Rolynn Anderson: FEAR LAND
Posted by Sarah Andre
If you’re a KaT regular, you’ll recognize this week’s guest. We’ve hosted her three times and are delighted she’s back today for a spirited discussion about her newest release. Welcome Rolynn Anderson!
I’m tickled to be back on Kiss and Thrill with you, Sarah. You’ve hosted coming out parties for three of my romantic suspense novels (LAST RESORT, SWOON and LIE CATCHERS). Now it’s FEAR LAND, my fifth published novel. I am giving a portion of each sale of FEAR LAND to the Brain Research Foundation (TheBRF.org)
Sarah: Given the story line, that is a truly wonderful gift! Tell us about your journey to write FEAR LAND.
Rolynn: Trauma is the topic, the many shades of anxiety. Most of us experience a trauma or two in our lifetimes, suffering symptoms from mild depression and a few nightmares to full-blown post traumatic stress. My own response to a trauma interested me, but I also wanted to know more about PTSD and high suicide rates among soldiers. I wondered if some children were born anxious. Were all forms of trauma curable?
Sarah: Wow, that’s fascinating, but it kind of sounds like a thesis, not a suspense novel.
Rolynn: I know! We novel writers are researchers at heart. I like to learn and teach with each novel I write, as well. I think the reader will learn a lot about trauma in my novel, but I hope the plot makes it a page-turner.
Sarah: Start with the hero, heroine, so we know we’re looking at a fiction piece.
Rolynn: Yes, ma’am! My heroine, Tally Rosella, is a child psychiatrist who has finished one study of anxious kids in Washington State and will begin a second study at a big California college. Her new neighbor, Cole Messer, an Army Major who will teach ROTC at the college, is good at hiding the effects of combat trauma. He’s single-parenting a highly anxious boy; Cole wants to enroll his son into Tally’s new study.
Sarah: Ah, a couple with conflict, but clearly Tally’s the strong one, here.
Rolynn: Nope. Now I introduce a modest paranormal feature. You see, Tally hears mind-rants from adults who have strong (usually negative) feelings toward her. These men and women might be perfectly polite, even flirty with her, but their minds are ranting nasty tunes.
Sarah: Ooo, I wish I had that feature! That must make her a powerful psychiatrist.
Rolynn: You’d think so. She couldn’t take on a patient who rants at her, because it interferes with her objectivity. That’s why she works with kids. Their minds don’t yell at her.
Sarah: Now add the suspense…
Rolynn: I’ll avoid spoilers here. Bottom line: Tally encounters devious colleagues, spurring her on to ‘use’ her elementary mind-reading skill. Trouble is, evil people have a way of taking advantage of good folks, and soon, Tally, Cole and Cole’s son are in danger.
Sarah: Yep! Now we’ve got the suspense. Where can we pick up this mystery?
Rolynn: Amazon Kindle
BTW, LIE CATCHERS comes out in re-release through Amazon Encore today! And for my other books and events, check out my website.
Here’s the blurb on FEAR LAND:
Tally Rosella, an acclaimed psychiatrist who helps children fraught with anxiety, avoids adults because their brains rant at her. But the chance to start a second child study and connect her findings to PTSD, sets her squarely among devious colleagues at a big California university.
Army Major Cole Messer, Tally’s new neighbor, won’t admit that trauma from combat tours in Afghanistan, destroyed his marriage and hampered his ability to lead. As a teacher of college ROTC and single parent, he’s focused on enrolling his highly anxious son in Tally’s study and getting back to active duty.
Someone is dead set against Tally’s presence at the university, and blowback from her battles with co-workers put Cole and his son in jeopardy. Watch what happens when people struggling with shades of anxiety collide with corrupt, revengeful foes.
Here’s today’s question: How astute are you at ‘mind reading?’ Whose mind would you like to read better…and why? Commenters are entered into a giveaway of an e-copy of FEAR LAND!
How did funeral planning morph into crime-solving? Ask free-lance embalmer Trudy Solomon or Pete McDonald, a blind forensic investigator. They’re solving mysteries of the deceased for their pregnant boss, Jan Keller, while her journalist husband, Roman, is benched by a ten million dollar defamation suit.
A dead client goes missing, and investigating his disappearance forces Trudy and Pete to confront their fiercely independent styles. When danger stalks them, will they blend brains, brawn and belief in one another?
I LOVE THIS COVER!!!