Guest Post: Marilyn Meredith

Please welcome Marilyn Meredith author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mysteries!

The Mystery That Almost Wasn’t

The publishing world is ever-changing. I’ve been around long enough to see many major publishers disappear, and smaller independent publishers appear on the scene and thrive. For many years, I’ve had my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series put out by a distinguished small press.

The latest book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, Spirit Wind was finished and sent off to the publisher. It went through the editing process. A wonderful cover had been created. Then there were signs that the publishing company might be in trouble. I didn’t receive any replies to my emails. Royalty payments were woefully behind. This press for years had been wonderful up to now, and I hoped for the best. Alas, it was not to be.

My thoughts immediately went to the fact that all the research for the book would be for naught. And my beautiful cover would never be used. And worst of all, would there every be another Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery?

Tempe has been a part of my life for so many years, she truly feels real to me. I felt like I was in mourning.

In a short time, an email was sent out to all the authors that due to many unfortunate circumstances, the publishing company’s doors would soon be closed. Thankfully, I asked and my rights were returned, including all my covers. But what was I to do next?  Spirit Wind is #17 in the series; I doubted any publisher would be interested, even though each book is complete in itself.

Yes, I knew that many authors have turned to self-publishing, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to try my hand at that. In fact, I wasn’t sure I could figure out how.

That’s when a good friend and her husband said they’d help me. There’s nothing like the friendship of fellow writers. Because of their ability and talent, Spirit Wind is now available.

There’s no way to thank them enough.

What might have been a personal tragedy, turned out to have a happy ending. Deputy Tempe Crabtree lives on to solve another mystery.

In Spirit Wind, a call from a ghost hunter changes Deputy Tempe Crabtree’s vacation plans. Instead of going to the coast, she and her husband are headed to Tehachapi to investigate a haunted house and are confronted by voices on the wind, a murder, and someone out to get them.

Thank you so much for hosting me today.

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Marilyn has had so many books published, she’s lost track of the count, but it’s getting near 40. She lives in a community similar to the fictional mountain town of Bear Creek, the big difference being that Bear Creek is a thousand feet higher in the mountains.

She is a member of Mystery Writers of American, three chapters of Sisters in Crime, and is a board member of Public Safety Writers of America.

Website URL: http://fictionforyou.com

Blog URL: http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

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Guest Post: Jodi Rath

Today we’re hosting Jodi Rath, author of The Cast Iron Skillet mystery series, talking about fantasy…jobs, that is.

Fantasy Jobs in Books

I’ve been a reader since I’ve been able to read. I read for many reasons: to learn, to find out how to fix something, to do something (like cook from recipes), to escape my everyday chaotic world—sometimes that means to go to a pretty place or sometimes that means to enter a world where the characters lives are more chaotic than mine.

When I became a writer, I realized I write about fantasy jobs that I would do if I weren’t doing what I’ve done the last twenty-eight years. I’ve held many jobs from personal lines insurance to communications to advertising to vice president of a credit union to high school English teacher to now owning a business. All of these past positions culminated into what I do now—which is split my time between teaching Ohio teachers online, educational writing on deadline monthly, and writing a culinary cozy mystery series called The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series.

I’ve always loved to work in one capacity or another. At five-years-old, I was playing magazine in my playroom using my stuffed animals and dolls as my staff. I’d take my mom’s old magazines, cut them up, paste them back together and use a red marker to scratch through (edit) the magazines. Around the age of ten, I signed up to win a set of encyclopedias at a local fair, and I WON!!! I used to spend hours closing my eyes, picking a letter then closing my eyes again and opening the book to a page and pointing—whatever entry I fell on, I would read it and then write a summary pretending to be a journalist. I was doing this for years.

As a teen, I volunteered for Special Olympics, delivered newspapers, and did summer camps. I began working as soon as I could. I’ve never been afraid of work. So, I love what I do now—all parts of my business—the monthly finances, the marketing and advertising, the teaching, the educational writing, the fictional writing, writing a mystery a month in my monthly newsletter (you can join here if you are interested in solving monthly short mysteries and winning prizes: CLICK HERE to subscribe to a mystery a month newsletter), researching for my writing, writing scripts, writing teen books, and doing artwork for children’s and teen book projects.

