Mastodon The Writing Desk: Guest Post ~ Why I Wrote 'Red Tape' by Michele Lynn Seigfried

8 August 2013

Guest Post ~ Why I Wrote 'Red Tape' by Michele Lynn Seigfried

For the past ten years, every time something crazy happened at work or I read about a government scandal in the newspaper, I thought to myself, “I should write a book!”  At the job where I work, we had a fire, a flood, and a break-in, all within the first year I worked there.  While the fire and flood were accidents, I got to thinking…what if they hadn’t been? Would it make for a good mystery?  So, one day, I gave it a whirl.

I found writing to be relaxing and I would lose myself in the story.  The characters seemed to take on a life of their own and Bonnie just cracks me up.  I created the setting of the New Jersey shore area because I love it there so much.  Many of my friends and relatives were affected by Hurricane Sandy, so I wanted to acknowledge, in some small way, the devastation the storm had caused to those I care about.

When I finished the book, I felt a sense of accomplishment that I haven’t felt in a very long time.  It was a great feeling to be able to create a work for others to enjoy.

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Red Tape is a mystery filled with crime, government corruption, natural disasters and a little bit of romance. It’s set in the quirky little town of Sunshine, a shore community on a barrier island in New Jersey. In this captivating tale, Municipal Clerk and single mom, Chelsey Alton gets more than she bargained for when she encounters an irate resident and loose cannon, Robert Triggers. He has been harassing the employees of the Town of Sunshine and becomes the prime suspect when multiple attempts to sabotage the municipal building are made. Chelsey begins to piece it all together and finds herself framed for a crime she did not commit. She narrowly escapes several attempts at her demise, only to find herself in a much more precarious situation. Will she make it out alive or end up a tragic victim at the hands of a madman?

* 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Finalist *
* 2013 Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention Award *

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About The Author

Michele Lynn Seigfried is an award-winning novelist, a children's author and illustrator and a public speaker who was born and raised in New Jersey. Her background as a communication major and art minor, and her 15 years of experience working in government mix together to bring you creative and fun novels and books. Connect with her on her website  and find her on Twitter @micheleseig

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