'Tied Up in Blue'

St. Charles Parish Deputy Deborah Johnston unleashes creativity in her second novel


March 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

LOCAL WRITER. Lt. Deborah Johnston has published her
second novel in a possible series of four, Tied Up In Blue. Johnston’s first novel Lambda Blue was published in 2005.
Photo by Shonna Riggs
LOCAL WRITER. Lt. Deborah Johnston has published her second novel in a possible series of four, Tied Up In Blue. Johnston’s first novel Lambda Blue was published in 2005.
Fighting crime in St. Charles Parish is a career for Lt. Deborah Johnston, but writing novels is her creative outlet, something she does in her spare time, after a long day of protecting residents.

Johnston's new novel, Tied Up In Blue, is a mystery thriller that involves a series of unsolved murders and a plot twist that sets the tone for other books to follow.

"I’m using the same two main characters from my first book,” she said.

“The readers really get a chance this time around to get intrigued with all the new changes in their lives.”

Johnston’s first novel Lambda Blue, is about a relationship between a female police detective and an attorney.

“The main character, a female police officer, transfers from New Orleans Police Department to another smaller police force and has to solve a series of murders that ties into the first novel.”

Johnston says this time around the plot thickens and the main character’s skeletons follow her.

“In the first book, the female officer is involved in a scandal,” she said.

“I continue the story but allow the characters to reveal more of themselves and their life moving to a smaller police force in a more rural setting.”

Johnston has already completed the third novel in the series.

“My next book goes all the way up to 9-11,” she said.

“I am considering a fourth novel with the same characters leading all the way up to Hurricane Katrina, but I’m not sure about that yet.”

Johnston says her writings are loosely based on some of her experiences as a law enforcement officer.

“I’d get up in the middle of the night or the wee hours of the morning and just jot down ideas,” she said.

“I’ve always written, but these are my only two published books.”

Johnston says although some scenarios in the book parody real life it’s all fictional.

“I want the reader to get a sense of what it’s really like being a police officer,” she said.

“After many years working on the force and seeing how it’s portrayed in other venues, I wanted the novel to be as close to actual situations and scenarios as possible.”




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