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SRP Heroine Interview: Betsy Livingston Fitzpatrick of Till Dirt Do Us Part

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Not everything stays buried. I have a notorious brown thumb but that didn’t stop me from getting volunteered for a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette. All I’m going to say is I found myself digging up more than weeds. I was ridiculed by those thorny garden club ladies, and now my heart is just breaking, for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed.  The Happy Hinter, that’s me, your friendly neighborhood helpful hints columnist is back! So take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor.

2. What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor? Come on, gardening isn’t all that risky.

Well, unless you count giant man-eating caterpillars and that ugly rash, you seem to be getting. Really, though I wanted to solve Wade Atwood’s murder for his dear wife. She was just like me. One day married with a child and the next day a single mom. I had been there and wanted to let her know we moms stick together.

3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

No, not even when I was little and my dad was on the police force. I did see myself fighting ugly yellow build up on white collars though. Does that count?

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

Probably my husband, Leo. He is a handsome meteorologist who likes to be able predict storms on the horizons. I, on the other hand, tend to walk right into bad weather.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I have a great eye for detail. I also make my living finding solutions for people in my helpful hints column. I have so many weaknesses! I’m not good at baking, gardening, and I have decided raising teenagers takes nerves of steel.

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

I give advice for a living and rely on help from others from time to time, but there comes a time when I know the only way to get things done is to do it myself. I think women have a reserve supply of get-er-done that can get them out of anything no matter how dire.

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

Be honest with yourself and don’t give up on your dreams. Those ideas may have to be reshaped here and there and that’s okay. Get up every morning with something to look forward to, whether that’s a job, time with your family, a hobby, or a hot fudge sundae!

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

You never know what’s really going with your friendly neighborhood delivery guy.

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

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You. Living in a small town, there is no such thing as anonymity.

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

I have already had adventures in the first six books of Pecan Bayou. I’ve found bodies in a haunted hospital, in a library, by a cowboy fountain, and have been chased by a killer through a hurricane, while in labor with daughter. Maybe things will settle down now for a while… then again….

 

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SRP Heroine Interview: JJ MacGregor from Death by Trombone

 

 

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death by tromboneI’d like to give JJ a warm welcome for stopping by the Self-Rescue Princess to chat with us. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life? 

Life has been a little hectic, but when isn’t it? As if it weren’t enough to deal with my rotten ex-husband, and a teen-aged son in love, and all that stuff that schools do at the end of the year, we had a body behind the gym. I really tried to stay out of that, but then Chief Karlson arrested the music teacher, and we needed her to direct the band for graduation, and, well, you know how one thing leads to another. But really, I wasn’t interfering. I just stumbled into things.

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

Like I said, I didn’t “decide to take on” anything. I just kept stumbling over—I mean, into—things. It’s hardly my fault if people tell me things, and I can’t help thinking, can I?

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Oh, sure. I mean, doesn’t every kid who ever read Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys? I never actually expected it to happen to me, though. I mean, I moved to Pismawallops Island partly because it was such a quiet, safe place.

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

Oh, that’s an easy one. I’ve been sort of seeing, well, not really dating or anything, but I’ve spent some time talking to—and he might’ve kissed me once or twice, too—Chief Karlson. The Police Chief. I’d have to say he’s not very happy about me asking questions and thinking about what he calls “police business.” I think he’s worried I’ll get hurt, which might make some sense, but I hurt myself worse all on my own, and anyway, I’m not a sleuth. I just like to know stuff.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

I’m a very direct and straight-forward person. You get two-for-one there. I sometimes get into trouble because I’m not very good at tact and all that. But I go straight for the answers, and that’s helpful when you’re solving a problem. My son, Brian, insists that I add that it’s helpful when it doesn’t encourage people to try to kill you, and I suppose he has a point. And I like knowing things, which is healthy, right?

I don’t really like admitting I have any weaknesses. I’m just the same about not wanting to need help. But I guess I could say that I have a bit of a temper. Some might call that a fault.

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

That’s what I’m talking about, see? A strong, confident woman doesn’t need any help. Except I keep getting into situations where a bit of help comes in handy, but that’s just bad luck.

Okay, if I’m really honest, which I’d rather not be, but you’re pressing me here, I’d have to say that I’d love to know what a strong confident woman feels like, because I’m not, you know. My confidence got pretty well tromped on in the divorce, and Kitty would probably say in the marriage, too. I’m just trying to prove to myself and anyone who wants to know that I can manage on my own. I have a son who needs a mom, not a doormat, so I make the effort.

