Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Bad Medicine by Caroline Fardig

Congratulations to Caroline Fardig, who has released her next novel in the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series.

BAD MEDICINE is the third book in THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series.

Tagline: What do a smokin’ hot detective, an evil chiropractor, and a couple of blind dates from hell have in common? Lizzie has to wrangle them all in the third book of THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series!

Book Description: Lizzie Hart is overjoyed that six whole months have passed without a single murder in the sleepy town of Liberty. It’s also been six months since Blake Morgan heartlessly dumped her, but she’s determined to get over him. She’s slimmed down, ready to party, and injury-free, except for a little nagging pain in her ankle. She’s also very single, but her friends are doing everything in their power to fix that—including setting her up on one disastrous blind date after another. Lizzie’s reprieve is short-lived when an old friend of hers is found dead from an apparent drug overdose. She wants to write it off as bad behavior after having seen the guy cheating on his wife with the new chiropractor in town. However, when she sees that same chiropractor playing doctor with another man who ends up dead, she worries there could be murder afoot. Doing her best to stay on the right side of the law this time, Lizzie decides to go straight to the police with her suspicions. Unfortunately, the only cop available to speak with her is the stern yet hot new detective who has already given her a traffic ticket and a reprimand for public intoxication. Not surprisingly, he brushes her off, leaving her no choice but to begin snooping on her own. Lizzie soon learns she’s going to need help to get to the bottom of this mystery, but her best partner in crime solving, Blake, has turned into her worst enemy. Can Lizzie and Blake find a way to work together to catch the killer…or will they kill each other first?

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About the Author: CAROLINE FARDIG is the author of the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series and the forthcoming DEATH BEFORE DECAF, available November 2015 through Random House. Her eclectic working career included occupations of schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Social Media: Website: www.carolinefardig.com Blog: http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/ Mailing List: http://www.carolinefardig.com/mailing-list/ Twitter: @carolinefardig Facebook: https://www.facebook.com

Caroline tells us a little about her writing process:

Plotting vs. Pantsing

Plotting—systematically planning out one’s entire novel before writing a single word. Pantsing—flying by the seat of one’s pants with no planning involved, allowing the book to take on a life of its own and write itself.

I walk a fine line between plotting and pantsing. I do plan. I have a notebook specifically reserved for each book I write. In there, I make lists of characters (with physical and personality traits), potential red herrings, all of the backstory I need for developing a good motive for murder, and most importantly a day-by-day timeline of events. I honestly could not live without my timeline. Sounds like I’m more of a planner that a pantser, doesn’t it?

On the flip side, I feel like every time I write a scene, it never goes as I’ve envisioned it in my head. I spend a great deal of time daydreaming about scenes I’m going to write but don’t actually go and jot down my thoughts until I’m ready to write the entire scene.

Many times, a particular song I hear on the radio will transport me into my scene, and my brain will play it out like I’m watching a movie. But then, when I go to type the words into my computer, something completely different comes out. Sometimes better than I imagined, and sometimes worse. It’s amazing to me how my characters “decide” how something is going to play out rather than sticking to my precious timeline. In that way, I feel like I’m a pantser, because I often go back and have to change my timeline to match what I’ve written.

Every writer is different. Pantsers write with abandon and passion, following their muse wherever she leads. Plotters keep everything in line and write fluid, easy to understand stories. However, I think you need a little bit of both to write the perfect book. Write with fire and zeal, but make sure to keep yourself on the right track.