When a body washes up on the shore, it’s up to bartender Lira to figure out who put it there

Rebecca M. Douglass, what makes you passionate about writing?


I have always been a writer—I was writing stories as soon as I could write at all. So I believe my passion comes from somewhere deep within, where the urge to tell stories begins, and becomes too powerful to ignore. I love the thought that I might be giving some pleasure to someone, but the real push comes from my own need to write down the stories that are always bubbling up in me.


Do you have a writing routine?


I try very hard to have a routine, but I have to admit that I fail more than I succeed. In theory, the time from breakfast to lunch is my writing time, starting with a quick clean-up of email and social media (I hate to wait until afternoon for that, because I live on the west coast–so much has already happened even before I get up!). In practice, chores and social media and goofing off eat up far too much of the morning!


What is the title of your book?


My contribution to the IWSG anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, is called “The Tide Waits.”

What genre does your book fall under?


It’s a mystery, of course. I’m not completely sure what sub-genre it falls under, but it’s a historical setting, and a village mystery, though not necessarily completely cozy.


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?


When a body washes up on the shore, it’s up to bartender Lira to figure out who put it there.


Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?


Tick Tock is being published by Dancing Lemur Press.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?


It only took a couple of days to write the rough draft once I’d gotten the general plan of the story in mind. The editing was another matter entirely—I had a lot of trouble with the tides.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?


I’m not sure I know any books that are quite like this. In some ways, it feels like a fantasy setting (though there are no actual fantasy elements, except maybe a liberated woman in a pre-industrial society).


Who or What inspired you to write this book?


I really wanted to come up with an out-of-the-ordinary idea for a story to submit to the IWSG competition (which required clocks or time to play a role in the story). Maybe because my own mysteries are set on an island (and I grew up on one), I thought about ferries and ferry schedules as an element of time. But I couldn’t quite get hold of anything until I realized that the tide is a kind of clock, and then I remembered a character who’d shown up in a bit of flash fiction I wrote several years ago, and I thought she and her village were perfect for the story. I may be doing more with Lira in the future.


It was a natural for me to write something for the anthology because I write mysteries in any case. My new one, in fact, is due out March 19—Death By Adverb, the 3rd in a series set, as mentioned, on an island—the wholly fictional Pismawallops Island, somewhere in the drizzle on the fringes of the San Juans.


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?


I think people will enjoy the setting and the atmosphere, as well as a touch of humor. The whole collection is a wonderful mix of stories of all kinds, from tongue-in-cheek noir to thriller.


Where can we find your book?


Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock


Author Bio:

Rebecca Douglass was raised on an Island in Puget Sound, so she knew about tides from an early age.  She now lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and can be found on-line at www.ninjalibrarian.com and on Facebook as The Ninja Librarian.  Her books include the Ninja Librarian series of tall tales for all ages, the middle-grade fantasy Halitor the Hero, and the first Pismawallops PTA mysteries, Death By Ice Cream, Death By Trombone, and the brand new Death By Adverb.  Rebecca likes to spend her time outdoors, when not writing or working to make the local schools the best they can be.  She spends her free time bicycling and running, and her vacations hiking, camping and backpacking.


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20 Responses to “When a body washes up on the shore, it’s up to bartender Lira to figure out who put it there”

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    Tides are a perfect time element! Growing up on an island sounds exciting. I’ve always been fascinated by Puget Sound. I’d like to go visit someday. Great interview, Rebecca!

    Thank you for featuring the TickTock anthology, Anna!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring me and the anthology today!

  3. Zeke says:

    Nice write up! I’ve known Rebecca for a few years, and she is a very talented writer as well as having an imagination to challenge all.

  4. I liked your setting and the “historical” feeling of the village. It was so well done and so integral to your story.

  5. Jessica says:

    Very interesting, Rebecca. I’ll bet growing up on an island was fun! I can’t imagine…

  6. I really liked how Rebecca used the tides in her story – very clever.

  7. The Tide Waits is an excellent story… so atmospheric…
    Congratulations, Rebecca! 🙂

  8. My favorite pastime now is watching the waves and timing my walks to the tides. Great story with unique characters and a great way to demonstrate the time aspect!

  9. Chrys Fey says:

    I don’t often think about time zones since I live on the east coast, but that’s true…so much could’ve already happened on the east coast by the time its morning on the west coast. Interesting. Now I’ll be pondering that all day. lol

    I like how you got the idea to use tides. Clever.

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