by Jean Henry Mead
Sarah Cafferty is one of two amateur sleuths in the Logan and Cafferty mystery/suspense series. She wasn’t in her usual self in the third novel, MURDER ON THE INTERSTATE and the author wanted to know why.
Author: Sarah, why are you so cranky in this novel? You’ve shown good humor in the previous two books. You’re too old for PMS.
Sarah: Cranky? What do you expect? You send a killer to chase us and cause Dana to crash our new motorhome to escape from him. Then you cause us to be nearly swept away in a flash flood. The downpour scared me so badly that I irrigated my underwear.
Author: I’m sorry, Sarah. I know it was traumatic, but you have to admit that it was suspenseful.
Sarah: And where were you while we were getting soaked to our knees and nearly drowned? Sitting in your comfortable chair thinking up ways to get us into deeper trouble.
Author: That’s my job, Sarah. Would you rather I replaced you with a younger sleuth?
Sarah: Over my dead bod—You know that Dana and I are only 60 and not some elderly widows with walkers. We can do everything that younger sleuths can do.
Sarah: With the possible exception of skateboarding and scaling tall buildings with ropes.
Author: I was thinking of having you bungee jump in the next novel.
Sarah: Unless you’re joking, Dana and I are taking a hiatus from your mystery series.
Author: What about our readers? You don’t want to disappoint them, do you?
Sarah: Haven’t we done enough? In THE VILLAGE SHATTERED you send a serial killer after us, in DIARY OF MURDER a vicious drug gang and in MURDER ON THE INTERSTATE you have a homegrown terrorist group kidnap us while they’re planning to take down the entire country. How can you possibly top that?
Author: I’ve got some ideas that will knock your socks off.
Sarah: That settles it! You can email Dana and me in Brazil. That’s where we’re going on vacation. If we don’t answer, you’ll know that some other novelist has decided to adopt us and treat us fairly.
Author: You’ll be bored in a week and out of a job within a month. Novelists who are nice to their protagonists don’t last long in the publishing business. Readers want suspense as well as mystery.
Sarah: I’ve got a great idea. You can take my place and I’ll write you into some mysterious and suspenseful situations. You’ll love bungee jumping over a crocodile pit or waking up with rattlesnakes. I can think of lots of exciting situations to place you in.
Author: Point taken, Sarah. From now on we’ll concentrate on mystery and go easy on the suspense.
Jean Henry Mead is a mystery/suspense and western historical novelist. She’s also an award-winning photojournalist. One of her fortes is interviewing writers, actors, politicians, artists and ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things.
She began her writing career as a California news reporter/editor/photographer, first in Central California and later in San Diego. Mead later transferred to Casper, Wyoming, to serve as a staff writer for the statewide newspaper. While there she served as editor of In Wyoming Magazine and two small presses. She also freelanced for other publications, both domestic and abroad, among them the Denver Post’s Empire Magazine. Her first book was published in 1982. She’s since published fourteen novels and nonfiction books.
Visit her webpage at: www.jeanhenrymead.com/
And her blog sites:
Mysterious Writers: http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/
Sharon is guest blogging today with Mystery Author Vivian Zabel at: htttp://vivianzabel.blogspot.com