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It has been five years since my first book, RUN AT DESTRUCTION, was released. It was a very personal story about my best friend’s death and the subsequent trial of her husband. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to write another book once I finished it. Where would I come up with the creativity to develop something from scratch? Initially I thought about writing another True Crime Story. I began to research a case up in Land of Lakes, Wisconsin, but my heart wasn’t into it. So… I decided to tackle fiction. The outcome is CIRCLE OF INNOCENCE (Amazon link - B&N link). Like my first book, the setting is very familiar to me. It takes place in Door County, Wisconsin where my husband and I spend nearly every weekend. Of course it had to be a mystery.

To place it on the shelves of our local B&N, I knew I’d have to find a standard publisher rather than self-publish. About a year ago Whiskey Creek Press offered me a contract, and I was on my way! Next came the editing, the cover art, and the endorsements.

For my first book, I was able to secure one from Ann Rule, the bestselling True Crime author. Another bestselling author, Brian Freeman, wrote a book called BONE HOUSE. Its setting is also Door County. I located his email and decided to write him. About a month later I was thrilled to get this response:

“Hi Lynda, Congratulations on your new book… Door County is one of my very favorite destinations. You can certainly send me an advance copy of Circle of Innocence.  I can’t offer any guarantees, of course, but I’ll take a look. ”  Well, another month passed and I was getting nervous. I was close to my deadline and had yet to hear back from Brian. I was actually sitting at my desk in Door County  and looking out at the wintery woods when the email came in: “Hi Lynda,” Brian wrote, “Thanks for sending me Circle of Innocence.  It’s always a pleasure to find twisted mysteries in Door County!  :-) Feel free to use the following blurb…”

“Every shocking twist in CIRCLE OF INNOCENCE lands on the reader like waves on a Door County beach, as Drews explores the dark heart of a beautiful place.” — Brian Freeman, Bestselling Author of THE BONE HOUSE

Let’s see if you agree!

In January I received this note from the Investigation Discovery Channel:  ID

Ms. Drews: The crime show that I work on produces a series for Investigation Discovery. For our show, I have been thoroughly researching Pamela Bulik’s murder and I have read your book “Run at Destruction” in its entirety. After researching, this is a case that I am definitely interested in pursuing.
 

I know that this case is pretty old, but it doesn’t take away from the complexity and depth of the story. I really think it fits the parameters of our show (which are very specific). I know you were great friends with Pamela and you’ve done more than your due diligence when it comes to research on the case, so I would be more than happy to speak with you about it. I’d also like to speak to you about the possibility of you being interviewed on our show.

Pam Metzger Bulik Engagement Photo to Bob Bulik

Pam Metzger Bulik Engagement Photo to Bob Bulik

All of the episodes we feature are a half an hour and they tell the true story of a real-life couple who has a seemingly great marriage from the outside, but as time goes on, things begin to fall apart. Eventually a third person is introduced into the mix through an affair. We then tell how things turn sour and in the end, someone always ends up murdered. We realize the nature of our show can be touchy to some, so we are extremely careful and sensitive when it comes to the way the victim is portrayed. We always shine great light on the great person the victim was (because in most all cases, it is the truth) and we never speak with or interview any of the people associated with the perpetrator’s side.

 
All of that said, I just submitted my write-up of this case to the Discovery network for review and it has gotten the green light…
Well, in March the team from Investigation Discovery showed up to interview four of the principals on Pam Bulik’s case: myself, the former District Attorney (Royce Finne), the former head detective (Jim Taylor), and a former newspaper reporter (Mike Dauplaise).  I was interviewed for five hours for the show. Even though it was a frosty day in Green Bay, I was asked to turn the heat off in my house so it didn’t interfere with the sound system. I kept shivering, so I finally covered up with a throw. That worked since only my headshot is used in the TV show.
Interview for Investigative Discovery Show - Deadly Affairs

Interview for Investigative Discovery Show – Deadly Affairs

Right now the show is scheduled to air on September 9, 2013 on the Deadly Affairs show on Investigation Discovery Channel – in Green Bay that is Time Warner Channel 139. The Narrator is none other than Susan Lucci – the former soap star from All My Children. If you haven’t read my book it is now only $2.99 on Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/d99wda9

Susan Lucci - Narrator for Run at Destruction Segment to air 9/09/13 on Investigation Discovery Channel.

Susan Lucci – Narrator for Run at Destruction Segment to air 9/09/13 on Investigation Discovery Channel.

I guess there are lots of “formers” that will be on this show to honor Pam. I couldn’t help but tear up as I was interviewed and was asked what made Pam special. There were too many things: her warmth, her smile, her “Hey Girl” whenever we would meet…

February 2010 – Jimmy the Groundhog from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin predicted only 6 more weeks of winter. Guess we still had to have at least one more blizzard in Green Bay. It hit on 2/09 - the day before my Run at Destruction True Crime/Memoir Book talk to the Learning and Retirement Group (LIR). We are a hardy community and even with our advancing ages… it appeared that everyone was shoveled out. At the Neville Museum, I talked to a packed house of about 130.

