About the Book
Book: The Watch on the Fencepost
Author: Kay DiBianca
Genre: Christian Mystery / Suspense/ Romance
A WATCH THAT REVEALS MORE THAN JUST THE TIME . . .
A mysterious gold watch propels 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier into a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident. Following a trail of cryptic clues, she encounters a remarkable cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a dark secret, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn. Can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?
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About the Author
Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major organizations, including IBM, UNC Chapel Hill, International Paper, and FedEx. She has an instrument rating in single-engine aircraft and competes in the Senior Olympics track events. She is a U.S. representative for Bridges for Peace, an international organization whose mission is to serve the people of Israel. She and her husband, Frank, live in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit kaydibianca.com.
Guest post from Kay
WHY I WROTE THE WATCH ON THE FENCEPOST
I’m a runner. I spend a lot of time on the treadmill, at a local track, or running in a park near my home. When I’m outdoors, I usually listen to podcasts or audio books to keep my mind occupied.
Several years ago, I was listening to a mystery novel while running on a trail, and I began to put together a story in my own mind. Over the following weeks and months, I had created the characters of Kathryn and Cece, and I could see them in my mind’s eye.
On another long run, I passed an old fence post and a plot began to form itself. Other characters seemed to materialize out of nowhere, and soon I had the basic outline of the book in my head. Before long I was ignoring the audio book voices coming through my earbuds and just adding to my own story. That’s when I decided to write it down.
In the next few months, my story grew from a general outline to a narrative that stretched to over 60,000 words, and I loved the little surprises that popped up along the way. Although I had intended the book to be a straight mystery, I found some of the characters writing their own scenes, and soon there was romance!
As I chiseled away the extraneous parts and added detail and nuance, the important story elements of love, faith, and family rose to the surface. I delighted in Kathryn’s discovering more about herself and Cece’s unfailing wisdom and humor.
I spent over a year working with an editor to revise and strengthen the book. With every change in a word or addition of a plot twist, the story got better. It’s been three years since that first run in the park that got me thinking about the story. Now Kathryn, Cece, Phil, Mike, Tommy, and all the others are ready to tell their stories to the world.
I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow to see what Kathryn and Cece are going to be up to next.
The Watch on the Fencepost was an enjoyable story with plenty of action woven in-between the puzzle pieces. There’s not much I could share about the story without giving away spoilers, but it easily held my attention and kept me turning the pages until the very end. With short chapters, the “just one more” syndrome was real.
My favorite character in the story is Cece, but I don’t want to spoil anything about her. I especially liked her ability to “go undercover” in public and be completely believable as who she’s dressed up as. She’s an actual actress but she’s able to bring her talents into her real life for her own advantage. She has an interesting personality and is easily likable.
I struggled with the romance in this story because it evolved too quickly from where it started in my opinion, but I liked the characters themselves. The author did a great job of introducing everyone in the beginning chapters and then letting the story flow until their connections were made. There were enough directions that the story was taken in that you really weren’t sure how it would conclude until the very end.
This story contained plenty of action, suspense, and turning points to keep the reader fully engaged. It’s the debut novel for Kay DiBianca so my first time reading from her, but I’m curious to see what she comes up with in the future. I’d recommend this to mystery and suspense fans.
*I received a copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit Tours. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
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