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About the author:
Katie Bloomstrom is the author of the popular Samantha Stone chick lit mystery novels. When she’s not writing, Katie enjoys reading all the books she can get her hands on. She’s also an avid walker and Netflix-watcher. Katie lives in Minnesota with her husband and is looking forward to early retirement.
What inspired you to write your book?
When visiting the island of St. John with my husband (who did not jilt me at the altar like Sam’s did), I was lying on the beach reading a book by Elizabeth Adler called “There’s Something About St. Tropez.” I started thinking about a story line where readers could experience life through the eyes of a young, under-experienced small town girl (and James Bond wannabe) who seems to find trouble wherever she goes. The Sam Stone series was born the very next day.
Here is a short sample from the book:
After Leah left to nap off her impromptu sickness, I wandered aimlessly down the curvy gorgeous roads of St. John. Like a leaf on the wind. Like a cloud in the sky. And so on.
I took this boring alone time as an opportunity to ponder my life’s events over the past three days. Namely 1) leaving Elkton for the first time ever (except for a week-long bible camp in Wisconsin when I was eight, where I was sent home after the second day because I wouldn’t stop crying and couldn’t participate in the Jesus-praising songs because of all the crying), and 2) traveling cross-country to stay alone on a romantic, tropical island and finding myself in a mystery web of lost-ring intrigue.
It was all starting to seem very exciting and romantic, and I congratulated myself for living such an exciting and romantic life and for making it so far into the day without any Xanax.
After drifting around like a…like a…piece of driftwood…for quite some time, thinking and working on my base tan and burning off my breakfast calories and Bloody Mary beverage, I eventually found myself outside a flesh-colored building that looked a bit like a police station due to the number of police cars and police bikes parked in the parking lot. (And the sign that said ‘Island Police Building’ on the front.) I figured it wouldn’t hurt to meander in and see if I could file a lost-ring report or whatever they do for lost goods on foreign tropical islands. (I would also like to know who chooses flesh colored paint and thinks it’s going to look good on anything. FYI – it doesn’t. I learned this from Leah. See, I’m learning so much already!)
After walking into the police station, the lady at the front desk spoke very harshly toward me and basically made me feel both incapable and highly stupid. I explained to her a few times that I’d experienced a significant property loss and needed to report it to someone of authority. She finally rolled her eyes and pointed to a plastic police bench.
I sat on the plastic police bench for what felt like days before a very tall, very dark, very skinny islander policeman in his late fifties came to get me. He was dressed to the nines in crisp, spotless white and made me feel very uncomfortable and sweaty in my skimpy black sundress with largish bacon grease stain, ugly purse, and duct-taped vacation flip flops.
As the epically tall policeman led me toward his desk, I suddenly realized that visiting the Police Building was the worst idea I’ve ever had. Even worse than going on my stupid honey-moon by myself. But since I was already there, I felt very over-committed and nervous. I briefly thought about making a run for it but was unsure as to what happens to tourists who run from foreign police stations. I was too afraid of winding up in that scary hungry-lesbian prison to find out.
Policeman Officer Calvin Gregory sat me down at his perfectly organized desk with his perfectly sharpened pencils and fresh paged notebooks and asked me what was wrong. I was so sweaty and panicky and put off by his epical organizing skills that I momentarily whack attacked and settled into a long series of short, wheezy coughs. By the time I finished, my head and throat were on fire. I swallowed repeatedly, eventually managing to tell him through a series of coughs and stutters that I’d lost my ring the night before.