D.P. Lyle and LOVE IS MURDER – Carey aims her spotlight

There’s a Q and A with D.P. Lyle and a chance to win LOVE IS MURDER coming up!

Today, I’m pleased to welcome Dr. D. P. Lyle to Kiss and Thrill. It’s a special pleasure for me to host him today because, like me, Dr. Lyle is a physician/author. In fact he’s written numerous nonfiction guides for writers, and I refer to his HOW DONE IT: FORENSICS text often. I recommend it highly for anyone writing suspense. In a moment, I’ll be spotlighting his contribution to the anthology, LOVE IS MURDER.  But first, check out his amazing bio:

D. P. Lyle, MD is the Macavity Award winning and Edgar Award and Scribe Award nominated author of many non-fiction books (MURDER & MAYHEM; FORENSICS FOR DUMMIES; FORENSICS & FICTION; MORE FORENSICS & FICTION; HOWDUNNIT: FORENSICS; and ABA FUNDAMENTALS: UNDERSTANDING FORENSIC SCIENCE) as well as numerous works of fiction, including the Samantha Cody thriller series (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND and DOUBLE BLIND); the Dub Walker Thriller series (STRESS FRACTURE; HOT LIGHTS, COLD STEEL, and RUN TO GROUND); and the Royal Pains media tie-in novels (ROYAL PAINS: FIRST, DO NO HARM and ROYAL PAINS: SICK RICH). His essay on Jules Verne’s THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND appears in THRILLERS: 100 MUST READS.

He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, 1-800-Missing, The Glades, and Pretty Little Liars.


This is an anthology comprised of the writings of an amazing group of suspense/romantic suspense authors. The list of contributing authors is long and drool worthy. If you’re a romantic suspense fan (and really, why else would you be hanging around :-)?) I promise you’ll find many of your favorite authors. But even better, you’ll get a chance to discover other fantastic ones you’ve never read before. This is your opportunity to broaden your horizons while being guaranteed a dizzying infusion of surefire favorites.  And I have to add, of course, that anyone who has been going through Black Ops withdrawal, like me, will be excited to read Cindy Gerard’s contribution to the anthology, which just happens to follow D.P. Lyle’s. Seriously, how good can this get?

Dr. Lyle’s story is called EVEN STEVEN, and believe me, this short story will suck you in, rev the wheels on your bus, and leave you wondering where the line is between the good guys and the bad guys. The story may be short, but it packs a wallop. I love a story that isn’t afraid of tackling tough subjects and raising as many questions as it answers. A story that not only entertains but makes you think is rare. One thing you won’t feel after reading EVEN STEVEN is complacent.

Check out this Excerpt from EVEN STEVEN: 

“I can still smell him.” Martha Foster inhaled deeply and closed her eyes.

Tim stood just inside the doorway and looked down at his wife. She sat on the edge of their son’s bed, eyes moist, chin trembling, as were the fingers that clutched the navy blue Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt to her chest.

Behind her, a dozen photos of Steven lay scattered across the blue comforter. A proud Steven in his first baseball uniform. A seven-year-old Steven, grinning, upper left front tooth missing, soft freckles over his nose, buzz-cut hair, a blue swimming ribbon dangling around his neck. A playful Steven, sitting next to Martha at the backyard picnic table, face screwed into a goofy expression, smoke from the Weber BBQ rising behind them. Tim remembered the day he snapped the picture. Labor day weekend. Just six months before…that day. He squeezed back his own tears and swallowed hard.

Questions and Answers with D.P. Lyle

Carey Says:

For the record, your honor, Dr. Lyle was kind enough to provide the Q and A, so I can’t take credit for the great interview.

What is your guilty pleasure?

There are so many. A good book, a lap cat, and/or a chocolate milkshake for starters. But I don’t feel guilty about any of them.

Describe your favorite meal.

This one is easy. The one meal each year that never changes, and hasn’t since I was a kid, is ribs, coleslaw, and cornbread, consumed every year on New Year’s Day while watching college football. It doesn’t get much better than that.

If you were not a writer, what would be your career?

Exactly what I am, a cardiologist. I can’t imagine doing anything else for a living. I not only knew by age 10 that I wanted to go to medical school but also that I would deal with hearts. I remember watching a documentary on the at that time new blue baby surgery and was absolutely fascinated. I decided then exactly what I wanted to do. During medical school, and even before, I knew which direction I was going. The good news is that I could focus on that goal while the bad news was that I did not consider any other subspecialties of medicine. But I think sticking with cardiology was the right choice. The last few decades have seen incredible progress in the field.

If you could time travel, which year would be your destination?

I would say that I would have two destinations: back to around 1500 so I could have lunch with Leonardo da Vinci or forward to say around 2300 to see where all this is going.

What inspired your contribution to LOVE IS MURDER?

I had never written a short story, wasn’t sure that I could, and wasn’t sure that I even wanted to. But then this anthology came along and a story idea came to me and I decided to give it a try. The story seemed to blossom and almost write itself and I literally completed it over a weekend. Over the next couple of weeks I did some rewrites and polishing but for the most part it was done after couple of days. I was pleasantly surprised when it was accepted for this anthology. I can’t wait to see the final product.

