My guest Leanna Sain presents Red Curtains

Please welcome my guest, Leanna Sain.

Leanna, why did you write Red Curtains?

The ‘story seed’ for RED CURTAINS came from a trip to Savannah, Georgia. It was our first visit there, and a celebration of our 26th anniversary. While we waited for a tour bus, a homeless man, wearing a long trench coat over ragged layers of clothing, and a goofy court-jester type hat with little bells on the ends of each dangly point, sauntered up to a mailbox and proceeded to sprinkle some invisible substance around the base of a mailbox while chanting some unknown language. I instantly knew I had a story seed, and my mind took off. Once on the bus, I jotted notes furiously, my mind going much faster than I could transfer them to paper.
I decided to make one of the book’s main characters homeless, but made her a woman rather than a man. I had her discover a discarded bag of counterfeit money in her daily search through trashcans. She also witnessed a murder, which we find out later is connected to the fake money. Because people tend not to give a lot of credence to what the homeless have to say, she can’t go to the police with what she knows. She has to find another way.
I had to do a lot of research on homelessness for this book. The statistics staggered me, and I decided I had to do something to help, if I could. As a result, I’m donating a percentage of sales to the “Stand Down” program I mention in the story. I hope it raises awareness and encourages others to do what they can to help too.  

  perf5.000x8.000.inddDead bodies, fake money and falling in love were NOT part of the assignment.

Cleo Davis must find a model for her senior art project or she won’t graduate. When she discovers Lily Telfair-Gordon, she gets more than just an eccentric old woman who spouts famous quotes, talks to ghosts, and wears a weird hat. Lily has unwittingly stumbled upon a counterfeiting ring, and Cleo gets dragged right into the middle of it.

Jonas Holmes, an investigative reporter for the local paper, is asking the question: why do bodies of homeless men keep showing up in the river? But the homeless are scared and won’t talk to him. When he finds Cleo and Lily, he thinks his problems are solved; he doesn’t realize that they’re just


While romance blossoms between Cleo and Jonas, they work together to see how the two things are connected, but will they find out before it’s too late?

ls1Leanna Sain, Author
“Gate” Trilogy; Wish; Red Curtains

North Carolina native, Leanna Sain, earned her BA from the University of South Carolina, then moved back to her beloved mountains of western NC with her husband. Her “Gate” books have stacked up numerous awards, from Foreword Magazine’s Book-of-the-Year to the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians. Sain’s fourth novel, WISH, is a stand-alone, YA crossover.

Her Southern romantic suspense or “GRIT-lit,” showcases her plot-driven method of writing that successfully rolls the styles of best-selling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Nicholas Sparks, and Jan Karon into a delightfully hybrid style that is all her own. Regional fiction lovers and readers who enjoy suspense with a magical twist will want her books.

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