October 29, 2016

A Mystery with a Bad Good-Guy

Corporate Guy Has A Moral Dilemma.I’m reading a mystery, Jo Nesbo’s The Son, with a bad good guy. I find myself cheering for him when he kills worse bad guys. But, he tends to kill them in the same way they’ve killed others, which isn’t pretty.

Usually we are cheering for the hero. We want them to get to whatever goal they have in the story–whether it’s to get the girl or boy or to find the killer or to escape alive. Nesbo created a wonderful bad guy who brought back memories of TV series Breaking Bad. Most viewers recognized our two heroes, Walter White and Jesse, as very bad. But, if you were like me, I didn’t want them to get caught. The tension in the series was to see if our heroes/villains would escape the law. The same is true in Nesbo’s book. But Nesbo also turns the table in another way. The good guys–the top police–are very bad. So the bad guy is the good guy and the good guy is the bad guy.

Do I have you totally confused?

What creates suspense? Here are some tips I learned as I read The Son.

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You can believe the motives even if you wouldn’t use the same methods. If the character is too good or too bad, he/she becomes boring and predictable.

Often these even worse bad guys have enormous power that reaches beyond borders. Your bad character might be doing bad things for the best of reasons, but your antagonists are doing bad things for greed, money, more power.

When he’s up against the minor bad guys, the reader knows he’ll be okay. If the reader has to worry about him at every turn, the tension is lessened when it really matters. It reminds me of when Zubin Mehta, the famous conductor, talked about Ravel’s Bolero. He said, “The same bars are played throughout the piece, over and over. But, the orchestra must hold some back so that when it erupts in the end, it is magnificent.”

Most readers don’t mind being in the mind of a bad guy–even a good bad guy–so long as it’s temporary. Furthermore, you need to show the really bad guys who are scheming against your character. If your guy knows what they’re doing, the suspense lessens. Alternating or various third person views create that kind of tension. But, by all means, don’t try and write in the omnipresent!

These are the ideas about creating tension and a good read when the good guy is really bad. What suggestions do you have?

PS. I just thought of another good bad guy book: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… Agree?

What in the World are People Thinking?

As you walk down the hall at work or through the aisles in the grocery store, do you imagine thoughts in other people’s heads? Are they thinking about how much their feet hurt or wondering what their spouse will get them for Christmas or thinking about a friend who might be in the hospital? All of us have very busy minds. We are thinking all the time. But, I’d venture to say that you’re too busy thinking about you to wonder what others are thinking. UNLESS you’re a writer.

73af806b7ef840091923ee678ea4c0efIn fact, if you see a writer in the grocery store or at work, they are probably wondering what you are thinking. One of our jobs is to get in the minds of our characters. We think our character’s thoughts. Sometimes they are clear thoughts and other times they are snippets of thought or fragments.

Here are some tips for getting into your character’s head:

  1. Don’t write every thought. Otherwise you’ll drive your readers nuts.
  2. Imagine that character and what might be going on with them. Imagine their unique personality. For example if your character us obsessive compulsive, they might get off on something small–some little noticed tidbit they can’t let go. This might be just the thing that solves a case.
  3. Make sure the thoughts are relevant to the story. Random thoughts are what people have all the time, but as writers we must ferret out the ones that matter to the story we’re telling.
  4. Don’t spend too much time in the character’s mind. Too much internal dialogue can drive readers to put your book down and never pick it up again.

So, what are you thinking about? Can you give us a few of your usual thoughts? We might use them the next time we enter the mind of our characters. Why not? Share your thoughts with us.

People People Your Books–Eyes Wide Open!

Surprised businesswoman with wide opened eyes touching glasses.One of the best habits you can cultivate as a writer is the power of observation. People all around you give you amazing content. Whether it’s the obnoxious barista that won’t even look at you or the friendly cashier at the local market. Everyone you encounter provide a wonderful panoply of characterizations. The only thing you need to do is step back and observe. Recently my step-granddaughter, who is a budding writer, told me she was working this summer as a lifeguard. I asked her what she enjoyed most about her job. She said, “The people are so interesting. I take notes about each one to develop characters for my stories.” My guess is she’ll be an excellent writer.

