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Clinton, Missouri, USA
About Me:
Hi! I'm a mystery writer from Missouri. My first novel is about to go out to publishers, so I'm pretty much a basket case about now. Okay, so maybe I'm pretty much a basket case all the time, but now I have an EXCUSE!

I work in the produce department at the Warsaw, Missouri Walmart, so when I'm not thinking about how to kill people I'm stocking bananas. Actually, I tend to do both at the same time. Funny how nervous people get when the woman stocking bananas is smiling and muttering about frozen fish sticks making such a good murder weapon.

I heard about this site from my agent and decided to join because she suggested it.
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Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Terry Pratchett, especially anything with the Watch; Allingham's Campion books; Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter mysteries; most of the Miss Seeton books; Sue Grafton's alphabet series; Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum books; the futuristic crime novels that Nora Roberts writes as J.D. Robb; boys' adventure series from about 1910 to about 1970 (such as early Hardy Boys, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators, Ken Holt, Dave Dawson, Rick Brant, Mike Mars, etc. etc.); this list could go on forever!
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
I haven't actually watched TV for the last five or six years, though I do watch old favorites on DVD when I can get them. My all-time favorites were a show called Emergency! from the 1970s and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a spy show from the sixties. As for movies, Clue (love Tim Curry, but I hate to see a favorite actor play the villain, so that limits that!), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Princess Bride, the old Bob Hope and Bing Crosby Road pictures, Cary Grant movies, Fred Astaire musicals. Again, I haven't seen many recent movies. I did enjoy The Incredibles and Sky High. I saw Spiderman (the first one) over Christmas and thought it was basically well done, but you know that scene where the apartment building's on fire and the woman comes running up screaming, "my baby! my baby!"? Why was her baby home alone???

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At 8:31pm on July 22, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Loretta, 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 10:18pm on February 25, 2008, Kim Smith said…
ohhh Loretta, a woman after my own heart! imagine what they say when I mutter about how hard it would be to slice a throat with a stick of memory!! (computers are such wicked weapons!!)
At 4:05am on January 22, 2008, Douglas Quinn said…
If you get a chance, got to Book Marketing Network and read my article entitled "Create Entertaining and Memorable Characters." the URL of my blog page there is www.bookmarket.ning.com/profile/obxwriter; Any comments or questions will be answered.

Douglas Quinn
At 8:47pm on January 18, 2008, helen black said…
Congratulations and good luck.
I just got published two weeks ago and it's incredibly exciting though I'm under the cosh to get the draft for number two to my editor by the end of Feb. AAAAHHHH
At 10:08pm on January 11, 2008, Kim Smith said…
Loretta, I sooo understand the picture thing. Why couldn't I have been born beautiful instead of brilliant???
At 1:41pm on January 11, 2008, Kim Smith said…
Crossing fingers for you Loretta. Congrats on getting such a top notch agent :)
At 6:17pm on January 10, 2008, Darren Laws said…
Yes, my site can be a bit of a problem with certain web browsers and with dial up. I appologise.

Research was carried out like all reasearch when one doesn't have access to the actual place, object or person, using every available medium including talking to a very helpful person from Missouri who was at the time living in the UK. The rest is imagination, hence the main setting on a fictitious island.
At 5:48am on January 8, 2008, Darren Laws said…
I invented a fictitious island 'Turtle Island' and made parts of the surrounding area the backdrop. I chose Missouri because I wanted a southern state that did not have such a cliche image as New Orleans or Texas. It also has a mystique which I like. Here in the UK we have some (wrongly and rightly) preconceived ideas of certain areas in the US and I did not want these to distract from the story. Choosing Missouri helped me combat these notions. My main character, Georgina O'Neil will be with me for three novels and I want her and the stories to explore different areas in the states as she helps solve crime. Btw, I love the idea of your novel, it sounds intriguing.
At 5:23am on January 8, 2008, Darren Laws said…
Hi Loretta, thanks for your comment. Fortunately, thanks to the comments from Crimespacers I have been able to track down a problem I never knew exiseted with my website. Allowing Active x to run solves the issue but not everyone likes this form of script. I note that you are from Missouri, this is partially the setting for my new novel Turtle Island. Nice to talk to a native Missourian.

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