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C.M. lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. Married and taking care of a challenged rescue dog, Ariel.'I love writing, but don’t write in one particular genre. I do gravitate more to mysteries as I’m always asking - What if?”Click To Tweet
Who are your favorite authors?
Christine Feehan, Anne Rice, Katherine Woodiwiss and Dan Brown (limited)
What book do you think everyone should read?
Deception Point by Dan Brown, by far his best-written book, then Da Vinci Code
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
35 years ago when I wrote my first novel. It wasn’t great but 12 years ago I joined a writing site and began to perfect my craft. I’m still perfecting it. I began to post short stories and enter contests on that site. I received great reviews that helped me to hone my craft. I learned that I needed to develop a tough skin. Put my ego in a drawer and practice what I was shown to do. I share that tidbit with other new writers. You can’t write well without good critiquing. You have to learn when to accept advice as good to know and when to determine its a personal opinion that when it differs with yours, ignore it.
Do you write longhand with a pen, use a typewriter or a computer?
I love this question. I write longhand. I keep notebooks and write scenes and plots at any time. It’s too hard to carry a computer around all the time. When I saw the word typewriter I had to smile. I joined a Jerry B Jenkins newsletter and watched some of his writing videos. On the first one I saw, There was something on the desk that pricked my interest. It was an old fashioned typewriter, but it was smaller and in front of a monitor. I zoomed in and saw it was indeed a replica of an old Underwood style typewriter. Reaching for google I found it after a few dozen sites. It’s a Qwerty typewriter. It is on my wish list if I ever get to be a popular author.
What advice would you give new authors?
To become a good writer, put your ego away. Write whatever you feel. When it’s critiqued take the honest response to your writing and rewrite it. Even if it has to be done a number of times.
What inspired you to write this book?
In the early eighties, my mother handed me a full page article and said. “You need to write a story about this family.” What transpired over the next few months cemented my need to tell this story. My research started with the Detective on the case. He refused to talk to me. He hung up on me four times before I convinced him I was writing a book. We talked and I wrote that first manuscript. I sent it to him. That piece of work brought to me a friend who became fascinated by the news articles and was given that manuscript by the detective’s family. It was returned to me a month ago in the same package I’d mailed it to the detective.
Stevens family goes missing, he goes to work. As he uncovers clues
the family may have been targeted for a professional hit by organized
crime, it gets personal.
Jake, partner and friend, thinks he’s spiraling into obsession, when
Robert’s taken off the case but refuses to give up the investigation.
Portland, Oregon, a time when money and power ruled the city. This
story will appeal to fans of true crime and detective fiction alike.
Readers who enjoy Ann Rule, Rex Stout, and Mary Higgins Clark will
love CM Weaver.
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