“Reading this book was a treat, and I didnt want to put it down until I found out what happened and how the story ended.”
No doubt about it, novelist Hallie Ephron knows how to write page-turning mysteries. A member of an illustrious writing family, Ephron came to writing fiction later in life. But when she did, the results were amazing. (Missed part one of our interview with Hallie? Click HERE). Ephron’s knack is to take an ordinary occurance in middle-class suburbia — a garage sale — and turn it into a scenario that leaves readers gulping page after page to the resolution.
She’s a master of her craft, having written five novels under the pen name G. H. Ephron, and the highly-regarded WRITING AND SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL: HOW TO KNOCK ‘EM DEAD WITH STYLE. She also offers workshops for aspiring mystery novelists.
We’re so pleased to present part two of our interview with Hallie Ephron.
Q: NEVER TELL A LIE is a deliciously eerie book about how a pregnant wife’s life turns upside down overnight – a soccer mom’s nightmare. What gave you the idea for this book?
Hallie Ephron: Thank you! The idea came to me at a yard sale—where else? I’m addicted to them. This one was around the corner from me at a house that had been recently renovated. I was talking with the woman throwing the yard sale, peppering her with questions about the renovations, when she invited me to have a look around inside. I let myself in. Being a mystery writer, as I’m wandering around this knock-down-dead gorgeous interior, I’m thinking: What if a woman goes to a yard sale. Somehow she manages to talk her way into the house. She goes inside. And she never comes out.
Q: The destructive power of secrets is a major theme in your novel. Do you determine your themes from the outset, or let them unfold organically?