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New York Times best selling author, Linda Castillo, is coming to the Grant County Library, July 10. She will be there at 12:30 for an “Eat & Greet”.
The library will be providing lunch and Barnes & Noble of Florence will be there selling her new book. Participants should register either online or by calling the Grant County Library at 859-824-2080.
Castilllo has written 27 novels and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award of excellence for excellence in Mystery/Suspense; the Holt Medallion for Best Romantic Fiction; the Golden Heart, which recognizes outstanding romance manuscripts; and a nomination for the prestigious Rita award, which recognizes outstanding published romance novels/novellas.
Growing up in a small farming community in Western Ohio she kept herself entertained by creating characters and making up stories. She would stay up late and write stories, leading her to write her first novel at age 13. She still has the manuscript.
“Okay it’s pretty bad,” she said. “But it was a tremendous and positive learning experience.”
Castillo started out by writing romantic novels and won numerous awards but made the switch to murder mysteries by writing “Sworn to Silence”, the first of the Kate Burkholder series, which was made into a movie.
“The idea of writing a big thriller has always appealed to me,” Castillo said. “I was challenged to take my writing to another level and explore something new. The Kate Burkholder series appealed to me in particular because I wanted to explore her and find out what makes her tick. I wanted to learn more about her and tell her story. She’s such an unusual heroine.”
Castillo’s newest book, “The Dead Will Tell” comes out July 8 and is the sixth book in the Kate Burkholder series.
The series is about Kate Burkholder who was born Amish, but left the fold after a traumatic event when she was a teenager. She fled her hometown for the big city only to return home years later when she was hired as the chief of police.
Castillo wanted a protagonist that could immerse readers in both the Amish world and the “English” world. She said that she was intrigued at introducing heinous crime into such a wholesome setting.
“I also wanted to explore the Amish culture, which is so rich in history and steeped in tradition—and sometimes secrets.”
Castillo is currently working on two projects. She is finishing up the seventh book in the Kate Burkholder series, which will be released next summer, and her second is a standalone novel that is set in West Virginia and features a slightly shady female private detective who finds herself on the case of a lifetime with some personal connections.
The library is having this event in an effort to put reading and literacy back as a focus in the community.
“Literacy is so very important,” Castillo said. “Not only is reading a wonderful adventure, but it’s vital to a fulfilling, happy and productive life.”