Broken Dolls by BR KingsolverPrivate investigator RB Kendrick makes her living nailing cheating spouses, digging up other dirt to help in a divorce, finding long-lost relatives, and occasionally sniffing out criminal activity and fraud. When she takes a job to find a missing girl, she has no idea she is headed for the most dangerous case of her career. Usually, her ability to read minds gives her an edge. But when the people she’s hunting are also telepaths, that advantage is limited. The search takes her into the dark underbelly of telepathic society, where anything, and anyone, is for sale. She discovers that telepathic women and girls are being trafficked. With people trying to kill her, she’s on the run, not knowing who she can trust. Will she find the missing girl, or become a victim herself?
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Q1. A private investigator seems like an exciting job. What was the inspiration for Broken Dolls and the P.I. spin?I had a character, but didn't know what to do with her. A friend kept pestering me to write a mystery. Eventually the two came together. I've been interested, and concerned, by the trade in human beings for more than 10 years. It's a huge business. The story just sort of worked in the back of my mind for a long time until it finally came together.Q2. If you were a telepath, how would you use your gift?Oh, there are so many ways. A lot of them come out in my books. In Broken Dolls I allude to RB's mother hitting the casinos occasionally. Doesn't that sound like fun?Q3. Speaking of jobs, your bio says you have had quite a few. Besides author, what was your most memorable job?I wish author was a job. It's more like a hobby. I taught at a university for a couple of years, and really enjoyed it. But probably the most memorable was as a jeweler. I worked as a silversmith and stone cutter for over 10 years. I enjoy the creativity and seeing something beautiful emerge. I get the same kind of feeling when I've finished a book and see it in print.Q4. Where is your favorite place to write?I can write almost anywhere--a cafe, on a plane, at a desk. But I do most of my writing sitting on the couch in my living room.Q5. What inspired you to write paranormal or supernatural fiction?I've been reading science fiction since 7th grade. I read a lot of different things--history, biography, politics, adventure--but science fiction and fantasy are my favorite escapes. Something someone said about writing the book I'd want to read stuck in my head, and I've read a lot of urban fantasy the past 2-3 years. But I'm also thinking about some other stories as well.Q6. Anything else you would like to share with my readers?I've dreamed about being an author since I was a kid, but never tried to write. I was completely intimidated by the thought of trying to tell a coherent story. I was afraid that I'd write something and it would be such complete garbage that I'd be ashamed to show it to anyone. When I finally wrote my first book, I was shocked that people liked it.