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Friday, May 25, 2012

An Interview & A Giveaway with the Talented Lindsay Downs

A missing soldier. A break in. A former, now soldier, model tells of an aborted assault. A passageway hiding more than years of dust and cobwebs. Rooms where there are none. The reappearance of the mysterious ‘brown-haired man’. What, if anything, ties these random facts together.

With precision and dedication Emily and Dakota start to unravel some of the questions. Only when an FBI agent steps up do the facts start to merge into what appears to be a terrorist conspiracy.

A body found halfway across the country is the final clue in answering all of the question, but one.
Will Emily be able to save a life before it’s too late?
Welcome, Lindsay, how long have you been an author?

LINDSAY: As a published author since 2006 but for more years than I care to remember I’ve
loved to write stories. When I was in high school I had a tendency to drive my English teachers crazy with the way I wrote-my way, not the way they wanted me to. After several heated discussions I ended up being allowed to pursue my writing style which has held fast all these years.
What is your favourite genre?

LINDSAY: For reading or writing? For reading I love regency. There’s something about the stories that captures my imagination, as a reader and also a writer. That’s not to say that I don’t
indulge in other genres-otherworld, which includes but is not limited to Sci-Fi, contemporary romance but not mystery and suspense. I’ve even been known to read an erotica or three but there has to be a good story which drives the book forward.

For writing I write mostly contemporary suspense and mystery even though I have been known to dabble in historical romance at one point. For a total change of pace I’m looking into writing a regency romance novel or two. But, it will be written on my terms with a strong heroine and will have a suspense element to the book.

If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?

LINDSAY: That’s a bit of a tough question to answer. What I’d recommend really depends on the person and where their interests lie. For a touch of mystery/suspense I guess my choice would be
Emily Dahill, CID Part 1. This is a collection of four(4) short stories that sets the ground work for the entire series. But to dive right into the series, A Body in the Attic is the way to go. (See the blurb above to find out about the book). If you are into historical romance then A Special English Rose is the way to go.
What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
LINDSAY: It’s hard work, harder than anything I or you will ever do. Writing every day, sometimes even on the weekend. My mind is always working on either the current book or the next or the second or fifth that I will be writing. This is a job, if that’s even the right word, that you either love or hate and I love it. Being an author is also a very lonely job: you and, your only friend the computer, for hours on end either writing or researching.

The rewards are few and far between, and I’m not talking about the royalty checks either. It’s the
reviews. When I put a book out for the public I never know what people will say about it. Was it good, bad or indifferent? Did it live up to their (reader) expectations or did I let them down. This is a constant worry which drives me to be better with each release.

Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
LINDSAY: I’m glad you pluralized ‘works’. In edits with my publisher, Astraea Press (AP), I have the sequel to the first book in the Emily Dahill Series. This one, Emily Dahill, CID Part 2, is a collection of four(4) short stories which lets the reader get a deeper understanding of not only Emily but her collie partner Dakota.
In pre-submission edits is an anthology of three(3) historical romance with elements of suspense stories. Two of the stories are set during WWII while the third is set in Vietnam in 1969.
Also, I’m expanding and editing a book, Ice Queen, which started out as a series of micro short stories (200-500 words) which a publisher, to remained unnamed, is interested in seeing
when completed. I’ve recently completed a short story for AP that will be part of a pet charity release along with several other authors. If that isn’t enough I’ve got an Emily Dahill Series book that I’m working on. This will be in the range of 60,000 words when finished.
Remember earlier I mentioned that I might delve into writing a regency romance. Well, I’ve got an idea for a Christmas season book based on guideline set forth by AP.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
LINDSAY: Besides living with a dog I also have a cat.

Name your top three writing goals?
LINDSAY: 1-I would love to say that one of my goals is to write bestseller after bestseller but really I want to write books that people of all ages love to read.
2-Be able to write 5,000 words a day and keep them all. For now I’ll settle for 1,000 words though
3-Be respected by my peers.

