Interview Lynda Fitzgerald
Topics of conversation:
- Family dynamics and how they play in writing
- Divorce - most of the female characters are divorced
- Women's independence - women find themselves after divorce
- Writing from self-experience
Lynda Fitzgerald is a mystery author, teacher and speaker. Her debut novel, “If Truth Be Told,” was released in June, 2007. “Of Words & Music,” her second, came out in March 2009, and her mystery series, LIVE, was launched in spring 2010 with the release of “LIVE Ringer.” “LIVE Ammo” followed in 2012, with “LIVE in Person” due out in early spring 2013.
Although Lynda was born and spent much of her life in central Florida, she now lives in Snellville, Georgia, a small town just east of Atlanta, with her three rescue dogs.
Sheriff Cord Arbutten's wife is dead - an apparent suicide - but his grown son claims she was murdered by the Sheriff. Rand Arbutten, an attorney who hates his father, vows he's going to prove it. When it comes to light that she was killed with the Sheriff's old service revolver right in the middle of a nasty divorce, the Governor suggests that Cord think about stepping down. Suddenly, the Sheriff is faced with losing everything, including his freedom. Investigative reporter Allie Grainger gets involved when her best friend Sheryl, a Sheriff's Deputy, begs her to help. Allie barely knows the Sheriff, but she knows that Sheryl greatly respects him and that her deceased aunt, who worked for him for over twenty years, believed he was an honorable man. That's enough for her.
Repeated clashes with the Sheriff's son only make Allie more determined to discover the truth. Rand sets out to block Allie at every turn. When anger doesn't work, he turns on a charm that gets to Allie a lot more than she's willing to admit. Sidney Finch, a Sheriff's Deputy who idolizes the Sheriff, doesn't use charm to impede her investigation. He uses naked threats. Allie has to ask herself who he's trying to protect - the Sheriff or himself? She isn't sure how far Sidney will go to stop her, but since he has a hair-trigger temper and carries a gun, she absolutely doesn't want to find out. Then Rand Arbutten agrees to work with Allie instead of against her. She isn't sure of his motives but she'll take any help she can get. With her dead aunt whispering encouragement in her ear and Sheryl egging her on, Allie sets out to discover what really happened the day Jean Arbutten died..