Today I will be interviewing Laura J Kendall with the assistance of fellow author and podcaster Sam Bradley. Laura’s writing career as you will listen and see below is wide and varied and well worth looking into.
About the author
I write what I know and many of my life experiences wind their way through my books. My life hasn’t been an easy one and I’ve had many losses and some shocking betrayals, so my mysteries aren’t sugar coated and are raw and filled with real life as I know it. I’ll leave it for you to decide what is real life and what is my imagination. However, the medical and traumatic scenes/patients, while they are filtered through my experience, they always are fictional and do not feature any actual patients I have encountered.
I always say that working as a paramedic, for 25 plus years, there isn’t anything I haven’t seen done to another human or animal. I have witnessed countless horrors during my career as well as seen the good that tragedy brings out in my fellow beings. In a way, my writing is cathartic and I guess you could say that is why my suspense/thrillers most certainly go to my dark side. I started writing my first suspense/thriller, while working as a paramedic and state certified police instructor, back in the late 90’s and my inspiration was Patrica Cornwell and her books featuring Kay Scarpetta.
I enjoy writing both sides of life and some days it’s the sunny side of the street and some days it is down, dark and dirty.
I am passionate about animals and animal rights. I’ve helped with rescuing our beautiful American horses from slaughter as well as fostering many greyhounds, rescued off the tracks. I share my life with 2 sweet retired rescued greyhounds; Kelsey and Queenie.
Most of all I want you to know how much I appreciate you, my readers. I value you and it thrills me every time I get feedback from you, whether good or bad. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to me it makes the world and life much more spicy.
About the books
BOOK 1: Called to the scene of a supposed suicide victim veteran Paramedic Kendall Rose discovers the beautiful woman has actually been sadistically murdered. Trooper Mike Garcia, the lead investigator and the man who broke Kendall’s heart, refuses to listen and cruelly dismisses her. Determined to prove her former lover wrong she sets out to investigate with the help of her nemesis Paramedic CJ Wagner. Unbeknownst to her the murderer is someone close to the police investigation and is watching her every move. Will she discover the murder’s identity before it is too late? Or will she become a victim of SUICIDE? ____________________________
BOOK 2: The Horse Avenger serial killer is hell bent on slaughtering every horse dealer in sight. Kill buyer Kenny Hunter know the only thing between him and the meat hook is the newly formed Midnight Riders Security Inc with Paramedic Kendall Rose and Trooper Mike Garcia at the helm. Seeing dollar signs and fame Mike agrees to take the case despite the objection of several team members, including his girlfriend Kendall. Drawn deep into the world of horse slaughter and murder for hire, the team fractures from within. Slowly it becomes clear that another killer lurks in the shadows waiting to strike at the very heart of the Team. When one of their own is kidnapped by a sexual sadist bent on revenge for the deaths of Johnnie and Tommy Black will the team reunite to face their greatest foe?
BOOK 3: Bodies are washing up on the shores of some of the most elite beaches, in Florida. Little does Kendall Rose and crew realize, that they are about to be drawn into another nightmare, when one body in particular, catches the eye of the local deputy.
She’d been a pretty little thing, before the fishes got to her, he thinks. Until he takes a closer look – shocked to realize that no fish ever cut off both hands, with a precision only known to a psychopath.
Called in to help with the case Kendall and the Team come face to face with their nemesis, Gail Gas, who has clearly up’d his game and is now a full blown serial killer. His one objective is finishing what he started with Kendall and the only thing standing in his way is the entire Midnight Rider’s Team.
It is a race to the death and one isn’t coming back alive.
BOOK 4: Available for pre-order
A Firefighter Danni Cutter Mystery – Novella
Fire Fighter Danni Cutter is trapped by Hurricane Sandy in a face off to the death.
Two years earlier she was brutally attacked and left to die by Swat Commander Randy Sweetland, only much to his horror, she didn’t die! Everyone believes Sweetland was killed in a subsequent shoot out and chase, but Danni’s sixth sense says different. Two years to the day he comes to her new home as the hurricane hits, to finish off victim 31 – the only one to get away – what he doesn’t count on is she’s waiting for him with a plan of her own and only one of them is getting out alive!
Founder and CEO Laura’s training books page on Amazon
Train To Respond LLC specializing in Active Shooter Response Training for civilians and public safety professionals.
In our New, News, and Noteworthy
In this section we discussed a couple of lists to wrap up 2016
10BOOKS EVERY PARAMEDIC SHOULD OWN
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Guest : Laura J. Kendall
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