Frozen in Motion


Frozen in Motion (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
by Lori Roberts Herbst

About Frozen in Motion

Frozen in Motion (Callie Cassidy Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Colorado
Number of Pages ~275

A murder at the local hockey rink leaves photographer Callie Cassidy nursing a few injuries of her own, but that won’t stop her from trying to catch the killer—before someone else gets iced…

When hockey coach Renata Sanchez asks for Callie’s help exposing her ex-husband’s nefarious activities, Callie hesitates. After all, Renata’s brother, Detective Raul Sanchez, has been known to bristle at Callie’s interference. But with her own second-chance romance on rocky turf and her best friend’s engagement to a man Callie doesn’t entirely trust, she could use the distraction of an investigation.

Before she can even begin her research, a confrontation involving the ex, Renata, and Raul erupts right outside Sundance Studio. Then later in the day, the ex-husband literally drops dead and falls from the hockey arena catwalk—landing with a thud on top of Callie. Renata immediately takes the top spot on the suspect list, with Raul’s name not far behind. With time running out to save her friends, Callie enlists the help of her inquisitive cat and her loyal golden retriever to develop a picture of the true culprit.


About Lori Roberts Herbst

Lori Roberts Herbst is the author of the Callie Cassidy Mystery series. Her debut novel, Suitable for Framing, won first place in the Murder and Mayhem category at the 2020 Chanticleer International Book Awards. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and serves as secretary of the North Dallas chapter. She is also a member of the national Guppy chapter and Mystery Writers of America. A former educator, Lori spent much of her life writing, editing, and psychoanalyzing. Through thirty years of teaching journalism, advising newspaper and yearbook staffs, instructing budding photographers, and counseling teenagers, she still managed to hang on to a modicum of sanity. Then she retired and assumed her third career: author.

Q&A With the Author

When did you first consider yourself to be a writer?

Wait…am I? When did that happen? Sometimes that’s hard for me to believe. Seriously, though, I’ve dreamed about being an author since I was a child, penning a few chapters here and a couple of incomplete short stories there. I never believed I had what it took. When I retired a few years ago, I decided to chase the dream legitimately. It took a couple of years to write the draft of a novel, rewrite it, find an editor, and revise, revise, revise. Once book one was published, I wrote book two, and now book three. I’m a bit starry-eyed when I realize I’ll have three novels to my name—and more in the works. It just goes to show that the quote taped above my computer is correct: “You are never too old, and it’s never too late.”

What advice do you have for a new writer?

That’s easy—find a tribe. One of the best things I did for myself was get involved in Sisters in Crime. There, I found a group of people with similar goals and interests who were willing to share resources, advice, and friendship. It’s my goal to pay that forward for the rest of my life. One other bit of advice—don’t give up on yourself. Just keep plugging away and creating your art.

What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?

Writing the first draft comes easiest for me. I’m a plotter, aka outliner, so I have a solid working idea of the story’s direction before I even begin the first chapter. I write in sprints, with the goal of generating about 3,000 words a day. They’re sometimes terrible words, ones I would cringe if anyone but me ever read. But they give me the spine of the novel and make it easier for me to go back and add the flesh. Everyone is different, but revision my toughest stage.

What is your favorite part of this story?

I’d have to say, watching Callie’s relationships evolve. She’s spent so much of her life immersed in her career, alone and self-sufficient, and it’s intriguing to this former counselor to watch her navigate her friendships, her love interest, and her own struggles with vulnerability and commitment. She’s a work in progress, and I love that about her.

Which Character was the most fun to write about? Why?

I can’t give you a specific name so as not to spoil the surprise, but it’s the villain, of course (tee hee). In every book, the villain is the most fun to develop. Not sure what that says about me… Making a killer three-dimensional with believable motives is such a thrilling part of storytelling.

Which Character was the hardest to write about? Why?

Callie’s boyfriend, Sam, is the most challenging for me. He’s such a nice guy, and I adore him so. The problem lies on the line between nice and too nice. Sam is so loving and supportive of Callie that I sometimes fear his own wants and desires get lost in his quest for her happiness. Can’t let that happen—Callie needs a partner, not a minion.

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