How did you come up with the title? The title of the book is January Exposure. The word January evokes the cold, wintery time of year. The theme of exposure reoccurs throughout the book. The murder victim in the book dies of exposure to cold, the protagonist exposes the evildoers in the book, and the protagonist herself experiences exposure due to her perennially bragging mother and the media.
Can you tell us about your main character? The protagonist, Ellie Craven, is highly intelligent, works as a chemist, and loves playing pickup hockey with guys twice her size.
Will you write others in this same genre? January Exposure is the first in a series of mysteries, and Ellie will grow into her detective skills as the books progress. In future books, I envision her taking detective classes, learning how to shoot a gun, signing up for martial arts instruction, and becoming a licensed private investigator.
Have you included a lot of your life experiences, even friends, in the plot? I use Fargo, North Dakota, the community I grew up in, as the main setting. Plus like the protagonist, I’m addicted to cheesecake and my mom is the original Iron Chef Cheesecake.
How important do you think villains are in a story? Villains are extremely crucial to the success of a mystery. If the identity of the villain is part of the mystery, the writer should strive to ensure the reader doesn’t see the villain coming.
What are your goals as a writer? My ultimate goals include improving my writing skills with each book and completing at least ten books in the Ellie Craven series.
Have you started another book yet? I’m forty pages into Fargo Fracture, the next book in the Ellie Craven series. In Fargo Fracture, to locate a missing woman, Ellie survives fish wrestling, a new job, a new roommate, and an initiation into the Polar Plunge club.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Finishing book number five and continuing to enjoy life with my husband and children.
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Genre – Mystery
Rating – PG13