- What is your favorite word? Sure.
- What is your least favorite word? Never.
- What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally? Optimism, believing I can do it.
- What turns you off? Marginalizing others. Pete Culnane touches upon this in Mistletoe and Murder.
- What is your favorite curse word? Shit!
- What sound or noise do you love? Music played on a violin.
- What sound or noise do you hate? People screaming at one another.
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’d love to be a tour guide, especially if I got to travel the world doing so . . . not 400 times in the same location.
- What profession would you not like to do? I would hate to be a dentist! Can’t imagine spending the day with my hands in other people’s mouths.
- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Come with me. A lot of people are anxious to welcome you.
A lifelong resident of Minnesota, S.L. Smith was born in Saint Cloud and attended Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul. During her thirty-two years with the state department of public safety, she worked with law enforcement and fire officials at the state, county and municipal levels. Those interactions assisted her with writing mysteries, but were just the starting point. Without the help of a friend who spent thirty-five years as a cop, she might never have ventured into writing police procedurals. He contributed to her understanding of the perspectives of her two protagonists, Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney. Thankfully, this friend is still a resource. He proofreads each manuscript and performs a reality check on the law enforcement aspects.
All three of her previous books include a social issue. In Blinded by the Sight, it’s homelessness. For book two, Running Scared, it’s the impacts of a failing marriage on the kids. Book three, Murder on a Stick, addresses a plight faced by many of the elderly. Smith is a member of Sisters in Crime (an organization that supports mystery writers). She divides her time between Minnesota and Florida, to care for her mother.
About the Book
Auld Lang Syne with a Twist
As Collette Hammond orchestrates an elaborate New Year’s Eve wedding reception for her brother in St. Paul’s historic Union Depot, she never anticipates the evening might end in her own mysterious death. She collapses just beforemidnight. A fresh needle mark suggests narcotics. St. Paul police detectives Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney are called away from their holiday celebrations to investigate, launching a trip through a labyrinth of intrigue and deception.