I do find that because I love to work, there are numerous jobs I wish I could do. That is where writing a fictional mystery series can be fun for a work-a-holic.  In The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series, Jolie Tucker and her best friend, Ava Martinez co-own Cast Iron Creations restaurant. I LOVE to cook and try out new recipes with cast iron—so I would love to do what the girls do! In the next two years, I have two more new series coming out—one is Peggy’s Purse Boutique Mystery Series, and the other is Gemma’s Bohemian Jewelry Mystery Series. You guessed it! I LOVE purses and funky, beaded jewelry. So, now I write about the jobs I wish I could do but may never get the chance to do.

Be sure to catch Jolie and Ava in their latest adventure in Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder coming June 21, 2019. 

About the book

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio where DEATH takes a delicious turn!

Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

Release Date:  06/21/19

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Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her nine cats.

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Interview: Clare O’Donohue

Let’s get to know Clare O’Donohue, author of Beyond the Pale.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

Many years ago I had a boyfriend who claimed to know my favorite place. Given that I love to travel, I was surprised that he could identify it, when I have so many places I love. So, I asked him – where? He grinned and said, “Away.” And he was so right. My perfect day would definitely involve being away. Somewhere I haven’t been before, definitely, so the whole place would be new to me. It doesn’t have to be across the globe (though I wouldn’t say no), I’m happy to explore a town even a few miles from my home. The day would begin with a diner breakfast, and a hot cup of tea. The place I’m visiting would have something of historical interest because I’m a history buff, and hopefully some art center or gallery I could wander into. I like to make things, so being around – and shopping for – handmade items is always a priority when I travel. As much as I love my family and friends, my perfect day would be a balance of “us” time and “me” time, so I could be lost in my thoughts and maybe come up with some good ideas for the next book. And then we could come together for a fantastic dinner that would include a chat with some locals and listening to music. Finally, we’d stay in a haunted hotel, because, who doesn’t like to end the evening with a ghost story 😊

What made you interested in writing this particular story? 

For this series, love of travel, is a big motivator. I wanted the country features in each World of Spies book to be a character, complex and exciting, and very real. In Beyond the Pale, that country was Ireland. My parents are from Ireland and I visit every other year, so I know it well and it was fun to walk familiar territory looking through the eyes of my characters, Finn and Hollis Larsson.

But Argentina, the setting of Breaking the Dance, was new to me. I devoured books on its history and culture but had absolutely no idea what to expect when my plane landed in Buenos Aires. I fell in love. It’s a beautiful country, with such diverse experiences – a world class city in Buenos Aires, a stark mountainous region in the north, and breathtaking scenery in the south. And the food, and wine, and – the tango. Everything about the place was wonderful. I wanted (and hope) that to come through in the book.

What themes do you regularly (re)visit in your writing? 

Relationships are big with me. In my first series, the Someday Quilts Mysteries, I focused on the beginning of a relationship as two people meet and fall in love. In the Kate Conway Mysteries it was the end of the relationship as the main character deals with the break-up of her marriage. In World of Spies, I’m having a lot of fun because I’m focusing on the middle of the relationship, after the initial romance has deepened into the daily routine of life. Hollis and Finn are a long-married couple who think they know everything about each other, but in this new situation – as accidental spies for Interpol – they are seeing each other anew and learning how to be a couple in extraordinary circumstances.

Tell us about your main character. / Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters.

Hollis is 40-year-old, slightly bored International Politics professor at a small Michigan college who gets the opportunity to help Interpol on a case. The catch is she must talk her husband Finn, a World Literature professor, into going along. Hollis is adventurous in theory, but she’s chosen a pretty safe life until the offer comes along. Finn happily lives in his imagination and isn’t a fan of going on a spy mission, but he loves Hollis. They’ve got a sexy, spirited relationship and the books, with their banter, the chases & danger, and of course the travel –  are kind of a mash-up of Nick & Nora Charles, James Bond & Rick Steves! 

