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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 wrote most of CRIMINAL MISDEEDS while sitting on my couch. I like to be in a quiet, comfortable place when I write. My couch is a good place to relax with my laptop. To be honest, it’s not the most comfortable couch and I have to sit on a big throw pillow to spare myself from back pain.
What is the summary of this specific fiction work? Detective Carrie Shatner comes from a long line of criminals, and, while she’s reluctant to admit it, she’s somewhat proud of her ancestry. As far back as the Shatners can be traced, they have been breaking the law and running from it, too. It’s a family tradition. Over the years, Carrie has tried to distance herself from her family’s criminal activities. But that is easier said than done. Carrie works for the Wyatt County Sheriff’s Department in Eastern Texas, and her main job is to cover up her family’s crimes and keep them out of jail.
Good news: the dead man is not a Shatner.
Bad news: the Shatners are now suspects in a homicide investigation.
Soon, the fairgrounds are overrun with law enforcement, including a Texas Ranger who is taking over the investigation. Sergeant Jerrod Hardy has never met any of the Shatners, but he has heard plenty of stories about their criminal activities – most of which are true. Even though Hardy’s initial suspect list is entirely made up of Shatners, even he’s having trouble believing that any of Shatners were dumb enough to kill someone and then leave the body at the scene of the family’s party.
Please include the excerpt and include page numbers as reference. The excerpt can be as short or as long as you prefer. Excerpt from CRIMINAL MISDEEDS (pages 1-2)
Were there any deletions from this excerpt that you can share with us? And can you please include a photo of your marked up rough drafts of this excerpt. I didn’t delete too much from the scene, but I did rewrite it a lot. Getting it worded right was a process. I didn’t want to include too much that wasn’t necessary, but I wanted to make sure that I included the crucial facts. I also wanted to keep it humorous.
Other works you have published? The second Carrie Shatner Mystery, CRIMINAL CHOKEHOLD, is due out later this year.
Anything you would like to add? Thanks for the interview!