“Daddy did it,” says seven-year-old Amber Pyle. She’s a rape victim, the worst her nurse, Sophia Burgess, can imagine. But, unlike her murdered mother and little brother, Amber might survive. Detective Ray Stone, Sophia’s live-in boyfriend, is assigned the case and is more distressed than usual over the hideous crime, but he won’t say why.
As a former cop, Sophia is suspicious by nature. She may have left the force after getting shot, but she kept her independent outlook, keen mind, and adventurous nature–and she kept her sassy attitude, too. At odds with Ray over the secrets he keeps, Sophia investigates and ends up face-to-face with a murderer.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’m a nurse. I try include realistic hospital situations, real patient scenarios, and true-to-life hospital politics in my stories. I also try to include a bit of education about a disease condition–this time it’s Multiple Sclerosis–as a side story in every book. There is a touch of romance, though my books are not romance, a smattering of sex, and real life relationships.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Learn the craft. Write clean. Have a good story to tell. Join a very current, critical, honest critique group, and cultivate a cadre of beta readers.
Gregg E. Brickman was born the daughter of a North Dakota country printer. She migrated to Florida and completed her education, embarking on a varied career in clinical, administrative, and academic nursing.
Gregg started writing as a teenager, turning out pages of sappy poetry. In the mid-nineties, she bought a book about writing a novel and committed the story burning in her head to paper. She called that first novel a learner’s effort, joined Mystery Writers of America, and actively pursued the craft.
Credits include Imperfect Contract [Kindle and CreateSpace], Illegally Dead [Kindle and CreateSpace], Chapter 14 of Naked Came the Flamingo, a Murder on the Beach progressive novella edited by Barbara Parker and Joan Mickelson, and On the Edge, a short story [MiamiARTzine.com]. The Writers’ Network of South Florida recognized On the Edge among the finalists in their Seventh Annual Short Story Contest.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
All of my mysteries feature bright, edgy, dedicated nurses who go beyond expectations to get the job done, often risking their professions and their lives in the process.
For Imperfect Daddy, my brain tagged onto a piece I read about child abuse. The rest of it grew somewhere in the back of my brain and spilled out, as is the case with all my stories. Child abuse is a somewhat taboo topic, or so I was told when I shopped the manuscript around for an agent. I’ve tried to handle it in a sensitive manner for all of the concerned characters.