My guest today is Jackie King. Jackie loves books, words, and writing tall tales. She especially enjoys murdering the people she dislikes on paper.
She is a full time writer who sometimes teaches writing at
. Tulsa Community College
Her latest novel, THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE is a traditional mystery.
Jackie has also written five novellas as co-author of the Foxy Hens Series. Warm Love on Cold Streets is her latest novella and is included in the anthology THE FOXY HENS MEET A ROMANTIC ADVENTURER. Her only nonfiction book is DEVOTED TO COOKING.
She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Oklahoma Writers Federation, and Tulsa Night Writers.
Anne – Welcome back, Jackie. It’s always a treat when you drop by. Before we begin, I’d like to mention readers will find your initial Mystery We Write interview HERE.
Jackie - Hello Anne, thanks for organizing this Holiday Blog Tour and for hosting me today. It’s great that you were able to collect 15 of the best mystery writers around for this fun event.
Anne – It is wonderful, isn’t it, getting to rub elbows with such talent?! Tell us about The Inconvenient Corpse.
Jackie - If Grace Cassidy had known she was going to find a naked corpse in her hotel bed, lose every penny she had in the world, and encounter zany characters straight from the Mad Hatter’s tea party, she might have kept her usual poise when she spotted husband Charlie’s mistress at their business convention in
. She wouldn’t have left in a temper to drive up
the northern San Francisco coast. For sure she wouldn’t have stopped at the
obscure Bed and Breakfast called California Wimberly Place where she’s suddenly the prime suspect in a
Grace learns that she is made of a tougher fiber than she had thought. With the help of some zany strangers she hires on as the temporary inn sitter, where she bakes, cleans, and entertains as she works her way through the maze of conflicting stories told by the eccentric guests. Her detecting doesn’t go quite as she plans, but she muddles her way through and solves the crime.
Anne - I understand you were a little less enthusiastic about my request of a photo of your home office.
Jackie – Yes, when you asked me to provide you with two things; the first and, for me, the scariest, was a snapshot of our work area, warts and all.
You’ve never seen warts (and piles of junk and chaos) until you’ve seen my desk. The mystery to my family and friends, is how I create anything in such a clutter. But it sort of suits me. I keep my house reasonably tidy, but my office is a place where I let everything hang out. I close myself off from the mess and enter my own magic world where I create playmates called characters, and put them into a mess of trouble. But the good guys always win in the end. (I think mystery readers long for justice in the real world, that’s why we read about murder and mayhem.)
No one gets to see my office, not even my cleaning woman. So I decided that since you are forcing me to humiliate myself, I might as well go whole-hog (as we Okies say) and send a picture of me in my work clothes: pajamas and no makeup. So take a steadying breath and take a look.
Anne – Bless you! It’s reassuring to know I’m not the only one who drags herself out of bed each morning and heads directly to the computer! Oh, and if you’re worried about who is messier, you should see my desk! Now, about my next question…
Jackie - Your second request was a piece of cake: either page 69 or page 96 of one of my mysteries. How fun is that?
I’ve chosen page 69 of my cozy mystery THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE:...........
“I didn’t mean to startle you,” Theodora said in a tone spun from silk. She glanced at the tray and her face registered approval. “Ah, the cookies that our Sergeant Harper so admired look lovely on that platter. It’s evident that you’re a woman who entertains with flair.” She moved closer and her eyes sparkled. “Yummy, the strawberries look so luscious they seem decadent.”
Silver-tipped fingernails swept over the tea tray and a fluttering of teal and rose chiffon floated through the air. Theodora had found time to again change. The woman was a clothes horse.
Grace smoothed her ivory T-shirt. Why were so many of her clothes in neutral colors? Theodora made her feel as if she were a wren entertaining a South American cockatiel.
“I knew you’d appreciate the strawberries,” Grace said. “I brought them especially for you since I’ve heard you mention that you don’t care for pastry.” She grinned knowingly. “I’m surprised you could pull yourself away from the charming Walter.”
“My dear! Leaving Walter is always a sacrifice but very necessary. I adore romance, but I consider marriage a disease, and was long ago immunized by one serious and painful bout. However, if I hang around Walter too long, I sometimes find myself forgetting my vow to stay single.”
“Maybe you should let go and just enjoy the romance-ride.” Grace slipped her list out from under the Town and Country magazine and folded it into a small square, her gaze on Theodora. “If you find yourself reaching for the gold ring, call me and I’ll tell you war stories that would scare even a veteran like yourself.” She slipped the paper into her pocket.
Theodora smiled but said nothing. She reached down for a berry and bit into it, uttering a sensual groan.
“Delicious. Absolutely wonderful. Let me get my cup of tea and we can visit."
“I have a pot ready to brew,” Grace said. “I was just waiting for everyone to gather.” She rose to her feet and stepped toward the sink.
Anne – I can’t wait to read more of THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE. (It’s downloaded onto my Kindle, btw. I just need more time to read it!)Where can readers reach you online?
Jackie – At my website, http://www.jacqking.com/ My blog: Cozy Mysteries and Other Madness can be found at: http://bnbmysteries.blogspot.com
I’d love to have readers ‘friend’ me on Facebook. I’m listed as Jacqueline King http://www.facebook.com/Jacqking
Anne – tell us about your giveaway for the Mystery We Write Blog Tour.
Jackie - Hi Readers, be sure and leave a comment on today’s post and your name will go into a drawing to be held at the end of our tour for
FREE BOOKS. I’m
giving away a signed copy of my cozy mystery THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE and
another signed copy of the anthology THE STATEHOOD FOXY HENS AND MURDER MOST FOWL containing my novella The Spinster, the Pig and the
Orphan. The book celebrates a Land Run in 1889 Guthrie, . Names will be drawn at random from those who take time to leave a
comment. Oklahoma Territory
Anne – Thank you so much for stopping by on the second Mystery We Write Blog Tour, Jackie. It’s been a blast, and I’m looking forward to next year’s version!
AKA Update: I’m visiting Wendy Gager today. Please drop by her blog, and leave a comment to win one of three e-copies of Frank, Incense and Muriel, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. The winners will be announced December 9.
Tomorrow on Day 7 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour my guest is TimothyHallinan.
Comments are always appreciated and welcome, have a super day, and happy reading!
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