Mystery / Suspense
Date Published: September 13, 2018
A broken daughter’s search for the truth unwinds a spiraling journey of panic, lust, and murder in this manipulative thriller from debut author T. A. Massa.
Melanie Stewart has just been left ten million dollars by a man she never knew. Should she accept the money? What if it means her mother, Marilyn, who died when she was only three years old, was murdered by the man who left it to her?
Melanie is trapped with crippling anxiety after the loss of her mother at a young age and the fatal stabbing of her fiancé on the night of their engagement.
When she discovers she has been written into the will of Roger Andrews, a name linked to the mysterious death of her mother, Melanie must trudge down a path of buried memories, reliving painful heartache, all while attempting to restart her life and trust a new admirer, Jake Andrews, Roger’s grandson.
Told from the alternating perspectives of Melanie’s investigation and Marilyn’s last weeks leading up to her death, the clues unravel one by one, leaving you guessing until the final climax. Who should Melanie trust? What happened to Marilyn all those years ago?
SILENT ALL THESE YEARS: A Novel is a Standalone Fiction Mystery Suspense Novel.
My first novel took me two years to write. It was my first time to attempt to write a book, and I learned a lot about what works for me with writing and what doesn’t. First was finding the right time of day to write. I tried the waking up at 5:00 AM thing and quickly realized I was never going to be able to write at 5:00 in the morning. My brain wasn’t even functioning then. I tried writing at night, after the day was finished and the kids went to bed. But I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. Nope, the best time for me to write is during the peak hours of the day, after two cups of coffee, usually between 9:00 -2:00. That is when I am most awake and most creative. I also learned that I can’t write if I am distracted. I need to really go to a different place in my head to pull out the good stuff. This takes me about an hour of zoning into the right place. I drive my kids to school every morning, and since we live 20 miles from school, it is about an hour round trip. I use this time alone in the car to zone out and think about where I am in my writing project. By the time I get home, I’ve had my coffee and my brain is in the zone, ready to dig deep and write. Another thing I need is background noise, but nothing too distracting. I usually have the radio on in the background. I also usually hammer out a writing session in about one-two hours and then I am finished for the day. The words stop coming at that point and I have to get up and move around. Visual aids are also very helpful for me. I will print out characters from the Web that I feel look like who I am describing, or even house hunt to find the perfect house where my characters live. I keep all the pictures in a binder so that I can refer to them when I need to be descriptive.
About the Author
Tiffani lives near Austin, TX with her husband, three kids, three dogs, and all her cats. She spends her days helping her husband with his company, running her kids around town, caring for the house, and trying to figure out what to make for dinner.
She is a lover of all stories.
She enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and going to the movies (especially on opening day!). Her background is in marketing and entrepreneurship and she is addicted to learning new things.
She manages a Lifestyle Blog at Pages & Lace covering books, movies, design, style trends, and her favorite products. Check it out today!
Her debut novel, Silent All These Years: A Novel, releases September 13, 2018. She has started her second novel with hopes of publishing in the Fall of 2019.