Hello my little samurai kitties! I've got an author interview to feature today and part of the 3rd and last day of Lee Strauss' Gingerbread Man tour, as well as a new excerpt. So let's learn a bit more about Lee and her current release!
An Interview with Lee Strauss
Q: How did you get the idea for A Nursery Rhyme Suspense Series?
A: My husband and I were in London researching for a couple of books in my romance series, and while walking around we started talking about the story idea that led to Run Run Run. I wish I could remember exactly what triggered the idea, but unfortunately, that tidbit is lost. It was sometime later that I decided to work with the Nursery Rhyme theme.
Q: Why are you writing it in episodes and not just one long book?
A: Short answer: The story suits the episodic format. Each episode is told in a different manner and isn’t streamlined enough to flow as one narrative. Think about how TV shows work. Long answer: See my guest post blog on Why Serials?
Q: What genres do you write?
A: I write two main genres. Science Fiction/Dystopian with strong mystery, suspense and romantic elements. A Nursery Rhyme Suspense and The Perception Series fit here. I also write Contemporary Romance, primarily The Minstrel Series, which is set in the singer-songwriter world.
Q: You also write under a pen name?
A: I do. I write lighter YA fantasy as Elle Strauss
Q: Tell us a bit about your person life.
A: I was born in a suburb of Chicago. I split my time between Kelowna, BC Canada and Dresden Germany. I’ve been married for 27 years and have four grown children. My husband is a musician and works a lot in Europe, which is why we live there for half of the year.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’m a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing until my early thirties.
Q: Are you a cat or a dog person?
A: Definitely cat. J
Q: What are you working on next?
A: I’m working on Row Row Row Your Boat, the next installment in A Nursery Rhyme Suspense, and as Elle Strauss I’m working on the 5th book in The Clockwise Series.
Q: Where can we find out more about you and your books?
A: Everything you’d like to know about my books and how to follow me on social media can be found at leestraussbooks.com
FRINGE meets CASTLE in this New Adult Sci-fi Mystery Suspense.
Episode Release Dates
Episode 1 — Run Run Run — December 31
Episode 2 — As Fast As You Can — January 7
Episode 3 — You Can't Catch Me — January 14
Gingerbread Man (ep 1-3) complete — January 28
Episode 1 Releases Dec. 31st!
Exceprt 3 from Run Run Run
Every day Teagan half expected to hear that Marlow Henry had been arrested, but his name was never mentioned anywhere. Especially not in this dorm. Sage expertly avoided any discussion of him.
Another week passed without incident. The leaves dropped from the trees and covered the paths in yellow. Exposed branches stretched out like scratchy silhouettes across the teal green sky. Soon the snow would fall. Teagan deeply inhaled the crisp air.
Jake and Nora had become an official couple. They were well-suited to each other, better than she and Jake would’ve been. She couldn’t help but wonder what he saw in her in the first place. Nora had thanked her more than once for being instrumental in their meeting. She gushed to Sage and Teagan about how she and Jake were soul mates. Teagan supposed that should make her feel good.
It didn’t. It made her feel lonely and inadequate. Where was her soul mate?
Her mom kept telling her she had a lot of time to find the one. “Just focus on getting good grades,” she said, “and find a way to support yourself so you never have to depend on a man.”
It seemed like good advice.
Teagan was working on an art history project when she heard the ding of the chat room bell. It had been almost three weeks since she last chatted with Marlow and she hadn’t chatted with anyone else since.
It had to be him and she almost didn’t look, but her curiosity got the best of her. She blinked a couple times as her mind registered the message. She had sense enough finally to experience a cool spread of fear.
@gingerbreadman to @art4ever: You’re next.
About the Author
Lee Strauss is the author of The Minstrel Series (contemporary romance), The Perception Series (young adult dystopian) and young adult historical fiction. She is the married mother of four grown children, three boys and a girl, and divides her time between British Columbia, Canada and Dresden, Germany. When she's not writing or reading she likes to cycle, hike and do yoga. She enjoys traveling (but not jet lag >:0), soy lattes, red wine and dark chocolate.