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

I have never planned on dabbling in sleuthing. In any case, I don’t dabble. I just do things. And I’ve promised Ron Karlson I won’t get involved. But, you know, things just seem to happen to Kitty and me. Things like dead bodies. So, there’s this awful man I was working for over the summer, and someone killed him, and since people had heard me say he was a bloviating windbag and a rather unpleasant character, I may need to do a little research to prove I wasn’t running around bashing people on the head…

 

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SRP Heroine Interview: Jax O’Connell from A Bead in the Hand

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I’d like to give a warm welcome to Jax O’Connell. She’s stopping by The Self-Rescue Princess today to tell us a little bit about her adventure at a bead bazaar.

BEAD IN THE HANDPlease tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

A bead bazaar turns bizarre when I discover a dead body beneath my sales table. Suspected of murder, my friend Tessa and I scramble to find the killer among the fanatic shoppers and eccentric vendors. We have our hands full dealing with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect me from harm. Adding to the chaos, my quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly with trouble in tow. I hope I can untangle the clues before I’m arrested for murder!

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

No! I’m an artist—a jewelry designer and glass beadmaker. The last thing I thought I’d be doing is discovering who murdered the woman I found beneath my sales table at the bead show in Portland.  And this is not the first time I’ve had to use my sleuthing skills.  A few months back I had to uncover a murderer after a young woman was killed in an alley behind a bead shop in Seattle.

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

My advice is that you don’t have to settle in life.  If you don’t like how things are going for you, you have the power to change them. Me? I lived in Miami, had a boring job, and a boyfriend that more or less ignored me, that is, when he wasn’t out drinking with his pals.  I found a way out of that unfulfilling situation and moved to Seattle. Now I’m pursuing my dream of living a life full of creativity with people who love and inspire me.  Since I’ve moved, I have had some of the best years of my life. Yes, it was scary, but if I hadn’t stretched and stepped outside my comfort zone, I’d still be in Miami wondering to myself if I could have had more, if I could have been happy, had I been brave.

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

My friend Tessa is always trying to convince me to step back and try not to save everyone all the time, until she’s the one that needs help.  I don’t really consider what I do to be a career choice, since my career is actually something more fun than solving murders.  I’m a glass beadmaker, which means I’m used to wielding a 2,000 degree torch to melt glass that I sculpt into multicolored glass beads. Working with molten glass has made me fearless, well not exactly fearless, but to have some fierceness. It means I stand up and fight for what is right, and that I’m not afraid to find the truth so that justice can prevail.

Describe what being a self-rescue princess means to you.

To me, being a self-rescue princess means that you can’t wait around for problems to be solved by someone else. That someone is you.  Being a self-rescue princess means that you can’t stand idly by while others take actions and make decisions on your behalf.  You must be responsible for your own destiny, rather than hope that someone—a knight in shining armor, perhaps—will come your way at just the right moment. I think the rest of being a self-rescue princess has to do with making sure that the other women around you know that they have the power to take care of themselves, too. When you and your friends support each other, together you can fight the harshest foes.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Can we start with my weaknesses?  I’m addicted to coffee.  It’s pretty bad, I seriously can’t make it through the day without at least four cups. The worst thing is, I’ve also turned my cat into an addict, but not coffee, which I think may be deadly for our feline friends.  My cat, Gumdrop, is addicted to catnip. It can be quite embarrassing when he needs a fix.  Another thing: I’m a really bad cook, and my housekeeping skills are questionable.  But seriously, those things don’t matter that much in the big picture. And that’s probably my biggest strength—the big picture. When I’ve been in situations when there is a problem to solve, or a crime for that matter, I try to look at all the pieces and how they hang together.  Then I try and figure out which pieces are missing and which are out of place.  It’s kind of like designing a necklace—I can tell when everything works, when all the pieces work in harmony.  I think that’s what has helped me be a good sleuth. I can see where there’s a mismatch in the events that have led to a murder—that’s where I need to look to solve the mystery and bring everything into perfect balance.

If you’d like to get to know Jax, take note that High Strung, the first book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series, will be 99 cents from Feb 7th through 11th and $1.99 from Feb 12th through 15th.  Be Still My Beading Heart, A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery short story is free on Amazon and iTunes. A Bead in the Hand is available for the discounted price of $2.99 through February 15th.

 

 

 

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Self-Rescue Princess Interview: Lizzie Crenshaw from Death Vetoes a Chairman

death vetoes the chairman1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

I agreed to attend a fancy fundraiser as a favor to Jake Mathias, and it completely turned my life upside down. It sends me on an emotional roller coaster that also affects my family and friends. When there’s a murder, our investigation takes us to Jake’s hometown in Virginia, and some deep, dark secrets are brought to the surface. Before everything is said and done, someone close to all of us dies.

