Welcome to the very last day of our Mystery Book Tour. Today’s guest is Ethel Lewis and her book Twilight Images.
1) Where is your home town?
After retiring I moved to Galveston, Texas. My home town. But originally, I guess you would call my hometown Genoa, Texas, a small suburb located about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Although I was born in Dallas, my parents and I moved to Genoa when I was in kindergarten. I grew up here and returned to the Dallas area when I was in my mid-twenties, up until I retired..
2) How long have you been writing?
I began writing in the early 1980’s, although I kept it pretty much under wraps. I tried to find the ‘elusive’ agent and/or publisher – and failed. As anyone might easily guess – I became discouraged and tucked my manuscripts, notebooks, and other writing related things into an old trunk and hid them away. Wish I hadn’t done that!
3) What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?
I love all things mystery. Cosy mystery, suspense mystery and at times even the horror genre of King and Koontz and J.A. Konrath.
4) Where is Twilight Images set?
Twilight Images is set in the Denver, Pueblo, Colorado area. The small town of “Shady Oaks Village” is a fictional town I created where Thad and his family enjoyed spending their summer vacations.
5) Introduce us to Thad Connors
Thad Connors is a loving husband, married to his college sweetheart, Dorothy, for nearly six years. He is a hardworking young man, the proud owner of his own small landscaping company. And yet he is plagued with horrendous nightmares, nightmares that are taking a toll on his happy life.
6) Why is he suspicious about the conclusions to his parent’s deaths?
Since the death of his parents, ten years ago, Thad has been plagued with recurring nightmares. He has been the route of endless therapy sessions, which at first seemed to help, but now, they are returning. And not only are the nightmares returning, they are becoming even more frightful.
7) Does he work alone on his search for answers?
I would have to say, basically, yes. He is encouraged by his wife, Dorothy, to go back to the cabin where the death of his parents occurred. She hopes he might find the answers there. But once he is there, Thad sets out on his own, trying to uncover anything, any clue which might point him in the right direction.
8) Tell us some of the stones he must upturn to solve the mystery.
First off, Thad returns to the local police, researching their evidence files – had anything been overlooked?
Next, he turns to realtor offices, to see if he can locate any residents who might have lived nearby at the time of the deaths – had anyone seen something and maybe forgotten to report it?
He also turns to the news reporter who reported the incident in the local papers. Were there any clues here?
He finds clues, although some are more subtle than others, at all these places. So he keeps digging.
9) Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
At the moment I’m working on a novel in a totally different genre. As I mentioned earlier, I started writing in the early ‘80’s. At the time I was into romance novels – Danielle Steele, etc. I dug into my treasure trunk and pulled out my first novel, which I am currently re-working and re-editing. It is called “Leave Yesterday Behind”. The story of two young women, Becky Carson and her college roommate, Mandy Powers, who journey life’s highway together. They form a loving bond in college which carries them through the many upheavals and highlights of life from the early 1970’s in Berkeley, California, to their busy and tumultuous lives in New York City.
10) Where can readers find out more about you?
Like most of us in this day and age, you can usually find me somewhere on the web.
I have an author website – http://ethellewis.weebly.com/
Book website – http://twilightimages-ahauntinjourneyofsuspense.weebly.com/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/EthelLewis20
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCSO92I
Barnes and Noble – http://tinyurl.com/ooqsq2o
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/hiroller401