Interview: JB Lynn, author of Nearly Departed

JB Lynn is the author of the Neurotic Hitwoman series, and her new book, Nearly Departed, kicks off a brand new series! She kindly stopped by to talk about Nearly Departed, so please welcome her back to the blog!

jblynn2Your new book, NEARLY DEPARTED, just came out! Will you tell us a bit about it?
NEARLY DEPARTED: A SPRING CLEANING MYSTERY is the first in a new series of mysteries that feature a crime scene cleaner who sees ghosts. One of the earliest Amazon reviews said, “Nearly Departed is a cross between the Ghost Whisperer and Stephanie Plum.” and I thought that was a great description.

What do you like most about your heroine, Victoria Spring, and what do you enjoy most about writing her?
I love how loyal she is to her family and how kind she is to strangers. I enjoy writing her interactions with Smoke, the hero of the book. ((swoon))

Victoria is a crime scene cleaner. Did you have to do any extra research for the novel? If so, what was one of the most interesting things you learned?
I did quite a bit of research, but nothing in person. I’m way too squeamish for that, lol. One of the most interesting things I learned is how challenging it is to clean up after someone dies in a bathroom. The tight quarters and drains make it mega-difficult to mop up correctly.

Do you already have an idea of how many books you’d like to write in the series?
I’d like to write at least two more in this series. I’ve got them all sketched out!

nearlydepartedWhat’s your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a caffeine-fueled plotter. I don’t start a book until I know how it ends. Unfortunately I’m directionally challenged and often get lost in the middle. I’m also usually writing more than one book at a time, so I don’t get bored…though occasionally I end up confused, lol.

Read any good books lately?
I just started Always Watching by Chevy Stevens and I’m loving it. I also enjoyed Joyland by Stephen King.

How have you been spending your free time, when you’re not working on your next project?
I’m always working on my next project! I recently moved and part of making my new place a home, I’ve taken up crafting. I’m not terribly good at it, but I AM having fun with it. And I’m guilty of doting on my dog.

What’s next for you?
The sixth story in my CONFESSIONS OF A SLIGHTLY NEUROTIC HITWOMAN series will be out next month. Right now I’m writing book 7 and the second Spring Cleaning Mystery.

Keep up with JB: Website | Twitter

Victoria Spring hates her job. The last career a reluctant medium should pursue is crime scene clean up; it would have been nice to know she could talk to ghosts before taking the job.

As the co-founder of SPRING CLEANING, most of the hard work should be covered by her business partner & brother, Jerry. And it was…until he was shipped off to Afghanistan and declared missing in action over two years ago. Determined not to disappoint her parents, Vicky keeps the business afloat “just until Jerry gets back.” But when she agrees to clean up the murder-suicide of three college students, she knows she’ll need help. Ex-cop Smoke Barclay is more than a little mysterious, but he has great references, passed the puke test, and has a decent hand shake, so he’s hired. Smoke’s help should make this job a breeze, but when the ghosts of the three victims show up at the scene claiming all three were murdered by someone still on the loose; Vicky knowsnothing about this job is going to be easy.

​Helping the ghosts move on means finding out what really happened to happened to them…even if it means Vicky may be the next victim.


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  2. Excellent interview! Of course, I’m a fan of JB – her books are awesome and she’s such a great person – so I might be a little biased. I can’t wait for Hitwoman #7 and Spring Cleaning #2. =o)

  3. This book is nearly identical to Wendy Roberts’ Ghost Dusters series–and I say “nearly” because WD’s is first person and this version is 3rd. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but… does the author have anything to say about this?

  4. Actually, now that I take time to look again tonight (I actually noticed this yesterday), this book isn’t up on the interviewee’s website anymore, nor is it for sale anywhere I check, so I guess that’s my answer. SHAME ON YOU. Didn’t you learn in kindergarten to do your own work?!

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