So here are some tips to keep your eyes wide open:

This might be the hardest part of any interaction. When I taught people how to deal with difficult people, I suggested they take themselves out of the confrontation. Imagine standing beside yourself. When you do that, your emotions are held in check. The same is true for us writer-observers. When we take ourselves out of the situation and “stand next to ourselves,” we see a lot more. We begin to imagine what it must be like to be that person in front of us. Our own feelings and emotions that cloud our vision fades.

My husband it quite good at this. We will be driving along a country road and he will see an old ramshackle house. He’ll start talking about the people who live in that house, making up stories about their lives. What they do, what’s important to them, what their children do, where they are from. The deeper you go into your imagination, the richer the character becomes.

Remember we have more than one sense. Sometimes we only think about the visual, but there’s also hearing, smelling, touching, tasting. Think about everything your senses pick up. How does the person sound? What distinctive odors surround that person? Again the deeper you go, the better.

If you wait too long, you’ll miss the moment. The actual aura of the moment creates a great opportunity to create. Your mind is ripe for the picking. Perhaps you don’t want to carry a little pad everywhere, but you can make some notes in your Smart phone.

These are some of my tips for Keeping Your Eyes Wide Open as a writer.

What are some of your tips? Share! I know there’s a writer or two out there who has some great tips for our readers. Let’s hear from you.

 

Quentin talks about Murder on Moonshine Hill

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The second book in the Jenna Scali series is now ready for Pre-Order. Let’s spend a little time with Jenna’s BFF Quentin Pearson to get the inside scoop about this new book.


A secluded mountain wedding turns deadly when murder interrupts the festivities.

JC: What made you decide to go to the wedding with Jenna?

Quentin: She didn’t fancy going. She and the bride go way back. They knew each other growing up. But some bad business happened back then and Jenna wasn’t keen to go. I suggested it might be good for her to get away. Then, I had this sudden idea, why don’t I go with her.

JC: How did she respond to that suggestion?

Quentin: At first she said no because she was determined not to go. But, later she decided it might be a lark. After everything that happened, I’m really glad I went.

JC: I know you can’t tell us about what happened, but how about telling us about the place, Moonshine Hill.

Quentin: It’s quite magical, like a movie set.

Charming. The guest rooms are small and the bathrooms smaller. I couldn’t go in mine and sit with the door open. But, the porches and views are amazing. And this place was surrounded by mountain trails around seven fresh water springs.

JC: How far from the nearest town were you?

Quentin: Moonshine Hill is in the mountains of North Carolina between Asheville and Waynesville. The closest town is a tiny mountain village called Sylva. Quite the charming place. Full of antique stores and quaint cafes. Moonshine Hill is also close to Western North Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.

JC: Y’all went there in the spring, right? What are the mountains like then?

Quentin: Green is the best word. Everything is greened out in such awesome shades. The woods around the inn were thick and shaded. There were also beautiful flowers, rhododendron, locust, wisteria and much more. Green mixed with the flowers made it a great time to be there. Not like the autumn, but special.

JC: And the weather was warm?

Quentin: Jenna complained about being cold most of the time. It was jumper weather, or as you Yanks say, sweater weather. Not as warm as we expected, but great for morning jogs. Jenna and I went out jogging a couple of times with several of the guests.

JC: Indeed it sounds idyllic. Why was Jenna so reluctant to go?

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Quentin: I can’t tell you much without ruining the story. But what I can say is Jenna’s friend, Marcy Hawthorne, the bride-to-be, came loaded with secrets. None of us realized how much she was hiding until it was too late. Jenna suspected her friend was up to bad business because that was her style. After what Jenna went through last year, you know, with the e-Murderer, she was reluctant to get tangled up with Marcy.

JC: But, she went and she got good and tangled up, right?

Quentin: Good job I was there. I helped her stay out of danger. Well, I tried to anyway. I promised Detective Rich I’d watch out for her, but she’s a stubborn thing when she thinks a friend is in danger. That’s one thing I love about Jenna–her devotion to her friends.

JC: Tell us about some of the guests.

