What is your book’s genre or category?
Loretta and I write in several genres, but our main love is mystery. The Vanished Lady is a mystery with a touch of romance.
Can you describe the story in one or two sentences for our readers?
When Dana buys The Vanished Lady Inn, she discovers the place holds secrets, not only about a woman who vanished in the past—but the more recent disappearance of Amy Walden.
Tell us the story behind story. What influenced you to write it and how long did it take you?
We’ve always loved to travel to out of the way places to find inspiration for our novels. In Colorado we came upon many “painted lady” houses, which are Victorian homes trimmed in bright colors. From there, the plot developed, and the character of Dana, who dreams of restoring such a place, emerged. The book took us about a year to write, including the research.
Is there a part of you in any of the characters?
Loretta and I both are fascinated with historic homes from Southern mansions to Victorian inns and can’t pass up a tour of them. I think this aspect of our personalities is reflected in Dana.
Do you have more books planned?
We are always working on a new novel or short story.. Our current project is a book for our Jeff McQuede High Country Mystery Series, set in Wyoming. We also have plans to write another Ardis Cole archaeological mystery, and maybe a single title suspense.
Do you have a favorite book or piece of art that inspires you? Change to What authors have influenced you?
Loretta and I are both big fans of Tony Hillerman. We also enjoy Aaron Elkins and just about any good mystery.
How do you work together as co-authors?
We work by having a strong plot outline and dividing the book into chapters. We alternate the actual writing of chapters, then exchange them for the other to edit. In this way, we both of us have input into the entire book. This takes a lot of time, meetings and phone calls, but it is fun to work together.
How do you find the time to write?
We both write full time and dedicate a part of each day to writing.
How can readers find you online?
Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson’s Writing Tips and Fiction
Our Facebook page
Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson: Mystery Writers
The Vanished Lady Excerpt
“No telling what will be hiding behind those faded, blue flowers,” Dana exclaimed. “This house must be filled with many secrets.”
“I’m sure you’ll find the beauty that’s at present not revealed. Always look for beauty. That’s what I do.”
Logan’s dark eyes again drew her with their challenging depths, their sense of adventure. She wanted to share more of her ideas and plans with him, but he was already starting to the door.
“If you need anything, Dana, just let me know.”
“Thanks.” She followed Logan to the entrance, asking, conversationally, “Were you well-acquainted with the last owners, the Waldens?”
“Yes.” A shadow moved into his eyes. “I never thought they would actually let go of this inn.”
“They probably wanted to leave here because of their daughter.”
Obviously Logan didn’t want to talk about this. He quickly turned away, his voice becoming low and guarded. “Amy Walden has been gone for a little over two years. Vanished without a trace.”
“That’s the same thing that happened to Lelia Glenn so long ago,” Dana remarked. “What do you think happened to Amy?”
“No one knows.” He opened the front door. “I’d better be going.”
Dana stepped out on the porch, her foot catching on that loose floorboard. She would have fallen had not Logan reached out to steady her.
His strong hand remained for a while on her arm, and she felt the impact of his gaze.
“Good night, Dana.”
Logan started toward the jutting outline of the mountain, his shadowy form blending into an even greater darkness. She wondered if his path would take him across the bridge that spanned the wide creek.
The momentary enthusiasm that had flared while they were discussing the house had already begun to recede, replaced by a vague, but certain apprehension. A terrible happening had taken place here not too long ago. Dana felt forewarned, fearful, almost as if she were slated to be the inn’s third vanished lady.
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