Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Q & A with Chynna Laird

What inspired you to write this suspense mystery novel, Out of Sync?   This was one of the books that came to me in a dream. It was like a movie playing out for me and I saw it from beginning to end. It only took me a few weeks to write, with tweaks here and there, but it was my first adult-focused book so I was very excited.

Tell us about your main characters in Out of Sync- what makes them tick? Cheyenne is extremely sensitive and in tuned with others. Perry is a very determined man and with the loss of his dear friend and partner is even more so. Mess with those closest to him, and you’d better be a marathon runner to get away. Marcus has a very short fuse and is set off very easily, especially when overwhelmed. The Chief doesn’t really have any sort of ‘tick’ but considering he can’t see, he is very in tuned with the world around him and how people think and feel. I think that’s what created the very close bond between him and Cheyenne.

Tell us a little bit more about the characters? Cheyenne, the main character, is strong, independent and in deep mourning over losing her husband, William, to a psychopath who swore vengeance on all who got him arrested the first time. Perry, who was William’s partner, is sort of like an Irish version of Columbo. You know, acting like he’s not quite sure what’s going on to others but in actuality he’s very intelligent, protective and top of his profession. My favorite character has to be the blind Chief, who helps Cheyenne see things the way they need to be seen. Marcus, the ‘bad guy’, is a young guy you love to hate. I won’t say anymore as it will spoil things a bit but these characters are very tightly knitted together.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? I’m not quite sure if this is what you mean but the main character, Cheyenne, is how I envision my oldest daughter when she’s an adult. Of course, my daughter has had a tremendous amount of therapy and has worked very hard to learn to cope so much better in her world.

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book? Well, as I’ve said, I had a dream about the basic concept of the story. I just had to create the unique personalities of each character to suit not only to make the plot work but to also make each of them human and believable. A lot of this was done with dialogue as I truly believe that through conversations and body language between/among characters, you get a more true sense of who they are and it brings the reader deeper into the story right along with them.

Where did you come up with the names in the story? That’s a great question. There are times when I’ve actually changed a character’s name part way through thinking that as I got to know him or her, he’s more of a ‘Bob’ than a ‘Stan’, you know? But for this book Cheyenne is a variation of my name. William is just a really strong name that I thought suited a Chief of Police. Perry is a very Irish name and sort of represents a person who is out going, gregarious and a bit mischievous. I knew a Marcus when I was very young and he was a jerk. lol It was the first name that popped into my head for that character because he is manipulative, arrogant and can’t let go of anything. Much like the Marcus I knew personally. HA! As for the Chief, I did a lot of research both into the Native culture, as well as names, tribes and beliefs. I wanted to be respectful of this culture as I love the wisdom and spirituality. As you will see, every one of my fiction works touches on some aspect of the Native culture.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day? That’s an easy one. I’d hang out with the Chief. I would love just to be able to sit there and learn more about their culture and spiritual beliefs. I’d love for him to help me see the world through his eyes as he did for Cheyenne.

What can we expect from you in the future?  I just had a new children’s picture book come out on January 1st called, ‘Don’t Rush Me’. It’s dedicated to children to have siblings with Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD and other special needs. I am also half-way through a coming-of-age book called, ‘Passing Loop’, the next book in my Watcher series, ‘Still Water’ as well as an SPD reference book for parents.

Chynna Laird is a psychology/criminology major, freelance writer and author living in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband, Ryan, three daughters [Jaimie (fourteen), Jordhan (twelve), and Sophie (eight)] and baby boy, Xander (ten). Her passion is helping children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, mental and emotional disorders and other special needs.

You’ll find her work in many online and in-print parenting, inspirational, Christian and writing publications in Canada, United States, Australia, and Britain. In addition, she’s authored an award-winning children’s book (I’m Not Weird, I Have SPD), two memoirs (the multi award-winning, Not Just Spirited: A Mom’s Sensational Journey With SPD and White Elephants), a Young Adult novella (Blackbird Flies), an adult Suspense/Thriller (Out Of Sync), a Young Adult Suspense/Paranormal (Dark Water) and a contemporary New Adult novel (Just Shut Up and Drive,). She is presently working on a sequel to Not Just Spirited as well as the next book in the Dark Water series. Stayed tuned as Chynna has several Works-In-Progress on the go.

Out of Sync
by Chynna Laird
Genre: Adult Suspense, Mystery

Cheyenne McCarthy has two fears: Our sensory rich world and the man who killed her husband. Cheyenne's gift helps her catch serial killers. But will it save her when the man comes for her and her unborn child? And will the secret he knows about her past be what finally breaks her?

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the book description and giveaway. I appreciate it!