About the Book
Book: Living Secrets: A Thriller
Author: S.F. Baumgartner
Genre: Christian Thriller
Release Date: September 29, 2023
Can the secret love child of a U.S. Senator deliver the cure for a bioterror threat before time runs out?
Lily Tso is bored and unfulfilled. Orphaned at birth, the twenty-two-year-old Hotel Guest Service Officer is overwhelmed to discover her parents are alive. But the young woman fears she’s woefully unprepared for a treacherous operation to save America and to meet her parents.
Teaming up with an FBI Special Agent and a young tycoon, Lily sets out on a dangerous mission to prevent a heinous biological attack. But as unknown forces bent on thwarting her attempt, she fears time is running out for both her and the country she calls her new home.
Will Lily be able to survive the attacks and save America from certain doom?
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About the Author
S.F. Baumgartner is a Christian suspense thriller author and creator of the Mirror Estate series. She graduated from the University of Hawaii and the University of Cincinnati. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cats, staying active, and binge-watching crime TV shows. She lives in Ohio with her family.
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The Journey to “Living Secrets”: A Tale of Hurdles, Hiatus, and Hope
I’m incredibly excited to share with you all the backstory of how “Living Secrets,” the first book in the Mirror Estate series, came to be. If you’re a fan of the series (or soon to be), you might know that we’ve got a prequel, “Buried Secrets,” already out in the wild. While it provides some extra flavor and context to the series, “Living Secrets” can totally be enjoyed as a standalone.
The Seeds of a Story
The seedling of the Mirror Estate series started forming in my brain quite some time ago. In fact, I penned an earlier version of the prequel back in 2019, under the title “The Secrets.” No sooner had I hit ‘save’ on that manuscript than I dove head-first into plotting out “Living Secrets.” The story was pulsing through my veins, and I couldn’t wait to get it down on paper.
The 2020 Slump
Then 2020 happened. Ah, yes, the year that shall not be named. Amidst the chaos, my writing spirit decided to take an unscheduled sabbatical. My keyboard gathered dust and the characters in my head seemed to go into hibernation. It was a tough period, creatively speaking, and I know I wasn’t alone in feeling that way.
Rising from the Ashes
Finally, something clicked earlier this year. It was as though my internal storytelling engine roared back to life. I decided it was time to re-enter the world of Mirror Estate. I dusted off the old prequel, gave it a facelift, and republished it as “Buried Secrets,” a more fleshed-out and refined version of the original. But I didn’t stop there; I tackled “Living Secrets” with renewed vigor. After long writing sessions, late-night plot debates with myself, and endless cups of coffee, it’s done. And I couldn’t be prouder to announce that “Living Secrets” is scheduled for release on September 29!
So, whether you’ve been with me since the early days or you’re just discovering the series now, I’m thrilled to have you on this journey. Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions, plot twists, and unforgettable characters.
Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait for you to dive into “Living Secrets” come September 29.
Until next time, happy reading!
Interview with the Author
- How do you select the names of your characters?
Usually, I go online and pick some random combinations of first and last names that fit my characters. Like Italian last name, etc. I’ve also used some websites to generate character names. I’m entertaining the idea of having readers pick a name.
- What is your favorite childhood book?
I used to like Enid Blyton’s books and a lot of abridged classics.
- What comes first, the plot or characters?
It’s kind of a chicken and egg question. Right now, I already have a cast of characters to work with. However, back when I was planning the prequel, I followed the Save the Cat outline structure to plot. I had to come up with a protagonist to fill in all the beats. So, I guess the plot comes first.
- Who is the author you most admire in your genre?
This would be a hard question. I admire so many authors in my genre, like James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, or indie authors LT Vargus and Christopher Greyson.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading or binge watching TV cop/crime shows.
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