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Today, I’m thrilled to welcome back Louise Behiel. You’ll remember Louise and I discussed the psychopathology of serial killers when Fatal Distraction, the first Jess Kimball Thriller, launched earlier this year. If you missed our posts about The Psychopaths Among Us, you can find them by clicking here for Part One and here for Part Two. Before Fatal Distraction, Louise was a committed romance reader. She says she’s now been lured to the dark side! Louise, we’re glad to have you on our team!
Louise Behiel: I might be addicted now. Besides reading on the dark side, I watch CSI in all three cities and reruns anywhere of Criminal Minds. It’s all your fault! *laughs*
Diane Capri: Well, I find that hard to believe. You’ve got a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Counseling Psychology and you’ve worked as a therapist for a while now. Confess. What was the scariest moment of your life?
Louise Behiel: Oh that’s so easy. I was nine years old and my parents took me to the Calgary Stampede. As the oldest of seven children, it was rare to get a moment or two alone with my parents, so a whole evening, in the midst of the excitement of the Stampede was beyond thrilling.
Once we got to the grounds, I knew we wouldn’t be able to do much. After all, we were a large family and money was tight, But lo and behold, dad sprung for some rides. What can I say? I was beyond excited and determined to prove to them I was a ‘big girl’.
Diane Capri: You looked so innocent when you were even younger. Here you are at 18 months wearing a dress your mother crocheted from a single column picture in the newspaper. It’s hard to believe she’d have allowed you to be seriously endangered. I’m a little worried about this story already…..
Louise Behiel: So of course I jumped on the roller coaster. Big mistake. They put this skinny little girl who was barely tall enough to get on the ride in the first car.
Diane Capri: Uh oh….
Louise Behiel: *nods agreement* Alone. All by herself.
Diane Capri: …and?
Louise Behiel: And then neglected to lock the bar into place!
Diane Capri: Yikes!
Louise Behiel: Needless to say that every time that darned roller coaster went down, the bar pulled me upright. All I remember is fighting to remain in the car and being so scared I couldn’t breathe. It went around the track three times and I was sure I was going to die.
Diane Capri: But you didn’t. Obviously. Sounds pretty brave to me!
Louise Behiel: I wish I could say that after looking death in the face, I’m brave beyond words, but alas, I can’t tell big whoppers like that. Suffice it to say I have never gone on another roller-coaster! I’m the official ‘bag holder’ standing with both feet on the ground. Yes, the lesson I learned was it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Diane Capri: Oh, come on. You’re not such a wimp! I’m told you’ve got quite a vocabulary, in fact.
Louise Behiel: True. I have a potty mouth. I have to constantly monitor what I say so that my language is not similar to a drunken sailor’s. I’m actually pretty good at it (monitoring myself), except when I have a couple of glasses of wine.
Diane Capri: What do you think that means?
Louise Behiel: That I shouldn’t drink. *very big grin*
Diane Capri: Anything else we should know, Louise?
Louise Behiel: I have a full time job and a part time psychotherapy practice. People at my day job often ask me how much time I spend diagnosing and assessing their behavior. Here’s the secret: I don’t. Not at all. Not ever…unless you irritate the daylights out of me and then I’ll start to wonder what makes you the way you are. LOL. So if you don’t want me analyzing your behavior, don’t make me mad.
Diane Capri: Just as I thought. What would we find under your bed? Have you got guns under there?
Louise Behiel: You mean other than the fighting dust bunnies? *enormous grin!* Whenever I hear weird noises I know those little devils are getting out of control and need to be swept out.
Diane Capri: Really? That’s all?
Louise Behiel: I have to admit you’ll find a couple of those wheeled storage boxes full of bags…leather, nylon, beaded, big and small, in a rainbow of colors. What do I use? That would be a large black over-the-shoulder bag with lots of pockets. It carries my laptop or my tablet, as well as my kindle and two cell phones. Practical is my middle name, but that doesn’t stop me from the search for the perfect bag.
Diane Capri: But you watch all those crime shows…
Louise Behiel: I’m a sucker for CSI, CSI New York and Criminal Minds. What can I say? This in spite of the fact that I abhor violence of any sort and those three shows have to be among the most violent on television, but I love them. I tape them and watch them over and over. After these three, I’ll watch any of the other crime type shows.
Diane Capri: But you’re a romance writer, remember? What’s the psychology behind that?
Louise Behiel: The commonality seems to be an ensemble cast that sticks together through thick and thin. That is a recurrent theme in my books – a ‘family’ of one sort or the other. Apparently early life experiences continue to drive me today. Who’d have expected that, after all the therapy I’ve had?
Diane Capri: *laughs* Well, you’ve put all that crime and therapy to good use in your two latest books, anyway. Family Ties and Family Lies involve crime and romance, as well as the family that sticks together.
Louise Behiel: That’s right. Family Ties features Grayson Mills and Andie Bowen. He’s unable to establish and sustain meaningful relationships – especially with women. And his sexy new neighbor has a horde of kids running around. But when an unknown assailant starts tormenting Andie’s family, Gray’s personal code demands that he protect his neighbor and her children. Together Andie and Gray will face his past,while struggling to keep her family safe and together they will forge Family Ties.
Diane Capri: And Family Lies?
Louise Behiel: What do you do when everything you value turns out to be false? That horror awaits Kathryn Talbot. Her marriage was over, but her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease forces her to seek help from his business partner, Eric Berecki. As Kathryn and Eric unravel the mystery of her husband’s life, Kathryn learns that psychopaths come in many guises and Family Lies destroy.
Diane Capri: Thanks for chatting with us today, Louise. I’d say you’re pretty firmly planted here on the dark side! *laughs* You’re new book, Christmas on the Run, will be available on December 15. Where can readers connect with you to make sure they don’t miss it?
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