Yolanda Renée

Cypress, Like the Tree - Yolanda Renée

A detective entered the room. I knew he was a detective before he even opened his mouth because his superior than thou aura wafted off him like cheap aftershave. Tall, thin, and rumpled, he reminded me of an anorexic Clark Kent. Was this Superman in disguise?

“Mrs. Allan,” he offered his hand. “I’m Detective Cypress, like the tree.”

About Renée:

Looking for a new adventure, Renée recently moved to Myrtle Beach South Carolina. A storyteller from a very early age, an avid reader, and with an education and background in business and accounting, becoming a writer only made sense. And writing mysteries pure logic.
At one-time adventure was my middle name, now I just write it. In my early twenties, I traveled to Alaska on vacation, fell in love with the state, and decided to stay awhile. I was privileged to hike the Brooks Range, travel the state from Valdez to Prudhoe Bay, and sleep under the midnight sun and the Aurora Borealis. Now my books all seem to start out in Alaska, but a more exciting place, I haven't yet visited. Although, Paris is a goal! 

In another life, the one before writing became my curse (something you have to do), I graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration specializing in accounting. As finance manager, I played with numbers. I loved the logic. 

Organization is my forte, so I graduated with a Masters in Organizational Management, but the lessons learned there soured me on the corporate world. No that's not true the classes gave me hope for the future. But the real world still works from the notion that what's best for the bottom line is best for the company. In graduate school, I was taught that what's best for the worker is best for the company, but I've come to realize that it will be a long, long while before the rules change. I've seen the changes with a few companies like Starbucks, but it's few and far between. 

My escape was always through reading, and I've been a collector of books since I was old enough to purchase them. At one time, I had a collection of Zane Grey (author who wrote novels set in the old west) stories that would astound you. On the North Slope, it was all they sold, but I loved them!
Writing was always something I dabbled in, but once the corporate life was behind me, writing and publishing became a real goal. Mysteries have always been a favorite genre; I've combined mystery, romance and a touch of horror to my stories, whether it is novel length, a short story or my favorite, flash fiction.

I just completed the fourth book in the Detective Quaid Mystery Series, set in Alaska, THE SNOWMAN, is the prequel to the first three books. 





I’ve also won a place in the 2015 IWSG Anthologies Parallels: Felix Was Here I entered and won with Ever-Ton. So I am doubly thrilled to be here with the  Tick-Tock: A Stitch In Crime, winners with Cypress, Like The Tree. Follow the links for purchase.
You can learn more about my books and writing via my many websites/blog such as Defending the Pen.
Defending the Pen is where I discuss my books, my writing, and where I conduct interviews of other artists, and where I participate in other blog hops such as the WEP and IWSG.
My advice to the new writer: Understand that to pursue creativity, to make writing your passion is both a curse and a blessing - a curse because rejection is soul-crushing - a blessing because rejection is soul-crushing, but moving beyond it is what makes your writing even better.
That some of my stories mirror my life, only coincidence. Honest!
Please check out my various sites, you can find me under the name Yolanda Renée. The links are here FacebookTwitter: @YolandaRenee – Defending the PenMurderous ImaginingsPinterest -- AmazonTick Tock Mysteries -- Parallels -- GoodreadsInstagram

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Cypress, Like The Tree by Yolanda Renée


  1. All the very best! The site looks great.

    1. Thanks, Nila!
      The work you and Denise and Olga did on the WEP, WOW, superb!


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