My third grade teacher instilled a love of reading in me that is still going strong. I try to read at least a book a week. Mother Teresa inspired me to be of service to humanity whenever I can and to focus on the needs of others instead of my own. He and I have been in the same critique group from the very beginning of my writing career, and his advice has always made my writing better.
Do you listen to music when you write? If your latest book were chocolate, what kind would it be and why? Dark chocolate infused with chili. So, they have to solve whodunnit themselves. What made you interested in writing this particular story? I wanted to write this kind of plot, where all the suspects and the sleuth are stuck together in a remote setting, so the sleuth has to solve the mystery on her own and is under constant threat of death herself from the unknown killer. What themes do you regularly re visit in your writing?
Loss is a recurring theme. How the death of someone close to you affects your character, your goals in life, and how you react to death again. My brother died of a sudden massive heart attack when he was in his early thirties, and that loss in my own life probably drives me to repeatedly explore the theme in my fiction. And, writing murder mysteries gives me plenty of opportunities to do so! Unlike in many cozies, where the victim is someone who everyone hates and no one misses, most of my victims are deeply mourned by those who were close to them, as murder victims are in real-life.
Mandy suffered a devastating loss the summer before her senior year in high school—both of her parents were killed in a car accident. This forces her to become more independent and self-sufficient, even though she moves in with her uncle, whose whitewater rafting outfitting business she was working for that summer.
It also gives her a fragility when she experiences subsequent losses. And, her fierce independence hinders her in forming a strong love relationship with Rob Juarez.
Through the series, Mandy has to work on these issues. Mandy also loves being in the outdoors and on the river. Communing with nature relieves her stress and grounds her, and running whitewater rapids focuses her concentration and thrills her. So, working as a whitewater rafting guide and as a river ranger are a natural choice of occupations for her. Describe your protagonist as a mash-up of three famous people or characters. The third books in both of my mystery series will be released this year, so I will be busy promoting them.
The third books in both series will appear in Congratulations on your book, Beth! Your protagonist sounds like my kind of gal. She's an empty-nester been there ; she's loyal to her family and finds strengths she never knew she had in this first of a series by Beth Groundwater.
May 04, 2009
I can't wait to see what she does next. A very well-written mystery with quite a few surprises. I highly recommend it. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments.
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