Quentin: Marcy, of course, the bride. Her mum and stepdad, the O’Conners. They were nice enough. The stepdad a bit obnoxious, but otherwise okay. Then there were Marcy’s dad and stepmum. I won’t go into much about them except to say the stepmum was quite a looker. Marcy’s ex-lover, Jimmy, showed up to cause trouble and that he did. Her Aunt Bertha came and stayed inebriated most of the time. Then there was the groom, Tom Slade–handsome and rich. His mother was there along with his cousin and fiancee. Finally, Jenna’s mum came because she’s a pal of Tom Slade’s mum.

JC: That’s quite a cast of characters.

Quentin: I left out the minister and his wife. The groom’s body guard. And, of course, we had the inn staff. That’s the lot of them, I believe.

JC: So, Quentin, if you could tell our readers why they might enjoy this book, what might you say?

Quentin: It’s your typical wedding with warring parents and stepparents. But, what makes the book a fun read is the place, Moonshine Hill, with all its beauty and intrigue as well as the unfolding secrets around those quirky characters. My role in the story added to the fun.

JC: I’m sure it did. Thanks for stopping by. We are all looking forward to reading the second Jenna Scali mystery when its released on August 23. Meantime, readers can pre-order the book today for just $2.99.

If you haven’t read book 1 in this series, check out the book trailer for the e-Murderer. Quentin appears with Jenna in both books.

 

Creating a Narcissistic Personality When Creating Villains

These are people who display a lot of cunning and very little empathy. They may appear as sociopaths, but their tendency to want recognition for their bad behavior suggests a tendency toward a narcissistic personality type. The Norwegian man who shot and killed 77 people (many young kids ages 14-17) several years ago believed he was starting a movement. He thought he’d have followers (he didn’t). This kind of thinking tends to suggest a big ego. Hitler had a big ego. Was he more narcissistic or sociopathic? The Orlando shooter believed he would be famous for his act.Portrait of a businessman looking at himself in the mirror

The diagnostic criteria for Narcissistic Personality Disorder include at least 5 of the following characteristics. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) says: “A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning in early adulthood.” A narcissist…

  • has a grandiosos sense of self importance (e.g. exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
  • is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance beauty or ideal love
  • believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high status people or institutions.
  • requires excessive admiration.
  • has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectation.
  • is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
  • lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.
  • is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
  • shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

As our political world heats up, these characteristics might be worth re-visiting. Hitler indeed fit the Narcissistic Personality and he was elected by popular vote. Had the German people realized what they were getting, history might have been different.

When writing our villains, it’s a good idea to study the particulars of mental disorders. The DSM-IV manual also suggests that Narcissistic Personalities tend toward mood swings and do not take criticism well.

What kinds of villains do you write?

Check out the e-Murderer. Was he a sociopath or a narcissistic personalty? You decide.

Tips to Make Your Characters Interesting

As a writer, I’m always thinking about my characters. What can they do to move the story along? Who are their friends? What passions do they have? Where do they like to go? What music do they listen to?

Much of what I know about my character, I do not share with the reader. If it doesn’t move the story along, what’s the point? Some writers get themselves bogged down with describing the minutia  and forget that the reader is there to hear a story.

Tip #1: Show the reader who the character is through his or her actions. Instead of saying that Mark likes jazz music and then going into all the various artists he listens to, show Mark turning on his iPod. The soft sounds of Miles Davis lull him as he thinks about who killed his best friend.3653e51456763a42b119b5b847d876f6

Tip #2: Characters have their own lives.  When they are not involved in a major espionage scheme, they are doing mundane things, like going to the grocery store or visiting their mother in law.

But, we can show life as usual while the characters are busy uncovering the spies or disappearing from the bad guys. For example, Mattie called her husband from a phone booth that looked as if it hadn’t been used in a hundred years. When he answered, she told him what to prepare for dinner and that she’d not be home tonight. Of course, the reader knows why she won’t be home, but does she tell her spouse? Depends on the story.

Tip #3: Introduce your character’s friends and family. Sprinkle in information about your character’s family life as you go. If it relates to the story, that’s perfect. But, usually it’s a side-line topic. In most detective stories, we meet the spouse and kids briefly or we see the lone detective at his house, drinking a Scotch with his trusty dog lying at his feet. Don’t spend a lot of time talking about family and friends if it doesn’t relate to the murder investigation at hand.

