Interview with mystery author L.X. Cain

Mystery author L.X. Cain joins me today to talk about her
thriller/mystery Bloodwalker.
Cain was born in the U.S. but now lives on the Red Sea and busily taps away at
a laptop, coming up with stories to thrill and entertain readers.
Please tell us about your current release.
Bloodwalker is a spine-tingling
mystery with lots of action and a streak of horror. It’s a genre mash-up that I
loved writing, and I hope readers love reading.
Here’s a short teaser:
Children are disappearing. The
strangest thing is it happens every time the Zorka Circus leaves one of the
Eastern European towns on its tour. Rurik, the circus’s Security Chief, thinks
someone in the circus is behind it. But who?
What inspired you to write this book?
was thinking about how people in some cultures and faiths refuse to question
them. They’re almost brainwashed by their family and their society, and follow
like lambs. I wanted such a person to finally understand that they could stand
up for themselves, and what’s right, and defy their upbringing.
Excerpt from Bloodwalker:
Chapter One
Budapest, Hungary
“School is out, no books
Boneyard’s where the children
Marta’s there and Peter, too,
Silent faces, cold and blue.
Shut the doors. Lock them
Ratman prowls the streets
The refrain of the children’s
song swelled, and the winds swirled it up to the roof of an old stone church.
Perched on its parapet, a line of gargoyle statues stared dead-eyed at the
horizon. But one set of eyes stabbed downward. Rurik leaned over the edge, his
gaze roving the street two stories below, searching for the source of the
Hungarian rhyme.
The retreating sun stained
Budapest red. Shadows of tree limbs and buildings bled across lawns and
sidewalks. Yellow pansies bowed their heads and furled their faces closed for
the night. Sparrows, pigeons, and swifts abandoned the sky.
Rurik scoured the area till
he spotted the rhyme’s young singers.
Three kids, probably no older
than eight or nine, neared the gate of a train yard at the end of the road—the killer’s
hunting ground.
Forbidden things drew
children. The grittier and scarier the place, the bigger the thrill. So there
they went, two girls and a boy, shoving each other, squealing and laughing in fearful
They didn’t know four
children had vanished, one by one, over the past month. Never any sign of
struggle. Just schoolbooks found along the road.
Rurik’s rooftop position
afforded him a good view of Budapest’s Istvantelek train depot. But as the
children squeezed under the loose chain between gate and fence and wove down
the path, the shadows grew. Subway cars sitting beneath electric wires seemed
to lengthen on their tracks. Inch by inch, murk swallowed the tall grass and
bushes that marked the boundary between the newer train warehouses and the
rotting old one the children headed for.
Plenty of places for a killer
to hide.
— end of excerpt —
What exciting story are you working on next?
have a Thriller called Coldest Night that will be published mid-2017.
It’s about a tiny Alaskan town where almost all the citizens live in one big
apartment building. When a toxic gas fills the area, a wanted man must rescue
his estranged wife and daughter from residents who’ve become dangerously
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
started writing in 2009—and it was so much harder than I expected! Luckily, I
found online writing communities that helped me learn. After a little while, I
started getting published in magazines and anthologies. In 2013, I got an offer
from an agent and a publisher. That’s when I truly considered myself a writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day
like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to
write full time since I retired in 2009. I was lucky to retire early, and I
really enjoy all the freedom and excitement that comes with being a full-time
I’m not writing, I watch TV, cook, or go out with friends. I’m also on social
media a lot. Too much. It’s difficult to find time to write, so I don’t publish
as many books as other writers I know. But everyone must be who they are…
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
many writers believe in daily word goals and aim for a quickly written draft, I
don’t. I take long breaks where I don’t write, but instead think about my book
and the characters. Sometimes I don’t write for months at a time, not until I’m
sure I understand everything about my story, the plot twists, and the
characters in it.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I watched Perry Mason a lot and wanted to be a lawyer. Then I watched the first
Bob Newhart show and wanted to be a psychologist. Finally, I realized I just
wanted to be on TV. LOL! Not really, but I definitely needed to be in a
creative field. I’ve worked in commercial film, been a dancer, and a singer.
Now I use my experiences to create characters for my books. Writing is the
perfect career!
Anything additional you want to share with the
moved to Egypt some years ago to work at resorts. It’s been wonderful living in
the land of the Pharaohs—plenty of sun, friendly people, and a laid-back
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Thanks for joining me today, L.X.

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