Adrift a marvelous debut novel by Micki Browning

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Adrift a marvelous debut novel by Micki Browning

Adrift by Micki Browning
Speaking with Micki Browning

Q: How long did you work at Durango Police Department?
A: From 2004 to 2011.
Q: When did you move to the Keys?
A: We moved in 2011. (We is her Partner in Crime/aka her husband). We planned to live six months in Durango and six months in the Keys. The back to Durango didn’t happen.
Q: How long did you work on Adrift?
A: It took me a little over a year. I entered it in the Daphne du Maurier contest and I won first place for best unpublished mainstream mystery. One of the judges was an agent. After the contest was concluded, we talked, and she became my agent. She sold it in six months.
Q: Why is Adrift an ebook and not hard copy?
A: Random house has different imprints, and Alibi does digital releases only. By releasing an ebook, Random can get the story and the author out there and build up interest and fans. It can be a great way to get the word out for a new author.
Q: What are your plans for the next book in the series?
A: My second in the Mer Cavallo series is called Beached. It is with my agent now. I’m completing my final revisions, and as soon as those are finished, my agent will submit the story to the publisher for consideration. If Alibi picks it up, it will remain digital.
Q: Which secondary characters might you carry over to following books?
A: All of them will be returning with Mer. The paranormal dive team crew which is featured in Adrift will not though.
Q: Will the series stay in the Keys, or might Mer travel to other locations?
A: All of Mer’s adventures will remain in the Keys.
Q: You state that you got your start in writing nonfiction while you were in law enforcement. How is fiction different for you?
A: Nonfiction is built on a foundation of truth, and facts are easy to document. There are no limits to fiction, so controlling the story requires more decisions, more discipline to wrangle the story into a cohesive whole. Readers have certain expectations, and structuring the story is important.
Q: With all your experience in law enforcement, why not write a police procedural?
A: As much as I enjoyed bring an officer, I needed a break from it. Concentrating on a fish-out-of-water character in the Keys allowed me to play the “what if?” game while I adjusted to my new profession as a writer. Now that I have some distance, it will be much easier for me to tell a police procedural, and one is on the horizon.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for Adrift?
A: I obtained my basic SCUBA certification in the early ’80s when I lived in California. I recertified while living in Durango. When I moved to the Keys, I dove far more frequently, and obtained my professional rating. One night, there was a medical emergency on the boat. The diver recovered, but it prompted a slew of “what ifs?” Couple that with my favorite dive – the Spiegel Grove – and Adrift was born.
Q: How do you write your mysteries?
A: There are two kinds of mystery writers, those that plot and “Pantsers.” They are writers who go by the seat of their pants. Just letting the words go. I’m a hybrid. Mystery readers have certain expectations, and so I have to be aware and meet the milestones and turning points for the fans.
Leslie Doran

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Adrift, by Micki Browning, is available as an e-book. For more information, visit https://mickibrowning.com/adrift/.

Adrift a marvelous debut novel by Micki Browning

Adrift by Micki Browning
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