My mother had Rheumatoid Arthritis, but Dad never missed a church service taking us kids to church. I have had my ups and downs with my faith, but I’ve never given up on God. I’ve come to the conclusion there are some things we will not have the answers to while on this earth. And that is alright – in Pro. 3:5 we are told to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” That is the verse Trixie holds on to in “Death in Dahlonega.”
I love how you use your life experiences in your writing. Tell us three things about you that would surprise your readers.
I went back to college in my early 40’s and graduated at the age of 45 in 1999.
I’ve had Fibromyalgia since 1992.
I’m a novice photographer and love macro shots of nature. I’ve had a showing of my photographs at our local hospital.
Were you an avid reader as a child? What did you read?
Yes, yes and yes. I’ve been saying lately that I came out of the womb reading 🙂 Mysteries have always been my favorites and I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon.
What is your favorite genre to read now?
Gee – would you believe mysteries? LOL However, since I’ve been reviewing books for my blog I have read just about every genre there is and I feel I’ve opened a whole new world of reading for me. I would encourage others to read outside their safety zone – favorite genre – and discover a whole new world.
I have learned to read outside of my zone, as well. Although I love romances, I enjoy mysteries and thrillers and would like to try my hand at writing one soon. As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
Yes – When I was a teenager I started a mystery. I think I made it to page 3 or 4.
I have a lot of those “starters” too!! When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?
I started writing when I went back to college and took a creative writing course. I knew then I wanted to publish something. In 2001 I published my first article in a historical magazine “Georgia Backroads” and I’ve been writing for them since then. I still write because I still have goals in my writing I haven’t reached yet. Also, I love it and it helps me keep my sanity in a stressful world.
Oh, you are so right about the therapy that writing brings to your life! How long did you write before you sold your first book?
I wrote consistently for four years.
How many books do you have published?
I have one book published, my debut cozy “Death in Dahlonega” published by Lamp Post Publishing. I’ve just sent off my manuscript for the second in the Trixie Montgomery series “Murder in Marietta.” I’m working on my third in the series, “Terror on Tybee Island.”
Well, you are a busy girl! Tell us about your latest book.
Trixie Montgomery has gone through a rough divorce. She has moved back to her home town of Vans Valley, Georgia where she moved in next door to her mother and great-aunt Nana. Trixie goes to work to supplement her income. She writes for “Georgia by the Way” a historical magazine. Her best friend Dee Dee accompanies her on a trip to Dahlonega, Georgia where Trixie is working on an article about the Gold Rush Days – an arts and crafts festival. They are watching a film on the actual gold rush days when Dee Dee excuses herself to go tinkle. While she’s gone she decides to snoop around and she stumbles upon a dead body. Not thinking she pulls out the pickaxe and is found holding the bloody murder weapon. The victim, John Tatum, happens to be a man that Dee Dee had a run in with earlier that day. She rises to the top of the suspects list and when the town sheriff doesn’t seem to be looking for anyone else, Trixie decides to help her best friend. Together they must find the real killer to keep Dee Dee out of the slammer!
This is a short, easy read and I hope it will be something my readers can sit down and read for pure enjoyment after a hard, stressful day. I hope Trixie, Dee Dee and Nana’s antics will give you a laugh out loud moment.
I love that you want your readers to experience joy when they are reading your books. What inspired you to write this particular book?
I’ve always loved to read so I think it was natural that I’d transition into writing. Mysteries have been my genre of choice since I was a young girl and loved to read Nancy Drew. Cozy mysteries are one of my favorites and Ann George has been a big influence on my writing. As for writing Christian Fiction – Margaret Daley’s books were a big influence. I’d written several articles on Dahlonega and I loved the setting. It was an easy choice for me.
Do you put yourself into your main character, or do you find yourself borrowing from family or friends as your characters develop?
My goodness yes – but that’s all I’m going to say. 🙂
I’m right there with ya! Is there any scene in your book that came from a real-life happening?
Yes, there are several, but one of them would be when my girlfriend and I took a trip to Dahlonega Gold Rush Days. We really did eat trail mix and we really did sing to Alan Jackson.
Are you a plotter, a pantster, or somewhere in between, and can you elaborate on your answer?
I’m definitely a panster. I have a general outline on how I want the manuscript to progress, but that’s it. Then I might do a general outline for each chapter, but none of it is done in detail. Now after I’ve written a chapter I will go in Microsoft One Note and detail the chapter so I can keep up with my characters, timeline, setting, etc.
I do exactly the same thing. I definitely keep up with what’s in a chapter. It makes the synopsis so much easier!
Now that we have covered the details of your life and your books, tell us where our readers can find you on the internet.
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