Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Visit from Nichelle Clark of LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

Today I am super excited to feature LynDee Walker and her fabulous mystery: FRONT PAGE FATALITY. This book is fun and sassy and absolutely brimming with surprising twists and turns. Here’s a bit about the book:

Crime reporter Nichelle Clarke’s days can flip from macabre to comical with a beep of her police scanner. Then an ordinary accident story turns extraordinary when evidence goes missing, a prosecutor vanishes, and a sexy Mafia boss shows up with the headline tip of a lifetime. As Nichelle gets closer to the truth, her story gets more dangerous. Armed with a notebook, a hunch, and her favorite stilettos, Nichelle races to splash these shady dealings across the front page before this deadline becomes her last.

Read below for my interview with Nichelle Clarke, protagonist of Front Page Fatality, reporter and all around fun gal. She talks about what she’s done, where she’s been, her fabulous shoes and what’s up for her next. (Could this possibly be a bit of a teaser for book 2, hmmm? I guess we’ll have to wait and see!) 

Hey Nichelle! What’s happening? 

Hey, Jenn! Same old, same old. One murder, three burglaries (this catburglar is driving my PD guys bonkers), and a carjacking. I didn’t even realize people did that anymore until I saw the report this morning. Apparently, this guy didn’t get the blase criminal memo.

You look a bit tired. Any big stories keeping you up late? Or maybe you had some late night Valentine’s day plans last night? *grin*

My Valentine’s Day was lovely, for the first time in a long time. I had dinner with a special guy overlooking the James. And an old friend sent me candy! I’ve eaten half my box of Godiva white chocolate truffles already.

How are things in the love life department, anyway? 

Certainly not dull anymore! To the point that I actually wish it would calm down a bit. Two guys is not terrible, but two guys from such different worlds is starting to give me heartburn.

Oh and love the shoes by the way. What is your secret for always looking so good?

You know I buy most of my shoes on eBay, right? These were worn one time, and I swooped in at the last minute and snagged them for a hundred bucks. They’re Manolo! Also, thank you! I try.

So what’s up in your professional world? You seem to get the scoop on every story. How are you everywhere at once?

I’m so glad it looks that way! But Charlie Lewis over at Channel Four beats me sometimes, too. She can be a handful, but she keeps me on my toes.

What’s next on the horizon for you? Changing papers? Moving up in journalism world?

I’m happy in Richmond for now, but you never know. I’m up to my ears in drug wars and robberies, lately. I wish they’d catch this guy. Or gal. Whoever they are, they’re smart, and it’s irritating the heck out of my detectives.

How about personally? Looking to get married and settle down or still having fun?

Oh, I don’t think I’m settling down anytime soon. Sexy and exciting is not always the guy you want to bring home to mom.

Okay, quick five questions, just for giggles.

Favorite drink: Sans-alcohol: White Mocha; Alcohol: Margaritas

Most relaxing vacation spot: The beach! I love the ocean.

Dream job: Covering the White House for the Washington Post.

Favorite food: Hmmmm. Beef empanadas, or really good barbecue.

Favorite accessory: Shoes! My current favorites are these strappy aubergine Manolos that go with a surprising number of outfits. 

Okay, that's all for today. Thanks Nichelle, for stopping by!

And thanks LynDee Walker.

Click here to visit LynDee's site or here to order Front Page Fatality.

LynDee Walker grew up in the land of stifling heat and amazing food most people call Texas, and wanted to be Lois Lane pretty much from the time she could say the words “press conference.” An award-winning journalist, she traded cops and deadlines for burp cloths and onesies when her oldest child was born. Writing the Headlines in Heels mysteries gives her the best of both worlds. When not writing or reading, LynDee is usually wrangling children, eating barbecue or enchiladas, or trying to walk off said barbecue and enchiladas. She and her family live in Richmond, Virginia.  You can visit her online at

Twitter: @LynDeeWalker


  1. Good morning, LynDee and Jennifer. And how nice to meet you, Nichelle! I enjoyed reading your interview, Nichelle, and it truly sounds like you're putting those Manolo's through their paces. Glad to hear that you're planning to stay on the Richmond beat for a while. And I'll see your margarita and raise you a shot, of tequila, straight up.

    1. Good morning, Denise! Thanks for stopping by. :) I'm glad you enjoyed Nichelle's interview. She's off at a crime scene this morning. :)

      Tequila shots! My kind of girl!

  2. Great interview! I love Nichelle. She's such a kicky, fun, ace reporter. And I'm aching to know who she spent Valentine's Day with--Mr. All American or The Bad Boy. Hmmm.

  3. Thanks, Terri! She and Rose would get along, I think.

    In the interest of not giving away too much of the new book, I'm keeping quiet about her date, but she had a lovely evening. ;)

  4. Yay for ongoing romantic triangles. I'm a sucker for them. I've already picked my favorite team. ;)

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    2. One more time, with no typos:

      Thanks, Jan! I have a favorite, too, but I'm not sure what Nichelle's going to have to say about that. ;) It'll be fun to find out, though!

  5. I like those guys that are giving Nichelle heartburn! Fun interview! I love Front Page Fatality. Great characters and an intriguing mystery!

    1. Thank you, Larissa! That kind of heartburn can be fun. ;)

  6. Great interview! Love the favorite food: beef empanadas or really good barbecue...Yup. Totally agree. :D

    1. Thanks, Tina! We have to drive two hours to get good empanadas, but it's worth it.

  7. Oh my goodness, TWO MEN IN HER LIFE! I am so excited to see where this goes and what happens with everyone! I love Nichelle, her fabulous taste in shoes and her wonderful journalistic talent. Great interview!

    Julie Gallo
    Editorial Intern
    Henery Press

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by, LynDee (and Nichelle!):)

  9. OMGosh! I love the cover of this book, not to mention the title. That rocks!