Real life translates to a novel and character inspirations.
I’ve been told to write what I know for years. And yet I haven’t. Maybe it’s because I started in poetry, or my undying love for fantasy, or my concern about putting my clients into my books. Even when they insist. See, I’m a psychologist. In Savannah. See the resemblance to the book? Yes, I wrote this about me. Although she has more men following her around. I had to make it interesting!
I love my job. I meet the most fascinating people who, on occasion, run into my office with stories they insist go into a book. Like a client whose friend called her from the bushes because the cops stopped by to see her. Seriously. There are things I can’t make up.
I also work with great people. The lead character in SMOLDER is Ellie Quinn, newly out of grad school and starting her first job as a Hospital Psychologist. Her assistant is Lee Curtis. Lee is a real person, she’s amazing, and Welsh, and kept my reports up to date for a year. Since I started my own practice, I’ve missed her dearly. I asked her if I could put her in this book and her answer was “as long as you remove my stretch marks and cellulite.” Done.
The hero is Dmitri. A gorgeous Russian surgeon who sets his sights on Ellie the moment she pulls into the parking deck. When I see him in my mind, I see Dmitry Chaplin from Dancing with the Stars. That lithe movement and sexy accent get me every time.
The fourth important character based on a real person, physically, is Owen Mata. A smoking hot ex-detective with a body that makes women melt. When I first moved to Savannah there was a young officer who helped out at the complex where I lived. I talk to all sorts of people every day. This man was so hot I had trouble breathing. That hasn’t happened in years. I really should thank him for it.
Thanks so much to Emily and Lisa for letting me crash here today!
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Clinical psychologist Ellie Quinn is starting a brand new job at a hospital in Savannah. She doesn’t expect the amorous attentions of quick-tempered ex-cop Owen Mata and handsome Russian surgeon Dmitri Komarnitskaia. But choosing between the two is soon the least of her worries. When she persuades a battered woman to leave her husband, Ellie finds herself the target of a sinister serial killer, and something about the case is making Owen increasingly unstable. Only with Dmitri does she feel safe, but if she can’t bring her psychological skills to bear to catch the killer, she won’t be the only one in danger.
Graylin Fox is a multi-published author and poet. She began writing poetry in 1993 with her first poem published in 1995. In 2008, her characters demanded a larger format and she began to expand her talents into the short fiction market.
Decadent Publishing published her short story, Coming Home, in January 2011. In July of 2011 Decadent Publishing released Your Biggest Fan, a psychological thriller. Her series, Summer Fae, began with Contagion in April 2011. This series continued with Bloodlines, a novella in September 2012. The final installment of the series, The Legacy, will be out in 2013.
Her first full length novel, Smolder, about a Hospital Psychologist who finds love while dodging a killer, has a May 9, 2013 release date.
She lives in a marsh off the eastern coast with plants that struggle to survive on her “happy muse” weeks and a tiny cat runs the place. Graylin can be found at GraylinFox.com and contacted at GraylinWrites@gmail.com.