Tuesday, January 5, 2016



Watch out Southern California! There’s a new entertainment attorney in town and she’s got game. Only problem is, it’s not the one she should be playing. Corrie Locke belongs behind a desk, not behind a Glock. She should be taking VIP calls, not nosing around a questionable suicide. Instead, she’s hot on the trail of a murderer.
Luckily, she’s the daughter of a late, great private eye and she’s inherited his love of sleuthing . . . and illegal weaponry. It doesn’t help matters that her gene for caution is a recessive one. Corrie finds herself in the center of a murder case, unearthing suspects in shocking places. With a cold-blooded killer on the loose, Corrie will have to up her game, or die trying.


Lida, what's your favorite thing about the writing process?
It’s immensely gratifying to come upon the right word, sentence, the perfect passage or chapter or character that clicks so well, a writer can’t keep up with all the character says and does.

Do you write every day?

I’d like to say yes, but regrettably I don’t. Sometimes, with the day job, I can’t. But even when not writing, I’m constantly thinking about what to write next, about my characters, and possible predicaments.

What do you think is the hardest aspect of writing a book?
The first chapter. Yikes! I rewrite and revise that one the most times.

What’s more important – characters or plot?
For me, it’s the characters because if I don’t know them, I won’t know their choices/preferences/actions/reactions and consequently, the paths they may choose to take. My characters drive the story.

How often do you read?
Daily, whether it’s an article, a book (fiction or non-fiction), a poem, or anything that contains at least a few sentences. To go too long without reading, I feel myself sagging, growing listless.

Is writing your dream job?

Yes! It’s been my dream job for such a long time. Surrounded by words, and in fiction writing, I like being surrounded by imaginary characters, situations that are anything but straight out of real life, and the ability to display action and adventure in a safe, fun way.

Do you have any marketing tips you could pass on to indie authors?
Start your marketing earlier than you think you should start. And don’t underestimate the power of personal contact. When you think you’re done marketing, do some more!

What’s one thing you never leave the house without?
My glasses. I’m very near-sighted and have been since I was thirteen. I need glasses to drive and see beyond, say, a distance of two feet. Although I’m vain and don’t like to wear glasses, the thought of lasers, shiny tools and suction rings conjures up visions of being strapped to a table and writhing under a blinding light. Hence, my myopic vision continues. I alternate between glasses, contacts, and nothing corrective, which means viewing the world through a lens that appears to be coated with Vaseline. That’s good for the people around me because any physical flaws are nonexistent.

What do you love about where you live?
Quiet, solitude, my animals, fresh air – I live in the countryside, by the way.

What is one of your happiest moments?
One of my happiest occurred recently when I was interviewed about my book by Mr. Media (a Skype podcast) because I got to talk about what I love to do (writing, that is) for a full 24 minutes!

What do you like to do when there’s nothing to do?
Read, of course, polish my nails, and hang with my family, which includes my dogs and chickens.

What would you name your autobiography?
She Did It.
Do you give your characters any of your bad traits?
My heroine has my sweet tooth. Is that bad?

Absolutely not! Do you procrastinate?
Can I get you an answer later?

Of course. What’s one of your favorite quotes?
“I think the mirror should be tilted slightly upward when it's reflecting life – toward the cheerful, the tender, the compassionate, the brave, the funny, the encouraging, all those things.” Greer Garson

I’m a big fan of old Hollywood films (by old, I mean the thirties and forties) and Miss Garson is one of my favorite film stars.

What would your main character say about you?
Get your own life!

Where is your favorite library, and what do you love about it?
I love the grand Boston Public Library, especially the Abbey Mural Room on the second floor that depicts Sir Galahad’s quest for the Holy Grail. The paintings are bold and brilliant, but it’s the story that speaks to me. Sir Galahad’s persistence in the face of frustration and danger. It takes only one question to unlock a spell that’s fallen on a king who knows the answer to where the Holy Grail lies. Sir Galahad has to ask the right question, the question on which everything depends. The question is not provided in the artwork; viewers and visitors must find the question out for themselves. So it’s somewhat of a mystery.

I've been to the Boston Public Library, and you're right, it's fantastic. What is your favorite movie?

Pride and Prejudice – the 1940 version with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier.

If you had a talk show who would your dream guest be?
Janet Evanovich, so I could ask all about one of my favorite series – the Stephanie Plum books. Ms. Evanovich weaves the humor in so nicely, makes the characters so lively, and yet makes the book such a simple, entertaining read. I’d like to know her secret!


Like her heroine, Corrie Locke, Lida Sideris worked as an entertainment attorney for a film studio. Unlike her heroine, she did not get blackmailed into investigating the suspicious death of a co-worker. Lida resides in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, their rescue shepherds, and a flock of uppity chickens. She was one of two national recipients of the Helen McCloy/Mystery Writers of America scholarship for mystery writing.

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