Rolynn Anderson Solves a 1932 Crime!
Posted by Sarah Andre
Today we welcome back a frequent guest: romantic suspense author ROLYNN ANDERSON. In researching her next novel, LIE CATCHERS, Rolynn set sail for Petersburg, Alaska. The small fishing town had an unsolved crime from 1932, the murder of the town’s richest, most beloved merchant: Sing Lee. She’s here to tell us a bit about the real story and how she interwove it with her latest release (which I devoured!)
by Rolynn Anderson
When: Early 1900’s
Where: Petersburg, Alaska, in the shadow of the LeConte Glacier
Who: Tlingit Indians, Norwegian immigrants. And one Chinese entrepreneur.
Why: The Tlingits and Norwegians made a living as fishermen. Sing Lee, the Chinese entrepreneur, made money off the fishermen.
How LIE CATCHERS (just released this month) came about:
It’s 2011 and my husband and I are cruising from Washington State to Alaska on our trawler, Intrepid (see picture below). Never had we covered that distance, much less navigated such difficult stretches of water.
We arrived in Petersburg, Alaska, all the strangeness of a scary virgin voyage replaced by our fascination for this charming fishing village.
The town, located on the northern portion of Mitkof Island, was settled first by Tlingit and Haida tribes. Norwegians showed up in the early 1900′s. Chinese workers soon arrived to gut and package fish caught by the Norwegians.
But one Chinese man, Sing Lee, stood out among the subservient workers. In no time at all, he’d established a country store and built up a reputation as a generous citizen and shrewd businessman. And yes, he may have run a little opium sideline business. (see his picture, below)
He was murdered in 1932 and to this day, the crime remains unsolved. I decided to solve the crime in LIE CATCHERS entwining it with a recent murder.
Why? Because I wanted to juxtapose how a crime was handled in 1932 next to a murder managed by authorities in 2014.
My other motivator: absolving the guilt carried by a whole town for never collaring the murderer of an important citizen.
For fun, I stirred in a budding romance between a Petersburg free-lance writer (researching the Sing Lee cold case) and a Treasury agent from Fresno sent to the Alaska town to solve the recent murder. The result is LIE CATCHERS!
Two unsolved murders will tear apart an Alaska fishing town unless a writer and a government agent reveal their secret obsessions.
Treasury agent Parker Browne is working undercover in Petersburg, Alaska to investigate a money scam and a murder. His prime suspect, Liv Hanson, is a freelance writer struggling to save her family’s business. Free spirited, full of life, and with a talent for catching liars, she fascinates Parker.
Trying to prove she’s a legitimate writer who cares about Petersburg’s issues, Liv pens a series of newspaper articles about an old, unsolved murder. When her cold case ties in with Parker’s investigation, bullets start to fly.
Parker understands money trails, and Liv knows the town residents. But he gave up on love two years ago, and she trusts no one, especially with her carefully guarded secret. If they mesh their skills to find the killers, will they survive the fallout?
I’m wondering if an historical event moved you to research and write a story. Comment on this concept and one of you, chosen at random will win a PDF of LIE CATCHERS (put your e-mail addy at the end of your comment). In addition, I’ll send you a mini-notebook, waterproofed, manufactured by Rite in the Rain.
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SUSPENSE SPIKED WITH ROMANCE
FADEOUT won a RONE award; LIE CATCHERS is a nominee for a RONE award!
Thanks for explaining the story behind the story, Rolynn! Readers, please comment for a chance to win a copy of LIE CATCHERS!