Welcome, Nancy. We’re happy to have you here with us today. Can you tell us a little about how you started your writing career?
I actually started writing as a kid. My first book was DANNY GOES TO THE CIRCUS. It featured my brother. I even did the illustrations. Unfortunately, DANNY GOES TO THE CIRCUS has been lost over time. I would like to say that it launched my career, but…uh, no.
My interest in writing came from a love of books. When I was young, I read constantly. I’d check out five or six book from the school library and read them in one night, under my covers with a flashlight. Suffice to say that the next day at school I probably wasn’t at my best.
In high school I wrote poetry. Most of it was full of teenage angst and drama. Then my English teacher gave us an assignment. Write three original poems. I did. I thought they were pretty good. My teacher announced she was going to read the poems to our class. I waited nervously for my poems to come up. Finally, they did. She read them. Then she told everyone she was certain she’d heard them before. In other words, she accused me of plagiarism. I was devastated and stopped writing.
I was in my forties before the bug hit me again through a TV showed called “Murder, She Wrote.” I decided to try writing a novel. I haven’t looked back since then. The lesson here? Don’t let other people keep you from your destiny. Wish I’d learned it earlier, but since I can’t go back in time, all I can do is look forward. I love writing, and I hope there are readers out there who are glad I decided to give it another try.
My latest novel is BLIND BETRAYAL:
Deputy U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane has worked at the St. Louis Marshals office for two years and is given a routine assignment to help transport a reporter to D.C. to testify before a grand jury. Valerie, the reporter, was writing a story about an up-and-coming environmentalist who suddenly disappeared and, she later discovered, whose backers purportedly have ties to a terrorist.
When the seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, Casey is forced to put aside her own feelings about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past as she and two other Marshals take Valerie on the run. And as it becomes dangerously clear Valerie’s testimony has even bigger implications than they knew, they’ll do whatever it takes to make it out alive.
Nancy Mehl is a best-selling, award winning author who lives in Missouri, with her husband, Norman, and her Puggle, Watson. She’s authored thirty books and is currently writing a new series for Bethany House Publishing. The Kaely Quinn Profiler series will kick off with book one, MIND GAMES, in December of 2018. The last book in her Defenders of Justice series, BLIND BETRAYAL, will be released in the spring. She is also working on a new cozy mystery series for Guideposts, The Mysteries of Martha’s Vineyard.
Readers can learn more about Nancy through her Web site: www.nancymehl.com. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. She is also very active on Facebook.
Thank you Nancy for joining us today! Your story is an inspirational one.