Larry Timm Talks about Murder for Emily’s Sake

Please welcome debut author Larry Timm whose recently released novel, Murder for Emily’s Sake, boasts four-and-a-half stars on Amazon!

Here’s a bit about the book …

Murder for Emily’s Sake: On a moonlit night in Wichita, Kansas, a tormented father stands by the grave of his teenage daughter, Emily, and makes a chilling vow to avenge her death. Once he gets his hands on the three women he holds responsible for his daughter’s death, they will regret the day they met Emily outside the abortion clinic. And after their caskets are in the ground, they will die…for Emily’s sake.

Those three women, committed to defending the lives of the unborn, must now fight for their own lives.

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So, Larry, why did you choose to write suspense? It’s not only my favorite genre to read, it’s a great way to grab readers on both sides of their brains and keep them engaged from chapter to chapter.

When did you realize you wanted to be a novelist? It first happened when I was a child. But it’s only in the last ten years that I took steps to make this desire a reality by writing a novel.

What sparked your idea for Murder for Emily’s Sake? I wanted to wrestle with the dangers that threaten or otherwise devalue the sanctity and sacredness of this precious gift from God called Life.

The concept for the story setting and some of the characters popped into my head one day, and I knew I had to start writing and see what happened. I also wanted to show the incredible bravery and commitment of people who stand up and defend Life.

What did you find most challenging in writing this novel? My biggest concern was that I develop the characters in a fair and realistic manner … complex, yet understandable. I wanted to show people reacting to whatever was happening in a way that readers could identify with, even if they didn’t agree with the choices the character was making.

For me, the biggest character challenge was Emily’s father, Jack. His mind was so consumed by hate, yet I wanted him to be “real.” In the mind of any sane person, there is no justification for the hideous acts he was planning. Yet I wanted the reader to step into his shoes and see how his mind led him to do what he was doing. I wanted readers to feel his pain, while loathing his actions.

What details/choices of material in the story relate to your own life (such as hobbies, professions, etc.) or special research? I’ve been a preacher for years, but at one time I was also a licensed funeral director. Things in Murder for Emily’s Sake draw from my experiences in both professions. Certain aspects of funerals, caskets, and other funeral-related items I referred to in the book are things I know about. I’ve also been in a morgue and a forensic science unit. And, of course, as the father of a daughter, I can relate to Lindsay’s dad and his emotions when his daughter is threatened.

What do you hope readers will take away from your story? I want readers satisfied that they just enjoyed a wild ride. I hope the lingering adrenaline rush will leave them wanting to read other books I write. But, in addition to being entertained by the story, I hope they will walk away with a renewed appreciation for the gift of life as a sacred blessing from God and be reminded that Life is not only fragile, it is also precious.

What do you like best about the writing life? The whole creative process gets my juices flowing. Since I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, the thrill of creating, exploring, and watching a story unfold before my eyes is consuming. I love it!

When not writing, what do you most like to do? Hang out with my family.

What is your favorite food? Pizza buffets are one of God’s greatest provisions to man!

What advice would you offer to writers? No one else can write your stories. So, whether writing is your career or your hobby, pour your heart and soul into every story as though it’s your unique creation. Because it is! Writers just starting out must decide if they are willing to merely live with the warm and fuzzy idea of being a writer, or dedicate themselves to doing the hard work of being a writer. Write … a lot!

About Larry Timm: Husband, father, and writer, Larry is also a preaching minister with the Morton Christian Church in Morton, Illinois.

For more information: Find Larry’s website at www.booksbylarrywtimm.com

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14 Murder, She Wrote Tips for Balancing Your Writing Life, Part Two

Believe it or not, it’s time to get back to “14 Murder, She Wrote Tips for Balancing Your Writing LIfe.” March 9, I shared the first half of those tips. I promised you seven more. So let’s not waste any time. Here is Part Two of …

14 Tips for Balancing Your Writing Life

Jessica Fletcher, best-selling mystery novelist in the fictional Murder, She Wrote television series, had to manage the many facets of her writing life just as we do,  That included not taking, but making …

  1. Time to write. We often saw Jessica sitting at the kitchen table of her home in Cabot Cove, pounding the keys of her typewriter. As she attempted to beat the publisher’s deadline for her new novel, she refused to be interrupted by all but dire needs. Later, in her New York apartment, she turned to writing at a computer  … and sometimes dealing with computer problems. Even Jessica had computer problems. Unlike us, they usually led to solving a murder mystery.
  2. Time for research. Do you remember Jessica poking around in the book stacks at a library? Or searching for information online? How about interviewing experts and visiting her novels’ settings to ensure the accuracy of her stories? I especially liked the scene where she made up a dummy to be the “murder victim” in her WIP (work in progress) and then acted out the scene to make sure the imaginary bullet’s trajectory was possible.
  3. Time for conferences. Every writer from beginner to published needs to spend time at writers’ conferences and seminars,and Jessica was no exception. Of course, when she showed up to network with other writers, or meet with her agent, editors and publishers, she invariably wound up involved in a murder mystery. I have to admit that with all the conferences I attended, not once was anyone threatened, much less murdered. So, you are not only safe going to a writer’s conference or seminar, you will love it. Here I am with three friends at Write-To-Publish, John, Cindy, and Kris.
  4. Time to teach. And how about those criminology classes Jessica taught at a college in New York? Or when she spoke at a writer’s conference? She not only became adept at writing and at solving crimes, she shared her knowledge with others. She also occasionally made time to read unpublished writers’ stories, offer suggestions, and encourage them to continue their pursuit of publication.
  5. Time for readers. No matter how famous  Jessica became, she made time for her readers. Time to autograph books. Time to speak to fans gathered at a meeting to hear her read from her newest novel and share some interesting facet of the writing of it. I loved the time she wound up involved in solving a murder mystery when she stumbled on a Jessica Fletcher fan club whose members had read all her books. Here I am, signing a book for Nancy who was kind enough to attend my novel’s book launch last year.
  6. Time for business. Yes, Jessica met with her editors and publishers, but she also had to stay on top of her investments. She was one of the authors who actually made a living writing her novels! No doubt she also had someone to take care of tax matters.
  7. Time to pray. Imagine my surprise at catching an episode in which Jessica prayed. You know the routine, Against a pressing deadline, we get stuck. There she sat at her typewriter, frustrated. Suddenly she folded her hands in prayer and looked heavenward. Yes, even Jessica had to pray to make progress with her WIP. I like to think that she, too, knew the importance of prayer to succeed in writing well.

And there you have it … the last of the “14 Tips.” I hope you enjoyed them. The truth is: fictional author or not, we all have to face similar challenges in our writing lives.

What biggest challenge as a novelist have you faced and, hopefully, overcome?

 

Missing in Action?

Missing in action? Yes, the last time you saw a post was the end of May, and I truly apologize. You are important to me.

But, sometimes life takes us by the hair and drags us wherever it wants. Have you ever felt that way? Well, that’s exactly what happened over the last two months while I was mysteriously ill. Finally, this past Sunday, whatever-it-was let go.

And I’m so glad to be back with you once again!

You all amaze me with your wonderful support. Within the past twenty-four hours, another five-star review of Her Deadly Inheritance appeared on Amazon: “Loved this book! The opening line to the last line keep you turning the page.”

What encouragement as I’m now physically able to work on the edits requested for the second novel by my editor at Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Darla Crass. Once those edits are approved, LPC will set a release date for this novel. When that happens, I’ll be sure to answer your frequent question, “When is your next novel coming out?”

In the meantime, thank you so much for making Her Deadly inheritance a top-selling novel on Amazon since it came out last year, I’m so grateful to you and to the Lord.