Where Did This Idea Come From? INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL


Readers and book clubs often ask: “How did you get the idea for this book?” 

In response, I’ve written brief answers for each book in the Tawny Lindholm Thriller series.



Kicking off with #1Instrument of the Devil


Was I really dumber than my new smartphone? My struggles with its unpredictable antics made me wonder if it was possessed.

At the same time, I was researching news stories that revealed how vulnerable the power grid was. A cyberattack by a smartphone could, in fact, trigger massive blackouts. Scary thought!

I combined those two elements–my personal struggles with my phone and the real-life danger to the grid–into this thriller, Instrument of the Devil.

Yes, a smartphone can indeed be possessed by a devil—a terrorist whose mission is darkness and death.

Instrument of the Devil is available at Amazon and major online retailers. Or ask your favorite independent bookstore to order it.

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