Stephanie: I would like to introduce Author Lynne Kennedy. Winner of the BRAG Medallion. Hello Lynne! Congrats on winning the BRAG Medallion. Please tell me about you book, “The Triangle Murders.”
Lynne: Like all of my books to date, “The Triangle Murders” is a historic mystery woven around events that actually happened. That mystery is solved today by modern technology.
Quick Synopsis: When a young reporter is pushed from a ninth story window in Greenwich Village, NYPD Homicide Lieutenant Frank Mead soon connects the case to a murder that took place at the same site a hundred years earlier, during the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Stephanie: Is this your first mystery novel you have written?
Lynne: I’ve written three. Besides “The Triangle Murders,” “Time Exposure” is a mystery that revolves around Civil War photography- it’s available online and in paperback. Coming within the next few months is “Deadly Provenance,” which is about the Nazi confiscation of art and a missing Van Gogh painting.
Stephanie: What is some of the recourse you used in your research?
Lynne: I’ve written a lot about research in my blogs. Essentially, I actually visit the places where the historic mystery happened and work with experts when possible who are familiar with the events. In some cases I’ve worked with curators at the Smithsonian, in others at the Library of Congress. In terms of the modern forensics, I work with the Crime Lab here in San Diego to help me through the actual procedures such as blood spatter, DNA, ballistics, etc.
Stephanie: Lynne, that is really fascinating! What a wonderful experience to be able to do that. I saw on goodreads that you have a Master’s Degree in Science. Do you feel this has helped you in writing your book?
Lynne: My degree enabled me to get a position in the museum world. I was the Deputy Executive Director at a Science Center for many years. That is where I picked up most of the latest forensic, science and technology information that I write about.
Stephanie: What was your inspiration for your story?
Lynne: I’m originally from New York City and when visiting some years ago, I happened to notice the plaque on a building, now part of NYU, in Greenwich Village. That plaque commemorates the 146 people that died in the Triangle fire. I was immediately hooked!
Stephanie: Is there a character in your book you relate to in any way?
Lynne: Fiona O’Hara Mead, the main character in the back story. She was an Irish immigrant trying to survive in the Lower East Side in the early 1900s. She landed a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, got embroiled in the politics of the terrible working conditions, which eventually got her murdered. She’s a feisty redhead who wanted to make a difference for the working people. I guess I can identify with her.
Stephanie: Have you written books in other genres?
Lynne: No. I’ve stuck to mysteries so far.
Stephanie: Where do you see the self-publishing industry in five to ten years?
Lynne: I think self-publishing is the wave of the future. The industry will continue to grow and allow new writers to break in by the thousands. The problem here, of course, is “thousands.” Unfortunately, the “noise” is already deafening. How will a writer be able to be heard above so many others? No doubt about it, though, it’s great for readers!
Stephanie: If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?
Lynne: One of my favorite authors is Anne Rivers Siddons. I have read many of her books more than once. Although I generally read mysteries, I love fine literary fiction. It sticks with me far longer than a mystery, even a well-written mystery. I know Anne is in her eighties and I would love to meet her before it’s too late to ask how she creates such memorable characters.
I also love non-fiction and one of my favorites is “The Worst Hard Times” by Timothy Egan, a journalist for the New York Times. I’d love to have a conversation with him about politics.
Stephanie: What are you currently reading?
Lynne: Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Bean Trees.” Fabulous!
Stephanie: How did you discover BRAG?
Lynne: I think it was mentioned on one of my Facebook writing groups. Glad to have been selected as a winner!
Stephanie: Lynne, it was a pleasure to chat with you! Thank you!
With a Master’s Degree in Science and more than 28 years as a science museum director,
Lynne Kennedy has had the opportunity to study history and forensic science, both of which
play significant roles her novels. She has written four historical mysteries, each solved
by modern technology. The Triangle Murders (formerly called Tenement) was a finalist in St Martin’s Malice Domestic Competition, 2011 and Winner of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Mystery Category, 2011. The Triangle Murders also won a B.R.A.G. Medallion Award for best Indie Mystery in 2012.
Her novel, Time Exposure, was a finalist in St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Competition in 2012.
Deadly Provenance is her third mystery and will be available by June, 2013. Next: The Covenant.
She blogs regularly and has many loyal mystery writer and reader fans.
Visit her website at www.lynnekennedymysteries.com
Message From indieBRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview, Lynne Kennedy, who is the author of, The Triangle Murders, one of our medallion honorees at www.bragmedallion.com. To be awarded a B.R.A.G. MedallionTM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, The Triangle Murders, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.