The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Welcome fellow Eternal Press author, C. L. Shore!

Welcome to my site, what a beautiful author pic! I am so glad you are visiting today, i have so few Eternal Press authors and love hearing how you are all getting on. As Seeker of Truth is your debut novel, I am thrilled to host you and let me readers learn more about you.

OK, on with the interview!

What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you?

That is easy, finding time and staying on task. I have a very busy day job, so finding quiet time to write is a challenge. I’ve found the best way is to do some writing immediately after getting up in the morning for about a half hour. Sometimes, if I do have time to continue, I have a hard time moving beyond 1000 to 1500 words in a session. I need to think about where my characters are and what they are doing and how the action would proceed.

How did you come up with the idea for Seeker of Truth?

Originally, Seeker of Truth started out as a mystery around a running event. The Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon is a race that attracts thousands of runners. “The Mini”, as it is known, kicks off the start of the Indy 500 race season. In fact, the original title for Seeker of Truth was “The Mini Murder”. However, my daughter said it reminded her of gnomes! I had to agree with that.

Once my protagonist, Sister Lucie started to evolve , the novel was all about the characters and the relationships among them. My husband and I came up with the idea of the psychic nun, and it grew on me. I wanted her to have the experience of a committed love relationship, so she is a widow and experiences the presence of her deceased husband , Mark, from time to time.

Were you surprised when Eternal Press categorized Seeker of Truth as romance?

I was a little surprised. But Seeker of Truth contains several romantic themes that come together in the plot. The paranormal romance between sister Lucie and her Mark I’ve already mentioned. Mark’s former detective partner, Jed, is extremely protective of Sister Lucie. Charlene, the murder victim has a romantic past that figures in the solution of her murder.

Here’s one excerpt:

Sister Lucie decided to take a walk around the apartment. Her neck was a little stiff, probably from nervous tension. She rolled her shoulders a couple of times. I guess I was so tense that I didn’t move much while reading those first pages. A book fell from the bookcase onto the floor with a soft thud. She scrambled over quickly to its resting place and picked it up, Look Homeward, Angel. Maybe Mark was agreeing with her.

She opened the volume’s front cover, and an old Polaroid photograph fell to the floor. She picked it up and cautiously fingered the edges. Mark’s gaze met hers. She lay on the edge of the bed and held the photo in her hand, just below the level of the mattress. The picture had been taken on a trip to Michigan about six years ago. Mark stood with his back to a grove of trees. The glint of sunshine sparkling on blue water was in the background. Mark gazed into the camera with his beautiful smoky-gray eyes. “Thank you, Mark,” Sister Lucie said, looking down at the photograph. “I’m so lucky to have known you, let alone love you and have the experience of being loved by you. I’m so lucky.” She rolled over on her back. Dusk had fallen long ago, but every light in the apartment was on. She held the picture above her head, and then pressed it to her heart. “Thank you, Mark,” she said again. She closed her eyes.

Here’s the cover blurb that captures a brief synopsis of the story:

Detective Jed McCracken is tempted to dismiss his first phone call of the week as a prank, until he realizes he's talking to his late partner's widow, Sarah. Jed hasn’t spoken to her since her husband’s death and is shocked to discover that Sarah is now Sister Lucie. She’s distraught over breaking news about the murder of a former fellow nun and intent on finding her killer. Together, they rekindle their lost friendship while untangling a network of deception, lust and greed. Although they appear to be closing in, the killer proves elusive, prompting Jed to persuade Sister Lucie to bait a trap.

Will Sister Lucie outwit the murderer…or become his next victim?

This book sounds like a brand new experience to be C. L.! I love the idea of a nun as a protagonist, great stuff. I wish you all the luck in the world with sales, fantastic idea...



  1. Congrats on your debut novel, CL!! I love the cover, and it sounds intense.

    I stumbled across this interview and I'm so glad I did. I've been looking EVERYWHERE to find an epublisher that's currently accepting submissions for YA romance that prints both ebook (for my actual readers!) and paperback(for my dark-age family members), and I only found like 2 or 3. When I found Eternal Press, I hadn't really heard of them, so I started browsing the authors lists to see if I recognized any names...and wow, here today I find TWO Eternal Press authors. What a coincidence!

  2. Thank you, Linda. I am thrilled with Seeker's cover, too. Good luck with your YA novels!