Nursery’s Rhyme

Suspense novelist Trish Arrowsmith’s debut novel is now available to pre-order on Amazon. Trish describes her work as a combination of suspense, thriller, and police procedural. Here’s a brief synopsis:

Sometimes change can forge a path to a new beginning…

Other times, it leaves a trail for your past to follow.

Lawrence Rockefeller, known as “Rock” to most, is doing his best to embrace the recent changes in his life: marriage, a newborn daughter, a promotion to Lead Detective, and a new work partner. At home, he’s struggling with the idea of being a “family man” rather than a carefree bachelor. At work, he’s trying to earn the respect of his captain while learning to trust his new partner, Dixie.

When a call comes in from a frantic mother reporting a missing infant, Rock believes it will be a simple custody case. His hope for an easy closure diminishes when Dixie finds three mismatched mittens strung across the window in the baby’s nursery. Rock knows this is a message from the kidnapper and after years of working missing persons’ cases, he’s aware of the limited amount of time he has to bring the child home alive.

As the days and weeks pass by, more reports of missing infants come in and Rock finds himself falling victim to the emotional pull of the case. He’s battling a reporter determined to ruin his career, trying to find the person that’s been watching his wife and daughter for over a year, and uncovering secrets about his partner’s personal life, all while convincing his captain that he’s still capable of performing his duties.

Upon receiving a letter threatening his family, Rock must determine whether it came from the stalker or the kidnapper looking for their final victim. His time is almost up.

You can find out more about this thriller author on her Trish Arrowsmith Author website or on Facebook. You may send her a Tweet, an Instagram, or ask her questions at Goodreads Author Trish Arrowsmith.

Trish’s Interview

You see an amusing incident while grocery shopping. Do you (1) record what happens in some form OR (2) do nothing?

I would watch but I would never record it. I would, most likely, write up a post about it to put on social media where I have the option to limit the audience. I would not mention a specific name of either the location or the person(s) involved. My main reason for not recording it is because I think it’s unfair to record or take pictures of people without their permission. Speaking from personal experience, some people have to go to extreme lengths to not broadcast where they are, live, or places they may frequent.

Sounds reasonable!

You have enough money to do anything. Will you (1) pamper yourself at a spa for a week OR (2) go on a cruise for a week?

I would choose a cruise every time. I’m not really one to pamper myself often and as much as I hate to admit it, I am not a fan of people touching me, to the extreme that I have to give myself a pep talk before going in to get my nails done. At a spa, I would last about three hours, just long enough for a manicure, pedicure, and massage. I don’t know what I would do with the rest of the week. On a cruise, I would be sitting on the deck all day long, soaking up the sun, seeing new places, and creating lasting memories that a spa couldn’t replicate. I’m also a nature lover and prefer to be outside as often as I can be.

Cruising it is!

Do you find it (1) easy to give a witty retort OR (2) think of what you should have said after the conversation is over?

It does depend a little bit on the circumstances. If I’m in a job interview, I always think of something better I could have said while I’m driving home or trying to fall asleep. In most cases, I do find it easy to give a witty retort. I blame (and thank) my dad for my quick wit. Sometimes my responses are funny, sometimes they sound mean, often times they are both depending on what side one is observing from. I’m more honest than I should be at times which is why some responses may sound harsher than they are meant to be.

Circumstantial response for you!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

Both and neither. When I was younger, I was always a night owl. 2am was my best time. I was energetic, creative, and full of life. As I got older, I started not staying up quite so late, mainly because I had to be up early for work. Now, and for the past few years, I just don’t sleep. I typically fall asleep around 11pm or 12 and am up between 4 and 5. I often joke that I run on caffeine but I think that statement is more accurate than I like to admit.

Running on caffeine!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

Nature, by far. I am inspired by artists and seeing what they are able to create but nature has so much to offer before being touched by the human mind. Nature is raw and authentic. It’s beautiful and destructive. Harsh and kind. It’s brings life and death, compassion and unforgiving chaos. Nature, if you’re willing to take the time to enjoy it, is able to pull inspiration from the deepest parts of you.

Lovely comparison!

Thanks for being interviewed, Trish!

Nursery's Rhyme book cover
Nursery’s Rhyme

No Secrets Allowed

A Sweet and Light-Hearted Romantic Series

Romance author Kana described her work as, “clean and wholesome, new adult romance, chick-lit, and women’s fiction.” Here’s a brief synopsis:

Soon after their first kiss, Rory and Peter must try to build their relationship with over 3000 miles between them. Their love has just bloomed, but their path is on rocky ground. When truth appears and secrets are exposed, will their love survive?

You’ll find more information about this romance author on her website. You can send her an Instagram message and find her on Facebook. Ask her questions on Goodreads Author Kana Wu.

Kana’s Interview

Do you consider yourself (1) an introvert OR (2) an extrovert?

For those who have known me or met me for the first time, they could tell that I’m an introvert. It doesn’t mean I can’t be a talkative person to a person I meet for the first time. I could only if I feel comfortable with the person. Also, I’m not good in crowds. If I am talking to two or three people, I’d usually be fine. However, among more than four people, I’m not feeling as comfortable. I’d hide in my shell or let other people talk, and I’d listen. Also, it isn’t easy to maintain the conversation if there are more than four people.

Feeling comfortable is important!

Are you (1) a morning person OR (2) a night owl?

I prefer to start my day at around six in the morning because I like to have my day longer. In the morning, everything seems calm and quiet. On the weekend, whenever I bike with my husband, the streets are still empty, and you could hear the birds singing. I live in Southern California, and during summer, it is super hot. So, waking up in the morning in summer would give me a chance to ride a bike when the sun is still low on the horizon.

I don’t mind waking up late, especially if I’m not feeling well. It happens many times. If that is the case, I don’t feel upset or feel the day is short because I know that with more sleep, my body will build up its immune system to fight off the illness.

However, I could be a night owl if I need to. Many times, I’d stay late for finishing some chapters. If not, I couldn’t sleep anyway because my mind is on the chapters.

A bit of both for you!

What provides more inspiration to you: (1) art OR (2) nature?

I think nature provides more inspiration and brings some calmness to me. If you’d like to spend time in nature, you’d see amazing things. One day, my husband and I went for a hike. The trail was not too long, but in the middle of the trail, we found a grove of redwoods which reminded us of Muir Woods in San Francisco area.

So, walking among the tall redwoods, I felt calm and fresh, and a few ideas came into my mind. Not necessarily related to the 3rd book, I’m working on, but about everything.

Understandable reasoning!

Do you write (1) when the mood takes you OR (2) at a set time?

I have to admit that it is easy to write when the mood takes us. However, I prefer to be disciplined. It is not because ideas come quickly at the time I set, but I found my day is more productive if I write or sit in front of my notebook at the same time every day.

Disciplined writing for you!

Do you prefer to read (1) an audiobook OR (2) a paperback?

Only if I were alone in the car, I’d be accompanied by an audiobook. I’d read many audiobooks while driving to the office.

If I’m not driving, I like reading through Kindle or paperback. I like Kindle, especially when I travel because I don’t have to bring many books. Kindle is also handy if I read before going to sleep. In the dark, I don’t need to turn off the light once I’m done reading. I close my Kindle and rest.

So it depends on the condition.

Interesting explanation!

Thanks for being interviewed, Kana!

No Secrets Allowed book cover
No Secrets Allowed