With: Julie Ann Lindsey
Do you know about website analytics? Analytics are a great way to track who visits your website or blog. I keep a close eye (read: stalk) my analytics. I love to know how many people drop by each day and where they’re from. I enjoy seeing the variety of random places visits originate from, like local library systems, the Ford Motor Company and CBS. What I find especially fun is the number of regular hits I get from Alexandria. Yes. That Alexandria. I’m apparently a real attraction for the Pentagon, Department of Defense and US Army Intelligence Service Center. They visit my website often. Actually, all the big guys make regular rounds at my place. I assume some super-high-tech software sends them my way. I admit to having one or two red flags. The word murder, for example, makes a regular appearance in my text. I imagine that if I had one of those word clouds on my blog, it would probably look something like this: Murder, Murder, Death, Stab, Beat, Poison, KILL, KILL, KILL. I can see why that generates a little attention from Homeland.
It’s not just me. Mystery lovers worldwide are bound to have some unique and possibly disturbing blog content from time to time. It’s a hazard of the job. Plus, we like it. We blog about what thrills us. We relish the details of high stakes investigation, the shocking reality of true crimes and the terror of knowing it can happen to anyone.
I write cozy mysteries for Carina Press. Cozies are the upbeat, fun-loving cousins of romantic suspense, but even with a few more laughs, less sex, and no gore, there’s still a murder and plenty of terrifying moments for the heroine. I research everything to death, and in turn I think I worry the government. My obsessions may seem dark, but in reality I love a good thrill and a tricky puzzle, so mysteries are a perfect fit. Who knows? Maybe I’ll gain a few readers from DC. Whatever the outcome, mystery writers must waste a ton of the government’s time. I giggle every time I think about it.
Giveaway: How about you? Does your love of mystery have you on the watch list? I’d love to know! Respond in the comments section below to win a digital copy of A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder.
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder
The Geek Girl Mysteries, Book 1
IT manager Mia Connors is up to her tortoiseshell glasses in technical drama when a glitch in the Horseshoe Falls email system disrupts security and sends errant messages to residents of the gated community. The snafu's timing couldn't be worse—Renaissance Faire season is in full swing and Mia's family's business relies on her presence.
Mia doesn't have time to hunt down a computer hacker. Her best friend has disappeared, and she finds another of her friends murdered—in her office. When the hunky new head of Horseshoe Falls security identifies Mia as the prime suspect, her anxiety level registers on the Richter scale.
Eager to clear her name, Mia moves into action to locate her missing buddy and find out who killed their friend. But her quick tongue gets her into trouble with more than the new head of security. When Mia begins receiving threats, the killer makes it clear that he's closer than she'd ever imagined.
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multigenre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
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