Great goals, If you had a warning label, what would it say?
LINDSAY: Warning: loves to kill people.
LOL, If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
LINDSAY: I think the character I’d love to meet is only known as the ‘brown-haired man’. To be honest I, even as the author, don’t even know exactly who he is. I have several possible individuals who he could be but haven’t pinned it down to a specific person yet.

Want I’d like to know from him-why is he so determined to kill Emily?
What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
LINDSAY: If I told you the naughtiest thing I’d ever done either Homeland Security, the FBI or CIA would haul me off and I’d never be heard from again.
LOL, I'd like to thank Lindsay for joining us today. For those of you who would like to learn more about Lindsay and her work she can be reached through these links:
Please enjoy this excerpt:

Wallie stretched out a hand for the menus, but she quickly returned the one for the Chinese restaurant. “We get a couple of pizzas, and then we can eat and work at the same time.” She slanted a look to Emily. “You know what Dakota’s like with Chinese noodles.”

Everyone laughed, except Annabelle who didn’t understand the joke, as they remembered the last time they’d had Chinese and Dakota got into the lo mein noodles. “Annabelle, it’s really very simple,” Emily started. “You know dogs, when given people food will take mouthfuls—well,
Dakota didn’t. He ate the noodles like a child does spaghetti, sucking one strand at a time into his mouth. Several strands even slapped him on the muzzle, which startled him but didn’t deter him from partaking in the meal his way.”

“Yes, pizza,” Annabelle said with a wide grin.

“Yeah,” Emily said as she gave her buddy a scratch behind the ear. “And it looks like you’re the volunteer, Wallie, since you’ve got the phone number. Order three large, and you know what we like.”

“Anything but anchovies,” Annabelle interjected quickly.

Wallie looked back at her, nodded, then reached in her pocket for her cell. Emily rose from the antique oak straight‑back chair, and looked around the room. A look of frustration painted on her face as she took in all the bookshelves. “Annabelle, is there any other place where the blueprints might be? What about the first room on the right as you come in the front door? That one’s had the most renovations done to it.” Everyone except Wallie, who was still ordering, trooped back down the hall to the room in question. Emily decided the search would go faster if each person took a wall. She had Annabelle checking under the tarps.

One person will win a copy of any of my books in either Kindle or Nook format (winners choice) and ten (10) Emily Dahill Series trading cards. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you.
** The WINNER will be announced on Monday May 28, 2012
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Jennifer, Thanks for having me back for this interview

  2. Great interview .... and great books. I love the Emily Dahill / Dakota series. My daughter was lucky enough to interview "Dakota" a few weeks back and he's one cheeky dog ... erhm collie of course :-)

    Good luck with all your upcoming releases, Lindsay!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Iris. Dakota did have fun with the interview

  3. Lindsay,

    Great interview! And yes, it is surprising that a dog-person also lives with a cat :). I'm enjoying reading your books about Emily and Dakota, and love that part of the story is seen through the dog's eyes.

    1. Thank you. Trust me, Dakota isn't easy to write. He's very demanding

  4. Thank you Jennifer for a great interview. Gale

  5. Nice interview with Lindsay and book sounds great.

  6. Lindsay it was great getting to know more about you and your work. I really enjoyed the interview!!!

  7. I would love to read your books. Please enter me in contest.

  8. Hi! Great interview! Very fun! Im curious about that naughty thing you did! :D Your book sounds great! Thank you for sharing! Wishing you all the best!

  9. I'd like to thank Lindsay again for coming on Labele Books with another giveaway. It's now time to pick the winner...

    Congratulaions, Gale Nelson. Lindsay will be in contact shortly with your prize. I'd like to thank everyone for commenting. Please stay tuned for more giveaways this week.

    Best wishes,

    1. I've emailed the winner.
      Thanks again for having me on your blog.


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