A Conversation with Author Lida Sideris

IR- What does it mean to you to be called an author? 

LS- It means that I have the opportunity to share parts of myself with others because sprinkled throughout every story are bits and pieces of the author. I create a personal adventure from my own imagination with readers who are seeking escape and entertainment. If I can actually give a reader a pleasant ride away from reality, I’ve accomplished quite a feat.

IR- Can you tell us a bit about the story and its main characters?

LS- The heroine of my series, Corrie Locke, is a 26-year-old entertainment attorney whose day job at a film studio takes a backseat to her investigating homicides and missing persons. The daughter of a well-known Los Angeles private investigator, Corrie is flexing her P.I. skills on her own…and without supervision. 

In this installment, Corrie goes undercover to find a senior who’s missing from a posh Santa Barbara retirement community. With a little help from her PI sidekicks and a secret weapon named Mom, Corrie is armed and ready. Turns out the job’s not as easy as she’d thought. Seniors have tricks up their sleeves and aren’t afraid of using them. The action gets dicey as the missing person case turns into attempted murder by a criminal mind who’s always one step ahead. Corrie’s hot on the trail, but finds more than she bargained for when her mother becomes a target.

IR- What inspired the idea for your book?

LS- The past few years, I’ve spent a lot of time with seniors; everyone from my in-laws, my parents and my dear friend, Alyce, who passed away last year at the age of 101. She was a big inspiration because even as her physical state diminished, her mind was sharp and she was always up for a good time. To the end, Alyce dressed fashionably, had tons of clever one-liners and looked fabulous. Seniors may appear old, but it doesn’t always stop them from seizing life and enjoying every minute. 

IR- Tell us about a favorite character from the book.

LS- Corrie’s mother, Victoria is a favorite, apparently of fans, too, if early reviews mean anything. I like that she surprises the heroine (and herself) and shows what she’s really made of. She rises to the occasion. Don’t we all want to do that?

IR- How do you avoid or defeat writer’s block? 

LS- I put a timer on and refuse to leave my chair before the time is up. I figure since I’m there, I might as well try to write something!

IR- What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?

LS-  Don’t let anything stand in your way. Keep on, keeping on until you reach The End. Then keep on editing until you can edit no more. 

IR- What are you working on in the near future? 

LS- Book #6 in my Southern California Mystery series – more of Corrie and her adventures as she navigates around family dynamics and a psychic to figure out what the truth behind not so ordinary events.

IR- What comes first for you — the plot or the characters? 

LS- Definitely the characters. They choose where they go, who comes with them and what happens. I’m just there for the ride. But, shhhh, don’t tell them this – I do add my own twists and turns when they’re not paying attention. 😊 

IR- As an author what do you think makes a good story? 

LS- Action, intrigue, fun, humor, and mystery with a dash or more of romance and happy endings, of course.

IR- Who is your audience? 

LS- Anyone who wants to

IR- What has been your favorite reader feedback? 

LS- When readers say they wished the book hadn’t ended so soon. I love that! It makes my heart soar!

IR- What is the first book that you remember reading? 

LS- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Such bold pictures were impossible to forget!

IR- What would your dream library look like?

LS- Books everywhere, categorized by genre, a long window seat overlooking a lovely garden, a snack bar, and plenty of comfy sofas and chairs, plus a place for canine and feline pals to hang out. And fresh flowers. Would you like to join me?

IR- If you had a secret room that opened by pulling a book on a shelf, what book would you choose? 

LS- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

IR- If you went on a road trip with any author where would you go?

LS- I’d like to visit Botswana (does that count as a road trip?) with Alexander McCall Smith because he brings the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency locations to life. I’d like to see the places that inspired the mechanic shop, the detective agency, the town, etc.

IR- What is something you can do better than anyone else you know?

LS- I love movies from the thirties and forties – the truly Golden Age of Hollywood. Ask me about the actors and directors. I’m a walking encyclopedia. And bake fruit pies. I love an impromptu pie baking session!

IR- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?  

LS- Sing beautifully!

About The Book

Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery

A late-night call is all it takes for rookie lawyer Corrie Locke to kiss her day job at the movie studio goodbye, and do what she does best: flex her sweet P.I. skills and go undercover to find a senior who’s missing from a posh retirement community. One small stumbling block: skirting past security to gain inside access to the exclusive Villa Sunset. Time to call in the heavy artillery. Besides former security guard turned legal assistant—now wannabe P.I.—Veera, Corrie relies on a secret weapon: her mother, a surprisingly eager addition to Corrie’s team. Armed with enough pepper spray to take down a band of Navy Seals, Mom impersonates a senior to infiltrate the Villa, Corrie and Veera in tow. Turns out the job’s not as easy as they’d thought. These seniors have tricks tucked up their sleeves and aren’t afraid of using them.

The action gets dicey when the missing senior case turns into attempted murder by a criminal mind who’s always one step ahead. Corrie’s hot on the trail, but finds more than she bargained for…when her mother becomes a target.

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About the Author

Lida Sideris’ first stint after law school was a newbie lawyer’s dream: working as an entertainment attorney for a movie studio…kind of like her heroine, Corrie Locke, except without the homicides. Lida was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award and a Silver Falchion Award Finalist. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, rescue dogs and a flock of uppity chickens. To learn more, please visit: www.LidaSideris.com

Author Links

Website www.lidasideris.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lidasideris
Twitter: @lidasideris
Instagram: @lida_sideris
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lida-sideris

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