Saturday, January 19, 2013

Amanda Lee

Amanda Lee is a pseudonym Gayle Trent uses for her cozy mystery series featuring a heroine who owns an embroidery shop. The series is set on the Oregon Coast and features Marcy Singer, a spunky, thirty-something, entrepreneur who is handy with a needle. The fifth novel in the series is the newly released Thread on Arrival.

Recently I asked the author what she was reading.  Lee's reply:
What is Amanda Lee currently reading? I’m reading Lavender Morning by Jude Deveraux. As a mystery writer, most of my reading tends to be in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre. I recently ran across a book sale and saw this book by Jude Deveraux. I thought, “I haven’t read any of her books in a long time.” This, even though she was one of my favorite authors. After staying up two nights in a row until the wee hours of the morning, I remember why Jude Deveraux was—and is again—a favorite author. The woman can tell a story!

Ms. Deveraux has a way of pulling her reader into her characters’ world…making the reader understand and care for each character…wanting desperately to know what will happen next while not wanting the book to end yet either. Any author would benefit by studying Ms. Deveraux’s expert characterization and plotting skills.
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The Page 69 Test: Thread on Arrival.

--Marshal Zeringue