Miranda Writes by Gail Ward Olmsted

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A disgraced attorney seeking redemption. A single mother desperate to regain custody of her son. Two women willing to risk it all to put a sexual predator behind bars.

Former Assistant District Attorney Miranda Quinn is on the brink of a career comeback when she gets a phone call. It’s a witness who disappeared three years earlier, resulting in a violent criminal going free. Miranda got fired as a result, but the witness has re-surfaced with a shocking story to tell; one that implicates Miranda and her ex, defense attorney Adam Baxter. And now, there’s a new victim.

Miranda’s legal advice blog-turned-podcast Miranda Writes is about to become a daytime TV show, but the negative press could destroy her credibility. Will the network stand behind her?

When it comes to the law, Miranda has all the answers, but the questions are getting harder and the stakes are getting higher. The dangerous web of lies and cover-ups she exposes leaves her questioning just how much she is willing to risk. She has the right to remain silent, but needs to speak up… doesn’t she?

Miranda Writes is a story of how far we’ll go to protect those we love and the power of second chances.

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We are talking today with Miranda Quinn, a former Assistant District Attorney, who has turned a legal advice blog and weekly podcast into a daytime TV show. Welcome Miranda!

Miranda: Thank you for having me, but the TV show hasn’t actually aired yet; we’re shooting the pilot episode next month. Fingers crossed.

Well this must be a very exciting time for you.

Miranda: Yes, I am thrilled with the support that I have received from the Sterling Broadcast Group and all the sponsors. And of course, my family and friends.

Our listeners are dying to know how you got started.

Miranda: After I left the District Attorney’s office, I created a legal advice blog. I helped a neighbor with a landlord dispute and it made me remember how much I loved helping people. So I wrote it up and posted it online. I got an enthusiastic response so I posted another, then another. And here we are.

But wasn’t there a long period of time between leaving your job and actually starting the blog?

Miranda: Ummm…. Yeah, I’ll admit there were a few dark days back then, camped out on my dad’s couch. Lots of ice cream and even more wine, ha ha. Wait, can we cut that? I would rather focus on the TV show.

No worries we’ll edit that out before it airs. So that must have been very stressful for you.

Miranda: Well, sure but I was lucky. I had my dad‘s support and friends I could trust.

How do you decide if you can trust someone?

Miranda: Until three years ago, I would have said that I was a very trusting person. But that was before the case that tanked my entire career blew up. The witness that I was counting on to testify disappeared and I’ve recently discovered that my boyfriend at the time was responsible. So I’m afraid that trust will be in relatively short supply for the foreseeable future.

That certainly sounds understandable. So, switching gears, when you walk into a room what do you notice first?

Miranda: Is there shrimp cocktail?

Hmmm. Second?

Miranda: Is there cake?

I am beginning to sense a theme. Moving on, what are you most afraid of?

Failure. I failed big time when my last case as a prosecutor fell apart and a violent criminal went free. With my upcoming TV show, I hope there will be enough viewers so we don’t get canceled right after the pilot airs. That would really suck. Sorry, that would stink.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

I would wish for world peace, naturally, but closer to home? That my dad lives a long and healthy life. He means the world to me. If you’re listening, ‘Hi Pop!’

What do you like best about yourself?

I am willing to work very hard to achieve my goals and I always send thank-you notes. Seriously, my mother was a real stickler.

What do you like least about yourself?

I don’t floss regularly and I can get a bit obsessed with my work, whether as a prosecutor or now as a TV talk show host of Miranda Writes.

I like it. Miranda Writes. Like you have the right to remain silent… Clever, how did you come up with that?

Miranda: Soon after I started blogging, I was drinking wine with my best friend Tracey. And she was reading my latest post and said- ‘well, wouldja look at that? Miranda writes.’ And it stuck.

What do you like best about your best friend?

I love everything about Tracey. She is the most energetic, enthusiastic and loyal person i have ever known. She has had my back since grade school, knows where all the bodies are buried and she loves me anyway. I am so lucky to have her in my life.

What do you like least about your best friend?

She is married to the perfect guy! I’m not jealous, but there have been times, especially since my most recent breakup, that I wish she was free to hang out more. But with her job, Mr. Perfect and adorable twin boys, it’s hard for her to drop everything, you know? But she’s happy and for that I’m grateful.

What’s your greatest source of frustration?

People who cut corners, who always make it to the front of the line. Like ‘yeah, there are rules or laws for a reason but they don’t apply to me.’ It’s infuriating!

What’s your greatest source of joy?

When I can help someone to navigate the legal system, to find justice for them. And to see convicted criminals sentenced to long prison terms.

Didn’t they call you Quinn for the Win when you were with the District Attorney’s office?

Miranda: Wow, I haven’t heard that one for a while.

If you could change anything about your life what would it be?

Miranda: To see the criminal that walked last time behind bars and a Daytime Emmy would totally rock!

Thank you for being with us today Miranda.

Miranda: Thank you. And watch for Miranda Writes on September 8th!

4 out of 5 (very good)

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Miranda is an up-and-coming lawyer, with a gorgeous boyfriend everything seems to be going great until her key witness disappears and everything comes crashing down on her. It has taken her a year to start building things back up when a ghost from the past calls her will Miranda be able to make things right?

This is a really easy-going laid-back story. There are bits where it is a bit fraught but it flows so well I was able to read through it all quite quickly without feeling I had got lost. It was a fun book fair enough, the case she deals with is not the nicest and could cause a trigger for some people as it involves rape and murder, but the subjects are both handled delicately and sensitively.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and loved the ending I don't want to say too much as I don't want to spoil it for others but I was happy with it.

A recommended read from me.

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Gail Ward Olmsted was a marketing executive and a college professor before she began writing fiction on a fulltime basis. A trip to Sedona, AZ inspired her first novel Jeep Tour. Three more novels followed before she began Landscape of a Marriage, a biographical work of fiction featuring landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, a distant cousin of her husband’s, and his wife Mary.

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