Blair Yeatts

Biography

Blair Yeatts grew up in the midst of a large southern Virginia family, much like her main character, Miranda Lamden. Following a family tradition, she taught at the college level for many years, much of that time in Kentucky. Her areas of special expertise are psychology and Earth-based religions.

From childhood, Blair has been a fan of mystery fiction, starting with Nancy Drew and moving through Agatha Christie to masters like Dorothy L. Sayers, P.D. James, and Nevada Barr. Today she is fulfilling a life’s dream in writing her own mysteries.

Blair shares her home with her photographer husband, two cats, a dog, and a seasonal parade of wildlife. She has a lifelong love of wild nature, and prefers to set her stories in rural areas, where threads of old spiritual realities may still be felt.

Blair Yeatts’ first mystery-thriller, This Madness of the Heart, introduces a series featuring Miranda Lamden, professor of religion in a small Appalachian college. The second in the series, Blood on Holy Ground, is scheduled for release in autumn of 2016. The first three books in the Miranda Lamden series take place in or near the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Originally I wrote This Madness of the Heart several years ago, after watching a fundamentalist minority in a southern denomination pursue their thirst for power with a campaign of dirty tricks that gutted denominational schools, blacklisted goodhearted men and women, and destroyed lives. I suppose I was trying to exorcise the stain the whole ugly mess left on my heart. I let the manuscript lie fallow for several years before returning and creating a gothic mystery from the original. I freely confess that Miranda Lamden, the book's main character, is based both on myself and a variety of professors I knew in my teaching career. I chose Kentucky's Appalachian Mountains as the setting because it's part of my own background, and its people have deep roots in Christianity as well as European and Native American folk traditions.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried the traditional publishing route a number of years ago after finishing my PhD dissertation. What a disaster! A major publisher offered me a contract if I would warp the traditional practices I described in my work into a quickie How-to-Do-Your-Own-Spiritual-Walk in that tradition--which would have violated the trust of all the people who shared their experiences with me. I turned them down. Soon after that I wrote a novel and mailed off the standard 100 letters of inquiry to publishers. No one even offered to look at the manuscript. By the time I settled down to serious writing, the bottom was falling out of the traditional publishing business, and self-publishing had become a possibility. So here I am!
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