L.J. Sellers
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Eugene, Oregon
About Me:
I’m the award-winning author of the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series: THE SEX CLUB, SECRETS TO DIE FOR, THRILLED TO DEATH, PASSIONS OF THE DEAD, DYING FOR JUSTICE, and LIARS, CHEATERS & THIEVES. My novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene and Crimespree magazines and are a Readers Favorite Award winner.

I also have three standalone thrillers, THE BABY THIEF, THE GAUNTLET ASSASSIN,and THE SUICIDE EFFECT. When not plotting murders, I enjoy cycling, social networking, performing standup comedy, attending mystery conferences, and editing fiction manuscripts. I’ve also been known to jump out of airplanes.

Professional info: I'm an award-winning journalist, who's earned the Grand Neal Award for trade magazines.

Personal info: I love to be outside; I have no pets or children currently living with me (yeah!); I'm both cynical and optimistic.

I'm a member of Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, Dorothy L, Murder Must Advertise, 4MA, Book Place, MySpace, Facebook, LibraryThing, GoodReads, and Shelfari.

I'm currently writing a futuristic thriller and outlining the fifth Detective Jackson story. Follow me on my blog at:
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Reader, Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
I read mystery/suspense novels and futuristic thrillers.
Favorite authors: Lawrence Sanders, John Sanford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, Harlan Coben, Leslie Glass, Elmore Leonard, Rex Stout, John MacDonald, Laura Lippman, Anne Rule, and Perry O'shaughnessy.
I have also enjoyed: Stephen King, James Lee Burke, John Grisham, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwall, Scott Turrow, Edward Stewart, James M. Cain, PG Wodehouse, Margaret Atwood, John Irving, and many others.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV shows: House, Gray's Anatomy, Dexter, John Stewart, and Real Time with Bill Maher
Movies: comedies (except those with Will Farrell) and thrillers
Some oddball favorites movies: Princess Bride, Total Recall, Duets, V for Vendetta

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Re-Brand Without the Sex

In this rapidly changing industry, writers must adapt on a near-daily basis and continuously search for new ways to reach new readers. In that mode, I’ve decided to re-brand my Detective Jackson series by listing Secrets to Die For as the first book and creating a new cover for it. The old cover was never meant to be the final product, but that's another…


Posted on November 7, 2011 at 6:14am

Write First, Clean Later

When my readers commented about how much they enjoyed my blogs, I decided to combine the best of my nonfiction—including all the posts I wrote about my journey to become a full-time novelist—into a book. I thought my readers would like to know more about me, and authors would find the writing, editing, and promotion advice helpful and inspiring.

The title was easy. I…


Posted on September 18, 2011 at 2:00pm

24-Hour Gift Card Contest

My goal is to get my new release The Arranger on Amazon’s Top 100 Thriller list. I think I’m close and just need a little bump. The e-book is only $2.99, has great reviews, and a 4.5-star rating—so it’s a good deal and a good read. ☺ (The first chapter…


Posted on September 9, 2011 at 2:00pm

The Arranger: Blog Tour

If you're curious about this unusual futuristic thriller, I've got a blog tour going with lots of information about the novel and how it came to be. Today, there's an interview with the protagonist Lara Evans, a character from my Detective Jackson series. At most blog stops, you can win an e-book or print copy.


Toady, at…


Posted on September 9, 2011 at 2:36am

The Arranger: A Futuristic Thriller

What do you do when a minor character is so much fun you can’t let her go? You plot a novel just for her. That story became The Arranger, a futuristic thriller involving two wildly different concepts: a software technician who devolves into a killer and a national endurance competition called the Gauntlet.

This unusual story developed from several ideas that…


Posted on August 19, 2011 at 1:33pm

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At 3:30am on June 17, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Looks like you've been up to some intriguing stuff.
Write on!
At 1:50am on July 20, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi L.J.Sellers, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 11:58am on March 19, 2009, Vincent Farrell said…
yeah u bet have to keep the home fires burning ... money or time .. so its time for some money .. how abt a heist ???sounds just perfect to me ...
At 10:44pm on March 17, 2009, Vincent Farrell said…
hi dear hows the newspaper job going ?? i hope alls gud at ur end ... u dont like will farrell???
At 3:49am on February 23, 2009, Vincent Farrell said…
lifes a lil hectic at my end especially devotimg time for writing as well as well as work ..waiting for the oscars .. Sean Penn's Milk is my bet .. what abt you ??
At 6:21pm on February 22, 2009, Vincent Farrell said…
hey how are u ??havent found ur book at the bookstore ... so hows all going then ..
At 12:16pm on February 1, 2009, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Congrats on finding the time to get so far into your next book. I just read your description of yourself as both cynical and optimistic: I'd say that pretty much describes myself. I'm also told I'm unrealistic to expect our baseball team here in Seattle, The Mariners, could actually have a better season this year, but with a new GM and Manager, I remain hopeful. Take care.
At 4:21pm on January 16, 2009, Tom Cooke said…
Bought the new bike today. I swear I'm ten years younger than I was yesterday.
At 10:01am on January 1, 2009, Dawn M. Kravagna said…
Hi. You find more time to write this winter? My NY resolution: write more (bought a new headphone with 90% sound filter so that'll help me concentrate). Hope that you're doing well and have a very happy and prosperous 2009.
At 3:42pm on December 14, 2008, Ann Reillet said…
No idea how I missed your book. It sounds like my kind of read!

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