Inspiration is a funny thing. Sometimes, it hits like a freight train, and sometimes it creeps up and steals my purse. I’m inspired by the past, passages in a books, random thoughts and even dreams. To say I have an abundant thought life is like saying Nora Roberts has written a couple books. So, when someone recently asked what inspired my new mystery, I wasn’t surprised to realize the list was long. I’d love to share the top five.
Lucille Ball was a magnificent goofball and my childhood hero. I loved her crazy antics, but she didn’t inspire me because she was silly. She inspired me because she wasn’t afraid to be silly in a time when women were expected to be something else. She was an incredible role model, encouraging women to be who they are even if that meant going up against a maniacal chocolate machine. After every catastrophe, Lucy went on, unashamed, and I learned it was okay to make mistakes. Best of all, she loved her family and friends, and they loved her just the way she was.
Having kids is tough. Having a daughter is tougher, for me anyway. I know my Little Miss has a different set of challenges ahead of her than her brothers. When I write female characters, I write them with her in mind. I give my heroines real problems and plenty of flaws. I let them find their strengths in their own time. I do this with the hopes that if Little Miss picks up one of my books someday, she’ll find encouragement and acceptance between the lines. I want her to see beauty in strength and intellect. I want her to know she is capable of anything, and I want her to embrace whatever makes her happy. I don’t care if it’s collecting pine cones or designing space crafts. She should enjoy her life, unobstructed by nonsensical societal boundaries.
A lifetime of reading led to this story and all the others I’ve written or will write. I’m changed every time I finish a book. I’m left with dust from the pages that clings to me, changing how I see the world and everyone in it. Thank you authors. Thank you books.
If you don’t know Felicia Day, she’s basically the greatest female nerd in history. That’s strictly my opinion, but I will defend it valiantly. I’ve followed Felicia for years, and she’s all-around fantastic. She was proud of her geekiness long before geek became chic. Her role as Charlie on Supernatural played a big part in the creation of my heroine. She’s spunky, sassy, confident and fun. I love that. I aspire to that.
Do you watch New Girl? I love New Girl. Zoe’s character, Jessica Day is a smile personified. She’s raw and honest and such an awkward little thing. I relate to her deeply. One of the most fun things about Jessica is her amazing vintage style. I love everything about her look, from the wide “Who? Me?” eyes to the assortment of structured blouses and pinafores. This is the face of my heroine.
There you have it! The inspiration behind Mia Connors, the smart new heroine in, A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder.
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 multi-genre 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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