Lisa here, delighted to welcome Donnell Ann Bell as our guest today on Chicks. I was delighted to meet this wonderful mystery author in person at Left Coast Crime last spring–we had plenty to chirp about over coffee! Here Donnell makes the case for coincidences–and tells us more about her latest, UNTIL DEAD: A Cold Case Suspense. Just look at that chilling cover, brrr…
AN APPEAL TO CHICKS ON THE CASE
Oh, thank heavens! Special thanks to Chicks on the Case for at least talking to me about my case. I understand you’re under no obligation to proceed. First, I should ask how much you charge. I mean, if all the Chicks are involved, I should walk out the door right now. Just look at this office space! Must cost a fortune. You know what would be really helpful? If you’d agree to work at a reduced fee—better yet pro bono!
All right. Sorry to appear so needy, but apparently, I’ve broken some laws. Not any that can put me into the slammer, I don’t think, but some that might slam on the brakes to my writing career. I’m thinking the Chicks might run some comparisons so we could throw my appeal before the Court—maybe we might even find a sympathetic judge. Because, my dears, I know editors and agents will convict me before I even get started.
What is my crime? I can buy a coincidence in books. Especially if an author tells a compelling story and the writing is fabulous besides. Yet, coincidence is one of the first things that will get a writer rejected. Am I right?
Maybe it’s because coincidence has happened to me so much in my lifetime. I’ve stumbled on coincidence more often than J.B. Fletcher has discovered a body.
My daughter-in-law and I were both born in St. Mary’s Hospital in Lubbock, Texas. (All right, not the same year.)
In grade school, in a crowded movie theater, while my mother and my little sister sat somewhere in the seats below and my best friend and I escaped to the balcony, I accidentally dropped my coke over the railing. Out of all the people in that theater, it landed on my baby sister. – Oops!
When I had my appendix removed in fourth grade, I met a boy in the hospital. I’d forgotten about the event until my sophomore year in high school I dated that same boy and we compared notes.
During a trip to Florida, when my cousin took my husband and me on a tour of an island, I learned that the bungalow we were staying in was the same bungalow my mother stayed in when my dad shipped off to Okinawa 55 years earlier.
I now live in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I learned a few months ago that one of my neighbors who lives perpendicular to me is a mystery writer. Better yet, he’s fabulous. What are the chances that an author I admire lives on the same block, much less across the street?!
So there, you have it, Chicks. I can buy coincidence, especially if it’s set up well, it’s not too contrived, and the writing is superb. What do you think? Have I given you enough to take my case? More importantly, can you relate?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bio: Donnell Ann Bell is an award-winning author of four bestselling romantic suspense novels and two mainstream taskforce suspense novels. Until Dead, a Cold Case Suspense, book two of her series was released on May 31, 2022. Currently she is working on Book Three. Readers can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, or BookBub. For social media contact or to learn more, find her at www.donnellannbell.com
ABOUT THE BOOK:
UNTIL DEAD: A Cold Case Suspense
This killer won’t stop . . . until she’s dead
When Lt. Everett T. Pope is notified of an explosion in downtown Denver close to the judicial buildings, his first instinct is gas leak. No such luck. As Incident Command and Pope’s own Major Crimes unit move in, he discovers he knows the intended victims—an Assistant U. S. Attorney—and Pope’s former partner, now a private investigator, has died shielding the injured AUSA with his body.
As ATF and the FBI take over investigating the bombing and unraveling motives behind the murder attempt, Pope is relegated to a peripheral role. But the injured AUSA’s aunt is a United States senator used to getting results. She turns to the team that solved the Black Pearl Killer murders with a very big ask—find her answers and locate the bomber.
FBI Special Agent Brian DiPietro must recall his entire cold case team from their far-flung assignments knowing he’s being asked to do the impossible. The senator, however, doesn’t know the meaning of the word. All too soon, DiPietro finds his team working alongside ATF on a red-hot mission. One that uncovers a decades’ old cold case.
Readers, do you have any…”coincidences”…in your life you’d like to plea? Tell us in the comments!