  1. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

No, I never expected to become so involved in murder. And this certainly isn’t my first rodeo, as we say here in Texas. But given the circumstances, with the victim being accused of harassment and assault, it’s a little more personal this time.

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

My boyfriend, T.J.; Jake; my mother; Owen, who’s the sheriff; Gladys, the busybody, but then again, she hates anything I do. And no, detective work is not my normal career. I work for our local newspaper, so I’m naturally going to ask questions about any kind of crime that happens in our town.

  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Being able to take care of myself in tough situations; willing to help out my family, friends and neighbors (even those who don’t deserve help, like Gladys). My major weakness would be not asking for help for myself when I need it.

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

That when I was at my lowest, my friends were there, and when I’m ready to ask for help, they’ll do what they can for me.

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

“Oops, I Did It Again” by Britney Spears. That would cover me sticking my nose into other people’s business (hazard of the job), as well as any new injury I might incur during the course of my investigations.

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

Things are never quiet for long in Brookdale, so I’m sure I’ll be sticking my nose in where it doesn’t belong soon!

Lizzie had to leave as she got a call about a potential hot story happening in her town. I’m going to finish up the interview by asking a few question to her autobiographer Teresa Watson.

  1. What made you decide to take on such a heart-wrenching topic?

When I started writing this book, it wasn’t my intention for it to become so serious. But one of my beta readers/editors started talking to me about her experiences, and I realized that this was a story that needed to be told. There is such a stigma attached to sexual harassment and sexual assault that no one wants to talk about it, nor do they want to acknowledge that it even happens. But it does happen. The numbers are staggering. What’s even more aggravating is that 98% of the time, the abuser never spends a night in jail or prison. That’s something that needs to change.

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

A strong, confident woman knows when she can handle things by herself, and when she needs to ask for help. Just because you ask for help doesn’t make you weak; it just means that you realize the situation is beyond what you can normally handle. We all have those moments in our lives. It’s how we handle them that defines us.

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

If you have found yourself in a situation like Lizzie went through, it’s not your fault. Do what you can to remove yourself from harm when it is safe for you to do so, and not before. There is help out there, way more than you realize. Yes, you will feel like a victim for a while, but the important thing to remember is YOU ARE A SURVIVOR. And that makes you stronger than anyone else.

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SRP Heroine Interview: Aggie Mundeen from Smart, But Dead

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.

  1. SMART BUT DEAD cover frontTell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

For Nancy:

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Nancy has offered to giveaway an autographed Advanced Reader Copy to one lucky commenter on this post. Let us know about something you’d like to learn more about, and please leave an email so Nancy can contact the winner. The winner will be drawn August 30.

If you like to learn more about Aggie and Nancy, Aggie reveals more at Talk to Aggie on Nancy’s website:

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SRP Heroine Interview: Marian Frances Selby from Brilliant Disguise

brilliant disguiseI’d like to thank Marian Selby for stopping by the Self-Rescue Princess.

  1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life? I was married to my high school sweetheart, Lee, for 19 years. When he died 11 years ago, I swore there would never be another man in my life. I mean, he was the love of my life. Then, Detective Charlie McClung stepped into my life, investigating the mysterious death of my next door neighbor and friend, Diane. Now, I’m struggling with my feeling for him and at the same time trying to figure-out who killed Diane.
  2. What made you decide to take on such a risky endeavor? Diane was like the little sister I never had. And when the chief of police closed the case as a suicide, I knew I had to get involved.
  1. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime? No. I never imagined anything sinister happening in my life.
  1. Who would you say is the least pleased about your sleuthing? Detective Charlie McClung. He knows this situation is a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows and doesn’t want me getting hurt.
  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses? I think my strengths, besides being a good cook, are being observant and discerning. My weakness, I sometimes forget to watch my back.
  1. Describe what being a self-rescue princess (a strong, confident woman) means to you. It means I can survive without having to depend on anyone else but smart enough to get help when I need it, surrounding myself with wise and trusted friends who will always be there for me. Does that make sense?
  1. What one advice/wisdom would you like to pass onto young women? It’s great to be self-reliant but never forget you are a woman and act like a lady. Call me old-fashion.
  1. What was one lesson you learned during this challenging time in your life? It’s good to have a real man in my life. Not just any man but a dependable gentleman.
  1. If your story or life had a theme song, what would it be? In My Life by The Beatles
  1. Do you plan on dabbling in amateur sleuthing in the future, or have you hung up your detective hat? Let’s just say, I’m always available, willing, and able.

If you’d like to get to know Marian better, you can find her story at:

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SRP Heroine Interview: Ivy Meadows from The Sound of Murder

sound of murderWelcome to the Self- Rescue Princess, Ivy, please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life? 

