Interview with suspense author Christine Clemetson

Today is the fourth
interview in a series with the authors of
Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

the anthology:
clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s
cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48
minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city
ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing
gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of
time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark
corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner,
Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser,
J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary
Hand-picked by a panel of
agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into
jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time
is wasting…
“Each story is fast paced,
grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
Founded by author Alex J.
Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and
authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly
blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly
So far, we’ve had C.D. Gallant-King (on
April 19), Gwen Gardner (on
April 26), Jemi Fraser (on
May 2), and now
Clemetson and we’re talking about her suspense crime
short story called “Center Lane.”
Christine writes psychological thrillers and suspense. She
earned her degree in Literature/Language and went on to pen stories that send
you running for the covers. Her work has been published in several anthologies,
most recently 30 Shades of Dead – A
collection of mysteries from Sisters in Crime and Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime from IWSG.
When she’s not writing, you can find
Christine at the park with her family, grabbing lunch at her favorite diner, or
pampering her basset hound Molly. And always with a coffee in her hand!
Welcome, Christine. What
do you enjoy most about writing short stories?
With short
stories, I love to explore different themes. For Center Lane, my story in Tick
Tock: A Stitch in Crime anthology, I loved the challenge of creating a story
around time, and figuring out how to achieve that level of tension in a short
amount of words.
Can you give us a little insight into a
few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
Many of my
short stories are about uncovering something –whether the truth or a secret, or
maybe even something from the past. All of my stories become my favorites for a
unique reason. For Center Lane, it became my favorite when a character made a
gutsy choice that changed the course of the story, not to mention his life.
What genre are you inspired to write in
the most? Why?
Thriller or
suspense are my favorites. I love to figure out clues or red herrings that pull
the reader in the opposite direction of the truth, and bring them on a journey
filled with twists and turns. Nothing like writing a fast-paced chase scene or
playing the game of cat and mouse with the characters.
What exciting story are you working on
I’m writing a
novel where the main character is holding a secret that could destroy the world
as she knows it, and possibly even her family. But she has no choice. Or does
she? Stay tuned!
When did you first consider yourself a
I can’t
remember a time when I wasn’t writing. In
grade school, I would take out a stack of books from the library, devour them,
and know I wanted to write stories like that. I wanted to bring readers on
different adventures, and have them feel the hope and excitement as I had
reading stories like Little House on the Prairie and Nancy Drew.
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
A good place
to research what editors/agents are looking for is #mswl on Twitter (the
website is
Also, Writer’s Market (via Writer’s Digest) is a great resource for publishing
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I love post
it notes and have them everywhere. I write story ideas, snippets of dialogue,
scene outlines, character names, anything! But no matter how many I have, or
where I’ve left them (including the garage), I know exactly where to find the
one I need.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I always
wanted to be a writer. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. In college, I
earned my degree in Literature/Literature and started a career as a technical
writer along with writing fiction.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
your passion is, writing, reading, skating, art, etc.….find time every day!

Thanks for joining me today, Christine!

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5 thoughts on “Interview with suspense author Christine Clemetson

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    Center Lane is a wonderful story–full of psychological suspense! Great interview, Christine!

    Thanks for the feature, Lisa!

  2. Christine Clemetson says:

    Thanks so much Lisa for my interview today! Also, thanks so much for hosting the Tick Tock authors on our new release!

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    I'm enjoying these interviews because now I know more about the behind-the-scenes for each of the authors. PostIt Note! Great idea, and so tangible.

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