Another positive thing that came out of this experience was that after the story was completed I sent it to my older sister who read it and asked, “What happens next?” I replied, “Whatever you want to happen.” She laughed and said that she only wanted to make sure that I intended the ending to be ambiguous, which I did. Over the next few weeks I mulled over that question: What does happen next? The answer to that is my next Dub Walker thriller, RUN TO GROUND, which will be out this August.

Carey says: I’m also anxious to find out what happens next. I’ll definitely be looking out for RUN TO GROUND. In fact I’m looking out for our readers as well because I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Lyle will be back with us on August 14th with a guest blog and the low down on RUN TO GROUND.  So mark your calendars!

Now I’ll open it up for comments. Remember, one lucky commenter will win a copy of LOVE IS MURDER!

About Carey Baldwin

Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor by day and an award winning author of edgy suspense by night.

Posted on June 15, 2012, in Author Interview, Author Spotlight, book recommendations, Carey Baldwin and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I enjoyed the excerpt and interview. This sounds like a good anthology.

    • Oh, it’s a FABULOUS anthology, bn. All the suspense and thriller “Greats” have short stories in it–it’s like a “Who’s Who” for any fan out there. The book is as thick as a dictionary, I’m just starting to plough through it!

  2. Dr. Lyle, so nice to meet you. Can you tell us more about your work with TV show writers, like on CSI Miami? I really enjoyed the excerpt from EVEN STEVEN in Carey’s blog post. I’m impressed with how you created an instant emotional connection with the reader with so few words. Looking forward to your next blog visit as well.

  3. Good morning and welcome to Kiss and Thrill, Dr.

    You mentioned your love of cardiology, but to have so much background and books in forensics…is that simply knowledge you’ve picked up in your profession or were you a medical examiner at one time?

    Thrilled to hear about the How To’s and Dummies books, I’m off to buy them! I’ve been to forensic workshops at writers conferences and am appalled at how fascinating the subject is to me.

    Good luck on sales, it’s a terrific anthology! I heard the proceeds go to a charity, is that correct? Which one?

    • I’ve practiced cardiology for over 35 years now and yes I basically self taught myself Forensic Science in order to better answer the questions I get from writers. And now 6 forensic books later, I’m still learning. It isn’t difficult since the science and the vocabulary are the same for both forensics and medicine.

  4. So great to have you here today! Can you tell us how you balance your practice and your writing career? Are you still practicing? At what point does writing become the day job and not the medical career.

    Looking forward to having you back here in August!

  5. Very nice interview. Like Sarah, I’m off to get the forensic books. 🙂 My brother was the same about medicine. He wanted to be a doctor after our mom got sick (he was 11). He went to nursing school instead and became a cardiac/critical care nurse.

    Anyway, do you have favorite TV programs you like to watch, do you stick to documentories? And do certain shows like CSI or ER bug you with their ‘techniques’?


  6. I feel like the doc and i have a lot in common! Except I’m not a doctor and had no clue what I wanted to do when I grew up. I’m still mulling that one over:) BUT, I do love a good lap cat and I love, love, love ribs–but with champagne and German chocolate cake, enjoyed every year on my birthday. The anthology sounds terrific and if I’m not the lucky winner, then I will be a lucky buyer!

    • I have a good lap cat or three you and D.P. are welcome to borrow any time. Only problemo is they all like to help you out by plopping on your keyboard. I think they are actually Laptop Cats.

  7. I bought LOVE IS MURDER last week at Will Simon’s signing and can’t wait to read Dr. Lyle’s story now. Thanks for a terrific interview!

  8. Thanks for joining us today, D.P! I plan to give a copy of LOVE IS MURDER to my husband for Father’s Day — although Valentines Day might be more appropriate? 😉 — and look forward to borrowing it.

  9. Welcome, D.P.! I can’t wait to read this book and to learn more about your next project in August. Great excerpt! It left me wanting to read more.

  10. Lunch with Leonardo da Vinci! Wouldn’t that be amazing. I think I’d invite Lucrezia Borgia and Niccolo Machiavelli too! Great to have you visit us, D.P. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading LOVE IS MURDER 🙂

  11. Hi, Doug! Nice to see you here! Great group of readers… trust me, the questions will keep you on your toes!

  12. Ooh! Thanks to Will Simon for stopping by! We’re always happy to see that tux!

    And special thanks to D.P. Lyle for joining us today. I’m so looking forward to RUN TO GROUND and we’re excited to have you back in August!

    Thanks again to all of our commenters and to our special guest D.P. Lyle. Don’t forget to check back Monday to find out if you are the lucky winner of LOVE IS MURDER!

  13. Oooh, stoked for this one– I read & loved the previous two iterations of the anthology (Thriller 1 & 2). This one’s even bigger, *and* there’s more of a focus on RS 🙂

    Great to read about what else to do with some science & medical expertise! I should take my microbiology doctorate and become a TV science consultant, haha. Really looking forward to RUN TO GROUND!

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