C. Hope Clark wrote a guest blog for Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing titled “Following My Own Advice” on Sept. 2, 2014.
What is your latest release and what genre is it? Murder on Edisto, the first in the Edisto Island Mysteries – general mystery
Quick description: When her husband is murdered by the Russian mob, Boston detective Callie Jean Morgan suffers a mental breakdown and relinquishes her badge to return home to South Carolina. She has no idea how to proceed with her life, but her son deserves to move on with his, so she relocates them to the family vacation home.
But the day they arrive on Edisto Beach, Callie finds her childhood mentor and elderly neighbor murdered. Her fragile sanity is threatened when the murderer taunts her, and the home that was to be her sanctuary is repeatedly violated. Callie loses her fight to walk away from law enforcement as she becomes the only person able to pursue the culprit who’s turned the coastal paradise into a paranoid patch of sand where nobody’s safe. But what will it cost her?
C. Hope Clark began writing mysteries after being offered a bribe and a federal agent arrived on her doorstep. Today she is published by Bell Bridge Books and has two mystery series, both set in rural South Carolina, a state steeped in history, mystery, and characters hell-bent on right or wrong, depending on which side they’re on. Her latest release is Murder on Edisto, set totally on secluded Edisto Beach, a paradise where murder just doesn’t happen. Hope is also editor of FundsforWriters.com, a website chosen by Writer’s Digest for its 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 14 years. Her writing resource newsletter reaches 40,000 each week. Her articles appear in Writer’s Digest, The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Market, Guide to Literary Agents, and more. Of course, she lives in South Carolina.
What are you working on now?
Hope currently pounds away on the second and third Edisto Island Mysteries as well as the occasional freelance piece.
Hope’s reading recommendation:
I read mystery and suspense, leaning heavily toward female authors. My all time favorite is Lisa Gardner. Tess Gerritsen falls in as second. And I own every single hardback copy of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone Mysteries. When Lee Childs releases yet another Jack Reacher story, I preorder, but when it comes to reading beautiful prose, my first love is Pat Conroy, a fellow South Carolina author.