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IR Approved Author Nikki Stern on the best part of being indie: “Following your own timetable.”


FREEZE BEFORE BURNING received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Nikki Stern.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

FREEZE BEFORE BURNING was published December 7th2021

What’s the book’s first line?

Ed Rizzo slid his ample body into the ornate confessional, crossed himself, and pushed a strand of thinning hair off his forehead.

What’s the book about? Give us the pitch

What do a bartender, a priest, and a librarian have in common? They all work in New York City. They’re all true crime fans. And they’re all dead, courtesy of a predator with a chilling approach to murder. Sam Tate is on vacation in Manhattan when she’s pulled onto the case by an old friend working with NYPD. Caught between the challenges of a beleaguered bureaucracy and a sadistic serialist, Sam discovers she, too may be a target.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event?

The book is the third in a series. Certain plotlines were dictated by previous stories. The premise β€” death by dry ice β€” was inspired by a story I saw in the science section of a newspaper.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book?

Fast-moving plot and complicated and compelling lead in Sam Tate.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character? Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of?

Sam is conflicted, owing in large part to a childhood trauma and a boatload of unresolved grief. Yet she is a remarkably intuitive and at the same time resolute investigator who does not give up.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

This is the sixth book. I’ve written two non-fiction, a stand-alone thriller, and the first two in this series: THE WEDDING CRASHER and BIRD IN HAND.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?

Best is following your own timetable. Worst is trying to reach an audience.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling? If so, why?

Honestly, I would, especially if they could take over the post-production elements of publishing. Oh, and proof-reading.

Is there something in particular that motivates you (fame? Fortune?)

A need and desire to tell a good story.



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