My Literary Inspiration…and a #Giveaway!

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SwimmingAlonefrnt (2)I am often asked about the literary inspiration for SWIMMING ALONE, my debut YA mystery novel. Like most authors, I had read sooooo many books in my life prior to sitting down and writing one. So it is really hard to narrow it down.

But that’s exactly what I am going to do today!




I-Know-What-You-Did-Last-Summer-Book-CoverWhen I was in 7th grade, I read Lois Duncan’s I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. I was hooked from page one. These teens were put into an exciting and dangerous situation.

It’s no wonder that I would attempt to write my first mystery story later that year. And I would go on to read many Lois Duncan books in my youth.




murder in mesopotamiaI’ve read and been inspired by many Agatha Christie books. I love the way it is always possible to figure out the ending if you are really paying attention to the clues (and know what to look for). There is one moment in MURDER IN MESOPOTAMIA that REALLY inspired a moment in SWIMMING ALONE.

I can’t really say much more about it without giving it away though. 😉



catcherThis last one might seem like a stretch, but when I read THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger in 9th grade, I was completely captivated by the narrative voice. I had never read anything like it. When writing, I was determined to capture an authentic teen voice.

And I will say that one reviewer on Amazon did mention she was reminded of Holden Caulfield when she read my book, which really made my day.


And now, since this is a blog hop giveaway, I’ve decided to give away an Amazon Gift Card. Maybe you’ll use it to buy one of the books mentioned above. Or maybe you’ll buy SWIMMING ALONE. Either way, happy reading… and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

One winner of this giveaway will be selected at random by Rafflecopter. It is open to everyone, as long as you can legally receive an Amazon Gift Card. The gift card will be emailed to you. No purchase necessary to enter.


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2 Responses to My Literary Inspiration…and a #Giveaway!

  1. thank you for posting

  2. Dropping by to say hi!