Tell us a bit about yourself. / Where do you see yourself in five years – this is the time to dream big!

I’m pretty simple – art, travel, mysteries, a good cup of tea, family and friends. That’s my life and I’m happy to be in this place where it’s all working well. Life can throw curve balls so I’m as grateful for quiet moments and Sunday afternoon naps as I am for potential accolades or exciting adventures.

But speaking of adventures, a couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to see 100 countries (I’ve been to 34 and have 6 more on the docket for this year). Additionally, I’d like to take more road trips. I love jumping in the car and stopping along the way in places I’ve dreamed about, as well as places I stumble upon. One of my recent favs was the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, NC. I’ve been to 47 of the 50 states. Alaska, Idaho and North Dakota – look for me in the next few years. I love the disorienting thrill of having to find my way in strange places, and meeting people who seem different but, ultimately, have the same worries and joys I do.  I want to keep writing books – more Spies books and some stand-alones I’ve been toying with. I love my day job, as a Senior Producer in the CNN/ HLN documentary unit, so I hope I’m still at it in five years. And I’d like to do more painting and ceramics. I dabble but I’d like to get a bit more serious. Basically more of the same, with good health and people I love around me. And a cat. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a pet, so in five years I’d like to have a little feline bossing me around. I miss that.

Guest Post: Susan Van Kirk

Please welcome Susan Van Kirk, author of A Death at Tippitt Pond, talking about change…and how it isn’t always as exciting (in a positive way) as we think it is.

The Power of Change

I retired from a long teaching career in 2011, and I find myself without enough hours in the day to follow my interests. I’m excited that Encircle Publications is launching my sixth mystery on June 15. However, this enthusiasm with new interests is not true of everyone. Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who was retiring, and I could hear the anxiety in her voice as she told me she had no idea what she was going to do.

That conversation, as well as my newest book launch, caused me to think about a story I taught years ago in my high school classes. It was a short story by Anne Tyler published in The New Yorker in 1977, and it had a strange title: “Average Waves in Unprotected Waters.”

The title came from a brief scene the adult protagonist remembers from her childhood on the East Coast. Her father loved the sea, and his entire life and career revolved around it. He tried to teach his young daughter to body surf in the ocean. She simply stood still and let the waves—only average waves—slam into her. Not adapting or meeting the waves head-on actually described her personality. The story returns to the present day when the reader sees how much of the woman’s life has been dictated by her outlook. One life change led to others, and rather than meet those events head-on, she is stuck in a life where the waves crash over her. When the story ends, it is apparent she will continue to be an unhappy spectator in her own world.

That conversation and memory of Tyler’s story made me think about the way we weigh and evaluate issues in our own lives. Adapting to change is a theme discussed by countless writers. Marriages end, children move away, jobs change or disappear, grandchildren are born, parents pass away, and retirement looms. Some of these events we decide, and others are thrust upon us. How we fail to adapt is a concern of writers and readers alike.

In my new mystery, A Death at Tippitt Pond, we meet a woman, Beth Russell, whose life has not gone the way she thought it would. Fortunately for her, she learned early to rely on herself. Still, she is an anxious woman. A terrifying event was thrust upon her years earlier when she worked in New York City shortly after graduating from college. It made her less trusting of other human beings. Her mother was an anxious parent, almost to the point of paranoia.

Now, Beth receives a plane ticket and bed-and-breakfast reservation to go to a small, Midwest town called Sweet Iron and talk to a lawyer she has never met. He thinks she might be the only surviving member of a wealthy family with a tragic past. How can that be? She had two parents who loved her and raised her in upstate New York. She knows no one in Illinois, let alone a family she’s never met.

Beth is a historical researcher and genealogist, and her curiosity moves her to check this story out. What happens next is beyond her wildest imagination. Secrets from the past collide, producing a dangerous situation.

My point in these literary contemplations is that despite our anxiety and insecurities, taking carefully calculated chances rather than letting life wash over us, leads on to both self-confidence and fulfillment. Beth Russell, my fictional character, takes a chance and flies to Illinois to explore this crazy story. I decided late in life to write mysteries, and I’m so glad I did. Unlike the character in Tyler’s story, both of us took chances. I’ve loved my “retirement job;” in Beth’s case, you’ll have to read the book!