Tip #4: Show your character’s weaknesses as well as strengths. No one is perfect. If you create a perfect person who always chooses the right path, readers will get bored.

Of course if they always make mistakes and if the choices seem stupid, the reader will put the book down. It’s a fine line. For example, does your amateur sleuth enter a dark warehouse where she knows a killer lurks without calling for help? Or, does your hero starting shooting his pistol against professional killers with assault rifles?

These are just a few tips that will keep your readers interested in your characters. The story has to engage as well, but if the characters do not engage along with the story, the readers will yawn and fall asleep before they finish the first chapter.

Tell us about the characters you’ve enjoyed reading about and why.

If you liked this post and want to read a book that’s been described with engaging characters. Take a peek at this book trailer.

What Kind of Characters Do You Prefer?

bigstockphoto_Friendly_Group_Of_People_Wavin_4097952Recently several books hit the best seller list that have despicable characters. Readers say, “I didn’t like anyone and I couldn’t care less what happened to the people in the story.”

In thinking about this, I began reflecting on my own reading habits. Personally I love character driven books. I don’t necessarily write character driven books, but that’s what I like to read. The story and the plot interest me but only in so much as my relationship to the characters.

I don’t have to “like” the character or want to meet them for a drink at happy hour, but I do need to feel some empathy for them. One example was Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander. This was a unique character. She had special skills but she also had a number of flaws. Some may describe her as Autistic she had such a hard time relating to people (but was brilliant with hacking computers). Larsson created an extremely complex character. But, he helped the reader relate to her by sharing some of her backstory. When Lisbeth punished her probation officer, the readers cheered. No, we might not do the same thing to someone, but the fact that he sexually abused her in despicable ways made her actions okay by me. Did I “like” Lisbeth? Would I even want to meet her on the street? Probably not.

The main character in The Girl on the Train was also very unlikeable. She drank too much and lived in a delusional world. As a reader I began to doubt the world view, presented through her eyes. But, as the story moved forward, I worried about her because of her vulnerability. It took her a long time to act and to so so in a way that felt satisfying, but when she did, I was pleased. Her passivity wasn’t likable. She wasn’t someone I’d want to visit or to come visit me. But, at the same time, I cheered for her and hoped she’d be proven right. (And she was).

If you’ve read my blog before, you know how I feel about the book Gone Girl. One of the reasons I disliked the book and everything about it was I had no empathy for any of the characters (except those who may have gotten themselves killed). By the end of the book I couldn’t care less what happened to either protagonist. Reading the book brought me no satisfaction. If left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I not only disliked the characters, I was sorry I finished the book.

Whether writing a short story or a novel, the characters make the story worth reading. Card-board characters who populate many books today, including most of John Grisham’s stories, do not satisfy me as a reader.

What kinds of characters do you prefer?

Interview with Jenna Scali about Murder on Moonshine Hill

We are excited to welcome Jenna Scali to our blog today. Some of you may know her as the star of the new mystery series that began with the e-Murderer. If you read that book, you learned a lot about Jenna. You know that she’s 28 years old, has two cats, is divorced and is working on her PhD in criminal psychology. You also know that her best friend is Quentin Person, a gay history professor who teaches belly dancing on the side. I won’t give too much away since some of you may not have read the e-Murderer yet. Today, we’re going to be talking about Jenna’s new adventure Murder at Moonshine Hill. This is the story about when

Thank you for joining us today. Tell us a little about what we can expect when we read Murder on Moonshine Hill.

If you enjoyed some of my friends in e-Murderer, you’ll love all the characters in Murder on Moonshine Hill. For one thing, Quentin plays a much more dominant role in this book. He’s definitely my go-to man. I hang out with him and we both toss out ideas about what might be happening.

Can you tell us what the book is about?

You’ll find out in the opening pages that someone is murdered. But we don’t know who. Later, you’ll learn that my friend from high school, Marcy Hawthorne, is getting married in a nice little mountain inn. It sounds like the perfect place for a wedding. But, as it turns out, it’s also the perfect place for a murder.

How is it that Quentin goes to the wedding with you.

