Memories of Murder
by Lara Nance
When Maeve McKenna renounces her witch powers and accepts a low-key nurse practitioner position at a Virginia retirement community, the last thing she expects is a suicide her first day on the job.
As the town’s sexy sheriff, Paul Sutton, starts looking into the tragic death of his father’s friend, Maeve can’t help but get involved–with both the case and him. Their informal investigation unveils an old journal that connects the ruins of a nearby asylum and long-forgotten cemetery with the shiny new retirement community’s memory unit–and Maeve’s Alzheimer’s patients.
Maeve senses a sinister presence in the old asylum, calling to the patients, but in order to stop it from killing again, she must first conquer some demons of her own and reclaim the magic she’s denied herself.
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Tell us a bit about your family.
My husband and I live on our sailboat with our Yorkie, Rio. He’s our child and rules the boat.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
That which does not kills us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In 1988, I was reading a lot of StarTrek novels after my company moved me to a new city where I didn’t know anyone. I decided I wanted to write one, so I wrote one in a spiral notebook in pencil. That was when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
How long have you been writing?
Since 1988 as a hobby, then to be published in the last 5 years.
What inspires you to write and why?
I’ll have an idea pop in my head and I become intrigued and want to explore it.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Paranormal romance or mystery.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Reading widely in a variety of genres and voraciously.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
With many crafts you can finish them in a day or week. But writing a novel takes months, and to see it published sometimes takes years. You have to have a lot of persistence, patience, and stamina to be in this business.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
Patience and being able to accept suggestions by my beta readers. It’s the first time I’d used a critique group and it really helped in the development.
Can you tell us about your main character?
Maeve McKenna is a witch, descended from a long line of Celtic witches. She binds her powers after killing a man who assaulted her using her witch spells. She needs to heal both mentally and physically. When she’s thrown into solving the mystery of murders at her new clinic, she teams up with the local “hunky” sheriff. He plays a role in her healing and helps her stop the evil threatening their town.
How did you develop your plot and characters?
As a nurse practitioner, I’ve dealt with Alzheimer’s patients for years. I always wondered if they existed in another dimension of awareness than the rest of us. They see people and things. Maybe they see ghosts. I used my experience with these patients and the angst of their families to develop those characters.
For Maeve I based her somewhat on my own experiences as a nurse practitioner, since she is also one. Then I looked for conflict in her past that would keep her from using her witch powers. Her love interest will draw her out and give her a reason to readdress her heritage and the importance of accepting her powers.
Who designed the cover?
I designed the cover. It’s one of my hobbies.
Who is your publisher?
This book was originally published by Crescent Moon Press. When I got the rights back after the term of the contract, I self published it.
Why did you choose to write this particular book?
I was really interested in the concept of Alzheimer’s at the time and how their minds work.
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Genre – Paranormal Romance
Rating – R