I’m Alex Vlodnachek. My best friend, Trip, calls me “Red.” I was a reporter for a D.C. metro daily for a dozen years. Then I followed a higher paycheck to a boutique P.R. firm. Big mistake.
Short version: Boss is a sociopathic slime ball. Big public row with boss. Framed for boss’s murder.
Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
Honestly, at this point, I feel like crime is fighting me.
Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing?
That’s a toss up between my grandmother (Baba) and the killer. Neither one is very happy I’m trying to out a murderer.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Probably that I don’t stop to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses. Face it, if I had that kind of mindset, I’d have never gotten into this mess.
Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.
Discovering who really killed my boss. Not for any altruistic motive, like “truth” or “justice,” either. I’m doing this for my own survival. Try finding a new job when you practically have “murder suspect” stamped on your forehead.
What one piece of advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?
Eat more chocolate.
Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?
Trouble has a way of following me. Just recently, I took an evening to attend a glamorous cocktail party at the B&B across the street. I was thinking it would be fun. You know, put on a nice dress and enjoy a glass of champagne, a little small talk, a few canapés. Instead, I got pulled into a missing person’s case. And that was before I found a body.
Dana Dratch is the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING. A former newspaper reporter and current personal finance writer, she’s currently writing the sequel, SEEING RED — which has Alex, Trip, rescue-pup Lucy, and the whole crazy Vlodnachek family going up against spies, art thieves, and a very determined murderer.
Connect with her at:
Website (and blog): ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com
Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/danadratch
CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING
As a reporter, she’s used to covering the news.
Now she’s the headline.
Alex Vlodnachek has been a reporter for 12 years, a P.R. rep for three months, and a murder suspect for all of 24 hours. When her agency’s double-dealing CEO is stabbed, scheming co-workers cast the new redhead as a compelling red herring. The story is media catnip—especially her salacious nickname: Vlod the Impaler.
Even Alex has to admit she looks guilty.
Out of a job and under suspicion, Alex is running low on cash, when she’s visited by a second disaster: her family. Soon her tiny bungalow is bursting with her nearest and not-so-dearest. To keep herself out of jail—and save what’s left of her sanity—Alex returns to her reporting roots. She goes undercover to reclaim her life, break the story
And unmask a murderer. Pretty much in that order.
What she doesn’t know: The killer also has a to-do list. And Alex is on it.