The Writer's View: Lawrence Kelter

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The view outside my window

What is a window but a portal to limitless inspiration. Sure, I have that room in my home that serves as Writer Central, a quiet place to gather my ideas and write, as well being shelter from the elements when the weather is unappealing, but writing in a vacuum… Not for me. I’m not one to sit there and let the world come to me via TV and the Internet. I have to go out and gather motivation by happenstance. In this day and age of blink-of-the-eye news reporting we’re all fed our current events with the same tasteless spoon—and isn’t that boring? My readers don’t want to hear the same stories from me that anyone else could have penned—they all want something unique. My worst nightmare would be for a reader to ask me, “Was your story based on such and such?” I’d much rather hear them say, “I couldn’t put your book down. There were so many twists and turns, and I had no idea where you were going until you tied it up all the loose ends.”

My greatest inspirations come from talking to people. I get crazy excited hearing people’s stories of triumph and intrigue. It doesn’t matter if they’re friends or strangers, colleagues or competitors—everyone has had something interesting happen to them at one time or another, or heard a great story. That’s not to say that I’m a parrot, mimic the nuggets I pick up from others. These conversations serve more as a starting point for me to engage my imagination.

For those who aren’t familiar with my work I’m the author of the Stephanie Chalice Thriller Series, which has topped e-book bestseller lists for the past two years.

NY Times best-selling novelist Nelson DeMille actually assisted me in the editing of my early work and was a major inspiration in my writing career. He never candy-coated anything. Way before he ever said, “Lawrence Kelter is an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum,” he said, “Kid, your work needs editing but that’s a hell of a lot better than not having writing talent. Keep it up.”

There are a total of five books in the Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series, which includes: Don’t Close Your Eyes, Ransom Beach, The Brain Vault, Our Honored Dead, and most recently, Baby Girl Doe.

I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY and have never gotten very far from his roots. I currently reside on Long Island with his wife.

Everyone deserves a well-earned vacation, don’t they?

Guess again!

Plans have been made and the bags are packed but Detective Stephanie Chalice is having about as much fun as Michael Vick at an ASPCA fundraiser.

In her latest adventure, “Baby Girl Doe,” the fifth book in the international best-selling Stephanie Chalice Thriller Series, Chalice tackles murder, arson, abduction, and government secrets held as closely to the vest as those related to the existence of UFOs at Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico.

The new story finds Chalice and her eye candy husband, Lido on the East End of Long Island, vacationing with Max, their new arrival. Things go wrong from the very start. Their vacation rental burns to the ground, bodies pile up, and just to make things interesting, Lido . . . All I’ll say is that you’ll never believe it.

Chalice may be out of her jurisdiction but she's never out of questions or determination and soon connects two unsolved homicides. As always, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and her initial findings plunge her deeper and deeper into the most extraordinary investigation of her career.

Baby Girl Doe was released on May 1, 2014 in e-book and paperback formats. Pre-release ratings are averaging 4.7 out of a maximum 5 stars.

About the Author:
A resident New Yorker, Kelter often uses Manhattan and Long Island as backdrops for his stories. He is the author of the Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series and other works of fiction.

Early in his writing career, he received support from best-selling novelist, Nelson DeMille, who reviewed his work and actually put pencil to paper to assist in the editing of the first novel. When completed, DeMille said, “Lawrence Kelter is an exciting new novelist, who reminds me of an early Robert Ludlum.”

His novels are quickly paced and feature a twist ending.

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Larry Kelter said…
Thanks for the interview.
Rita said…
I like the premise of the book.

Mary Preston said…
Not the usual view.