Interview with L.L. Bartlett

Published 2013-12-20.
When did you first start writing?
I always had stories swirling around my mind, but it wasn't until my late teens that I started writing them down.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Writing the first four books in the Jeff Resnick Mystery series was a learning experience--and it was mostly learning who these characters were. I was writing the four books similtaneously, so that if something happened in the 4th book, I could go back to the first to lay the groundwork. I tried to understand why Jeff did some of the (rather odd) things he did. I was very unsure of myself as a storyteller, and a number of published writers in my local writing group were generous with their critiques. One of them really stood out. While reading Cheated by Death, I was asked, "How long has this man had an eating disorder?" A what?

And then she went on to point out several areas in the book where clearly Jeff's relationship with food is at odds. It was then I realized it was a thread through the previous books as well--something I hadn't even noticed. The idea fascinated me, and I wrote a short story to explore the issue. I wrote short stories to explore other areas of his past, too. I've told a number of readers about the stories, and they've encouraged me to publish them.

The stories in Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory are not mysteries. They're about a boy struggling to grow up, and the very rocky relationship he has with his older brother. They help explain why the two were estranged for eighteen years, and hopefully contain the seeds of their fierce friendship to come.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Poor distribution from the small press that had been distributing my Jeff Resnick series. I had faith in my characters and knew if a bigger audience could find them that the stories would find readers. I was right.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Distribution to other vendors, like Apple and Sony. I've been told Apple's iBooks is the 2nd biggest ebook seller. I'm happy to have my books for sale in their iBooks stor.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth is the absolute best advertising, and I find new books from recommendations from my friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It's better forgotten.
What is your writing process?
I'm a "pantster." That is, I write by the seat of my pants. I don't have an elaborate outline. I have a vague idea of where the story should go and I let the characters guide me. Sometimes it makes the story flow fast (as it did in Dark Waters) and sometimes it involves a lot of rewriting. But it's fun to see the story unfold organically instead of being forced to stick to a preset list.
How do you approach cover design?
For the most part, I know what I want to illustrate the entire story. Often I'll choose one scene to represent the entire book. For Murder on the Mind, there's a scene that happens in a snowy field where Jeff and Richard discover vital evidence for a murder investigation. It's bleak, and yet it's a powerful and pivotal scene for both Jeff and Richard learning to trust one another after a long estrangement.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have two Kindles, both of which were given to me as gifts. I don't think I would have had a preference if I'd had to choose. I like both the Nook and Kobo devices, too.
Describe your desk
Messy. But I can usually find what I need.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love to hear from my readers, especially when one of my books or stories touches them. I have three author names, which makes it difficult for my readers to find all my various books and stories. I have a newsletter (sign-up on my website or blog).
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Latest books by This Author

Eyewitness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,960. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
It’s been two years since the mugging that nearly killed him, and Jeff Resnick is finally putting his life back together. But his sense of peace is shattered when the detective investigating his wife’s murder calls to update him on the cold case. Can Jeff's sixth sense can help him find the man who killed Shelley Resnick?
It's Tutu Much
Series: Life On Victoria Square. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,780. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Bullies come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. Dana Milton finally opens her own dance studio on Victoria Square and one of her Broadway Babies (age 8) is a classic tyrant. Can she teach her students about respect for one another—and when it’s time to stand up for oneself, or is it all tutu much?
A Part Of The Pattern
Series: Jeff Resnick's Personal Files. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,740. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2017 by L.L. Bartlett. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Jeff Resnick is drawn to solving crimes. His brother, Richard, thinks that could be the basis of a paying business. Reluctantly, Jeff agrees, and their first case is about a child who vanished two decades before. Meanwhile, Jeff bumps into an acquaintance whose history is very similar to that of the missing girl. Is it coincidence or is there a pattern that links him to her and his future?
An Unexpected Visitor
Series: Tales From Blythe Cove Manor. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
All is quiet at Blythe Cove Manor as its proprietress, Blythe Calvert, anticipates a peaceful holiday along with her cat, Martha. But then a taxi pulls up and drops off a troubled, runaway teen looking for a safe haven. Can the magic of Blythe Cove Manor heal this young girl’s aching heart?
Shattered Spirits
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,050. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
If it weren’t for bad luck, Jeff Resnick would have no luck at all! While riding his new racing bike, Jeff is hit by an SUV, an accident which has a cascade effect on his life.But it’s soon apparent that his so-called random accident is anything but, and the murder of a close friend has a hobbled Jeff on the run. Can he discover who’s out to destroy his life—and threaten those he loves most?
Off Script
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,490. Language: American English. Published: May 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
It’s 1979. Before cell phones,computers, and the World Wide Web. LA Detectives Robbie Howard and Danny Wallace solve crimes the old fashioned way, by relentless legwork. Multiple deaths on the lot of a movie studio look like your average murder-suicide. It takes dogged determination for Howard and Wallace to write off a Hollywood killer.
A Jeff Resnick Six Pack
Series: The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,140. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
This collection of short stories bridges the gaps between the Jeff Resnick novels of suspense and intrigue. Contains ... When The Spirit Moves You Bah! Humbug Cold Case Spooked! Crybaby Eyewitness
Crybaby
Series: Jeff Resnick's Personal Files. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,460. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Children’s health
Jeff Resnick—babysitter? It wasn’t a reference that had ever graced his personal résumé, but when he’s entrusted to care for his brother’s most prized possession—his infant daughter—Jeff is tested in ways he could never have anticipated. With his girlfriend Maggie unavailable, Jeff has only one person he can turn to for advice when his tiny niece falls ill on his watch.
Spooked!
Series: Jeff Resnick's Personal Files. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The trick-or-treaters have gone home and now it's time for the adults to celebrate All Hallows Eve. When Maggie suggests they consult an Ouija board, Jeff Resnick thinks it'll be anything but fun. And when they conjure up a ghost from Jeff's past, the game turns dangerous for the most vulnerable person in his life. (This short story directly follows Dark Waters.)
Evolution: Jeff Resnick's Backstory
Series: Jeff Resnick's Personal Files, Book 1 ยท The Jeff Resnick Mysteries. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,430. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
NOT A MYSTERY: A Collection of short stories chronicling Jeff Resnick's (and that of his brother, Richard Albert) back story. What forces molded these men into the people they are today?
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