Welcome to my tour stop for Silenced in the Surf by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is book three in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series and released March 29th, 2016.
The tour runs April 4-15 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It’s soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she’ll need to keep her balance–or she too may get blown away.
Praise For Scene Of The Climb“A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” –Library Journal
“A fun, terrific adventure.” —Suspense Magazine
Includes Adventure Guides!
About the Author:
Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme.
Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine.
Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.
- What is on your nightstand?
What’s not on my nightstand is the better question. I always have a giant TBR stack. I’m a fast and ferocious reader and will pretty much read anything I can get my hands on. However when I’m working on a new manuscript I don’t read other mysteries because I don’t want someone else’s plot or voice to get in my head. Here a few of my favorite most recent reads: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz, The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James, and The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel.
- What author would you totally fan?
Do I have to pick one? I mean I am a total fan girl of so many authors (dead and alive) it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to one. I guess I would have to go with Bill Bryson. I love his writing. He can seriously write about anything—anything. From the most mundane details about life in a British manor house to hiking the Appalachian Trail. His narrative voice is so strong and often funny. Plus I just want to have a pint with him!
- What makes you cringe?
People who are unkind. I do a lot of research at coffee shops and pubs around Portland, Oregon (where I live and where the books are set) to make sure I get the vibe of writing a twenty-something (since I’m not in my twenties) right, and I’ve been shocked a couple of times at how rude people have been to servers and baristas. I hate that. It makes me cringe, but it’s also been good inspiration for characters, especially villains to kill off. My advice is be kind to people. There might be a writer watching and you might end up dead in a future book.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I extensively plot and outline each book before I start writing. One of the things that I appreciate as a reader is having a well-plotted mystery and lots of red herrings to throw me off the path. I sketch out each suspect and what they’re lying about or hiding to help build tension and keep readers guessing. However, I also give myself permission to go with the flow once I start writing. I find sometimes the best plot points happen organically as I’m writing.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I love the word totes. Meg is in her early twenties and uses all kinds of millennial slang. My husband got me a “Totes Ridictionary” for Christmas. Look it up! It’s a real thing. It’s a dictionary of modern slang and phrases. I enjoy working those little touches into the books because I think it’s authentic to Meg’s generation. And when I’m hanging around pubs and coffee shops I hear twenty-somethings throwing terms like totes around. But, my middle schooler begs me not to use it around his friends.