10-15-2012 10:24 PM - edited 10-15-2012 10:25 PM
Extra points to J.B. Lynn for bearing with us even when the gnomes and gremlins did their best to block her from the site. I'm so glad she persevered, because I think you're all going to want to chat with her!
Her website is here: http://www.jblynn.com/JBL/Home.html
She's on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/jb_lynn_author
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jb.lynn.14
She blogs here: http://jblynn.wordpress.com/
And here: http://www.killerchicks.org/
Besides being a writer, JB Lynn is a compulsive reader, a runner (of sorts), an enthusiastic cook (who doesn't get the appeal of the Food Network), and someone who has an irresistible urge to eavesdrop at all times.
JB has a great love of her husband, dogs, coffee, purple ink, spiral notebooks, running gear, hot showers, and '80s music. Given enough time, all of these things will eventually show up in her books.
10-15-2012 10:29 PM
10-15-2012 10:32 PM
Take three wacky aunts,
two talking animals,
one nervous bride,
and an upcoming hit,
and you've got the follow-up
to JB Lynn's wickedly funny
Confessions of a Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman
Knocking off a drug kingpin was the last thing on Maggie Lee's to-do list, but when a tragic accident leaves her beloved niece orphaned and in the hospital, Maggie will go to desperate lengths to land the money needed for her care.
But the drug kingpin is the least of her worries. Maggie's aunts are driving her crazy, her best friend's turned into a bridezilla…and a knock on the head has given Maggie Dr. Dolittle abilities—she can talk to animals. Unfortunately, they talk back.
It's just another day in the life of this neurotic hitwoman…
Further Confessions of a
SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN
Coming in October 2012:
the sequel to Confessions of a SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN!
10-15-2012 10:36 PM
Here's an excerpt from FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A NEUROTIC HITWOMAN:
You just know it’s going to be a bad day when you’re stuck at a red light and Doomsday is breathing down your neck.
In this particular instance Doomsday happens to be a seventy-pound Doberman pinscher. Instead of having the voice of doom, she sounds an awful lot like an air-headed, bimbo-y blonde. “Way that! Way that!”
Did I mention that Doomsday has really lousy grammar?
“Not that way,” Severus Snape drawled from the front passenger seat. Okay, not really Snape, but God … zilla, a talking brown anole lizard with an attitude to match his namesake.
Have you followed all this so far? The superior talking lizard is in the front passenger seat, the breathy Doberman is in the back, and I, Maggie Lee, am in the driver’s seat, even though it doesn’t feel as though I’m in control of this wild ride we’re on.
I know this whole thing sounds crazy. I know animals can’t talk, but ever since I was in a terrible car accident a month ago, I can understand them. Of course I haven’t mentioned this little side effect to anyone, because I’m afraid they’ll lock up my crazy ass in the nuthouse (hell, with my luck, they’d probably make me room with my mom, who’s a long-term resident), and I’ve just got too much to do to let that happen.
Which brings me to why God and Doomsday were arguing about which direction we were headed. I needed to kill someone at a wedding.
It’s a toss-up which I hate more: killing people or weddings.
Unfortunately, I’m getting pretty good at both.
10-15-2012 10:38 PM
Loving Flawed Characters
BY J.B. Lynn
More than 20 million viewers tuned in for the Season 10 premiere of NCIS.
I know, you’re thinking: This is a book blog, why is she talking about a TV show?
Basically, because I’m betting that more people have seen NCIS than have read the same books. (Though who doesn’t love flawed literary characters from Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to Robert B. Parker’s Spenser to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum?)
I’m a fan of NCIS, not because I’m enthralled by the weekly mystery they’re trying to solve, but because I love the characters. If the show’s ratings are any indication, I’m not alone in my love for these fictional folks, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t some seriously flawed characters.
LEROY JETHRO GIBBS – Sure he’s a great interrogator, a crack marksman, and a loyal team leader, but the guy goes around smacking his coworkers in the back of the head (poor Tony!). He’s also impatient when faced with technical information “Give it to me in English”, sarcastic “Ya, think?” and he can’t maintain a romantic relationship because he’s never gotten over the deaths of his wife and daughter. Plus there’s the whole boat in the basement thing.
ANTHONY (TONY) DINOZZO – He’s a good investigator, a loyal team member, and a great undercover agent, but he’s also childish, an unrelenting flirt, and has no respect for personal boundaries.
