Diane Capri Reveals Louise Behiel

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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

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…..

Brave Louise Behiel

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?

Louise Behiel:  It was fun to be here. I’d love to chat with readers. You can find me at my website: LouiseBehiel.com  or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/louisebehiel                        Please do stop by!

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63 Responses to Diane Capri Reveals Louise Behiel

  1. Jennette Marie Powell December 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Wow, that sounds like a scary roller coaster ride! Kinda like publishing, huh? Louise, I’m curious about one of your comments: You say you don’t analyze people, but don’t you have to do some analysis of your clients for their therapy – and you just meant you don’t analyze people otherwise?

    Oh, and congrats on the new release! Diane, congrats on yours too, and thanks for a fun interview!

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      you’re absolutely right, Jennette – I was talking about people in my everyday world.

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Thanks, for reading, Jenn!

  2. Marcy Kennedy December 4, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    That’s my worst nightmare when it comes to rollercoasters and is one of the reasons I don’t ride them. I’m also a feet on the ground, holding the bags girl 🙂

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      Marcy, It’s so nice to know I’m not alone. terrifying experience and one I choose not to repeat.

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      I like some roller coasters, but they tend to be the tamer ones. I think I’m just a wuss!

  3. Coleen Patrick December 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Great to get to know Louise a little more. And that photo at 18 months? So sweet! 🙂 Another awesome reveal!

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:06 am #

      thanks Coleen.

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, Coleen!

  4. Elena Aitken December 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Excellent interview! Seriously, your roller coaster story scared me!
    Can’t wait to check out the new book!

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      Nice to see you here Elena. We missed you last night. I have never been so scared in my entire life. terrifying.

  5. Natalie Hartford December 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Love author interviews and getting to know Louise on a more personal level. I love that she swears like a sailor and even worse when she drinks. I think that means you need to drink more wine Louise…LOL!! I am sure we must be related…LOL!!

    Wonderful interview you two….

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      It’s the ‘nice’ Canadian coming out in us, Natalie, I’m sure LOL

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Now I’m thinking I need to head up to Canadaland and learn some new words!

  6. Pat O'Dea Rosen December 5, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Hi, Louise and Diane!

    Louise, we have to think of a practical use for dust bunnies, if we came up with one, we’d be proud of the bunnies we cultivate.

    Like you, I’m intrigued by the “families” we form with friends and co-workers. I’m guessing you don’t analyze your co-workers because it would be like poking around in a family member’s head.

    I look forward to CHRISTMAS ON THE RUN.

    Thanks, Diane, for another great interview..

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:08 am #

      Pat, I’m sure at some point in time we could stuff them into pillows or something….they abound in my house and i’d love to put those suckers to good use.

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      I’m reminded of a tip I read years ago about using dryer lint to stuff rag dolls…. 🙁

  7. Lynette M. Burrows (@LynetteMBurrows) December 5, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Oh my goodness. Didn’t anyone notice poor little Louise struggling to stay in the roller coaster? Poor thing! You know I don’t have a degree in psychology, but I am certain that sailor’s mouth comes from that single event. Hmmm, not certain how I explain my potty mouth then, but I’m working on it! LOL. Great interview ladies.

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 9:09 am #

      Lynette, you are a genius. that must be the connection! LOL

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks for the insight, Lynette! Let’s see, how about #$&&*# ??

  8. Lawna Mackie December 5, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    What a nice interview Louise…and I love your photo! What a sweetie you were…and still are!

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks Lawna. thx for stopping by

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Sooooo true, Lawna. Thanks for visiting and do come back!

  9. Susie Lindau (@SusieLindau) December 5, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Good morning girls! I think we would have a blast while sharing a bottle of wine! Loved this interview and its revealing answers. I feel like I know both of you a bit better. 🙂 That is such a cute baby photo!

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      yeah I was such a cutie. LOL a bottle of wine sounds good to me, Susie

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      It really is a cutie! Thanks for stopping by, Susie, and you supply the wine, I’ll bring my own glass! 😀

  10. Amy Shojai December 5, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    Whoa….I hate roller coasters, too, and never had THAT close of a call. But did have a similar terrifying ride in one at the Indiana State Fair that left me “grounded” for life. Never again!

    The books sound wonderful! And I loved your “reveal.” If we ever get the golden opportunity to meat in “real life” I may have to ply you with wine to get all #$%^! inspired (I’m a weenie when it comes to cursing–and blame my parents, LOL!).

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      wine and four letter words – always a potent combination. LOL we’ll test it one day, I’m sure Amy

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      Now there’s a good idea, Amy! Louise could give us cursing classes! That sounds like fun! 😉

  11. Prudence MacLeod December 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Wow, Louise, you rock, but we always knew that. I’m also happy to see I’m not the only one who has had a single roller coaster experience. shiver Never again. “Do we have a phobia? Or are we just chicken?
    Diane, I love this series of reveals. Awesome.

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      I know i”m just wiser, Pru. once fooled and all that stuff. LOL

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      Thanks, Pru!

  12. Ginger Calem December 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    What a traumatic experience that ride must have been. I just want to scoop your young self up and tell you I’m so glad you’re ok.

    I happen to love the adrenaline rush of coasters. And every time, before it starts, I think, what if the safety bar fails?

    P.S. I too have a sailor’s mouth. I control myself online and it most ‘public appearances’ but really, sometimes a cuss word is just the best way to express oneself, right? 😉

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Ginger, I’m not surprised you enjoy the adrenaline rush of roller coasters. For me they’re more the urine rush…if you know what I mean. It’s interesting to me how many of us have a ripe vocabulary and work to control it. LOL

      • Ginger Calem December 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

        Urine-rush! You kill me! Yes regarding the colorful language. I don’t see anything wrong with it but it has be used with discretion— for professional reasons and also so as not to offend. I find this makes it far more satisfying when I can indulge!

