Friday, February 4, 2011

BLOG BOOK TOUR: Sudden Moves by Kelli Sue Landon

Outskirts Press author, Kelli Sue Landon, is taking her latest book, Sudden Moves, on a virtual book tour and stopped by here for a visit. 

Sudden Moves book cover


Katie Brashers announced to her friends that she was taking a trip to Florida for Spring Break, but when class resumes, Katie isn’t in attendance. The school staff claims that the family moved there. Katie's friend Michelle Martin grows suspicious, especially since she let Katie borrow a treasured family book that she failed to return. Not to mention, Katie never said goodbye to her devoted boyfriend, Brad. Michelle confides in her best friend, Tami. Dodging Michelle’s demanding mother, they team up with Brad and form their own investigation by talking to neighbors and looking inside Katie’s house. Michelle is about ready to give up until she takes her dog on his daily walk and uncovers a clue that leads her closer to the truth, but also throws her into circumstances beyond her control.


R&T: Tell us a little bit about Sudden Moves. What is it about?

KSL: Sixteen year old Michelle Martin grows suspicious when classmate, Katie Brashers, doesn't return after a Spring Break trip to Florida.  Michelle is worried because she let Katie borrow a family heirloom that needed to be returned to her.  She talks it over with her best friend, Tami, and Katie's boyfriend, Brad, who is crushed over her sudden departure.  Together, they snoop around the neighborhood and learn more and more about what happened to Katie and her family.

R&T: Why did you decide to write this story?

KSL: I had the idea in my head since I was in high school.  I started it as a story, but it evolved into a full length novel..

R&T: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

KSL: Teens or women who will be taken back to their high school years.

R&T: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

KSL: This book is about regular teenagers, not the supernatural or vampires, which seems to be the norm right now.  They react as normal teens would react in their situation.  It's a YA mystery, but evolves into a more adult finale.  These kids learn a lot on their quest to find Katie.

R&T: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

KSL:  This is my first one, but I have another one written.  It will be sent off for publication this spring.  It takes place on a weekend camping trip – a slasher type of story with a whodunit angle.

R&T: Thanks for your time, Kelli! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!



Kelli Sue Landon was born in Peoria, Illinois. Her published short stories include The Diary, Pizza Night, and Campfire Dreams. She is employed by the United States Postal Service in Peoria. Sudden Moves is her first novel.

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