Nancy MacCreery writes for people who enjoy action mysteries. Her books feature complex characters with a propensity for jumping into action in situations (often serendipitously stumbled upon) where little is known but evil must be uncovered and corrected for good.
If you are intrigued by the challenges of our complex geopolitical world yet enjoy a touch of irreverent humor, romance and the antics of a group of intelligent, caring, sometimes fumbling and fun-loving cast of characters, Nancy’s books will offer you a great escape into a world of intrigue, trade-offs, and the crusade against evil.
The Scoops and Schemes series includes Book 1 - The Essence, Book 2 - Unexpected Impact, and Book 3 - Cinnamon Bourbon and Deception. Book 4 is in progress!
Nancy can often be found hiking, swimming, obsessing over her garden, reading and studying the political landscape, or dreaming up intricately woven plots while drifting on a boat at Jordan Lake, North Carolina while her husband fishes for that elusive “big one”.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have quite a few; I love to read history and biographies as well as fiction. Some of my favorite authors include Doris Kearns Goodwin ("Team of Rivals"), Tom Clancy ("Sum of All Fears") and the classic -- Jane Austen ("Pride and Prejudice", "Sense and Sensibility").
What is your writing process?
My writing process is evolving and hopefully getting faster, as I am finishing novels more quickly as the series progresses. New ideas are never a problem for me -- I usually have several stories started at once -- which may be another reason it takes a long time for me to finish a novel. (Okay, it is a major reason…) I start with characters and a basic plot, but as I write, the characters sometimes change the story. I realize that may sound odd, but I have to imagine characters in all types of situations to really get to know them. I had a writing teacher that used to say "take your characters with you wherever you go". It works! Sometimes the scenes I envision wind up in the book as part of the plot.
I also do a great deal of research -- for example in "The Essence", General Nicolai Hewzenko was inspired by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk; and though Nicolai's country is fictional, I researched Yugoslavia and Afghanistan before creating it.
Most of the writing goes smoothly until about three-quarters through the story. I usually know how I want it to end, but I have to think hard to get that last portion of the story to converge and peak so the ending makes sense to the reader.
A drooling dog, an opportunist old friend, and a scheming boss conspire to make life difficult for Sophia. Meanwhile, Chuck has moved six hours away and developed a strange secret addiction, while the start-up he leads is heading for trouble. Will Sophia and Chuck find out in time -- and finally admit they’ve found what they’ve been looking for?
Just as Sophia chooses her career over her long distance relationship, she’s laid off from her job at Personna magazine. When she manages to land what appears to be a glitzy public relations assignment, challenges arise with the colorful CEO. Danger lurks when she gets too close to the truth behind the profits. Will her courage take her too far?
Laugh along with Sophia Smith Dubonnet as she struggles to prove her worth as a magazine feature writer. She's excited when she finally gets what seems like the perfect assignment -- interviewing a reclusive dictator -- but then events begin to spiral dangerously out of control. Will she get her story, or will the story get to her?