Hi from Linda Thorne. I am so glad to introduce this author and her book, Riddled with Clues. I found her by accident recently when I took the time to visit some blogspots. She’s been on quite a few. Here is J.L.’s post called:
The Strangest Things Happen
by J.L. Greger
We all encounter strange events occasionally. You know – incidents you don’t quite understand. Some are scary; others are funny; many are just weird. Write them down. They make great material in a novel.
Let me tell you about an incident that surprised me and how I used it to create a character in my latest suspense novel, Riddled with Clues.
My dog Bug, a Japanese Chin, and I have done pet therapy at the local VA Center for years. This particular VA Center has a number of rehab programs besides a major hospital. It also offers multiple programs to aid homeless veterans in New Mexico.
On a visit to the VA, a disheveled veteran sat and stroked Bug for several minutes without speaking. Then he looked at me and said, “What does this dog call you?”
I recognized this was a serious question and deserved a thoughtful answer. I didn’t smirk or giggle. “I think he calls me Mom.”
The veteran lowered his head to examine the dog’s face and then resumed stroking him. After a minute, he nodded. “I think that’s right.”
Several months later, a neatly dressed man on the VA campus approached Bug and me. “Hello Bug and Bug’s Mom.” As he talked to me for several minutes, I realized this was the same veteran. He was well educated but had experienced hard times not only in Vietnam but also in his personal life. He wasn’t pathetic; he had dignity.
His words kept replaying in my mind over the last few years. When I set Riddled with Clues at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, I knew I would include these incidents.
Please note: HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) doesn’t allow health care workers or volunteers to identify patients. However, I don’t know the name of this man and I didn’t describe him in the novel as he looked. Everything about the character in my novel is fictitious, except for the description of these two brief incidents. I think the incidents provide insight into the mental state and personality of a veteran in rehab.
Now aren’t you curious to find out how these incidents fit into the plot? You’ll have to read Riddled with Clues to see whether the book is unforgettable, as these incidents were to me.
Don’t forget to write down strange things that happen to you. They might become scenes in your next novel.
Blurb: A hospitalized friend gives Sara Almquist a note, which he received just before he was severely injured while investigating the movement of drugs into the U.S. The note is signed by “Red from Udon Thani.” However, he doesn’t know anyone called Red, and the last time he was in Udon Thani was during the Vietnam War. After Sara listens to his rambling tale of all the possibilities, both are assaulted. The friend is left comatose. Sara must determine whether the attacks are related to events in Laos fifty years ago or to the modern-day drug trade. As she struggles to survive, she questions who to trust: the local cops, her absent best friend, the FBI, or a homeless veteran who leaves puzzling riddles as clues.
Riddled with Clues (both paperback and Kindle versions) is available with a click here at: Buy Link at Amazon
AUTHOR J.L. GREGER WITH BUG:
Bio: J. L. Greger likes to include “sound bites” on science and exotic locations in her Science Traveler Thriller/Mystery series, which includes: Riddled with Clues, Murder…A Way to Lose Weight (winner of 2016 Public Safety Writers (PSWA) annual contest and finalist for New Mexico–Arizona book award), I Saw You in Beirut, and Malignancy (winner of 2015 PSWA annual contest). To learn more, visit her website: http://www.jlgreger.com or her Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008IFZSC4.