Bob, who inspired the orange tabby cat in Blame it on Texas
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Today at Laugh, Love, Read, I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine who is also a writer. Her book, a mix of paranormal and romantic suspense, The Secrets on Forest Bend, will be coming out in print soon, and today to help her celebrate I’m giving away five copies—either in print or e-book. So make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Next week, on this blog, we will be announcing the winners. So make sure you come back to see if you’ve won.
So, without further ado, allow me to introduce Susan Muller.
So, Susan, as you know, I’m a wine drinker. What wine would you pair with your book?
Funny that you should ask this. Yesterday, I was in Spec’s liquor store browsing the red wine section, and I stumbled upon a bottle called Bitch. I was very tempted to buy that bottle. I have described Heather, the ghost in The Secrets on Forest Bend, as mean, evil, vindictive, and psychotic. It’s possible bitch is a more accurate term.
Tell me some of the qualities that you are envious of in your heroine.
Readers often ask me if I modeled Jillian, my Forest Bend heroine, after myself. Why would I do a thing like that? One of the perks of being an author is that you can completely invent your characters. I gave Jillian all the things I lack. To start with, she’s tall and slim. So you can guess what that makes me. She’s very self-sufficient. Her mother died when she was young and she taught herself to cook. She inherited a failing gun store from her father and built it into a successful business. But the thing I envy most is that she’s handy. She even built her own deck. I have never in my life hammered a nail straight. They always bend before I’m finished. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big fence nail or a little picture nail, it’s going to be crooked. If any of you know the secret and can tell me what I’m doing wrong, I’d appreciate it because I have a definite stubborn streak and hate to admit it when I can’t do something.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
When I was young, I wanted to be an actress. My sister and I put on plays with the neighborhood kids. In high school, I studied drama. I acted in plays in high school and college, but my practical side took over and I majored in accounting. Still, you should have heard me reading to my kids when they were little. I did all the voices and accents. If only they gave Oscars for that. If dreams come true, and Hollywood comes asking about The Secrets on Forest Bend, I might have to insist on some little walk on part — sort of like Alfred Hitchcock.
Okay, last question, Susan…If you had to be locked into a closet with one person, who would it be?
I’m a little claustrophobic (okay, a lot claustrophobic) so it better be a locksmith. Now, if it was a hot, good looking locksmith, that might keep my mind occupied until he got the door opened.
Now, here’s a little about Susan’s book, The Secrets on Forest Bend:
Another day. . . another dead body.
When Detective Adam Campbell learns that a WWII gun is connected to several murders he’s investigating, he hopes that tracking down the killer will be as easy as tracing the gun’s history. When he meets Jillian Whitmeyer, the last known owner of the weapon, the case becomes anything but simple.
Adam soon learns that people who get close to Jillian have a bad habit of turning up dead. Jillian claims that the spirit of her sister, accidentally killed with that same gun, is responsible for the deaths. She warns Adam that he is likely to become the next victim. Adam’s been a lousy judge of women in the past, and this one’s obviously a nut case. Or is she? How does a just-the-facts detective deal with a ghostly serial killer and the sexy-as-hell sister she won’t set free?
Thanks for joining me, Susan! Loved having you!
Now it’s your chance…tell me who you’d like to be locked in a closet with for your chance to win a copy of her book!