ms. Carr is also a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She is thrilled to pass along what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

Lauren Carr resides on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, with her husband, son and two dogs.

Readers can learn more about Lauren Carr and her work by visiting the following links:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Goodreads

Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?

Dead on Ice is the first installment of my new series (Lovers in Crime) featuring Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.

Spunky Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, whose body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to her lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was located in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqué star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too—because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

I wrote the first draft of Dead on Ice back in 2007, years before “hoarders” became a household word. A friend was telling me about a house that she had moved into that was filled with junk. One closet that she cleaned out was filled from floor to ceiling with those tubes that toilet paper is wrapped around. So, I started thinking, “Gee, what if they found a dead body under all that junk?” That year, I wrote the rough draft for Dead on Ice, even though I had no title for it. But was I unhappy with how it came out. So I filed it away in a folder on my laptop and showed it to no one.

This spring, after I published Shades of Murder, the third Mac Faraday book, where I introduced the characters Cameron Gates and Joshua Thornton, I was struck with the solution to my problem with Dead on Ice. The same day Shades of Murder was released, I started on the next draft for Dead on Ice and wrote non-stop for one whole night until I was done. I even had the title. The problem with the first draft was the original main characters. Once I developed the “Lovers in Crime”, Dead on Ice came completely together.

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    Thank you, Blogcritic, so much for the interview. It was fun! I look forward to meeting your readers and finding out what authors they would most like to meet.