Two days later my sights were set on another LIR talk – this time at UW-La Crosse where I’d been the commencement speaker back in 2007. It was appropriate that I’d told the graduates to “journal your life” and that’s what I had now done. 

Of course we all have memories of the school we graduated from – whether high school or college. One of mine was getting hot doughnuts at Mr. D’s with my boyfriend (now husband – Jim) after bar time.  Well… the original shop has closed but a new establishment on the same corner is still selling their doughnut recipe. Valentine’s Day was approaching. Nostalgic  Mr. D’s doughnuts would be the perfect gift for my sweetheart!

I made a sharp turn into the coffee shop’s parking lot, dashed in, purchased a dozen doughnuts, climbed back in my vehicle, while chewing on one, and put my key into the ignition. It wouldn’t turn… my steering wheel was locked! Ah, oh! I had fifteen minutes to my talk and nothing I was doing was working.

Lucky I’m still a runner. I grabbed my computer case, and with temperatures close to zero, jogged the six blocks to the Cartwright Center on the UW-L Campus. I got there in the nick of time, but when I opened my laptop, my heart sunk… my computer wouldn’t come up. (Guess it doesn’t like to jog!) Finally with a number of reboots, I got it working in Safe Mode. Whew… 

The group was great and very interactive… one told me that she had a sister in Green Bay. She called her during the break and discovered that she’d been at that LIR  just two days before. Both sisters ended up buying signed books!

Tomorrow I’m heading to Madison for a Booked for Murder Bookstore talk - more travels, talks and hopefully, not too many more tribulations!

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Wisconsin author and long-time runner, Lynda Drews, meets Moms-in-Motion Founder & CEO, Jamie Allison

Back in May, I did a Run at Destruction book talk to a women’s running club that I learned was part of a larger organization called Moms In Motion. In 1999 when Jaime Allison and a  group of other moms started to train together to complete a Santa Barbara, CA triathlon she came up with the idea. Jaime has since transformed this small group into Moms In Motion, a Global Network Connecting Moms through Fitness. (7232 members, in 49 states, in 7 countries.)

Soon after my talk I contacted Jaime. She said she loved to read, so I sent her a copy of my book. By chance my San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon entry had been selected in the random drawing. In October I was heading to California and decided to combine the race weekend with a mini book tour and also meet Jamie. 

I landed in San Francisco on Oct. 14th and for the next three days stayed with friends (both old Fun Run and highschool)  who accompanied me to talks and book signings. (One was to the Empire Running Club.) Then on Sunday I met Sandy and Per Johnsen for dinner, two of the characters in Run at Destruction that have since moved to Seattle.  

The next morning, I gathered with more than 20,000 women in the dark near Union Square. The uphills were very challenging. I even admit that I walked a bit, but I flew running down the other side!  At the finish line I completely forgot to check my time. Could it be that my eyes instead were glued to the buff fireman dressed in a tux who handed me my Tiffany finisher’s necklace?  Unbeknownst to me, I later realized that my Nike Half Marathon number had mistakenly been switched with a friend! Sure, sure… you don’t have to believe me, but I actually ran 30 minutes faster than my official race results! 

After a Bart ride, where I’d embarassingly had to beg money from a stranger, since I was short a dollar, I quickly showered at my friend’s, jumped into my rental car, and headed south to Pebble Beach. For two days I relaxed with another highschool friend before traveling to Santa Barbara. With my GPS I easily located The Boat House on Hendry’s Beach and on the outside eating deck a slim woman was standing with a copy of Run at Destruction in her hands.  I smiled and waved… it had to be Jaime!  The two of us chattered away for a couple of hours, discussing our common interests: running, reading, family, and knitting. And… of course we discussed my book.

I appreciate the comments that Jaime provided to her network of ‘Moms’ following our meeting. She said, “It was such a pleasure to meet and spend time with author, Lynda Drews, last month during her book tour in CA. I’ve never had the experience of reading a book and then having the luxury of discussing it one-on-one! Lucky me! Thank you Lynda. Her new true fatal love triangle book is called Run at Destruction and is soaring on Amazon.com charts. The running community that her story takes place within, is much like ours in that they became like extended family to one another. Unfortunately, when her best friend Pam is ‘murdered’ you can’t help but rally the detective spirit within and try to come to terms with the outcome. It is a story you won’t forget!”

