Today Tanya R. Taylor is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Blind Sight, the first novel in the Lucille Pfiffer mystery series.
Welcome, Tanya. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about your novel. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
TRT: Lucille Pfiffer is a blind woman who’s also a heroine. Her determination to solve the mystery surrounding the death of a beautiful young lady in book one – BLIND SIGHT – is crucial to the right person being brought to justice. In book two – BLIND ESCAPE – she finds herself entangled in a murder mystery, but also becomes a target for extortion. Each book will have an exciting plot that readers can devour and many more books are planned for this series.
Where did the idea for the mystery that is central to the story come from?
TRT: I was outside in a parking lot waiting for my daughter when the idea popped into my mind about this older lady being completely blind, but yet being able to see what was going on around her. She ultimately takes it upon herself to solve a puzzling mystery concerning the death of a beautiful young lady and proves to everyone that even though she has a disability, she’s not hindered by it.
Is there a theme or subject that underlies the story? If so, what prompted you to write about it?
TRT: I guess the idea stemmed from the fact that my father was dealing with Glaucoma issues at the time (he’s now passed away) and I was trying to find remedies to help improve his vision. It was something that was at the forefront of my mind and it just so happened that one day as I was outside in a parking lot waiting for my daughter, the idea popped into my head about this older lady being completely blind, but yet being able to see what was going on around her. She ultimately proves to everyone that even though she has a disability, she’s not hindered by it and can even unravel puzzling mysteries that might otherwise remain unsolved. I sat there in the car, pressed the record button on my cell phone and created the plot.
How do you create your characters? Do you have favourite ones? If so, why are you partial to them?
TRT: Although all the characters in BLIND SIGHT are interesting, my absolute favorite are the protagonist Lucille Pfiifer and Vanilla, her brave and wise Shih Tzu dog.
I really like them because Lucille is strong, in spite of her disability, and she stands up for those she cares about. Vanilla is fun and also in her mind, Lucille’s protector. She’s so adorable.
How do you bring to life the place you are writing about?
TRT: I envision it in my mind (everything about it) and do my best to write it the way I envision it.
What research do you do to provide background information to help you write the novel?
TRT: The internet is just a fingertip away, so anything I need to know, I research online. Thankfully, I didn’t need to do that much research for this book since we own a Shih Tzu also named Vanilla and she’s my inspiration.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about the book?
TRT: BLIND SIGHT is a cozy mystery with a bit of humor as well. The second book in the series, BLIND ESCAPE, will be released on September 5th.
Thanks for answering my questions, Tanya, and good luck with Blind Sight, the first book in the Lucille Pfiffer Mystery series.
Readers can learn more about Tanya and her writing by visiting her website and her Facebook, Goodreads and Bookbub pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.
The novel is available online at Amazon
About Tanya R. Taylor: Tanya has wowed readers with her riveting plots and compelling themes. She is the author of several #1 bestsellers on Amazon and published her first book titled: ‘A Killing Rage’ as a young adult. She has worked in the Financial arena and is also a seasoned ghostwriter. Her book ‘Cornelius’ climbed to #1 in the Teen & Young-adult Multi-generational Family Fiction category. And her supernatural, suspense/thrillers – ‘CARA’ and ‘INFESTATION: A Small Town Nightmare’ are multiple times #1 international bestsellers. Tanya writes in various genres including Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Mystery and Suspense. She has a passion for the welfare of children.