Hello all! I hope you’ve enjoyed the ever-so-brief break we took here in my country for overeating and sleeping in Thanksgiving!

Our guest on the upcoming episode of the Crime Cafe podcast is mystery and fantasy author Lindsey Richardson.

She’s offering a trio of books as a giveaway! Check her guest post below for details!

And, with that, let’s hear from Lindsey! 🙂

Why I Write Mystery

I grew up reading Nancy Drew novels. I remember getting a new one every Christmas to add to my collection. So I guess it was just a matter of time before I started writing mystery novels of my own.

When I first started writing I primarily stuck to the fantasy genre because I had grown up reading that too. Tamora Pierce was a huge inspiration to me. My first series (the Magicians series) was fantasy mixed with historical fiction.

Four books later, the series was done, and I wanted to try something different. As an adult I had fallen in love with true crime stories/podcasts, mystery/thriller shows and books, etc.

So in 2015 I started writing a novel that was both mystery and fantasy. Clara and Claire takes place in a fantasy world with magic but heavily focuses on the mystery Clara is trying to solve. This was originally meant to be a standalone novel, but when I finished the first book, I realized there was more to tell. Two books later, now we have a whole series going. Each book has a new mystery for Clara to solve.

I’m still currently working on this series, but I do have another book in the works that will be mystery/crime without any fantasy aspects. Depending on my release schedule, I’m hoping to solely focus on that book sometime in 2021 (if I’m done with my series by then).

To celebrate the (upcoming) release of my newest book, I’m hosting a giveaway over on Instagram.

One lucky winner will be winning THREE EBOOKS (this includes the entire A Rose With Thorns series so far –books 1-3: Clara and Claire, Clara and Ezra, and [new release] Clara and Daphne).

To Enter: Head on over to my Instagram post and follow the instructions to enter (like, follow, and tag a friend).

Giveaway closes 12/6 and the winner will be announced on 12/7. This giveaway is open for US only and is not affiliated with Instagram.

About the Author

Lindsey Richardson is a fantasy author who lives in Maryland with her boyfriend and their two cats.

Lindsey has always adored reading at writing.

At the age of eighteen, Lindsey’s first novel, Cursed With Power, was picked up by Old Line Publishing. Lindsey has been both traditionally and self published.

In 2010 Lindsey started writing the Magicians series, consisting of four books: Cursed With Power, Shadows and Embers, Thicker Than Blood, and Bloodline Inheritance. The entire series is now complete and available for purchase.

With the series complete, Lindsey now works on a new series that combines both fantasy and mystery.

Her newest book, Clara and Daphne, is set to release December 6, 2020.

For more updates and book release info, stop by her website: authorlindsey.com

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