Lida Sideris is an author, lawyer and all around book enthusiast. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America scholarship for her first novel, Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. Murder Gone Missing is the second book in the Corrie Locke series.
Friendship goes a long ways
When asked if she was addressing an issue in Murder Gone Missing, Lida said, “I don’t know that there’s an issue, but there is a theme. And the theme is one of friendship: the lengths people will go to for their friends; leaving their comfort zones way behind, tackling fears, risking jobs, facing possible arrest and worse: putting their lives on the line.”
The writer’s therapy…and mistakes
Many writers find writing to be a cathartic process, one that helps them to feel more grounded in their day-to-day lives. Lida is no different. “In my former life, I was a newbie attorney who’d landed a dream job in a movie studio. That was a very interesting time in my life, thanks to the crazy cast of characters and situations surrounding me. Fast forward to present day and I run a legal non-profit. I help people who have nowhere else to turn for legal help. My days can be a bit grueling. I needed to find an escape hatch. Meanwhile,I’d been wanting to write a mystery for a very long time. I knew I had to write a feel-good, light-hearted mystery and I did. Writing helped take the edge off my day job. My books are loosely based on my life at the studio. I play around with what happened, what didn’t happen and what could have happened.”
Lida also said it’s important to her that readers have as much fun reading her books as she has writing them. “I view my stories as an adventure with a mostly fearless heroine who doesn’t always do the right thing, but manages to get the job done.”
Although she knows better now, Lida says she has made mistakes many new writers make. “Right after I finished the first draft of my first book, I committed a writer’s cardinal sin: I sent it out to six New York agents. One agent responded. He said the only thing he liked about my book was the title Murder and Other Unnatural Disasters. I swore off writing forever after that. Two weeks later, I was raring to go. And many, many drafts later, the manuscript was ready to be sent out—without any further embarrassment on my part.”
“My latest book has a scene at an animal farm where pigs play a starring role. I wrote the scene first, then visited a local pig sanctuary to make sure I got my facts straight. I “interviewed” a sanctuary pig. I sure learned a lot from him! I didn’t realize that a pig has the smarts of a three-year-old human, and that pig hair is as coarse as a fishing line. The pigs were very generous in sharing information with me. :)”
To learn more about Lida, please visit her website: www.LidaSideris.com
Book & a Latte Contest
What: This month, Lida is giving away one soft cover copy of “Murder Gone Missing” and I’m adding a $5.00 Starbucks gift card. One random entry will be chosen as the winner. The winner will receive a book and a gift card.
How to enter: Choose one or more of the options below. Each option gives you an additional chance to win.
Who can enter: This contest is only open to continental US residents over 18 years of age.
Winners: Selected winners must claim prizes within 72 hours of notification. Verification of entries: All winning entries are subject to verification.