What do you think? Take chances or stay safe?

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Susan Van Kirk was educated at Knox College and the University of Illinois. Three May Keep a Secret, her first mystery novel about the small town of Endurance, was published in 2014 by Five Star Publishing/Cengage. The Locket: From the Casebook of TJ Sweeney, is an e-book novella available on Amazon.  Marry in Haste and Death Takes No Bribes are also available from Amazon in Kindle and paper formats. A Death at Tippitt Pond, a Sweet Iron Mystery, will be out June 15, 2019 from Encircle Publications. You can read about her books at http://www.susanvankirk.com

Guest Post: Kelly Brakenhoff

Say hello to Kelly Brakenhoff, author of Death by Dissertation, telling us something every writer knows, but we always have to remember.

Taking One Step at a Time

This was my face some weeks ago at 7:30 p.m. the night before I was set to run in an “Early Bird 10K Race.”

Because it dawned on me then, that I’d have to wake up by 5:00 a.m. to eat and drive 45 miles down the road in order to arrive at the starting gate at 6:45 a.m. sharp. Now, I am NOT a morning person. Somewhere between registering for the race and my training runs, I had failed to recognize obvious logic. The reason the race was called “The Early Bird” was because people wake up at a totally unrealistic hour to attend.

Even worse, after setting out my clothes, food, and shoes, I picked up the race packet and read the parking details. It was only then I noticed these words. (See photo, right)

Imagine my horror. I hadn’t trained for a 10-mile race. I’d barely trained for a 10K, which is just over 6 miles. While it was super tempting to put away my gear and back out of the race, I also knew it would be my only Spring running event. Between an April debut book launch, May graduations, and my daughter’s June wedding, it’s pretty chaotic around here. I faced one of those moments where I had to decide how badly I wanted something, and how much suffering I was willing to endure to get it.

I’m sure you’ve faced a similar decision before. There’s no clear right or wrong answer. You just choose one path and stick with it. I chose to go for it.

I decided to think of the race as two 5-mile runs. I didn’t try to break any records. I just wanted to avoid being carted off in an ambulance. After 5 miles I felt pretty good, but forced myself to stop, rest, and eat a granola bar. Then, I ran a second 5 miles. And you know what? I didn’t die.

What does this story have to do with writing? I dreamed of publishing a book for almost as long as I can remember. However, I never really paid attention to the fine print. I just wanted to write a book. It took me more than four years of writing, re-writing, and self-doubt.

Publishing Death by Dissertation checked an important item off my bucket list. I’ve now embarked on the steep learning curve that is publishing and marketing. My years of preparation were extensive, but until you lace up your shoes and run the race, you don’t know what you’ll face out there.

Today I’m celebrating that I’ve made it this far. Even if I meet unexpected bumps in the path, I know how to break things off into manageable chunks and take it step by step. Writing an 80,000 word first draft 1,657 words at a time took me more than a month of sweat and tears. It wasn’t pretty, but as Jodi Picoult says, “You can’t edit a blank page.”

I hope you’ll remember that approach the next time you have an overwhelming goal that you think you can’t finish. Doing hard things takes faith and a bit of recklessness. What’s the worst that can happen? You miss the deadline, take longer to reach the goal, or you have to walk part of the way. So what? At least you got off the couch and moved in a direction.

Go for it. Break your goal into small increments, and before you know it, you’ll be crossing the finish line, too. And I can promise you, to the finisher goes the mimosa!!

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Kelly Brakenhoff is an American Sign Language interpreter, scone baker, half-marathon runner, chocolate lover, Hufflepuff, wife & mom, dog petter, Husker fan. Death by Dissertation (April, 2019) is her first novel.

Guest Post: Terry Shames

Please welcome guest Terry Shames, author of the fabulous

I recently asked some of my mystery-reading friends, why they liked to read mysteries.  During the “stretch” portion of my gym class, I threw out the question to my fellow class members.

