Monday, October 20, 2008
Grandmother, Your Books are so Weird by Carol Shenold
And grandmother, what big teeth you have. Yes. I bite. Or at least, some of my characters do, and I love it. I’m not the sit in the rocker and knit kind of grandmother, not that I haven’t tried knitting, crocheting and all of the other crafty things. I even had fun with them. But once a seriously began writing while keeping up with kids, a full-time job and etc., crafts of the non-writing kind went by the wayside. Almost. I still paint some and play the hammered dulcimer.
I don’t write sweet inspirational romances. My characters have teeth, and smart mouths, stand up for their beliefs and deal with what comes their way, even if it includes the odd witch, vampire or were wolf and murder. I have a blast. It took adding the paranormal elements to my mysteries to really find my voice.
I love throwing the impossible at ordinary small town people, then letting them react to what they see, even when they have a difficult time accepting what’s in front of them. My main character, Tali Cates, has moved home, with her children, and lives in her childhood home in Love, Texas. Now she not only has to confront her past, in the form of J.T. Bellows, the town sheriff, and her mother. But, she finds out that the unseen world is not so hidden as she thought. She is not only forced to face murder, she has to use her paranormal gift to confront things she never believed existed.
In, “Privy to Murder,” the first in the Tali Cates series, Tali confronts Mag-the-terror, the ghost of an old rival who, once she is murdered, insists that her death is solved, by Tali of course. Tali’s mother complicates things by channeling spirits to interfere with Tali’s attempts at a normal life.
“Bloody Murder” introduces murder to the Love County Fair beauty contest. Tali’s son, Sean, becomes convinced that Tali’s new boyfriend is a vampire, and the scent of witch craft hovers in the air. Her new friend couldn’t be a vampire, now could he?
I love mixing genres, pushing envelopes, putting ordinary people into extraordinary situations and waiting to see what happens. Plus, humor is an absolute must for me. My characters never get to take themselves too seriously. Then, neither do I.
Thanks to Yankee Romance Reviews for letting me visit. I will be drawing one random commenter. So be sure and comment on this post for your chance to win a copy of “Privy to Murder,” the Tali Cates e-book that started it all. If you win, we will need your e-mail addy. Cheers and good luck.
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