Mystery - Detective
Date Published: 5/9/2013
Wellton, Arizona. Population 2,864… and falling. Something - or someone - is killing the kids in town, and the Wellton Police Department is called in to investigate the untimely deaths.
Officer Trent Buckley has lived in Wellton since the day he was born, and he’s been trying to get out of the small, dead-end town ever since. Just when he has a shot at a transfer to Tucson, a disturbing case lands in his lap, one that has him working with Yuma Sun reporter – and ex-lover – Sarah Goodwin. Trent is forced to push aside his resentment for Wellton and settle his own personal demons to focus on keeping more kids from dying in his town.
Chief John Walker has lived in Wellton for over thirty years. When kids start getting sick and dying, it takes all his courage to face his own past and solve the case. With the help of his best cop, Officer Buckley, Walker is determined to stop the deaths in his town, and keep them both alive in the process.
As the pair discovers what, or who, is behind the mysterious deaths, will two small-town cops be able to stay alive long enough to put a stop to it before any more kids have to die?
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
Possibly. I have a full-time career as a Marketing Manager for a high-technology company right now that I really enjoy. Perhaps writing will one day be able to support my family’s needs, but right now – I’ll keep my day job.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
The most difficult thing was finding the time to write. Between having a career, being a wife and mother of three, and indulging in other hobbies I enjoy, finding quality time for writing was difficult. That’s why it took me a little over a year to finish Defending Wellton.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
My good friend, Michelle, was there for me throughout the entire process. She encouraged me, cheered for me, and was one of my first readers.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’ve already started writing book two in the Wellton series. Also, I’m trying my hand at different genres, writing a young adult romance about a girl in love with two boys, and a paranormal novel about a mystical Native American and his apprentice.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I am a total reading addict. I’m currently reading Death Rejoices, the second book of the Marnie Baranuik Files by A.J. Aalto. I haven’t delved into urban fantasy before, but I’m finding it very entertaining. I love the voice of the main character, Marnie. She’s witty and humorous. It’s been a fun read so far (even if a little gross with details at times).
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Two small-town cops attempt to bring down the powerful force behind kids dying in their town while also battling personal demons.
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Kelli Kretzschmar, author of the mystery novel Defending Wellton, researched the novel by visiting Wellton, Arizona, and interviewing several officers of the Wellton Police Department. Kretzschmar says, “I needed to actually experience the feeling of the small town in order to capture Trent’s frustration in feeling stuck there. And speaking with the Wellton Police Department proved invaluable and has given me a lot of material for a second book in the Wellton series.”
Kretzschmar resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, California with her husband and three children. Although this is her first published novel, she says there will be more to come. “Writing is an exciting hobby,” says Kretzschmar. “I have lots of characters in my mind that are ready to come to life on paper. Currently, I’m working on three more novels and expect my next to be released this winter.” When asked to describe what she enjoys most about writing, Kretzschmar states, “There's a point I get to in the process of writing when the characters just start acting things out on their own, and I'm just there to record it all on paper.”
A full-time Marketing Manager for a high-technology company, Kretzschmar finds time to write between an active schedule of work, family life, and practicing her most recent passion, Krav Maga. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cal State Long Beach.
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