#TimeForCrime: getting to the darkest heart of writers and bloggers! With Kellie Butler @kellierbutler

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Welcome to #TimeForCrime a new series here at Chapterinmylife.

I am inviting bloggers and authors talk about their favourite subject crime, with a set of quick-fire Q&As taking you to the dark heart of the person behind the book or the blog!

Today I am joined by author of The Laurelhurst Chronicles, Kellie Butler.

Name: Kellie Butler

About you: I’m a writer, paralegal, and avid reader. I’m the author of The Laurelhurst Chronicles, a historical saga woven with tales of period crimes, love, passion, jealousy, envy, hypocrisy, and murder. You know, all the good stuff.  I’m also a coffee addict, dog lover, and avid knitter. I’ve been writing my entire life in one form or another but wasn’t compelled to write a novel until a few years ago while convalescing from a car accident.


So let’s dive into the depths of Kellie’s mind…

Why crime fiction?

I think we are capable of a range of things and exploring crimes allows us as readers and authors to explore it safely. I think we’re attracted to crime because it taps into our deepest fears and passions.

Favourite book you have written:

My only book so far is Night and Day, book one of The Laurelhurst Chronicles, released last year. So far it has a 5-star review on Amazon.

You are stranded on a desert island, you can take one book, what will it be?

Oh gosh, that’s like choosing your favourite child.  Probably The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’m the owner of an aging cocker spaniel and an all-around animal lover. I laughed and cried so much.

Do you have a kill list and who is on it?

No, I don’t. It’s a compelling thought, though.

Top criminal (real or fiction).

Sharon Kinne. Accused, tried, and convicted for several murders in the 60’s in the US and Mexico, yet her sentences were overturned, ended up in hung juries, or mistrials. She’s wanted in Missouri still and she escaped from a prison in Mexico. She holds the longest outstanding murder warrant in Missouri and the U.S. I want to create a character like her so much.

Top fictional detective.

Hard to choose between Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. Probably Poirot.

Planner or pantser/organised or beautifully chaotic.

I’m extremely organized, just don’t ask me about that the day before a deadline. My house would beg to differ.

Favourite method of murder.

Poison. It can mimic other causes of death and can be difficult to detect, unless you know to look for it. It takes a very cold person to commit murder by poison. I learned a lot about it with the Shipman murders and with the Adams case in the 50’s. It’s calculated and diabolical.

Best place to dispose a body.

I don’t know, the truth always surfaces. I rather like the idea of an acid bath. Maybe I have a slight penchant for cult horror films though.

Where can we find you? (Oh your blog details, dafty, any send them to me privately!)

My website is http://www.kellierbutler.com

It has my author bio, book details, and links to social media.  I  update sporadically because I’m currently editing, Before The Flood, the second volume of The Laurelhurst Series set in post-war New York and London. It’s due out later this year.

Wow, thank you so much Kellie! I’ll be watching what I am drinking if I ever meet up with you, wouldn’t like you to be slipping some poison into my cup!

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