I really didn’t want to go to this wedding because Marcy and I had a great falling out. She didn’t come to my wedding and I haven’t heard from her in ten years. Nothing. So, why should I go to her wedding. But then something happens (don’t want to give too much away) that peak my curiosity and I decide to go. Quentin begs me to take him with me. He loves the mountains and it’s Spring Break. So, he comes along.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains Sunset over Spring Rhododendron Flowers Blooms scenic Appalachians near Asheville NC

Do we meet new characters in this story?

OMG! Yes. Lots of new people. You’ll meet all the wedding guests as well as Marcy and her prospective husband. Also, my mother is very much in this story. She’s running around causing all kinds of havoc in her matching pumps and purses. Furthermore you’ll meet Marcy’s parents who are both divorced. They bring their new spouses. It’s the typical wedding crowd full of people with love/hate relationships.

Do we get to see Starr again in this book?

Starr couldn’t come to the wedding with me. She had to stay back and hold down the fort in Dr. Bingham’s office. But, there are plenty of other characters that should keep you entertained and maybe Starr will turn up again in the next book.

Tell us about this place Moonshine Hill?

The Moonshine Hill Inn is a beautiful spot in the mountains of North Carolina. We are going in the spring so the weather is perfect, if a little chilly. It is secluded without televisions or cell phone service. This part of the world used to be well-known for making moonshine whisky. That’s how Moonshine Hill got its name. But now it’s more popular with hikers and sports enthusiasts. I’m a reluctant runner, as my readers know. Quentin drags me out to run with him. but most of the time, I’d rather sleep in.

Jenna, thank you for introducing us to this newest adventure. Here’s the blurb for Murder at Moonshine Hill

Who invited murder and mayhem to the wedding?

When Jenna decides to go to this wedding, she expects to dredge up old secrets and old hurts and she expects to see people from her past, but she doesn’t expect to stumble on a dead body.

Jenna’s friend is arrested. The wedding is cancelled. And Jenna’s tendency to stick her nose where it shouldn’t be leads her into the path of the killer.

Set in the serene mountains of North Carolina Murder on Moonshine Hill is filled with suspense, humor, and a quirky cast of supporting characters.

Look for the release in the Spring or Summer of 2016. Now under contract with MuseItUp Publishing.

If you’re curious about the eMurderer, check out this book trailer.

 

What The Girl on the Train Teaches Us about Characterization

3D Successful Red Man Team Leader IllustrationHaving just finished The Girl on the Train, I wanted to share some tips about characterization. Paula Hawkins did an excellent job of creating three distinct characters, each with a voice of her own. 

Hawkins writes with an alternating point of view among three characters, Rachel, Megan and Anna. As a reader this technique brings us closer to each character. As a writer this is a tough challenge. I did it in The Clock Strikes Midnight. One of the challenges writers face is to make sure the character’s voices are different.

The same is true for Anna and Megan. In fact, the names at the head of the chapters are superfluous. Hawkins provides the names so there is no confusion. But, readers know the characters quickly by their voices. How does she accomplish this task?

From the first page, we know she’s a heavy drinker. We also know she’s very unsure of herself. That thread travels throughout the book. Slowly Rachel arcs and changes, but the author takes her readers along so cleverly that Rachel’s growth becomes believable. Furthermore unlike some writers, she does it fast enough that the reader doesn’t get too frustrated with her character. Oh, yes, I was frustrated, don’t get me wrong. but given who Rachel was, that frustration was essential.

The Megan character is severely affected by things that happened to her in her past. The author does not reveal what those things are until the end. But, Megan gives us hints all along the way. She also behaves in a self-destructive manner. She is lonely and bored. Her boredom leads to her downfall.

The Anna character is narcisstic. She’s a vain, paranoid woman. She enjoys the thought of dressing up and having people look at her. She thinks her child is the most wonderful in the world. She thinks her husband and child are the best anyone could hope for. She relishes in the havoc she has foisted on Rachel’s life. Anna feels no guilt; she’s elated that she “won” her husband from another woman. Much of this kind of foolish narcissism leaves the reader questioning her ability to see the world. 

On the other hand, Rachel and Megan ask a very different question, Can anyone be this unhappy? Rachel blames her unhappiness on herself and her failures while Megan blames her unhappiness on everything else. Never herself.

