Author Interview: Ellie Ashe, author of A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble, Book One of the Trouble in Twin Rivers romantic mystery series, has been getting rave reviews. It has a fun romantic comedy vibe paired with a solid and well-researched thriller plot. It’s my privilege to welcome Ellie Ashe, author of A Good Kind of Trouble.

Q: Ellie, thanks for stopping by! Can you tell us what the book is about?

A: Thanks so much for having me! A Good Kind of Trouble is the story of an idealist reporter and a cynical lawyer who have to work together to uncover corruption at City Hall.

Beacon news reporter Lindsey Fox is on the verge of breaking a huge story of political corruption that will make her career and make her famous journalist parents proud—or she could be thrown in jail and fired. It really could go either way.

Her recent streak of bad luck continues when Lindsey finds herself facing a bogus contempt charge—and attorney Ben Gillespie is appointed to get her out of the slammer. They once had a bad date of epic proportions—stilted conversation, food poisoning, burglary, towed car. Then there was the incident with the pepper spray. Lindsey never believed she’d see the sexy lawyer again. Ben can totally believe that Lindsey is behind bars. The woman is trouble. Now he has to get his new client out of jail, keep her out of the grasp of a crazed bike messenger and a shady P.I., help her save her job, and convince her to put down the pepper spray and give him another chance.

Q:  What kind of research did you do for Lindsey, the reporter? How close to your own journalism experience is her life? 

A: I worked as a journalist for seven years before changing careers and going into law, so I know how newsrooms work. The altercation between Lindsey’s editor, Sam, and the newspaper’s general counsel was inspired by real-life events. However, I was never chased down, harassed or stalked because of a story. The most threatening letter I ever received was when someone mailed me a clipping of my article with a sticky note that read, “loan is a noun, lend is a verb,” with the offending word highlighted.

Q: Wow, some things never change–nowadays people just do that in the comments section. Now Ben, the love interest, is a lawyer. .How does your own legal experience shape how you write Ben’s life? Do you take any liberties with the day-to-day details of legal work?

A: I’m one of the rare lawyers, I think, who actually likes her job. But I have many, many friends who do not and their stories definitely colored the portrayal of Ben’s career at a large law firm. There’s a scene where Ben’s friend Gordo sets up a decoy office and I did base that on a story I heard second-hand from someone who swears it’s true. I did embellish that a little.

Q:  The premise is fantastic–funny and awkward! How did you come up with it?

A: Initially, a title popped into my head as I was trying to go to sleep, and then I could picture the first two scenes, then the next one and then I finally got up and started writing. The first two chapters are pretty much exactly what I wrote that first late night. The funny thing is, I didn’t even keep that original title, which was Trust Me, I’m a Lawyer.

Q: That is a great title! Maybe we’ll see it as a future book in the series. How did you write Ben? Is there a real-life model for him?

A: I can’t write characters based on real people. But I liked the idea of a hero who wasn’t a high-powered lawyer, but more cynical and even bitter about his job. I wanted him to remember why he went into this career and learn how to like, or even love it.

Q: Writing can be very solitary. How do you balance the need for solitude with the need to get out and be with people?

A: I get plenty of interaction with people at my job and it’s refreshing for me to be alone for a while with my imaginary friends. Plus, I’m fortunate to have found a couple of great writing communities. That has given me a pretty good balance of socializing and retreating.

About The Author  

Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.

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