Woohoo we are so excited to welcome DEAD GIRL RUNNING Author New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Dodd!!
I have three confessions to make:
1. I’ve got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
2. I don’t remember an entire year of my life.
3. My name is Kellen Adams…and that’s half a lie.
Girl running…from a year she can’t remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman’s dead and mutilated body, she’s soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder…then another.
Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen’s driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she’s come to call home. Yet she wonders–with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past–could the killer be staring her in the face?
Thank you, Miranda and Joyfully Reviewed for giving me a chance to speak with your readers.
What drew you to the suspense genre?
I write what I read…and since I’ve written historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense and suspense, you know I love to hop around. But no matter the genre, if there’s a suspense core to the story, I’m a happy reader, and a happy writer.
What kind of research have you done for your murder mysteries?
I have not killed a single person, regardless of the provocation.
Why? What have you heard?
Your writing provides such clear visualizations I felt like I was right there with Kellen.
Thank you! That is a compliment I treasure. I’ve waited eight years to write Kellan’s story and I want every reader to see with her eyes, struggle with her memories (and lack of them), and live in her action scenes. Her experiences with marriage, the military and day-to-day life aren’t unique to her, and she speaks to the growth of every woman.
What inspired the hauntingly beautiful Yearning Sands Resort?
The hauntingly beautiful Washington coast. I wanted the resort to be interesting, a destination for tourists, but the unique part of the Yearning Sands experience is the beach, the mountains, the whales, the biking, the boating, the roaring Pacific storms and the moments of absolute peace when the only things that matter are the beating of your own heart and the sunset glow across the sky.
Here is a photo (unretouched) of a sunset seen from my house in NW Washington. Yes, it rains a lot, but it can be breathtaking.
The ending of Dead Girl Running is one of the best jaw-dropping cliffhangers I’ve read. Did you know going in what those final scenes were going to be?
(gleeful) Oh, yes. I certainly did.
I’ve seen complaints on a couple of Goodreads early reviews; they didn’t like the cliffhanger ending. So if you’re anti-cliffhanger, hold off on DEAD GIRL RUNNING. And plug your ears, because people are going to talk about it.
The next book, WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME, picks up the threads and gallops on with Kellan’s story. This series is a three-parter, designed to keep every reader waiting on the next installment.
When will WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME be arriving and what will the tone be?
WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME is scheduled for February 2019. The tone is dark, intense, terrifying…and I laughed all the time I was writing it. Once you read the DEAD GIRL RUNNING cliffhanger, you’ll know why.
The opening line is, “WHAT DOESN’T KILL ME … had better start running.”