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Ginger, it doesn’t surprise me one bit that you’re an adrenaline junkie — you’re the only woman I’ve ever met who’s water skied wearing a prom dress and a tiara!

  13. M.K. Stelmack December 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Oh, Louise! My first rollercoaster ride was as an adult in Las Vegas. And there was a point where I was so certain that the thing was going to derail that I remember thinking, “I’m going to die. Maybe if I scream the passing will go easier.” So I let out this squeaky scream that my husband later said was the most hilarious sound he’d ever heard. And I was an adult. My heart goes out to the wee little Louise.

    • Louise Behiel December 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Moira, I’m lucky that I learned early in life to stay off the darn things. and I totally don’t get that screaming thing. If i’m scared enough to scream, I’m running. LOL

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

      Um….so I’m guessing neither one of you ladies are horror fans, hmmmmm???

  14. Joan Leacott December 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Once was enough for me, too, Louise. A dirty mouth, eh? And you look like such a nice person. BTW “Family Ties” was great. I’m deep into “Family Lies” and can’t wait to find out what James has really been up to. Your background really gives you some interesting insights into characters. Thank you!

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Thanks for visiting us here, Joan. Do come back!

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:49 am #

      thanks for the nice words, Joan. I’m glad you’re enjoying. They were both fun stories to write. Here’s hoping the ending holds up to its promise.

  15. Stacy Green December 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    What a great interview, ladies. Love reading the more personal stories from authors. And Louise, that picture is super cute!

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Stacy!

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:49 am #

      thanks – ahh those were the days when I could wear see-through dresses and look good. LOL

  16. Patricia Sands December 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Fabulous interview! I was getting a serious knot in my stomach reading your roller coaster story. Holy s***! (Didn’t think you would mind that!) Honestly, Louise, there are a few things I never would have guessed about you. Surprising … but in a good way. That’s why these author interviews are so wonderful! I’m off to download!

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

      Good to see you here, Patricia – taking a break from bridge for a bit of reading, hmmmm? 😉

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:50 am #

      thanks Patricia. Yeah, there’s not much you can say that will shock me. Ironically that characteristic has served me in good stead when working with recovering addicts and alcoholics.

  17. Patricia December 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Oh really fun interview! Your books sound interesting. I have the first one one my Kindle. Next trip to Amazon I’ll check out the 2nd. And then a Christmas book? My goodness, have you no shame? One book isn’t enough for you overachievers is it?

    I need to spend less time riding roller coasters and more time writing I guess.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

      You’re a roller coaster junkie, Jansen? Ooooooo! Do tell! What’s your favorite “puker” ???

      • Patricia December 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

        I”m not a puker. I love them! Disney World has a couple of nice ones – the Rockin’ Roller Coaster and the Expedition Everest, but I usually find I enjoy any roller coaster. The faster the better!


        • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:51 am #

          I have the dry heaves just reading their names, Pat. OMG I am in awe of your constitution.

  18. Lynn Kelley December 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    I don’t think I’ll ever forget this story about your first roller coaster ride, Louise. Had me hanging onto every word. Especially the way Diane kept interrupting, adding her funny comments. Love the way you do these Reveals, Diane! I enjoyed learning more about Louise, but with that angel face, I find it hard to imagine any cuss words coming out of your mouth! I never would have guessed! Love your adorable baby pic.

    Your books sound awesome, Louise. Congrats on your upcoming release!

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Lynn!

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:52 am #

      thanks Lynn. glad you enjoyed. I still think Diane should write some comedy as a change of pace. she’s got a great way with humor.

  19. Kristy K. James December 6, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    Your rollercoaster experience is the stuff nightmares are made of! That possibility has always scared me, along with the slim chance that it could derail. Mostly I hate them because I hate heights (and I think they were invented by chiropractors trying to drum up more business).

    Anyway…what a fun interview! And I’ll look forward to reading your Christmas story…probably in January though. I don’t usually buy anything for me in December…because I’m too busy spending every cent I can lay my hands on on everyone else. 🙂

    • Diane Capri December 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      So, Kristy, did you ever ride the Wild Mouse on Bob-Lo Island?

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:54 am #

      Kristy, you are so right – we all spend all our moolah on others this month. I’m going to buy some christmas books in January as well – they always put me in a good mood – even in the summer.

      roller coasters will never be my idea of fun. never. ever, ever.

  20. Sheila Seabrook December 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Oh, I love this … The roller coaster ride, how scary. And the potty mouth, too funny? Thanks for the wonderfully revealing interview, Louise and Diane!

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:54 am #

      Sheila, if you only knew how hard I work to talk nice when we’re on the phone. it’s exhausting

  21. Kassandra Lamb December 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Oh, Louise, I knew there was a reason why we’ve hit it off online. We have so much in common:
    Degree in counseling psych, check.
    Resist analyzing friends, family and coworkers unless they are very annoying, check.
    Potty mouth, check.
    %$#^@&$ mouth gets a lot worse with wine, definitely check!!

    Just finished Family Ties and totally enjoyed it. And now I’ve downloaded Family Lies. Can’t wait for the Christmas story release!

    • Louise Behiel December 10, 2012 at 12:55 am #

      Kassandra, we must be sisters from different mothers. thanks for outlining all that – I knew there was a reason we could relate. enjoy book 2. thanks for dropping by.

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