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Guest Post: Tierney James & Dark Side of Morning

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth


Thanks for stopping by Writing in the Buff.  I hope this is one of your Wednesday happy places. 🙂

Southern Writers Magazine contacted me recently and invited me to write a blog post which, as it happens, was published on their site today. The topic is Honoring a Series Premise: Keeping it (Sur) Real. Please click over to read and comment.

As promised last week, author Tierney James is visiting with a guest post and a blurb from her newest release, Dark Side of Morning, all for your reading enjoyment. You may recall that I interviewed Tierney back in June. In case you missed the interview, here’s the link: Interview with Tierney James

Without further ado, here’s Tierney!


Where Do Stories Come From?
by Tierney James

I’ve always loved action movies. When I was a little girl I watched movies with Tarzan, soldiers, and Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves. I remember watching the old black and white movies on television about Robin Hood and Ivanho. My father loved a good story and would watch them with me. He was the storyteller of the family and could embellish a good yarn.

My mother was very concerned when I packed my red wagon to tour the neighborhood like an 1800 pioneer traveling across the plains. In later years when I traveled to Africa to go on safari, to Space Camp for Educators, and to live on an Indian reservation, she would shake her head and say, “What is wrong with you?”

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not a brave person—just curious, thirsty for adventure. Some adventures I’ve never been able to take because of geo-political conflict in the world—and money of course. But I discovered through writing I can be the hero, be the one who discovers a plot no one else noticed, explore Afghanistan and cause all kinds of mayhem without needing bail money.

So when a writer creates a thriller how does it begin? My process is discovery and research. I’ve found story ideas by looking at pictures in National Geographic. I subscribe to TIME magazine which holds a wealth of real life drama that begs to be spun into a story. If you read about the research Steve Berry, Michael Creighton, James Rollins, and Daniel Silva use for their novels you’ll discover they based their tales on real life science and history. Travel is the best canvas to paint your stories. Journal your experiences even if it is going to the Field Museum in Chicago where I discovered my Dark Side of Morning.

Research is key. I read a great deal about the places my characters go or the kind of life they may have had. In Dark Side of Morning I needed to discover what religious ceremonies the Pawnee Indians practice in the 1800s. Then I brought that tradition to modern times. What would be the consequence of sacrificing someone in downtown Chicago with the help of a doctor and a crusty police detective? I also had to learn about the possibility of parallel universes.

Stories are all around you waiting to be discovered and told. Snip pictures, gather postcards, watch PBS, subscribe to informative magazines, read every day, and watch movies. Talk to the elderly about their lives, go to museums, take a class, and be inspired by nature. The words will find you.




Twitter: @TierneyJames1

Amazon Author Page & buy links: Tierney James

Blurb for Dark Side of Morning:

Dr. Cleopatra Sommers never came to terms with her father’s disappearance at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He had been a Native American scholar that explored avenues of unexplained spiritual paths in their cultures.  The museum had been her home and playground growing up where her father spent long hours working. She was always drawn to one display case holding a mannequin of a Pawnee Indian. There was no way she could know he watched her all those years until the night he crossed over to find her.

Detective Jacque Marquette suspected the beautiful doctor of stealing priceless artifacts from a Native American exhibit. He realized after meeting his identical twin from another time and place, Dr. Sommers might not be as crazy as he initially thought. The layers of concern for his city begin to stack up as he is caught between culture and the Pentagon. Only with the help of a Pawnee warrior from two hundred years ago, can he save his city from a deadly disease brought in from a parallel universe.

Wind Dancer had loved the little girl who grew up before him for years. When he decided to cross over to prevent his enemy from finding Dr. Sommers, the bombardment of changes forced him to rely on the ways of the past to survive. Navigating the future proves to be complicated as he teams up with a grumpy detective to hunt down a common enemy. No one expected the price to be sacrificing Dr. Sommers to the Morning Star in order to avert disaster.

Big thanks to Tierney James for taking over at Writing in the Buff today. Feel free to ask Tierney questions about her research and her books. She’ll be swinging back by to chat with you in the comments.

