Waking Hours, East Salem Series  #1Waking Hours, East Salem Series #1
Lis Wiehl, Pete Nelson
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All towns have secrets. Some have demons. Welcome to East Salem, a sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a bit off; where the supernatural bleeds into the everyday. And where a tragic murder mystery is underway. A high school girl is found dead in the town park; and where forensic psychiatrist Dani Harris wants answers. All the suspects were teenagers who were at the party with her the night before--who he last spoke with on their last high school date forever ago. Yet his celebrity status opens doors barred to Dani--so they form an awkward alliance. They soon realize that there's more to the mystery than murder. And more to the evil they are facing than a mere human killer.
     

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Lis Wiehl Lis Wiehl is a New York Times best-selling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and former federal prosecutor. A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears on The O’Reilly Factor and was co-host with Bill O’Reilly on the radio for seven years.

Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 25:14: The Parable of the Bags of Gold


 

 Our Interview with Lis Wiehl


 

What is your favorite Bible verse (translation too, please)? Why?

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PASSAGES IS MATTHEW 25:14, THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS. A MAN LEAVING ON A JOURNEY GIVES EACH OF THREE SERVANTS FIVE, TWO AND ONE TALENT ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITY. ON HIS RETURN, HE RECKONED WITH THEM, AND THE ONE HE HAD GIVEN FIVE HAD TEN TO RETURN, AND THE ONE WITH TWO HAD FOUR TO SHOW FOR THEM. ONLY THE ONE WITH A SINGLE TALENT HAD DUG DOWN HIS TREASURE AND HAD NOTHING TO OFFER HIS LORD. FEAR OF HIS MASTER HAD PREVENTED HIS MAKING USE OF WHAT HE WAS GIVEN. MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME TO BE UNAFRAID TO USE WHATEVER TALENTS I HAD AND TO PUT TRUST IN MY VENTURES.

What was your inspiration to develop Waking Hours?

EVER SINCE I WAS A CHILD I'VE BEEN DRAWN TO THE THEME OF GOOD VERSUS EVIL. HOW DO WE EMBRACE GOOD IN THE WORLD, AND HOW DO WE RECOGNIZE EVIL? DANI AND TOMMY COME FACE TO FACE WITH THOSE QUESTIONS. AND I LOVE TO TELL A GOOD MYSTERY...SO LAYER ON TOP OF THAT AN ELEMENT OF SUPERNATURAL, AND I WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE!

How did you choose Salem as the setting? Are you familiar with Salem?

EAST SALEM, NY, WHERE THE BOOK IS A FICTIONAL TOWN, BUT IT'S A LOT LIKE WESTCHESTER, NY, WHERE I LIVE.  THE FACT THAT THE NAME 'SALEM' HAS SUPERNATURAL CONNOTATIONS FROM BEING ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOWN IN MA SEEMED PERFECT. THAT SAID, SALEM COULD BE ANY TOWN AMERICA..ANY TOWN WITH DEMONS THAT IS.  OUR TAGLINE FOR THE BOOK: ALL TOWNS HAVE SECRETS. SOME HAVE DEMONS.

How much of the story comes from personal experience?

I'VE INVESTIGATED AND PROSECUTED SOME PRETTY HEINOUS CRIMES, SO THE BEHIND THE SCENES INVESTIGATIVE DETAILS ARE REALISTIC. AND IT'S THAT REALISM THAT INFORMS A GOOD STORY.

How much research did Waking Hours take?

LOTS AND LOTS! BUT WHEN YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE RESEARCH, IT SEEMS LIKE FOLLOWING YOUR BLISS.

What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Waking Hours?

BLENDING REAL WORLD SCIENCE, FORENSICS, AND INVESTIGATIONS WITH THE SUPERNATURAL. AND I LOVED LEARNING EVEN MORE ABOUT THE AWESOME POWER OF ANGELS.

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

THAT THERE ARE ONLY 24 HOURS IN A DAY. JOTTING IDEAS DOWN ON POST IT NOTES, AND NOT HAVING TIME TO WRITE THEM OUT UNTIL CLOSE TO MIDNIGHT AFTER THE KIDS ARE IN BED, LUNCHES MADE, LAUNDRY DONE...YOU GET THE DRIFT.

 

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

THE LOOK, SMELL, AND FEEL OF MY NEWEST BOOK. THAT PLEASURE OF SEEING AN IDEA I HAD TRANSFORMED INTO PRINT. I AM SO BLESSED.

What clubs or organizations are you involved with helping with your writing?

A GROUP OF WOMEN IN MY COMMUNITY CALLED THE "LIPSTICKERS" ...IT'S FUN TO SWAP STORIES AND GET IDEAS.

What new projects are on the horizon?

PLANNING AHEAD (FOR ONCE) AND NOT BUYING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS LAST MINUTE. OH, YOU MEAN WITH BOOKS...THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THE EAST SALEM SERIES OF COURSE.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Waking Hours?

TREAT EVERYONE YOU MEET AS IF THEY MIGHT BE AN ANGEL IN DISGUISE.

What were your favorite books as a child?

NANCY DREW, ENCYLOPEDIA BROWN, AESOP'S FABLES (ALL MAKES SENSE TO ME NOW)

What is your greatest achievement?

THAT'S EASY: MY CHILDREN JACOB AND DANIELLE.

What do you do to get away from it all?

PLAY MONOPOLY WITH MY KIDS. I'M A MEAN LANDLORD!

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

YOU ASKED ABOUT INSPIRATION...WELL, THE BEST INSPIRATION ARE READERS WHO WRITE TO ME OR SEND ME PICTURES OF THEIR BOOK CLUB MEETINGS. GETTING A MESSAGE FROM A READER WHO WAS TOUCHED OR INSPIRED BY MY BOOK MEANS THE WORLD TO ME.


 
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