Thursday, February 6, 2014

Killer Image by Wendy Tyson: Guest Post


The Birth of an Idea 

It was January of last year.  Mother Nature had been stingy with snow but generous with overcast skies and a thick layer of post-holiday gloom.  For Christmas, I had given my mother a girls’ weekend at a resort in the Poconos.  We were both missing my dad, she enjoys casinos, I could use the time to write, and this seemed as good a way as any to pull ourselves out of an early winter funk.  But while she was tempting Lady Luck on the casino floor, I was wandering around the hotel, feeling despondent and uninspired.  I needed some air. 

After donning a jacket and gloves, I went outside to walk along the resort grounds.  The air was heavy with moisture, and the path around the resort’s pond was dotted with small mounds of yellowing, leftover snow.  Bored with the manicured neatness of the hotel, and depressed by the crowds, I headed for the woods across the street.  There, I followed the blooming silence and a wood-chipped trail over a hill.  My mood stayed somber, but at least I was outside and alone. 

And then I saw it.  Like an odd oasis, a religious grotto loomed in the distance.  Large, stone and beautiful in its simplicity, it rose half a tree-length toward the sky.  Wooden benches made a semi-circle around it.  A footbridge crossed a large koi pond, now empty of fish, and led around the back of the grotto, into the forest.  I sat there, on a bench, for a very long time.  The grotto moved me, as much for its religious significance during a bleak time in my life as for its unexpected beauty.  And it sparked an idea. 

You can find the grotto in Allison Campbell’s next adventure, MURDEROUS LOOKS (Henery Press, July 2014).  It was the first clear image I had of the story to come, and although it plays only a small part in the novel, you might say that the entire idea behind MURDEROUS LOOKS grew from that grotto.   

When I do speaking events, I’m inevitably asked the very good question, “Where do you get your ideas?”  The answer is from everywhere.  You never know when a child’s shy smile, an abandoned playground, a family argument or a mysterious stone grotto will create an impression that leads to something bigger.  
About the Author

Wendy Tyson's background in law and psychology has provided inspiration for her mysteries and thrillers.  Killer Image, published by Henery Press in October 2013, is the first novel in the Allison Campbell mystery series.  She has also authored The Seduction of Miriam Cross, published by E-Lit Books, the first in the Delilah Percy Powers mystery series.  Find Wendy at 
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About the Book
Title: Killer Image
Author: Wendy Tyson
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 324
Language: English
Genre: Mystery/Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback ($14.96) & eBook ($2.99)
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As Philadelphia’s premier image consultant, Allison Campbell helps others reinvent themselves, but her most successful transformation was her own after a scandal nearly ruined her. Now she moves in a world of powerful executives, wealthy, eccentric ex-wives and twisted ethics. 
When Allison’s latest Main Line client, the fifteen-year-old Goth daughter of a White House hopeful, is accused of the ritualistic murder of a local divorce attorney, Allison fights to prove her client’s innocence when no one else will. But unraveling the truth brings specters from her own past. And in a place where image is everything, the ability to distinguish what’s real from the facade may be the only thing that keeps Allison alive.

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