Talking Thrillers with Author Colleen Helme: Marked for Murder

meet colleen helme

Author biography: As the author of the bestselling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, USA Today Bestselling Author Colleen Helme is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego.


“Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble…I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” 


Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.


Marked for Murder is the 12th book in the USA Today bestselling Shelby Nichols series. Get your copy here


TFx: Where did you come up with the idea for Marked for Murder?

Helme: “Marked for Murder is number twelve in my Shelby Nichols Mystery Adventure Series. Each book is a stand-alone, but they do build on each other.


For each book I write, the title is my inspiration for the book content. I had listened to a podcast on stalkers and this gave me the idea for the plotline for my main character, Shelby Nichols. Although she is dealing with multiple issues, this is the main one in this book, and let me tell you, it’s kind of creepy!”


TFx: What can you tell us about the book's setting?

Helme: “The setting for the book is the city in which she lives, so she doesn’t travel this time. But, as a mind reader she has her own consulting business, so that keeps her busy.


On top of that, she is also a consultant for the police, but keeps her mind reading a secret by telling them she has ‘premonitions.’ This works great for them, but she also has ties to a mob boss who knows her secret, and who calls on her mind reading skills to help him with his business.


In essence, she works for both sides of the law, and, needless to say, it can lead to some insane moments for her.”


TFx: What are you reading now, and what good books have you read lately?

Helme: “Right now I am reading the first book in Lyndee Walker’s Nichelle Clarke Series, Front Page Fatality, and I’m really enjoying it.


I also listen to audio books, and I’ve just finished Matthew Mather’s Cyber Storm. That book was great, but kept me up at night worrying about something like that actually happening. I even bought some extra food to have on hand! I plan to read all the authors on Thrillerfix this summer and can’t wait to get started.”


TFx: What’s next for the Shelby Nichols series?

Helme: “For my next book in the series, Shelby will be heading back to New York. This means meeting the New York Manettos and encountering some pretty intense moments with the mob family’s past.


There’s also another thread in the book of a killer that she’ll be tracking, which I’m excited about, but I don’t want to say too much right now – except that it will be another exciting adventure!”


Trouble follows Shelby Nichols


Why wouldn't it?


She works for a mob boss.


And the police.


A desperate call from a friend in need turns Shelby’s life upside down. Someone is out to prove that Shelby is a fake, marking her for murder. How far will they go?


As the clock ticks down, she realizes no one is safe, and it’s up to her to stop them. Will she succeed? Let’s hope so, because time is running out...


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