About the book:The Harlan Detective Agency was the best there was when it came to finding missing people. They were also the most expensive, so it was no coincidence that they were hired to find the heir to a fortune totaling over 1.6 billion dollars.
Nicholas Gladstone left everything to a granddaughter he didn't know he had until a week before he died, but which one was it - the maid secretly working in the parent's home, an office worker, or the young woman tragically killed in a car accident?
Author's note: This book is suitable for ages 14 - 96.
Interview with Marti TalbottMarti, how long have you been writing, and how did you start?
About 20 years. I wrote Seattle Quake 9.2 hoping to get the attention of people in my area so they would prepare.
Do you have another job outside of writing?
I am retired, which is why I can write full-time.
How did you create the plot for this book?
I have wanted to write this book for a long time. It contains elements of a true story I felt needed to be told.
Which character did you most enjoy writing?
Laura Connally. She was fun to write.
Are any of your characters inspired by real people?
Nicole, Roxie, and Jim. Several others are based on people I worked with long ago.
Tell us about your favorite scene in the book.
The ending, but I’ll never tell what it is.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hugh Howey and Victoria Holt .
I don’t claim to be an expert on writing, but there are some writing techniques (or mistakes) that stand out to me when I read (e.g. when an author switches POV mid-scene). What’s one pet peeve you have when you read?
I hate the overuse of the words “had” and “that.” I know, I’m a little strange that way.
Not strange at all. Those are on my list too! Do you have a routine for writing?
I normally work 9 to 5. Sometimes longer.
Where’s home for you?
Would you rather work in a library or a bookstore?
Library. I love history and could be happy in a library for years.
You’re given the day off, and you can do anything but write. What would you do?
Watch historical romance movies.
Are you happy with your decision to self-publish?
I am proud to be an independent author. The money is better, we get paid monthly, and we have total control. On the other hand, we have to do all the work.
What steps to publication did you personally do, and what did you hire someone to do? Is there anyone you’d recommend for a particular service?
Book Cover Art does my covers and Frankie Sutton is my editor. Both have reasonable prices and I am very pleased with each.
What are you working on now?
The Viking’s Daughter and book 7 in my Marblestone Mansion series.
About the author:
Marti has 26 books including Marti Talbott’s Highlander Series, Marblestone Mansion (Scandalous Duchess Series), and the Carson Series. Find Marti and her books on her Amazon author's page.
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