A couple of techniques Hawkins uses that are unusual: 1) She writes in the present tense. 2) She writes in the first person for each of the three characters 3) She uses a lot of internal dialogue and musing.

They will encourage you to write in the third person, particularly when you alternate points of view. And they will certainly tell you to avoid too much inter-dialogue.

and allow new writers to experiment with different forms.

When Hawkins puts us in the mind of these characters, she does it in the way in which we live in our own minds. She writes with quick phrases, rarely using full sentences. Her internal dialogue sounds like our own musings. This technique enables the reader to relate with compassion to the characters whether we like them or not.

Meantime, character depth comes will getting deep into the character’s head and exploring with them their strengths and weaknesses. It also comes with developing characters with different flaws.

What suggestions do you have for creating characters with depth?

Who Is Jenna Scali?

 She is a half-Italian, half-Irish young woman who finds herself in the middle of a bad crime spree. Let’s take a few moments and learn more about her. She’s agreed to join me today to answer some questions about herself.

JC: Hi Jenna and welcome to my blog. We know you’re going to have lots of fans after The e-Murderer comes out in May. We thought it might be a good time to talk to you so people can meet you.

Jenna: Thank you. I’m glad to be here and very excited about the release of The e-Murderer. It was quite an adventure that taught me a lot.

JC: We don’t want to give too much away about the book, but what would you say it is about.

Jenna: In my mind, it was about how a young, curious woman gets caught up in some terrible crimes because she receives mysterious emails. Most of us know not to open emails that are creepy. I usually do not do that and my BFF, Quentin (you’ll hear more about him later) yells at me all the time about not opening suspicious emails. But, you see, I work in a psychiatrist’s office. We have to open all the emails. When I got these, I knew they were strange. I couldn’t just trash them, though.

JC: So you opened these emails and then you started investigating, right?

Jenna: Naturally I told my boss, Dr. Niles Bingham, about them because we thought the sender might be a patient. Then when the emails kept coming and seemed to be coming to me specifically, that’s when I got scared.

JC: Okay, so as not to give too much away, let’s talk a bit about you. Tell us what you love to do when you’re not working.

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Meet Jenna’s cat Stalin

 But, I love to spend time at home with a good book and one of my cats on my lap. Actually Churchill, my big white Persian mix, loves to sit on my lap whenever I sit down. He’s very affectionate. Stalin, my other cat, prefers to eat and for me to wait on him. I also love to travel. I’ve not been too far yet, but I have dreams of going to Italy where my father was born and to Ireland where my mom was born. Both countries have great appeal for me.

JC: You say you’re working on a doctorate. What are you studying?

 

 I became interested in what prompts people to criminal activity. And even more what makes people do bad things to one another. I’m not sure my studies have taught me much about those questions, but I’m still looking. My ex-husband really hurt me, drinking and having affairs. He seemed like such a normal person and yet he hurt me without a second thought. That led me to the question about why people hurt one another. Is there some quirk in us? Again, I haven’t gotten that far in finding answers, but that’s my goal. Someday I hope to be a consultant with the police to help them profile and better understand the criminal mind.

JC: So, your own experiences led you to majoring in criminal psychology. Tell us more about yourself. What do you dislike doing?

Jenna: (Laughing) I really don’t like exercising. Quentin is after me all the time to “Get my butt out the door.” I do it for him, but left on my own, I’d be home by the fire with some hot chocolate or a latte. I run with Quentin and I take belly dancing from him.

JC: Oh, yes, belly dancing. That plays a bit part in The e-Murderer. Let’s talk more about that later. Meantime, we are going to end this interview with one final question. How can readers find out more about you before the book comes out in May?

Jenna: First, thank you for this time on your blog. And, second, there are two ways they can find out more about me.

 Second, if they want more there will be a short story available.

 Readers who want more can read it as a taste of what’s to come. But, they must request it specifically by contacting Joan Curtis on her website. It’s free and a bonus to everyone who asks.

If you enjoyed this interview and want more, do what Jenna says, sign up and read a sample of The e-Murderer. And,

 You should also sign up for these blog posts. Soon, I will be interviewing Quentin and I’ll be talking to Jenna again right here on Joan Says, Writes and Reads.