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lynnemckelvey

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Like Claire in A REAL DAUGHTER, I also have a drought tolerant, native plant garden.

Lynne McKelvey

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Good to know real names are good user names.  I'm lucky to have a somewhat unusual name. 

Lynne McKelvey

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Can you give us a brief synopsis of A REAL DAUGHTER, something like what sales folk call their 'elevator speech"?
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Okay, this is Dan wearing his editor's hat:

I just recently finished editing with Richard Rose on his newly released THE GUMSHOE (Savant 2017), a 1940 noir tale of private investigation at it's "Maltese Falcon"-like height. It's a real pleasure to see it selling so well, and catapulting Richard and his first work, THE LAZARUS CONSPIRACY (Savant 2013), into the public spotlight. Richard has several book events this month, and I hope he'll join us for today's chat!

I'm also pleased to announce that I'll be the editor for Helen R. Davis' second book in the Cleopatra series, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS (Savant, in preparation). CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS takes up where CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015) ends positing what might have happened to history if Cleo and Antony had won the fateful war against the Augustus. In fact, it begins with Augustus in hell. Love it!

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One fun thing about writing A REAL DAUGHTER was getting to do the research in some of my favorite parts of L.A.

Like Pacific Palisades, Venice, the La Brea Tar Pits.

Lynne McKelvey

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Savant Books and Publishing, 2017

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A REAL DAUGHTER is a horror novel with a chilling take on step parenting.

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Welcome Mike! 

For those of you who haven't met Mr. Michael Davis yet, he's our Director of Publicity and Marketing, and the best friend of every house author!  Some say that one's agent is the most important person in an author's life, but I strongly disagree (with all due respect for agents). It's always the publishing house's Director of Publicity and Marketing. At Savant/Aignos, Mike is truly available for consultation! 
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A Real Daughter's synopsis:

When her infant daughter Sarah unexpectedly dies, Claire, feeling blame, reinvents herself as a landscape gardener in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Claire imagines Sarah still alive, marking the child’s birthdays, Christmas, her first day of school -- as if Sarah never died.

Remarrying, Claire acquires a step-daughter, Mandy, who is about the same age Sarah would be had she lived. Part vamp, part jealous, bossy, and troubled, Mandy is nothing like Sarah, who still lives on in Claire' imagination. 

As Claire lives two lives -- one real, one imagined -- the clash between the two daughters threatens to destroy her, releasing the demons she has managed -- so far -- to hold at bay.

As the story hurtles towards its harrowing ending, Claire will have to choose between her new life and her haunted past.


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plus Mike Davis appreciates Maupassant!

Bless you Mike!

Lynne McKelvey

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Lynne, I didn't know of your fascination with the LaBrea Tar Pits in LA. Wow. I used to live in the Inland Empire and work in LA. My almost daily commute took me right past the LaBrea Tar Pits and LA's own "Jurassic Park" -- what role does this area play in your upcoming Savant novel, A REAL DAUGHTER. And, hey, if there's a "real daughter" there must also be an "unreal daughter," am I right?
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Anyone been to Tijuana? I got to do research for A REAL DAUGHTER there.

Lynne McKelvey

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One fun thing about writing A REAL DAUGHTER was getting to do the research in some of my favorite parts of L.A.

Like Pacific Palisades, Venice, the La Brea Tar Pits.

Lynne McKelvey

Author of A REAL DAUGHTER

Savant Books and Publishing, 2017



How long did it take you to write A Real Daughter? Did it take any extra research to prepare?

As someone who has been lucky to have actually read your manuscript, there's a lot of critical information on California-Mexican culture and on botany! 




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Lynn, I love your elevator speech and will use it to publicize A REAL DAUGHTER. Of course all parenting and especially I think step parenting can resemble an episode of "The Twilight Zone" even on the best of days.
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dirty little secret: though native plant gardens are a major theme in A REAL DAUGHTER, I know very little first hand a out plants.

But the garden scenes seem to have passed muster -- so far -- with professional gardeners -- especially those specializing in S. California native plants.  I used my own garden (which I did not plant!) as a model in the book.

Lynne McKelvey

Author of A REAL DAUGHTER

Savant Books and Publishing, 2017

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