Today, I’m talking with Rose Strickland from Diners, Dives and Dead Ends.
1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?
I’m a struggling waitress and part-time student, but when my friend, Axton, goes missing, I have to find him. Suddenly I’m hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save my friend before his time runs out.
With my anime-loving bestie, my septuagenarian boss, and a pair of IT wise men along for the ride, I uncover political corruption, illegal gambling, and shady corporations. I’ve gone from zero to sixty and quickly learn that when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn.
2. What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?
When my parents cut me off, Axton was my best friend. I’d never felt so alone. But Axton stood by me. He’s always been there for me with a kind word or a bad sci-fi movie, so when he goes missing, I have to find him. There’s no other alternative.
3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
No way. Committing a crime? That seems more likely. And I had no idea that looking for Ax would take me down such a twisted path.
4. Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?
My mother thinks I should finish my degree already and get a real job. The way she sees it, hanging out with Axton, who likes a little too much doobage, is a waste of time. And she wouldn’t be happy to know I put myself in danger for him either. She’s convinced I should step back into the country club mold. And rubbing elbows with illegal gamblers and sexy villains isn’t her idea of decorum.
5. What are strengths and weaknesses?
I think I’m loyal to the people around me—my bestie, Roxy, my boss, Ma, and of course my bud, Ax. But I have a wee bit of a temper. Especially around one very hot criminal. He tends to bring out the angry.
6. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.
It means I don’t have to rely on my parents’ money or connections. I can make it on my own. And my life might not be a Ke$ha video, but it’s mine and I’ve worked hard for my independence.
7. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?
Be true to yourself and learn a skill. For example, picking locks might come in handy. Just saying.
8. What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?
I’m a survivor. And that a stun gun is my friend. And to wear clean underwear. Wait, I learned that last one a long time ago.
9. If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?
Me and My Friends—Red Hot Chili Peppers. When they talk about being “freaks of a feather” I can relate.
10. Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?
I’m anti-dabbling. I had no plans to stick my nose into anybody’s biz again, but my friend, Janelle, has found herself in a tight spot. And when my friends need me…well, maybe one more time into the breach and all that.
Terri L. Austin lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and a high maintenance peekapoo. She’s the author of Diners, Dives and Dead Ends—a Rose Strickland Mystery.
Kirkus Review: “Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists
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9 thoughts on “SRP Heroine Interview: Rose Strickland from Diners, Dives, and Dead Ends”
Rose, learning to pick locks is absolutely a necessary skill. 🙂 And I’m really glad you’ve warmed up to the stun gun. I think you’re going to do well with any situation Terri puts you in. )
Love it! What a great interview! So glad you\’re life isn\’t a Ke$ha video, because I\’m not a fan. But I am a big fan of Rose! And Rose\’s buddies. Especially Sullivan… Can\’t wait to read Rose\’s next adventure! I loved DINERS so, so much.
Susan–Thanks! And picking locks–it’s not just for criminals anymore!
Larissa–Thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed it. And Sullivan is a hot tamale. My husband is almost jealous.
I think I’d love a friend like Rose. She’s funny and sassy and definitely a girl you want in your corner in any sticky situation. Can’t wait to read more of her adventures.
Thanks, Heidi! The next Rose adventure is coming out in December–Last Diner Standing!
What a great interview! I can’t wait to see what happens to Rose next. Terri, I snorted a little at your “my husband is almost jealous.” Mine totally started running and lifting weights when he read a little about Nichelle’s men. Not that I’m complaining about that, but it makes me giggle that he’s jealous of a fictional character.
LynDee–Your dh sounds very sweet! My hubby tells me I can only have fictional affairs with fictional characters. He’s very good about my obsessions. 😉
Loved this interview with Rose, Terri! This was so fun to read! As usually you have me rolling on the floor holding my gut from laughter. Diners was such a great read! I love Rose and all your characters! Keep em coming!
Thank you, Diane! So glad you liked it! Writing Rose is a joy. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to say next. That sounds weird, I know, but it’s true.