Adrianne Lee, author of Endless Fear, agreed to answer some questions for me. With her permission, I share her answers with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Endless Fear was a fantastic read. How hard was it for you to weave all of those red herrings into the story?
This question made me laugh. I had no idea that I had lots of twists and turns and red herrings until I got the first review of the book from RT Reviewer Jill Smith. She said something to the effect (I am not sure where the actual review is so cannot quote this) that I was great at doing twists and turns and red herrings. I was so surprised and thrilled, but I had no idea that Iíd done them, let alone done them well. So, thank you for the compliment.
Had you decided which one of the characters was going to be guilty before you started writing the book? If not, when did you decide which one of them it would be?
I usually do not know who the killer is when I start a book. Sometimes I am well into the book before I know. Once I didnít know until the heroine was facing the killer. A reader wrote to tell me they knew right off who the killer was. I told her I wished sheíd let me know while I was writing the book because I kept driving myself crazy trying to figure it out.
How did you decide on the title? Were there any other possible titles you considered?
I named this story CALENDAR HOUSE. My publisher renamed it ENDLESS FEAR. Iíve never liked the title and could have changed it when the rights reverted to me and I put it up as an e-book, but I didnít want readers who had read this in paperback to think it was a new story.
By any chance, have you ever been an Agatha Christie fan?
My mother was an avid mystery buff. I read painfully slow and didnít read much as a kid until a wonderful teacher in my senior literature class taught me to enjoy reading even if I was a slowpoke. So, I started reading my momís mysteries. She got me hooked on Agatha Christie. Still love her books to this day. After reading several of my pre-published works, my mom asked me why all my characters had British names. I blamed her and Agatha Christie.
Have you always had a desire to write?
One of my favorite card games as a kid was Authors. I was always enamored of stories and storytellers. I wrote a few poems in junior high, which sadly no one saved, took a disastrous writing class my senior year, and yet, sort of plotted a book with classmates thinly disguised as the characters. Oh, and I also gave myself a writing pseudonym, which Iíve never used.
What was your very first book?
Do you mean my first published book? If so, then: ENDLESS FEAR But itís not the first book Iíd written. Those others will never sell, thank goodness, but I have used scenes and characters from them in some of my published books because I do love my characters.
How many books have you written? What genres do you write in? Which one do you prefer?
I have 17 published books, plus one complete, unsold manuscript that is being shopped by my agent at this time, and a trilogy proposal, also on editorsí desks. All but one of my books is Romantic Suspense. That one is a sexy romance novella. I love suspense/mysteries with varying depths of romance (depending on the book) or at least a lot of sexual tension.
Are you working on another book? If so, could you share with us what it is about?
I am currently working on a series related to the unsold manuscript. Iím several chapters into book two. My heroine wants to be a published writer, but she has issues that are making her life less than perfect. Romantically, she is juggling two very different, very sexy brothers, while trying to keep from being killed as she attempts to solve the murder of her ex-husband, who keeps speaking to her in her head, despite his being dead.
I bought a Kindle version of this book from Amazon. If you would like your own copy of this book to enjoy, I have provided an Amazon link for it below. And just in case you don't own a Kindle to read it on, I have also provided an Amazon link for one of them.