ABIGAIL (ABBY) SCIUTO – She’s everyone’s favorite cheery Goth who rocks when it comes to DNA analysis, ballistics, and forensics, but she’s addicted to Caf Pow, dresses inappropriately for the office, is hyperactive, moody, and prone to panic. And don’t forget about her farting hippo.
DR. DONALD (DUCKY) MALLARD – Duck is a brilliant medical examiner with impeccable manners and a cool sports car, and a loyal son, but he often talks to the dead, and the long-winded, rambling stories he tells drive his co-workers a bit nuts.
TIMOTHY (TIM) MCGEE – MIT graduate computer genius, novelist (he holds a special place in my heart) Probie is a solid member of the team. But he’s also the most gullible and unsure of himself member.
ZIVA DAVID -- The former Mossad agent, now a US Citizen, is almost as intense as Gibbs. She is not easily rattled or intimidated, and after a rough start, has become an integral part of the team. She’s also a skilled assassin, aggressive, and she butchers American colloquialisms and idioms.
I could go on about everyone else and their quirks and flaws, but you get the idea.
I bring all this up to talk about flawed heroes and heroines.
The NCIS team has their flaws and so do the characters in CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN and the sequel FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN.
MAGGIE LEE (the protagonist in my books) is a flawed character….and that’s BEFORE she becomes a contract killer.
One of the things I wanted to do was to make my hitwoman likeable. Not an easy task. So I set out to give her an understandable motivation: her young niece is in need of very expensive medical care, a conscious (she discusses her fears and concerns with Godzilla, a talking lizard) and truly atrocious “victims”.
A great compliment I’ve received a number of times is that people really like the character TONY/ANTHONY DELVECCIO (identical twins whose mother, an Atlantic City showgirl, wasn’t too bright). Tony/Anthony is the mobster who lures Maggie to the dark side, but he’s not all bad, he’s a loving family man and he likes chocolate pudding. (He really likes chocolate pudding.)
Now you tell me: Who are some of your favorite flawed characters from books and/or TV/movies?
Are you a fan of the classics: Hamlet, Sherlock, Hercule Poirot? Or are you a sucker for something a bit newer: Izzy Spellman, Lincoln Rhyme, Kinsey Millhone?
10-15-2012 10:47 PM
I don't watch a whole lot of TV but I'm a major NCIS fan - you nailed it!
J.B. - When I first discovered your books, I cracked up when I came across Tony Del Veccio. My dad has a good friend named Tony Del Vecchio who is a major mystery fan - in fact, he's been to every Bouchercon in about the past 20 years with the exception of this year and last, because he was at death's door, recovering from major surgery. I sent my copy to him, along with another book I read the same week - that ALSO had a character with his name.
I blogged about Tony when I attended my first Bouchercon a few years ago:
10-15-2012 10:59 PM
Sounds like a lot of fun. I love these guest blogs because it exposes me to books I never would have know about otherwise. Thanks for the post!
10-16-2012 06:54 AM
Thanks so much for having me, Becke!
I love that you know your own (law-abiding I'm sure) Tony DelVeccio! A woman where I bank knows someone with the name of the social worker.
I loved your line: "I still can't figure out why someone like me - mild-mannered, boringly normal - is so addicted to mayhem and murder." That's me too!
10-16-2012 06:57 AM
I always feel like I'm on a scavenger hunt when I'm looking for books to read. It's great that Becke and the forum provide clues where you might find some.
10-16-2012 07:52 AM
JB_Lynn_author, Welcome, I hope you have a great visit. I love the titles of your books. I must check them out.
What do you like about writing mysteries?
I hope that you visit is a great one.
10-16-2012 08:13 AM
Thanks for the question!
I like that I can control the outcome of a story....something I sorely wish I could do in real life, lol.
I like that good gets to overcome evil.
I like foreshadowing or planting a clue that when the reader finally figures it out they say to themselves, "Of course! That's why such-and-such happened earlier" or "Duh! I should have known that!"
10-16-2012 09:22 AM
Enjoyed reading about you and your books. The characters in your book sound very interesting. I love your sense of humor. I will definitely have to check out your books. I am a slightly neurotic reader!
10-16-2012 09:36 AM
Since we've so much in common, do visit me at www.jeanharrington.com. And out, out there in cyberland, Becke Davis!
10-16-2012 10:17 AM
JB--Love your NCIS assessment. I do love those characters I think the same factors apply to CRIMINAL MINDS too.
Your book looks fabulous! I am way behind on my reading list. Must fix that
DANGEROUS WATERS (coming Nov 20, 2012)
10-16-2012 10:37 AM