A Deadly Truth
by Joyce Proell
Genre: Historical Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Published: July 1st 2013
Publisher: Champagne Books
A man obsessed, a woman willing to risk it all…
Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, successful entrepreneur Doyle
Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he
goes about his business making money, doing some good for others and making a few enemies along
the way. Arrested for a murder he didn’t commit, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to
solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady
Delafield may be more important than his freedom.
On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house
and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to
prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity.
Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will
the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?
Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police
who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle
suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.
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Learning to Write a Great Story
Thank you, Krystal, for inviting me to Enchanting Reads.
A Deadly Truth is my second published work. Eliza came out in October, 2012. I’ve been writing on and off for the last ten years and have produced five books. Another one was started and set aside. I knew so little about writing when I started my first novel. Writing is a wonderful journey filled with amazing discoveries. The following are a few things I’ve learned on my way to writing a great story.
Starting Out As A Writer—5 Things You Should Know
Everybody has a story to tell. Whether a person chooses to share it is a different matter. The important thing is every person has their own unique perspective. That perspective comes out in the writer’s voice. The plot may be familiar, but the mood, theme, details, texture and overall presentation will be unique to each storyteller.
Nothing beats a solid plot. Some people sit down and simply write. They allow the words to flow, unimpeded, content to see the story and characters take shape without much forethought. Others prefer a map, a careful, studied progression of clear steps moving from point A to B to C. They take comfort in knowing where they’re going and why. What’s important is to know the writing process that best suits your particular style. Knowing saves time. And the outcome is worth it.
Practice makes perfect. Or…the more you write, the better the outcome. Make time to write even if it’s only for thirty minutes each day. Know when to criticize and when to turn off the internal editor. Establish a writing goal. Then write. You’ll only get better.
Staying connected is important. It’s easy to get lost in a story, whether you’re reading a fascinating book or writing one. After an engrossing day intertwined in the lives of fictional characters, it’s important to get back to reality. I have a husband and family that need me. We keep each other grounded. The same goes for friendships with other writers. They keep me focused in the right direction. The benefit from their support and feedback is essential to growing as an author. And it’s true. You learn so much more when you help somebody else.
Getting published takes longer than you think. A year seems a reasonable time to write a book. But what’s reasonable to one person, is unreasonable to someone else. Since writing is what I do, to the exclusion of any other full-time work, it isn’t too difficult to meet my deadline. For some people, completing a one hundred thousand word novel takes years. Whatever the challenges and obstacles which pop up—and pop up they will—just keep writing. It’s the only way to get your book finished and published.
Again, thank you for inviting me today. It’s always a pleasure to interact with readers.
About the Author
Joyce Proell grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.