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So, why a pastor? Good question

I cannot thank my local fans enough for all of their praise and inspiration. This title in particular was actually suggested by a pastor during a conversation with none other than my mother (also a big fan and one of my usual beta readers. Apparently, after a certain age, that discretionary “mom” filter falls away, and the woman who is left feels liberated enough to read her daughter’s written sex scenes without getting weirded out. Who knew?)

As it happens, there are a number of clergy folk who read my books. Even those who receive the divine calling need a  break once in a while. I welcome them with everyone else.

Anyhow, as I understand it, my mom was taking fellowship at church and the pastor was at their table, explaining one of his good works. Was it feeding the needy, or mission in a far away land? Nope. His volunteer task of choice was giving rides to arrested individuals who had been released from jail and had no way to get home.

Noble a task as it was, even the pastor had to acknowledge there was a level of danger involved with his good intentions. Someone at the table pointed out the obvious, that an unrepentant soul could overpower him and carjack him, or worse. The pastor looked at my mom and said jokingly (I’m pretty sure this is close to the quote), “If I’m not careful, I’ll end up in one of your daughter’s books. I’d be the Pastor in the Pasture.”

So, thanks for the great title, Pastor, and be careful what you wish for. And for those of you who actually believe I’m going to use that exact plot for this book…Yeah, like you’re going to get off that easily? Dream on.

You got a body, now what?

Book 7 Pastor in the PastorAh yes, the start of a new book. The opportunities to wreak havoc upon my favorite down home characters abound. Of course, there is no secret as to how this book starts. I give it away in the title. I’ve already set up the crime scene in the excerpt at the end of Book 6 (You remember Book 6, right? My long awaited Woman in the Wind that was just released after Christmas?).Now, it’s just a matter of explaining why said clergy person is in said pasture in the middle of January. What a great starting point.

I have lots of ideas. As usual, I want events to unfold in such a way as to lead the reader off in the wrong direction, while slowly revealing the steps that ultimately led to the victim’s undoing. And I want tensions to run a little high, as they often do with a crowded household of adults  trying to run their lives under stressful circumstances. I’m looking forward to introducing new characters, those quirky relatable hometown folks (or maybe not so hometown. It’s hard to say at this point). I enjoy  creating those vignettes that add another dimension and give some heart to the story.

I guess the real question I need to ask myself, and eventually my readers is this: Was the pastor’s demise a personal endeavor, or some  anonymous act carried out in haste?

Well, wouldn’t you like to know?

Writing as a job

Let me start out by saying, yuck. I hate this part of the process. Inevitably, every time I finish up a book, I have to retool my marketing of the Dairyland Murders Series. This means this is (at least) the sixth time I’ve had to go back in, look at where I’m selling and where I’m not, and try to figure out how in the hell to sell more.

I repeat, yuck. I love the writing. That’s the fun part. Honestly, that’s the easy part, because I am the god of my story. I have the power. I determine everything, settings, characters, plot twists, crime scenes, sex scenes. It’s all mine.

That being said, I can’t make you buy my books. I can’t make you notice me in the sea of all the information that constantly bludgeons you (pun totally intended) every waking moment. But I know I have to try.

So, as with every new book release, there will be changes. I’m finally getting around to setting up my author page on GoodReads. I’m probably going to have an email list set up soon on this blog. I may even change the look of this blog. It’s been a while. I’m pretty sure my website header is not smart-phone friendly. Who knows? With any luck I might even get interview in a podcast. That might be kind of cool.

Stay posted, those of you who might actually give a crap. I’m comin’ for ya.