Local author releases latest effort
Published : Friday, September 12, 2014 | 4:38 AM
Dianne Emley probably knows as much about murder as anyone can, without actually committing one.
The Pasadena-based author has achieved a significant following with her mystery series featuring Pasadena Police homicide detective Nan Vining who spends much of her time dealing with the bloody deed.
Her successful series is set in Pasadena with familiar locales and character inspired by real people and real places. She stakes out the same locales once again in her latest book, The Night Visitor, to be released September 16 on the Random House Alibi label.
â€œI grew up in El Sereno,â€ she said recently. â€œMy girlfriends and I would bug our brothers to give us a ride to Lake Avenue in Pasadena, and there were all the shops there, like I. Magnin and Bullockâ€™s, and we would spend the whole day looking around.â€
â€œWhile I use a lot of actual Pasadena locations in my books, I also create Pasadena locales that seem real but donâ€™t really exist, â€ she said.
The setting for the The Night Visitor is a rambling, Tuscan-styled home on a imaginary hilltop in Linda Vista, high above the Rose Bowl. Laughed Emley, â€œYou wonâ€™t find it in real life, but it was inspired by a house I saw on a Pasadena Showcase tour once.â€
Following years of living in the San Fernando Valley, the former UCLA Philosophy major eventually made Pasadena her home and made Pasadena Police Detective Nan Vining a regular fixture in her readersâ€™ homes. She sold her first book in 1993, and eight books later, became a full-time mystery writer, garnering a large and loyal following in the process.
In case youâ€™re wondering, yes, there will be a new Nan Vining book in the spring of 2015, but weâ€™re getting way ahead of ourselves.
Emleyâ€™s new book, The Night Visitor, is the story of a beautiful young executive and socialite who is visited by â€œsomething otherworldly, who comes to her, seeking justiceâ€ as Emley says, turning the young womanâ€™s universe upside down.
The standalone book is a departure from the Detective Nan Vining series. As Emley said, â€œI had written four Nan Vining books and was working on a fifth. Sometimes to keep a series fresh, you have to step away, and so I thought it was time to try something different.â€
â€œThe book was actually inspired by a tragic event that happened to a loved one of mine, which had disturbed me,â€ Emley continued.
â€œItâ€™s quite a page turner, and its getting a lot of good pre-release reviews,â€ Emley admitted. She added that the new book, like its predecessors, â€œis suspenseful and explores dark themes, so fans who have come to look for that, wonâ€™t be disappointed.â€
The new book is also unique in that it is a digital release only. It can be purchased wherever e-books are sold including Amazon.com, iTunes, and Barnes&Noble.com.
More information about Dianne Emley and her books is available at DianneEmley.comÂ .