Me - Lisa, I’m certainly familiar with the places you’ve lived, Cleveland, OH and Cape Coral, FL since I’m from northern Ohio and spent 18 years in Ft. Myers. But, I certainly don’t have your background. Would you tell my readers about your life of crime?
Lisa - I always wrote crime novels, starting in grade school, putting my friends and myself into some intrigue I saw on Batman or Star Trek. They just got longer and longer over the years.
Me - Would you tell us about Theresa MacLean, the protagonist in that series?
Lisa - She’s just like me, only stronger, faster, smarter and divorced. She works in the trace evidence department at the coroner’s office, has a cousin who is a homicide detective, and (unlike me) has a college-age daughter.
Me - What’s happening with Theresa in Blunt Impact?
Ghost has a unique lifestyle, loved by her construction worker mother and disabled grandmother but constantly slipping out of her home to roam the back alleys of the large city, looking for the father whose identity has always been kept secret from her. Nothing all that bad ever happens—until she witnesses her mother’s murder, the beautiful young woman thrown from the 23rd floor. Ghost will not rest until she learns the truth, which means that Theresa cannot rest until Ghost is safe.
Me - Authors are usually a year ahead of their publishing schedule. What are you working on now?
Lisa - A book called That Darkness, about a vigilante and a missing-persons investigator who is closing in on him without realizing it.
Me - Are you planning to continue to set your books in Cleveland, or are you joining the ranks of Florida crime writers?
Lisa - I think about it, but the problem is that there are so many books set in Florida already. Hardly any are set in Cleveland. But two of my ebooks are already set in Florida.
Me-I always ask authors this final question since I’m a librarian. Do you have a story you can tell us about a library?
Thank you so much, Lisa, for making time for this interview. Lisa has additional information below.
Blunt Impact will be available April 1, featuring forensic scientist Theresa MacLean and a series of murders surrounding a skyscraper under construction in downtown Cleveland. The first to die is young, sexy concrete worker Samantha, thrown from the 23rd floor. The only witness is her 11 year old daughter Anna, nicknamed Ghost. Ghost will stop at nothing to find her mother’s killer, and Theresa will stop at nothing to keep Ghost safe.
Lisa Black spent the five happiest years of her life in a morgue. As a forensic scientist in the Cleveland coroner’s office she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes. Now she’s a certified latent print examiner and CSI for the Cape Coral Police Department. Her books have been translated into six languages. Evidence of Murder reached the NYT mass market bestseller’s list.
See her website at: www.lisa-black.com