    Run-at-Destruction1 banner In November, I’ll be making a stop, each day, on my Virtual Book Tour for Run at Destruction – Would love to have you stop by and comment!                           …..Lynda Drews 

11/02/09 The Fantasy Pages                                     11/03/09 The Examiner

11/04/09 If Books Could Talk                                    11/05/09 The Writer’s Life

11/06/09 Pump Up Your Book                                 11/09/09 Beth’s Book Review Blog

11/10/09 Book Cover Lovers                                    11/11/09 Divine Caroline

11/12/09 The Book Connection                                11/12/09 Yolanda Renee Podcast

11/13/09 Broowaha                                                      11/16/09 Bookworm with a View

11/18/09 Beyond the Books                                      11/19/09 Hot Author Report

11/20/09 Hot Author Report Guest Blog            11/23/09 My Reading Room

11/27/09 You’ve GOTTA Read This!                      11/25/09 Just Me

11/26/09 The Review From Here                              

11/27/09 Marta’s Meanderings                                    11/27/09 Crazy for Books

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Race Director Sean Ryan with Mac-Attack Jim Genrich and Poké-mom Lynda Drews

The foliage color was at its peak as I lined up in the small fishing village of Gills Rock to tackle the first leg of the Wisconsin Door County Fall Fifty that would finish in the shipbuilding community of Sturgeon Bay. The race director, Sean Ryan, approached me, giving me a warm hug, as the chilly wind whipped off of the waters of Green Bay, tousling my head-banded hair.  In this region, Sean’s name is synonymous with quality athletic events. I also hold a special place in my heart for him. Sean gave me my first blurb for my first book released in August, 2009: “Run At Destruction is written with the beat of a runner’s heart: steady intensity racing toward an inevitable finish. Drews is the John Grisham of the running world, pulling readers into a unique subculture where the drama unfolds.”

Well today I was surrounded by this unique subculture. There were the

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Poké-moms - Barb Kiser, Dianne Smith, Kathy Kapalin, Lynda Drews, Suzie Prue

 Victoria’s Secrets, dressed in bikini swimsuits over running attire, an Alice in Wonderland team, a group of Halloween Caped Crusaders, and of course my teammates, the Poké-moms. These four women would be jumping into our decorated van to drive along the picturesque shoreline until they reached the exchange point. Since 1977, I’ve been part of a close-knit running community. If some calamity befalls a member, only one call is needed and the group responds. Each asks how the other is doing, and honestly cares. My True Crime book revolves around one of these members, Pamela Bulik, who was my best friend and running companion. During the running boom of the 80’s, she mysteriously drowned in her bathtub. This led to a first-degree murder arrest and a sensational trial. As Dave McGillivray, the Race Director for the Boston Marathon says: “Run at Destruction captures the family-like culture of a running group, showing how its members support one another especially in times of crisis.” He’s so right!

Today’s excitement was invigorating. A beautiful voice pierced the cold crisp air. Gazing up at our American flag that flapped in the pearl-grey sky, we listened to the melodic National Anthem, hands over our hearts, hopping in place to keep our leg muscles warm. As the last notes hung in the air, the gun exploded. Collectively we took off. What an adventure! I’d never run a fifty-mile relay race before. Like my new career as an author – I figured there might be challenges at every twist and turn.

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Finish Line for Poké-moms (Dianne left for cancer benefit)

Even though our running group is extremely supportive – we are also competitive. Just like finding a mainstream publisher for my book, we were out to beat the odds. There was a team called Mac-Attack – a name chosen to honor Bruce MacNeil, a fellow-runner who had recently passed. This team, though, was also known as our significant others.

7 hours and 46 minutes later we achieved our goal, finishing nearly fifteen minutes ahead of them. The Poké-moms weren’t Poké anymore!

For many Midwest runners, with a summer of training behind them, fall is the optimum time for races. My book Run at Destruction focuses on a close-knit running community where some terrible tragedies occurred. So… even though I’ve been training for an up-coming half-marathon, this weekend, I went to two races, but not as a runner.

Berkeley Running Company owner - David Meixelsperger with Lynda Drews at Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon Expo

Berkeley Running Company owner - David Meixelsperger with Lynda Drews at Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon Expo

Back in August I had done a book talk at Berkeley Running Company in Madison where  the owner graciously offered to provide me a spot within his expo booth for the October Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.

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With a bit of envy, last Friday night, I talked to the marathon participants as they picked up their race packets and frequently purchased my book. Some had already read it and relayed how much they’d enjoyed it!    

wrut logoThen, on Saturday morning, I made my way over to Rib Mountain in Wausau Wisconsin for the Rotary Club Wrut ‘N Run.  It was a team effort to put up my banner. I had the local radio personalities and race personnel wiping the rain drizzle off the Ski Chalet’s window so my tape would hold. We were successful and so were the race

Rib Mountain Chalet Building protected my books from the drizzle

Rib Mountain Chalet Building protected my books from the drizzle

 participants that tackled the grueling course.  I talked to a woman runner that had traveled from Keshena, WI. She told me that the teachers at her school had already selected Run at Destruction for their book club.

It’s always amazing to me that people I’ve never had any connection with are reading my book!

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