I am delighted to be joining in with Marguerite Ashton’s Promised Lies blog tour! 🙂
Many thanks to Emma Mitchell for the opportunity to take part.
Lily Blanchette is a complex creation. She is a second-generation detective whose sister was murdered six months ago. She is getting her first case as lead detective and the similarity to her sister’s death is disturbing. She recently married a local newspaper reporter, trying to escape her overbearing mother’s influence and the tensions between her mother and father. She is of mixed race in a predominantly white community, where her white father has been a long-time detective. Her marriage is also a rebound from a co-worker, with whom she had a long-term relationship.
Did you write the book to accommodate Lily or Lily to accommodate the book?
Initially, I craft a storyline that Lily has to react to. During the editing and rewrites I add scenes that bring out the best and worst in my characters.
What do you like most about her?
I like that Lily has an ability to think outside of the rules and test her leadership to find the guilty party, while setting aside strife in her personal life.
What do you like least about her?
She left her dog, Max behind with her ex. She gave that up for her husband who was jealous of the previous relationship and doesn’t like animals. To try to appease her husband she gives up a part of herself, normally this is ok, but you need to read the book to know why this was such a poor choice.
Did your early readers/editorial team like her to start with or did you have to change her in any way?
Readers identified with Lily, but they wanted more depth, more connection to her and how she came to this situation. So, I went back into the story brought out her father’s character, who is the major influence in Lily’s life and career. My writing mentor wanted more emotion and drama to show Lily’s inner struggles, so I created additional scenes to bring the reader deeper into Lily’s life.
Do they have any similarities with anyone real? Who? What? Why?
This is a bit of a secret, Lily is my alter ego…She reflects a part of my life that I wanted to pursue, but my life changed in wonderful ways that re-directed me to be a stay at home mom this time, and really enhance my writing career.
What are your plans for them?
Lily has huge changes and challenges in her life in the next two books. Book two in the series Her Final Watch is due out in late 2017. Promised Lies sets in motion events that help readers get in touch with Lily and her family. It reveals connections that also continue on in the next two books, and even spawns two side stores that I’m also working on.
Would you be friends in real life?
Yes, she is a part of me, but because of our similarities we would probably butt heads because Lily is more hard-headed than I am.
Many thanks to Marguerite for introducing us to Lily.
When the bodies of two young women are found, it is clear that the killer is the same person who murdered her sister, Lily sets out to find out who that is.
As the investigation comes to life, Lily realises that all is not as it seems in her life, who can she actually trust and who is she?
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About the author…..
When Marguerite Ashton was in her twenties, she took up acting but realized she preferred to work behind the camera, writing crime fiction. A few years later, she married an IT Geek and settled down with her role as wife, mom, and writer. Five kids later, she founded the Crime Writer’s Panel and began working with former law enforcement investigators to create; Criminal Lines Blog, an online library for crime writers who need help with their book research.
She’s a workaholic who hides in her writer’s attic, plotting out her next book and stalking Pinterest for the next avocado recipe.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Marguerite grew up in Colorado, but is now happily living in Wisconsin and playing as much golf as possible. She can be found on Twitter and Facebook.