Ludlow resident Lynn Crandall is celebrating the release of her romantic suspense novel, "Dancing with Detective Danger."
"The publisher made that call for my book," Crandall said of the category romantic suspense, "because the pace is pretty fast and there is danger and urgency to solve puzzles — along with the development of the relationship between the main characters.
"A romantic suspense needs to have the love relationship as large in the story, along with the intrigue and danger."
In Crandall's book, the love story is between Sterling Aegar and Ben Kirby. Sterling is a private investigator who works with her sister and is still haunted by her father's unsolved murder. Ben is a police officer who had a passionate and thrilling love affair with Sterling two years ago until she ran away from it because of her past. Ben has been trying to get over her for the last two years, but when they meet at a crime scene, he knows that he's just not.
Crandall explains the idea for her book.
"'Dancing with Detective Danger' evolved as a story from a thought about family relationships that have suffered through problems and yet remain intact, vital and growing. I'm fascinated by problem-solving and using typical tools to unlock mysteries, along with innate abilities to identify and tease out information.
"So the story world began about two sisters who work together, support each other through pain and become free to find true love."
Crandall is working on the second book in the series, which will tell the story of Sterling's sister, Lacey, who is working through the death of her husband. She hopes to have the novel finished by the end of the year.
Her road to publication was not too rocky, although like all authors, she collected her share of rejection letters. She used examples of successful authors, such as Stephen King and Madeline L'Engle, who were open about their rejections early in their career, to help her keep persevering and find a publisher.
Her writing group, Prairie Hearts, also supports and encourages her. Crandall said after sending the manuscript out to Crimson Romance, she received an email offering a contract about two weeks later, and she "did a happy dance several times."
Readers can purchase "Dancing With Detective Danger" as an e-book from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Crimson Romance. It will be out in print soon.
You can also find information about Crandall and her novel on the Web — as she has been doing some blog tours through Tasty Book Tours and was featured in Joyce Lamb's Happy Ever After column in USA Today. Crandall also has a Facebook page where you can connect with her if you enjoy her books: http://www.facebook.com/LynnCrandallAuthor .
Besides writing and marketing her romance novels, Crandall also is a journalist and freelance writer.
You can find out more about Crandall by visiting her website at http://www.lynn-crandall.com  or a blog she shares with another writer at http://thewritewaycafe.blogspot.com/2013/01/an-interview-with-lynn-crandall.html .
Crandall said she has a passion for telling stories — whether they're fiction or nonfiction. But the worst part about writing for her is "facing the page: Will I have something worthwhile to say?"
With the bad comes the good, though. Crandall loves researching and pounding out a good story.
"It's a high in itself," she said.
Take some time to check out Crandall, her work on the Web and — most importantly — her romantic suspense novel. After all, Valentine's Day is right around the corner.
Margo Dill has a degree in English from Truman State University and often reviews books as a columnist for "WOW! Women On Writing" e-zine and her blog, "Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them" (http://margodill.com/blog/ ). Formerly of East Central Illinois, she now lives in St. Louis with her family.