Touring the county morgue, chatting with forensic scientists, and figuring out who killed whom...that's what Linda Mickey likes to do. There is something special about the hours spent at the keyboard crafting a whodunnit: developing characters, understanding the crime and why it was committed,then planting clues and red herrings in the narrative.
At the same time, Mickey is fascinated by the business aspects of writing and publishing. As a speaker and workshop facilitator, she is frequently asked as many questions about how to manage a writing business as how to create believable dialogue. In fact, queries about publishing industry-related topics came up so often that she complied what she knew about business and what she had learned about the publishing industry into Dollars and Sense for Writers.
Mickey is employed by a small accounting firm. In other words, her life is all about death and taxes.
When did you first start writing?
When I killed my boss. He made me so angry I could hardly speak and I barely made it through the work day. When I got home, I sat down at the keyboard and shot him dead. Twenty pages later, the anger abated, I went to bed. Six months after that I decided to see if I could do something with those pages.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Not only do they support and encourage me, they influence the books. For example, Pete and Mary Penzler were not intended to be ongoing characters however fan response to them was so great that they now appear in every book.
Kyle Shannon, working for School District 1926, discovers that education is like everything else. The people involved can be Grade A or rotten to the Common Core. The sad truth is that not knowing the answers can lead to murder and test scores don’t tell the whole story.
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The trip west wasn't what Josh had expected. He hadn't counted on walking all the way to Oregon. But the hardships didn't end with sore feet. When an unseen enemy attacked the wagon train, his loss inspired future generations.
The holidays have arrived but Kyle Shannon isn’t feeling festive. Her lover may be leaving, and her friend Tiffany is in the financial pits. Things aren’t right at Office Right, either. On assignment within the company, she finds bottoming sales, temps with attitude, and a boss as frosty as a snowman.
Then somebody murders a manager and all the ho-ho-ho goes up the chimney.
Kyle Shannon is plagued by more than the messy office at Bright Hope Equestrian Center. One of Bright Hope’s partners is missing and human remains were discovered behind the barn. To make matters worse, the two-legged clients are more high-strung than the four-legged ones. Kyle knows one thing for sure - a murderer is out there who isn't horsing around.
As the interim department manager, Kyle helps the service reps investigate customer complaints. As a member of the Drip Not quality assessment
committee, Kyle discovers that there is more than one agenda and murder is at the top of someone’s list.
While on a temp assignment at the corporate offices of a large manufacturer, Kyle Shannon learns that some people will do anything to get what they want. After a county politician is found dead in a forest preserve and a treasured local landmark is threatened, Kyle examines what she thinks she knows about the people she considers friends. One of them is probably a killer.