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SRP Heroine Interview: Courtney Kelly from A Sprinkling of Murder

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a sprinkling of murderWelcome to The Self-Rescue Princess, Courtney, please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life.

I believe in inviting magic into one’s life, but, um, when uninvited trouble enters my shop, I realize I’ll need more than a sprinkling of my imagination to solve a murder. Yes, a murder. Since childhood, I have loved fairies. After my mother died, however, I lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, I rediscovered it when I left my father’s landscaping business to spread my wings and start a fairy garden business in beautiful Carmel, California. But the light of the magical world I’ve created inside the shop is darkened when I find the neighboring dog-grooming business owner, Mick Watkins, dead beside the fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect me of the crime. Me! Utter nonsense.

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor? 

After my mother died, I studied hard to make my father proud. In college, I turned my attention to chemistry and earth sciences. After graduation, I joined Dad’s thriving landscaping outfit in Carmel and dedicated myself to working the land: dig, plant, don’t have fun, repeat. Boring. Dad loved it, but me? I needed something more. When I went to a Renaissance Faire, I met a fairy garden designer. I was so enamored by the whimsical creations, I begged the woman to teach me the art. As I learned to design gardens, the woman gave me tips on how to attract fairies. I remembered laughing at the notion. But guess what? When I took the risk, spread my wings, and invested in Open Your Imagination, it happened. 

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing? Or is detective work your only career?

My father is NOT pleased with me trying to clear my name. A former cop who turned to landscaping after an injury that sidelined him, he believes the police will uncover the truth on their own. But I’m not so sure. With Fiona’s help—Fiona is the fairy who revealed herself to me the day I opened the shop—I’m sure I can discover the truth faster. I do not want to go to jail. I will not look good in an orange jumpsuit.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

During high school, I had a steady boyfriend. When we went to college, we remained faithful. After we graduated, we became engaged. And then, the day after we had a co-ed bridal shower, he announced he didn’t want to be married. Ever. He needed to focus entirely on becoming a judge. Luckiest day of my life. That was when I realized that I did not need a man to complete me. I needed me. My energy. My artistic gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I like men, and there might be someone in Carmel who will catch my eye, but I won’t need him. I have created a business that is blossoming. I surround myself with supportive friends. And if I need saving, I’ll do it with my wits, brain, and spunk.

What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women?

Find your passion and pursue it with all your heart.

What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life?

Persevere. Despite all the naysayers, you know what you want, and you can have it if you keep focused on the goal. Also, if you’re ever suspected of murder and you know you’re innocent, fight, fight, fight for justice and the truth.

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat? 

Oh, gosh, I’d like to think this is the only time I’ll run across a dead body. Honestly, how many times does that happen to a person in a lifetime? I’m hanging up my hat. Definitely. Unless, of course, something happens…

Thank you so much for asking me such thought-provoking questions.

 

Books · Heroine Interviews

SRP Heroine Interview: Carissa Shae from Herbs and Homicide

HERBS AND HOMICIDES BANNER 640Today, we’re welcoming Carissa Shae to The Self-Rescue Princess.

herbs and homicidePlease tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

A regular customer, a faerie woman named Miss Morgan, passed away in my shop, the Seelie Tree Apothecary. Sal and I tried to save her, as a pharmacist and a half-elf I should have been able to do something, but I didn’t have the medicine or magic to figure out what was wrong and save her in time. Poor Sal was just there to get some herbs for Hela’s engagement dinner. There was nothing he could have done. I know Miss Morgan wasn’t the most popular faerie, but she helped me once and I think she had a good heart for all her flaws. It looks like it wasn’t natural causes, which means there’s a killer somewhere in Moss Hill. I’m trying to help catch him or her.

What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor?

I trusted the sidhe guard – the faeries in charge of investigating fae crimes – to find out what happened to Miss Morgan, but I think they’ll just settle on an easy suspect: Me. It was my shop after all. Of course I’m not guilty, but I think that sort of makes it my responsibility to help Miss Morgan since I couldn’t save her. If the sidhe won’t find the real killer, I think the least I owe Miss Morgan is to catch the culprit myself.

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Never! I’d rather not be involved either, but I’m worried the people of this island might be in danger, the mayor’s helpless because it’s faerie jurisdiction and the sidhe don’t like to listen to humans.

Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing?

Other than myself? That would have to be Cam. He’s a good friend whose boss pushed him into helping me. He can’t exactly say no, since his boss is the mayor. Truthfully, I doubt he’d have said no anyway. He makes a fuss, but he’s always there for me.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I do whatever I can to protect my friends and family, but I tend to take the world on my shoulders when I should trust others to help.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you.

It doesn’t take a brush with death to rescue yourself in life. Working a job, owning a shop, raising kids, helping friends, all of it takes strength. Being a self-rescue princess means finding your own inner power to face whatever challenge life presents with a strong will and the belief that you will overcome every obstacle.

If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be?

Fight Song by Rachel Platten would definitely be my choice.

There’s a lot I didn’t say or haven’t done perfectly. I would redo it now, but that’s not how life works. I’m not going to dwell on the past, but I have a lot of fight left for the future.

Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat?

I wasn’t planning on being a sleuth in the first place. I received a note from a woman named Raven Corvus saying Moss Hill was in danger. I didn’t realize at the time that she might have been warning about Miss Morgan’s death. Or could she have meant that there is more crime to come?  I can’t know for certain, but I must protect my friends and family, and my hometown, from danger. Or else, what kind of self-rescue princess would I be?

Check out the rest of the series:

Book 2: Remedy and Ruins

Book 3: Elixirs and Elves

Book 4: Charms and Changelings