Also, please remember to stop by my post, Honoring a Series Premise: Keeping it (Sur) Real, at Southern Writers. While you’re there, have a look around. The magazine offers a lot of good stuff for writers.

Thanks for dropping by. See you next week!

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21 Responses to "Guest Post: Tierney James & Dark Side of Morning"

  1. Comment by Pat
    January 11, 2017 at 10:31 am  

    If we keep our eyes and ears open, the smallest detail can spark a writer on the journey to creating a roaring good story. Thanks for the post from Tierney, Lisa. I enjoyed it!

    • Comment by Pat
      January 11, 2017 at 10:32 am  

      Oops–forgot to mention that I found the cover of Tierney’s book quite striking. Very nice!

      • Comment by Tierney James
        January 13, 2017 at 9:56 am  

        Thanks, Pat for stopping by. This is my pen name & my last name. When I first started out I wanted a name that made people wonder if I was male or female. Of course, that didn’t last long. Men tend to buy books by men not women. We ladies don’t care as long as it’s a good story!

        • Comment by Tierney James
          January 13, 2017 at 9:58 am  

          Pat, it looks like I answered someone else’s comment. Oops. And yes, details make the story. We must continue to look for ideas in the most unlikely of places.

      • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
        January 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm  

        I like it too!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 13, 2017 at 6:33 pm  

      Happy to do it, Pat. 🙂 It’s always fun to see what other authors are doing.

  2. Comment by Sioux Roslawski
    January 11, 2017 at 4:33 pm  

    Lisa–First, I read your post for Southern Writers Magazine but could not comment. I looked above and below the post–nowhere to post, as far as I could see. I enjoyed getting into your head as a writer. Thanks for letting us in on some of the decisions you made as a novelist.

    Tierney–I hope Tierney James is your pen name, because it is the perfect name for a writer. If it’s your birth name, your family must have known what you were going to be as soon as you were born.

    I appreciated the reminder. If we keep on our toes as far as our observations, we’ll find writing material.

    Good luck with your future projects.

    • Comment by Tierney James
      January 13, 2017 at 10:01 am  

      Yes. This is my pen name but also my last name. When I was a little girl and wrote puppet plays my pen name was Magnolia Blossom. This one is working out a little better for me.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm  

      Hi Sioux – Not sure why you had trouble, but I appreciate you trying. Thanks for clicking over to read.

  3. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    January 12, 2017 at 2:48 am  

    Great post on the Southern Writers site, Lisa.

    Tierney. your book sounds very interesting!

    • Comment by Tierney James
      January 13, 2017 at 10:00 am  

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. It was a really fun thing for me to write.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm  

      Thanks. I appreciate you taking the time to head over there. 🙂

  4. Comment by Karen Lange
    January 12, 2017 at 3:56 pm  

    It’s so nice to meet you, Tierney! Wishing you all the best. Thanks for hosting, Lisa. Will hop over to see your guest post asap.

    • Comment by Tierney James
      January 13, 2017 at 10:03 am  

      Thanks, Karen for stopping by and commenting. I so enjoy meeting other readers and writers. Lisa is the best!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 13, 2017 at 6:31 pm  

      Thank you, Karen. 🙂

  5. Comment by Tierney James
    January 13, 2017 at 10:05 am  

    A huge thank you for Lisa for letting me shine on her very special blog. She is always an inspiration in all that she does. May beautiful words fill your soul today.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm  

      Thank you, Tierney, for bringing your special brand of writing to my blog. I’m happy to host you here anytime. And thanks for the kind words!

  6. Comment by Donna Volkenannt
    January 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm  

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks for hosting Tierney.
    And, Tierney, I agree that that travel is the best canvas to paint your stories.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 13, 2017 at 6:29 pm  

      You’re welcome, Donna. Hosting Tierney is always a pleasure.

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    January 13, 2017 at 6:50 pm  

    Tierney and Lisa, thank you for this post. I love virtual travel on friends’ blogs, so it’s only natural to pursue this technique as a writer.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 18, 2017 at 5:41 pm  

      Thanks for stopping by, Linda!

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