My guest today is Alice Duncan. Welcome,
! When did you first realize you were destined to be an author? Alice
Mind you, the question itself seems stupid to me now. What a child will be when he or she grows up is an adult human being, a condition that comes with its own limitations. Puppies grow up to be dogs, just like kittens grow up to be cats. Personally, I prefer puppies to kittens and dogs to cats, but that’s bias on my part. Both dogs and cats are easier to get along with than your average adult human being. I think, although I’m not sure, that we’re each born with certain talents.
I wish I’d been born with a gift for making money, which sounds a whole lot more useful than being born possessed of a way with words.
Anne – LOL! I honestly believe there are people like that. Unfortunately, I’m not one of them. What activity (cause, charity, organization) consumes your time when you’re away from the keyboard?
Anne – You won’t get any argument from me. I’ve always neutered my pets. It just seemed like the responsible thing to do. Tell us about your most recent release.
PECOS VALLEY REVIVAL: It’s early October 1923, and three interesting things are going on in the generally dull town of
: the fall cattle drive, the fall rodeo, and a tent revival. Rosedale, New Mexico
Annabelle Blue is excited about the first two events. The last one might be okay if it weren’t for the Reverend Milo Strickland’s sister, Esther, whose ethereal loveliness has captivated all the men in town, including Annabelle’s long-time beau, Phil Gunderson.
Although Phil seems to hang around with Esther a lot more than Annabelle deems proper, she enjoys the rodeo with her best friend, Myrtle Howell—until one of the stars of the rodeo, Kenny Sawyer, falls ill and later dies.
Shocked to learn that Kenny was poisoned, Annabelle begins to do some snooping. There are a plethora of suspects to choose from. Unfortunately, those suspects include her own brother-in-law, who appears to be enamored of a woman other than Annabelle’s sister; Kenny Sawyer’s erstwhile lady love; the husband of her brother-in-law’s assumed lover; and even Annabelle’s horrid twelve-year-old brother, Jack.
When Hazel Fish, the worst gossip in
Rosedale, is killed after Annabelle gives in to her friend Myrtle’s wheedling and goes to a revival meeting, life in Rosedale becomes downright frightening.
Next is FALLEN ANGELS: Transplanted Boston Brahmin, Mercy Allcutt, has had some very exciting times as secretary to private investigator, Ernie Templeton. While it’s true she’s been in what she considers a wee bit of trouble (and Ernie considers out-and-out danger) a time or two, she’s determined to continue learning the ways of the “real” world.
However, when she sets out to find her wandering boss, Ernie, one hot September afternoon, she not only discovers a corpse, but she also finds Ernie, bound and gagged. Worse, when the police arrive to investigate the crime, they peg Ernie as the killer.
Well, Mercy isn’t about to let them get away with that, no matter how many times Ernie tells her to butt out of the police inquiry. The only question is whether she’ll survive her investigatorial efforts once again, or if she’ll become one more “Fallen Angel.”
Last but not least, GENTEEL SPIRITS. Daisy Gumm Majesty is back, and she’s up to her ears again. Not only does she have to deal with her husband Billy’s declining health and her dog Spike’s obedience training, but she’s been hired by Lola de la Monica, a fabulously spoiled silent-screen beauty, to be her spiritual advisor on the set of her next picture. As if this wasn’t already enough, a friend asks her to find out who’s been sending him poison-pen letters. Her problems only multiply when Sam Rotondo, Billy’s best friend and Daisy’s worst nightmare, is stationed on the same picture set as she!
Anne – Three books in one year. That is impressive! Of all the characters you’ve created, does one hold a special place in your heart? Why?
Anne - Any words of advice for struggling, unpublished writers?
Anne – Where can readers reach you online?
Anne – Tell us how to enter the draw for your giveaway.
Anne – Thank you,
. It’s been a joy chatting with you today. Alice
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AKA Update: I’m visiting Jean Henry Mead 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 11 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour my guest will be John M. Daniel.
Comments are always appreciated and welcome, have a super day, and happy reading!
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