Welcome to my tour stop for Lindsey: Love and Intrigue by Kimberly Kolb. This is a young adult mystery and the tour runs Nov. 16-27th with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Lindsey: Love and Intrigue
by Kimberly Kolb
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Fifteen-year-old Lindsey Morgan Brooks is still considered the new kid in the small town of Emit, Michigan. Both of her parents are lawyers, but her father has built his reputation prosecuting some of the worst criminals in New York and Chicago. Now, as a high school junior, she is trying to choose her own path.
Lindsey feels the demands and pressure from school, gymnastics, and her parents as she battles insecurities to build friendships while steering clear of the many land mines in high school-such as the group of popular girls she has dubbed the “Fab Five” Busy with activities and consumed with thoughts of her secret crush, Chris, she takes little notice of what’s happening around her.
She gets a flat tire, gets caught with the lights-out and starts receiving strange text messages-things she assumes are just high school pranks gone too far. Her father wants her to be able to handle herself, so she should be able to handle this.
But while she steals a glimpse at Chris, who is watching her?
Interview with the Author
- Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I earned my bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. I am a working mother of three. I began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. I am a fairly avid reader, as much as I can be between working and keeping up with my kids who are all in travel sports. This is my debut novel.
- Where and when did your writing journey begin?
I started writing because I found that I had a story I wanted to tell. As an adult I have always enjoyed reading and decided to switch perspectives when I found myself frequently thinking about a story in my mind. I started writing one night and found the words pouring out for weeks. Deciding to publish my book was a powerful moment. receiving a few awards and especially the quote from Best Selling author Scott Turow were very proud moments of validation of my efforts.
- Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?
Following are some of my favorite authors and what I admire about their work, I would like to think that each of the strengths I see in their writing has influenced mine.
- Stephanie Meyer. Stephanie is of course the author of the blockbuster Twilight series. Stephanie did a great job of conveying teenage angst and the power of young love.
- Suzanne Collins. Suzanne is the author of the best-selling Hunger Games series. Suzanne’s ability to make as care for her flawed and complex characters is compelling.
- Michael Connelly. I admire Michael for his development of a series sustaining character, LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, and the gripping unfolding plot of the mystery in each of his books. The first book in this series is The Black Echo published in 1992.
- Tana French. Tana has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to weave multiple stories lines together, in particular weaving a current mystery with something that happened in the past in a way that is highly relevant to the protagonist in her Dublin Murder Squad series. The first book in this series is In The Woods published in 2007.
- Dean Koontz. Dean Koontz skillfully and deliberately builds suspense around the unknown. Koontz has been writing for decades, publishing countless books. My personal favorite is the ‘Odd’ series, which starts with Odd Thomas in 2003.
- John Sandford. John is another author who has built a series around a central character, Lucas Davenport. I enjoy how he crafts stories where the pace deliberately changes, building to a meaningful climax. The Lucas Davenport series starts with Rules of Prey published in 1989.
- Scott Turow. Scott’s non-fiction books about Kindle County are a delightful view into humanity and the law. I have long been a fan of his relatable characters with their endearing imperfections, as well as his beautiful prose. Scott’s Presumed Innocent was published in 1987 and was one of the first books I read for pleasure.
“My Best Friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States
- What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day?
I am an early rising getting up at 4:30 am. I am at work in downtown Chicago by 6:30 am. After work I pick up my kids at their schools and spend most of the evening taking them to their various activities. I mostly write in the evenings and on the weekends and I tend to go through writing periods where I write literally every day and then go through months where I edit what I have written. Editing takes much more time and energy than the first draft.
- How did you come up with the idea for your novel?
The characters and core romance had been in my mind for a while and I wanted to deliberately intertwine other aspects into my book. For example, I wanted to write a book that was realistic, but also provided a good model for modern teenage behavior and social choices.
- What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?
I think my novel is unique because it is captivating to teenagers, but also seen as a book with characters that display good values so parents can feel good about giving it to young teens. To be fair, all the characters don’t make good choices, but the examples are there and the reader can see the difference.
- Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?
The central Character, Lindsey, has to be one of my favorites. There is definitely a piece of me in Lindsey – I was shy, overly polite, and hardworking as a teen, but the differences are striking as well – she was a much better gymnast than I ever was!
- Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?
There are several scenes where Lindsey is faced with girls that are not as kind as she is and are much more aggressive than she is; I enjoyed crafting these scenes and showing how Lindsey has to figure out how to deal with them. I think many shy girls are intimidated by girls that seam strong and confident, maybe my book will help them deal with these girls find their power.
- What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?
I hope they think it was a great story that builds to a fast paces climax and that they feel connected to the main characters. I hope when they finish it they email me asking when the sequel will be released! Seriously, I hope they enjoyed the story and want to know what happens next to the main characters. In a way I hope they miss them when they finish.
- What are your hopes for this novel?
I hope that lots of YA fans read it and love it. I hope that it means something to these readers and that they feel connected to the characters. And of course I hope they all recommend it to their friends!
- What do you have in store next for your readers?
I have about half of the sequel written. It picks up right where this book ends and continues the story of the main characters, including the darker forces in the story that really drive the moment of the plot in both Lindsey, Love & Intrigue, and the sequel.
About the Author
Kimberly Kolb earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Illinois. She began writing while waiting for her daughter to finish ballet and tap classes. Kolb lives with her husband and three children north of Chicago. This is her debut novel.
Kimberly Kolb received the Editor’s Choice and Rising Star Award from iUniverse.