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Where did you do most of your writing for this fiction work? And please describe in detail. And can you please include a photo? I have a dedicated home office. I am surrounded by books and memorabilia and writing-related gifts I’ve received or bought for myself to commemorate my published works. At my corner desk, I have a Dell computer. On my left are sets of drawers and my LaserJet printer. To my right are how-to writing books in the crime fiction field, copies of all my books in various print formats, a world clock, and a pencil holder from Area 51. Flashlights, emergency radios, and portable lanterns stand at the ready in case we have a power blackout during hurricane season. I use a separate mahogany desk for correspondence, such as paying bills and sending greeting cards. On the wall are a bulletin board and various framed awards I’ve won.
What were your writing habits while writing this work- did you drink something as you wrote, listen to music, write in pen and paper, directly on laptop; specific time of day? I wake up very early and go to work while sipping a cup of coffee. My program of choice is Word on a desktop computer.
Dalton is wondering if Francine was meant to be the target. She’d been wearing Alyce’s jacket and got hit from behind. Maybe the killer attacked the wrong person.
His lips thinned. “Can I count on you to keep this confidential?”
“Aside from sharing it with my husband, yes.”
“She’s undermining my ratings. Now I know this doesn’t sound nice, but my wife figured out a way to discredit Alyce. She knew something about her. Francine and Sally are acquainted from the gym. I suggested that Sally put a bug in Francine’s ear about Alyce.”
He avoided eye contact, staring at the ground. “I thought when Alyce heard the rumor going around, she’d get upset and would leave the festival early.”
Implements? Did he know a shovel was used as the murder weapon? Or was it a guess, since the police had issued a public statement that a blunt instrument was involved?
Why is this excerpt so emotional for you? And can you describe your own emotional experience of writing this specific excerpt? Carlton’s actions were despicable. He deliberately sought to ruin another member of the food industry community. It only made his reputation, already in doubt, lower in Marla’s estimation. She resolves to continue her investigation, a sign of her tenacity and unwillingness to walk away from a challenge.
Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite gold medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards.