Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I'm so happy to welcome V. B. Tenery to Sleuths and Suspects this week. Her new book Dead Ringer will release on May 9. She graciously allowed me to ask a few questions.

Is Dead Ringer your first novel?
No, it’s the second one I’ve published. Works of Darkness , also a inspirational romantic suspense, was published March 27, 2014.

Is there a lesson to be learned from Dead Ringer?
The lesson I tried to impart is that there is something to be learned, even from bad experiences. God never misses an opportunity to teach us a lesson.

How much of V. B. Tenery is written into your novels?
Actually, very little. I think my person values are reflected in the main characters, but I’m very boring and my characters aren’t.

What are you working on now?
2014 is a busy year for me. After Dead Ringer, I have the sequel to Works of Darkness, titled Then There Were None coming out in August. After that I have another stand alone novel, The Watchman that will be released October 3, 2014. I’ve been so busy marketing I’ve found little time to write, but I have a WWII romantic suspense on the back burner.

What is your favorite genre to read and to write? Mystery/Suspense with a couch of romance.

Weaving spiritual elements seamlessly into a novel seems to be a gift. Have you mastered the technique and if so how?
I try to make the religious elements in my novels flow seamlessly. I’m a great admirer of Sibella Giorello’s Raleigh Harmon series. She handles faith and religious elements so well. It’s a talent I hope to develop.

What is your favorite all-time novel?
I actually have two, one fiction and one non-fiction. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is good writing at its very best. Her characters are endearing and people you wish you knew. And Corrie ten Boom’s The Hiding Place is the greatest example of living by faith I’ve ever read. I’ve read it numerous times and it still gives me chills to see what God did in the lives of the ten Boom family. Tradgic, of course, but it an inspiring example of being used for God’s glory. It should be required reading in every school.

What profession or job did you have before you became a writer?
I had a rewarding career as a middle management executive in the optical industry before taking retirement to write full time. I enjoyed it tremendously and met many wonderful people.

Any advice for new unpublished authors?
Don’t be in a big hurry. Learn the craft. Success as a writer takes time. Overnight success is like being struck by lightening, it rarely happens. Join critique groups and develop a thick skin, you’ll need it. Don’t let the work involved rob you of the joy of writing.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Dead Ringer will be half-price on its release date, May 9, in eBook format only, and only on the PBG website.

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  1. Good interview. Enjoyed learning more about the author. Sounds like she is very busy with several books coming out.

  2. What an awesome year you're having, Virginia! Can't wait to hold a copy of The Watchman in my hand. It's been a long time in coming, but I knew it would happen some day. Can't thank you enough for seeing the diamond in the rough in a very early version of Peril (then The Race that Lies Before Us) and your encouragement as our crit group taught me fiction writing style.