Here were the answers (shouted from various people as we lay on the floor stretching our hamstrings):

People like to solve puzzles.

Voyeurism. Reading about crime is better than experiencing it.

We like the idea of being scared without actually being in danger.

Readers like to pretend they are brave.

We like to see justice done.

When I asked my book club the same question, I got a couple of additional responses:

We like to see how characters grow in response to fraught situations.

We like to see not just what happened, but why, and how it gets resolved.

People are naturally curious. Without piquing our curiosity, a book isn’t very interesting, which is why at  the heart of every novel is a mystery. What would Jane Eyre be without the intriguing question of the madwoman in the attic? Would Mister Darcy in Pride and Prejudice be quite so alluring if we didn’t wonder what happened to make him so aloof? Not to mention the question of whether Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy get together in the end—and how. In the Life of Pi, the surprise at the end makes the reader wonder what really happened, after the intriguing circumstances that the novel presents. It’s an intellectual puzzle.

When reading fiction we test our powers of perception and understanding. We get a chance to learn how other people behave in certain situations. We get a chance to stretch our imagination. Mystery readers get an additional treat—a chance to test their skills at deduction. In a way, it’s like playing a game with the author.

I think a lot of mystery readers wonder how they would react in scary situations and when they are reading  a mystery novel they get to try it out.

But readers have different levels of tolerance for the tryout.  “Cozy” books are popular with many readers because  the violence of murder happens offstage, and the investigation is fairly tame. The situation is intellectually intriguing (i.e. a puzzle to work out), while not being too scary. Reading a ‘cozy’ is enjoyable because you know there will be a good dose of humor, a little romance, and a puzzling situation to try your hand at solving along with the protagonist. Nothing too frightening, but always intriguing.

Some readers have a higher tolerance for imagining violence. That’s where the thriller comes in. Most people never get a chance to prove their mettle in physical battle or in life and death situations, and reading a thriller is a vicarious way of imaging what one would do in that setting. Reading a thriller, the reader’s heart rate speeds up as he or she imagines how they would respond when backed into the seemingly impossible, violent situation. Would he run? Would she turn and fight? Would he stick up for right, knowing it might get him killed?

Even so basic an question as “What’s going to happen to the protagonist in the end?” lends an air of suspense to any novel. In mysteries there’s an additional question: will justice be served? Will order be restored from chaos? A good mystery gives the reader that satisfying end, and does so fairly, making the sure reader has enough clues along the way to feel like the ending makes sense.

In the best mystery novels, like any good book, characters change from their experience. Murder tears at the fabric of a community, and everyone involved has a reaction of some kind. How the characters are affected by the murder and their response is vital to the readers’ enjoyment. It’s no accident that Michael Connelly’s Bosch has a deep well of angst that gets stirred up by the investigations he takes on. Connelly understands that readers want to have a sense of the toll that confrontation with criminals takes on the characters in his books.

Readers  want to know not only what happened, but how it happened, and sometimes even why it happened. In A Judgement in Stone, Ruth Rendell takes to extremes the concept of why a crime happened. From the first page  the reader knows who the killer was. The rest of the novel is an exploration of why.

People have different reasons for reading mystery novels, but the bottom line is that readers want to know what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and how it’s going to get fixed. It gives them a sense of putting the world right. And they want characters they can identify with to take them through the process.

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Terry grew up in Texas, and her Samuel Craddock series, set in the fictitious town of Jarrett Creek, is based on the fascinating people, landscape, and culture of the small town where her grandparents lived. The first book in the series A Killing at Cotton Hill received the Macavity Award for Best First Mystery of 2013. It was nominated for The Strand Critics Award and a Left Coast Crime award for Best Mystery.

The Last Death of Jack Harbin was nominated for a Macavity Award for Best Novel and was named one of the top ten mysteries of 2014 by Library Journal. MysteryPeople named Shames one of the top five Texas mystery authors of 2015. Her sixth, An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock, a prequel, January 2017, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it a “superior” novel with “resonance in the era of Black Lives Matter.” 

