Today on the Self-Rescue Princess, I’m chatting with Aggie Mundeen about her latest case, and the woman who is helping Aggie tell the world all about her adventures.
Pushing forty and appalled at the prospect of descending into middle-age decrepitude, I blasted off to the local university to study the genetics of aging. I’d find youthful hints for readers of my column, “Stay Young with Aggie,” and I’d learn how to stay young myself.
Despite conflicts with my professor, I was fascinated learning about human genome projects and DNA. Then I stumbled upon a dead academic. Detective Sam Vanderhoven, San Antonio PD, reminded me to avoid the investigation. But dangerously curious and programmed to prod, I was compelled to find the killer. I wound up the prime suspect and was on target to become next campus corpse.
- What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?
Nancy G. West, who tells my stories, heard that genes affect aging and wanted to know more about it. That’s what usually gets me into trouble. As a business and English literature major, she didn’t know squat about genetics. Her last science course was college biology. So she had to rely on scientists to explain genetics. Unfortunately, they speak their own language. She had to decipher what they told her and then put it into language she and I could understand.
- Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
Never. While working my way up to vice-president in a Chicago bank, like a squirrel counting nuts, I did think I should be enjoying a more exciting existence. When I had an unexpected windfall, I fled from the brutal winters and moved to Texas.
- Who would you say is least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?
Detective Sam is appalled when I assist in his investigations. But it’s extremely satisfying to solve crimes and restore justice. He believes that, too, and I like being around him. He’ll just have to get used to me.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Weakness: I prefer writing scenes with Aggie and Sam before I’ve completed the research needed for the plot.
Strength: I love writing dialogue scenes with Aggie and Sam.
Strange isn’t it, how our greatest strength can also be our greatest weakness?
- Describe what being a self-rescue princess means to you.
I’d rather die than become a clinging vine. But I’m not ashamed to ask for help when I need it.
- What one bit of advice/wisdom would you like to pass on to young women?
Take time to find out who you are before you go looking for somebody you think will make you complete.
- What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?
Determination and perseverance wins. Even if the goal changes or moves farther away (or you’re arrested and somebody wants you dead), you’ve won the prize of being able to persevere.
- If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?
Since we’re all multifaceted, our lives have many themes. I guess my song would be “I Did It My Way”,— with help, compassion and the grace of God.
- Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat? (another book featuring this heroine)
If Aggie and Sam manage to get out of the mess in Smart, But Dead without killing each other, there will undoubtedly be another situation where I’ll feel obligated to use my sleuthing skills.
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