Elizabeth Dearl

Elizabeth Dearl is a former Texas police officer who also owned a small bookstore for several years.

Elizabeth's short fiction has appeared in numerous publications. Her mystery story "The Way to a Man's Heart," won the Derringer Award for best short story of 1999, and another story, "The Goodbye Ghoul," has been optioned for a short film.

DIAMONDBACK, Elizabeth's first mystery novel, was published by Avid Press in May, 2000 and was a 2001 EPPIE Award finalist. TWICE DEAD, the second book in the Taylor Madison mystery series, will be published by Avid Press in August, 2001. In June, 2001, Avid Press will release BLOOD, THREAT & FEARS, a collection of four mystery/suspense novellas. This will include Elizabeth's novella, BUYER'S REMORSE, which features her series character, Taylor Madison.

Elizabeth Dearl lives in the Houston area with her husband Joe, a police detective, and two fur-children of the canine variety. Visit her online at: http://www.sleuths2die4.com and http://www.elizabethdearl.com

Malicious Intent

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Tales for every mood, running the gamut from quirky mystery to chilling horror.

When a lifelong friend betrays her trust once too often, an elderly woman plans the ultimate revenge. A young drifter meets a famous artist, with grisly results. A secretary's get-rich-quick scheme backfires. Recently released from a mental institution, a woman fears she's hallucinating – but is she? A detective makes use of an unusual witness. A woman escapes her coffin for one final farewell. A real estate agent discovers why her best model home is scaring away customers. Is a cache of Confederate gold really haunted?

Often strange, sometimes startling, always unpredictable, these stories and more await you in Malicious Intent.

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Weary of battle, a Civil War soldier trudges homeward. But refuge isn't the only thing he finds in a partially destroyed plantation house.

An unusual ghost story from the Derringer Award-winning author of Malicious Intent.

An exclusive interview with Elizabeth Dearl:

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What inspired you to write your book?

While I enjoy writing mystery novels, my first love is short fiction. Ideas or inspiration for short stories can spring from anywhere -- an overheard conversation, a newspaper filler, even a random word from a dictionary!

What's your average writer's day like?

I think most people picture writers hunched over a computer (or typewriter), completely immersed in their fictional world, free to travel wherever the muse may lead. In reality, most writers I know must scramble for time to be creative. We have to wash clothes, cook meals, grocery shop, etc., just like everyone else.

Tell us about your family.

My husband is extremely supportive of my writing goals. He keeps me sane.

Do you have pets?

Yes, two dogs who would happily tear my computer to bits if they could. They think I waste far too much valuable frisbee-tossing time.

What are your hobbies?

Aside from reading (which isn't really a hobby, more like an addiction), I like to sew, quilt, and bead.

What do you do in your leisure time?

What leisure time?

Who's your favorite author?

Oh, gosh, I have to pick ONE? Can't do it. Stephen King, Sharyn McCrumb, Barbara Michaels (along with her alter-ego Elizabeth Peters), Elizabeth George, Joan Hess, D.R. Meredith, Edie Claire . . . I'd better stop now, but you get the picture.

What's your favorite book?

Of all time? Again, you're kidding, right? I have so many favorites! Okay, if I have to pick one . . . Swan Song by Robert McCammon.

What kind of music do you enjoy?

Soft Rock

Where's your favorite place?

St. Thomas, USVI

What place, that you haven't visited, would you like to visit?



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