Terry now lives in Berkeley with her husband and two rowdy terriers. She is president of Northern California Sisters in Crime and on the board of Northern California Mystery Writers of America.

Guest Post: Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Please welcome Pamela Fagan Hutchins, author of Live Wire!

Novelists get this question a lot: where’d you get the idea for that mystery you wrote? The short answer, for most of us: life, re-imagined to be even more interesting. A story a taxi driver told us. Something we read in the news. Or something that happened to us. Here’s the answer for my recent mystery, Live Wire.

In the winter and spring of 2017, I learned the hard way to trust what my animals were telling me. I had a stalker. And one day I walked in on him in my house.

I should have known better. My gut had been telling me that something was wrong, but, since my husband Eric was traveling a lot, I justified away my paranoia. I didn’t want anything to steal my peace.

My dogs told me. I ignored them. They barked like crazy when the guy would show up and hide out to watch me.

My common sense told me. I ignored it. I found food wrappers and fast food cups in the private, remote forest by our remote house.

My horse told me. I ignored her. My horse Katniss used to snort and jump sideways when we passed his hiding place.

I ignored everything and everyone until I opened the back door to find him running out the front. He ripped up our electric fence in his haste, then left footprints that disappeared into the woods half a mile from a nest he had cleared by the picture window to the bathtub.

The deputies were nice, but they didn’t believe me at first. I didn’t see the guy’s face, I didn’t keep my house dead-bolted or use an alarm or camera system. It’s the country, y’all. We don’t worry about security. So they didn’t fingerprint. They did encourage me to target shoot and keep my dogs with me and they did welfare checks on me for the next few weeks.

Eric did ninja reconnaissance of the neighborhood, dressed in camo, toting his shotgun. But the guy was “long gone.”

Except that he wasn’t. Not from how I felt (violated; see self-therapy anthem here) or in real life: he lived up the road.

How did we know, besides his escape path, that indicated he lived or parked a car close to our rural little ranch? It comes back to my horse.

A week before the incident, Eric and I were riding. A neighbor guy waylaid us, and he put his hands on Katniss’s face. You don’t approach a horse and rider and put your hands on that horse, especially the face. And Katniss is snotty. She doesn’t like anyone but me touching her face, and only if I have treats to put in the mouth end of it.

But she let this guy do it.

He proceeded jabber for half an hour, without ever acknowledging Eric, and repeatedly told me that if I ever saw him in the woods, it was just because he was care taking for neighbors.

Weird.

After the incident, we put up video cameras. Thirteen of them. At the place where the guy’s boot prints disappeared from our property, we recorded Katniss 2 nights in a row at 5 am standing for 45 minutes with her head over the fence. She had no reason to be there. There’s no gate. The only reason she even comes to the gate by our house is for food. And it hit us: she was waiting for food. Someone was feeding her there. At 5 am. Repeatedly.

The same person she’d let touch her face?

We asked our neighbors whether they used this guy for care taking. None had. I ran criminal background checks on every male neighbor within 2 miles. One came back as a multiple felon: yep—our guy.

Fast forward to a week after the incident. Eric walked into a gas station. The guy was there, talking to someone at the counter. He saw Eric and ran out the back door, dropping what he was holding.

If we weren’t sure before, that did it. We called the deputy. He was a country boy, so he “got it” about Katniss. The deputy offered to charge him with criminal trespass. But what good would that do? He’d be out of the slammer in a hot minute, if he was convicted.

And he’d be pissed. I declined.

So that’s the incident that inspired my new mystery Live Wire. In it, you’ll see my experience woven into the plot.

As for me, I practice my shooting. I keep my dogs with me. I check my cameras, lock my doors now, and use an alarm system now. If this happens again, we’re hoping to nail him on all of it. So he can go back to jail for a long, long time.

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Pamela Fagan Hutchinsis a wannabe barrel racer afraid of going fast, a lover of ribeye, a fangirl podcaster of author interviews, and author of the USA Today-bestselling and Silver Falchion Best Mystery-winning What Doesn’t Kill You series, including Live Wire, Saving Grace, and many others.

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