Barbara Nickless, author of Blood on the Tracks is my guest today. We talk about turning her life long love of writing into a career, writing ‘trunk novels’ to hone your skills, settling on mystery as a genre, using personal tragedy as a catalyst for creativity, and much more.
I was made in Japan, born in Guam, and traveled through numerous ports of call to land in Colorado. All of which honed my sense of adventure and gave me an insatiable curiosity about pretty much everything. When I’m not writing, traveling, or wandering through libraries, I’m usually in the Colorado Rockies where I love to hike, cave, snowshoe and drink single malt Scotch—rarely, please note, at the same time.
I’ve chased my curiosity across multiple careers—raptor rehabilitator, astronomy teacher, piano teacher, instructional designer and even sword fighter. But this writing gig is my favorite because of what I get to do in the name of research. Most recently I role-played a drug dealer for Thornton PD’s SWAT training. Dropping f-bombs while staring into the steely eyes of twelve heavily armed SWAT trainees was a great opportunity to stand in the bad guy’s shoes. And to realize: you don’t mess with these guys. You just … don’t.
Up next? Learning about the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, wandering through the souks of Morocco, and working on my climbing legs for Kilimanjaro. All in the name of research. Well … mostly.
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