Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life.
Over the past year, my relationship with the often infuriating Chief of Police, Wyatt McBride, has mellowed into a friendship of sorts. I’m still distracted by the darn dimple of his that makes an appearance now and again when he smiles a certain way, but I’m always secretly pleased when he pops into Spice It Up!. Goes to show my female hormones haven’t stopped functioning yet. Being the owner of a little spice shop here in Brandywine Creek, Georgia, keeps me on my toes. My daughter Lindsey is a high school senior now, and she keeps me pretty busy, too, with college admission forms and things like senior prom. In a weak moment, I even volunteered to be on the prom committee. As though my life wasn’t full enough already, a local Realtor showed up dead recently in McBride’s fishing hole and now the whole town is regarding him as a person of interest. How’s that for turning the tables on my favorite lawman?
What made you take on such a risky endeavor?
I don’t know what was riskier, opening my own business following a divorce or trying to solve a murder. I only know when folks started suspecting Wyatt I couldn’t simply sit idle. I may have had my run-ins with the man but I knew deep-down he wasn’t a killer.
Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?
No way! Brandywine Creek is no bigger than a flyspeck on a map and is post card pretty. Sure every city has crime, but here it consists of mostly petty stuff. Murder happens elsewhere, not in Brandywine Creek. I’m a shop owner not some fancy detective. I’m naturally curious, like to ask a lot of questions (even the unpopular ones) and Spice It Up! has become a place where women like to gather—and gossip. Few things I love better than fitting together the pieces of a good puzzle.
Who would you say is the least pleased about your additional career choice of amateur sleuthing?
Just about everyone I know casts aspersions on my avocation, but if I had to pick three people here goes: Chief of Police, Wyatt McBride tops my list. McBride’s given me more lectures than I can count on the pitfalls of playing amateur sleuth. They all boils down to him telling me that I should mind my own business and leave the crime solving to the pros. He’s been especially testy since getting shot during a showdown I had with a former hitman. Next on my list would be my ex-husband, C.J. Prescott. He thinks I’ve completely lost my marbles and doesn’t mince words. Coming in third would be my daughter, Lindsey Nicole. After some of my escapades, she had the nerve to tell me that I’m the troublemaker in the family and in need of a curfew. Imagine!
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Stubbornness can be both a curse and a blessing. I persist in finding answers to vexing questions when another might take a step back and let things go. It’s also lead me into some pretty dicey situations. I tend to act impulsively on occasion and become a risk taker, often to my detriment.