Jackson Birkman has the perfect life: the lead role on the popular detective show “Dispatching David,” millions of adoring fans, celebrity status, and a beautiful girlfriend. After five seasons, “Dispatching David” has just been cancelled. With the final episode quickly approaching, Jackson is worried about more than just his future acting career. His once massive fortune is dwindling and his girlfriend Clara is pressuring him to propose.
When Jackson unexpectedly dies on the set of the TV show during filming, everyone speculates whether it was suicide or murder. Why would Jackson commit suicide? If it was a setup, who would want Jackson to die? And most importantly, what was the motive of the murderer? As the investigation continues, Officer Wilson inches closer to the truth, uncovering Jackson’s secrets. She begins to think no one really knew Jackson at all, but is determined to solve the case, no matter the cost.
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
No, I used to when I was younger though. I bring a book with me when I’m travelling though if that counts!
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Probably “the bad one!”
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
My favorite places to read are either on my couch curled up with a blanket or laying in my hammock outside.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
If I’m not writing or reading, then I’m either working or hanging out with my husband at a coffeeshop or brewery.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
Only if my husband stops me from going inside!
6. What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of finally completing my first novel because being an author has been my dream ever since I was 8.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
The first time I was able to hold my book in my hands, it was the best feeling. I felt a rush of emotions, reflecting on the entire writing, editing, and self-publishing process and everything I went through to reach this accomplishment.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
To all aspiring writers, don’t give up. If you are truly passionate about writing and have the dedication and drive needed to become an author, then you will make it happen.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
If I could interview anyone, it would be JK Rowling. The Harry Potter series was the first series I ever read on my own and is what inspired me to become a writer.
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write in the morning while sitting on my couch.
Thank you, Nichole Heydenburg and Love Books Group
About the author
Nichole Heydenburg earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in theatre from Adrian College in 2014. Her one act play “The Hidden Story” won a playwriting contest and was performed at her alma mater in 2015. She also had several poems published in “The Oxcart” literary magazine. Nichole has been working full-time as the Content Manager for a start-up company for 3 years. When she isn’t writing, Nichole enjoys going on adventures with her husband, reading, playing board games, and the occasional mimosa. “The Long Shadow on the Stage” is her first novel. She currently resides near Asheville, NC with her husband, Zed.