Dee Ann Palmer's love of language and words began as a small child while listening to her mother practice as a member of the Texas Storytellers Association. Later, the King James language of the Bible and Shakespeare's works increased her fascination. She penned her first stories at the age of eight. Now an award-winning, multi-published author in fiction and non-fiction, her focus in recent years has been on tales of romance, murder and suspense. "Where Eagles Cry" is her first publication as an independent author.
Palmer is a member of the Published Author Network of Romance Writers of America (RWA-PAN) and Sisters in Crime.
She's married to her college sweetheart, and they live with an adored older cat in southern California.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writers spend too much time alone with a computer or a book, and a physician once advised me to get out among people more. So, in addition to managing our home, reading and researching, I visit our grandchildren, work out at the local YMCA, attend meetings of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles, the Orange County California chapter of Romance Writers of America, and my local branch of the American Association of University Women.
I've learned that you can't get ideas for books if you shut yourself away from life.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
If you mean what was the story, the answer is no. I was only eight, and what I remember is the burst of excitement I felt as I gripped the pencil and began to write. My third grade teacher had given us lined paper and allowed us to write stories. I'm sure part of the exercise was to improve our new cursive writing skill, and the other was to practice a process that would be important the rest of our lives. For me it opened a door to a way of expression that has been important to me ever since. I fell in love with her that day. I no longer recall her name, but I remember the precious the gift she gave me.
Until the ship sails for Boston months away, Cara is trapped in the midst of danger and an impossible love in the wilds of Mexico's California. When the bells ring again and an eagle cries, will she be the next to die?
Two murder mysteries--one in an intensive care unit and another on the streets of the Los Angeles Marathon--with the addition of a brief essay on killer minds and a bonus excerpt from a Western historical romantic suspense set in 1834 in Mexico's California.