Private Investigator Ava Worthington and her partners head to the mountains to solve the death of a farmer owner’s son who was discovered murdered in an outhouse on the property. Without local cowboy Cory’s protection, Ava won’t get the chance to follow leads as the killer tries to stop her investigation. But Ava’s falling for Cory against her better judgment. She should be working and not pining after a cowboy. And Cory doesn’t want a relationship. His successful career was destroyed by a woman he trusted, and he won’t make the same mistake twice.
One suspect after another is cleared from Ava’s list until she’s sure she has the real killer targeted in her sights, but he’s hunting her, too. How will Ava and Cory find the killer and admit their love before they are buried under a mountain of secrets?
I have Erin here today answering questions about her books, her writing, and a little about herself. Welcome, Erin.
When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?
I always loved writing when I was a kid, but I never thought I’d be a writer one day. God’s inspiration to write didn’t come to me until I was twenty-seven. And it took a few more years for me to get into the act of actually writing.
Have you ever received a rejection?
Boy have I received rejections. Lots of them! Even when I thought I was so close to getting a manuscript accepted it would fail. But I just kept trying and now I have several published books.
Do you take time to plot and outline your books? Or are you a panster?
I am the biggest plotter I know. My writer friends even tease me about the sheer volume of pages to my outlines. But when I sit down to write, it makes it possible for me to finish a book in weeks. To me the outline is like the bone structure and blood system. It allows me to be creative over and over with each layer added. I love it.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Writing is a huge commitment but when I’m not doing it, I love to play card games and boardgames. And reading and painting take a close second to games.
What kinds of research do you do for your books?
Because I’m a huge plotter, research plays a very big role in my writing. I spend many hours researching online. But my most favorite kind of research is taking trips to the settings of my stories. And I do it whenever possible. There’s nothing like tasting and smelling the environment. Talking to the locals adds another important element to getting the setting right too.
Where do you get ideas for your books?
My mind is a land mine of ideas. They are always popping up from the smallest thing—like a piece of paper blowing across the street—to dreams and more. It’s like my mind is not happy at rest. But at least I always have something to write about.
Have you ever won any awards for your writing?
Winning awards helps to bolster writers. I think entering contests is very important, because when writers get depressed, they can always look back to the award and remember that they really are capable of writing. I’ve won several awards or made it to the next level in other contests. I know I need the encouragement awards give me.
Out of all the characters you’ve written about, is there one that is your favorite?
It’s so hard to pick favorites amongst all the people in your head that have been born onto paper, but I have one I think stands out—Shauna Pratley from Fateful Fall and Summer Flash Burn which releases in October. She is a deeply loyal friend whose quirky personality made her a riot to write. I enjoyed developing her almost more than any other character.
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Erin Unger was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books she could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, she has enjoyed an exciting life with her hubby. But her fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in her books thanks to all her mostly grown children and a couple grandkids. Her next novel, Fateful Fall, Bodies in the Blue Ridge, Book 1, releases August 9, 2019.