Friday, May 4, 2012

Behind the Scenes with Lisa Orchard

Written By Lisa Orchard
Hello! I’m Lisa Orchard and I’m the author of the spine-tingling thriller “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer.” It’s a great story for any age!

I’m guest blogging today at Astraea Press and I want to thank them for inviting me here. I’d like to share a funny tidbit about writing my debut novel. While I was writing my story about Sarah Cole and her band of Super Spies, I had to do a lot of research. After all, I’ve never found a dead body before!

So, I called down to my Local State Police post, because who knows more about finding dead bodies than the police? I politely introduced myself and explained the reason for the phone call. When I told the officer that I was doing research for a book, he paused and cleared his throat. While he paused I heard him fumbling around.

I imagine he was turning on a recorder, because the next thing he did was ask in a cautious tone, “This is fiction, right?”

I laughed and said, “Yes it is.”  I took a few minutes to explain that I really was writing a story about teenage girls finding a dead body and I needed to get realistic details about the crime scene.

After he was reassured, he sent me to the Sergeant who was more than willing to provide me the information I needed. She was very helpful and encouraging. I’m thankful that I made that call because it made my story that much more believable and my characters that much more authentic.

Now, whenever I need some information I know where to go. They know me by name and get me to the Sergeant right away. I’m grateful for the relationship because I’ve learned a lot about crime scenes and dead bodies. The information she has provided has been instrumental in making my stories authentic. I appreciate the relationship and who knows if I’m every in hot water, I know whom to call! J

So check out my story, and let me know how I did! J

This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

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  1. Thanks for letting me guest blog today! It is greatly appreciated! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

  2. Love the anecdote at the police station.
    And, I'll bet they opened a "file" on you. LOL.
    So if any bodies show up in that county -- resembling the one in your book -- you'll be a "person of interest".

  3. Ha! Too funny. Just don't write a story about bomb making or anything, okay?

    1. Funny you should say that Jessie, guess what the second book in the series is about!! LOL! I'm on two lists now!

  4. Great article, Lisa. It's funny that they were suspicious of you at the police station.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Elaine! Yes, I got a chuckle out of the officer's reaction. :)

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    1. Thanks Nell! I thought it was funny as well! :)