Though I’ve been pursuing my acting and P.I. careers, it’s been a little crazy since my apartment caught on fire (did you know that firefighters won’t let you back in your apartment to get your clothes? Not even your undies?) But things are looking up: I met the nicest fireman, got a great housesitting gig, and landed my first P.I. case, a suicide in the retirement community where I’m housesitting. My acting career is really taking off, too. A big New York producer is coming to Arizona to see me in the world premiere of The Sound of Cabaret (singing nuns AND Berlin burlesque).

Now if I could just get over my little fear of singing in public. And stop worrying about my cast mate, Marge, who seems awfully forgetful lately. And fix my car, which seems to be catching on fire even more than usual. And ditch the posse member who’s following me. Then I have just one more thing to do–figure out why all of this seems to be connected to that one simple suicide case…

Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

No. But when my friend and fellow actor, Simon Black died of an apparent alcohol overdose during a production of Macbeth, I knew something wicked this way came. After all, Simon had turned his life around. I knew he wasn’t drinking any more, no matter the evidence. My Uncle Bob—a P.I., my part-time employer, and the nicest guy in the world—agreed to investigate. But after someone poisoned my uncle’s Big Gulp, it was up to me to find the killer (you can read about the case in a book called Macdeath).

During that adventure, I discovered a taste for detecting. And though I’m still mostly on admin duty at Uncle Bob’s P.I. firm, I’m really excited to work my first case. I know I’m going to be a great detective. After all, it’s in the genes.

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

I love that term—a self-rescue princess. I was always annoyed at those fairytale characters who waited for something to happen to them. “Go out and make it happen!” I wanted to shout. I made my life’s dream come true. When I decided to make theater my profession, my parents weren’t exactly thrilled (my parents aren’t thrilled with me in general, but that’s another story). There was no money and no support. But I made my way. Sure, I’m still driving old cars and eating lots of beans, but I am an actress!

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

Channel one of my heroes, Helen Keller, who said, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” Be daring.

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

“I Have Confidence” from The Sound of Music. Julie Andrews/Maria may skip and swing her guitar case, but she’s singing to give herself confidence before a big adventure. That’s me—a little scared of leaping into the breach, but confident that things will somehow turn out all right (you can see why my #2 theme song is “Cockeyed Optimist”)

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

Funny you should ask. My uncle just got a call from Get Lit!, a book-themed cruise line (they’re the ones who had the husky incident on the S.S. Jack London). Seems there’s a theft ring onboard the ships, and they’d like the pair of us to go undercover on their Charles Dickens-themed boat. My uncle will pose as a wealthy guest, while I’ll work as an actress, playing Nancy in Get Lit’s version of Oliver Twist. It’ll be like a paid vacation with my favorite person in the world, plus a lead role, AND a $10,000 bonus if we crack the case. And we’re just talking about theft, so the job shouldn’t be dangerous…right?

If you’d like to read Ivy’s adventure, you can pre-order The Sound of Murder at these places (release date is Oct 6, 2015):

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eJbMu3

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1JWrYmG

iTunes: http://apple.co/1Rm90wD

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1LYt2K0

And if you’d like to read Ivy’s previous adventure, you can get Macdeath at the following places:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo 

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SRP Heroine Interview: Ellen Michaels from Dependent

dependentToday, I’m talking with Ellen Michaels from the book Dependent.

1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

A year ago four men came to my door. Four men in uniform—men that no military spouse ever wants to see. And they were there to tell me what no military spouse wants to hear. And I was 45 years old…a widow with no career, no home, and no roots. And I had a secret. An awful, dark secret. A secret I had no idea how to escape. But I had to try.

2. What made you want your story to be told?

Military spouses are selfless unsung heroes who are often held back by their circumstances—early marriage, young children, deployments, frequent moves… I’m sure I’m not alone in my story of loss and secrets. I hope my story can be a wake-up call to other spouses who are fighting to keep their sense of self in the shadow of the ubiquitous military machine.

3. What lead you to make the changes you did in your life?

When I got that knock on the door I thought my life had ended—and in a way it had. John was gone and I had to face my demons by myself. I had to search deep inside myself for the answers. It was the worst day of my life, that day. But I’m stronger now because of it.

  1. In your life, what has empowered you?

Time…experience…the love of my husband, my children, and of my high-school friend. I gained strength and confidence slowly—year by year, day by day—until one day I’d just had enough of the oppression I was fighting against. I was dependent on no one, and no one else was dependent on me. It was a freeing and empowering moment for me.

5. What are strengths and weaknesses?

I am very resilient—I can put up with power outages and pukefests and deployments and all kinds of awful things and still stay sane. Well, sort of sane. And I’m selfless. My kids and my husband always come first. But that can backfire on me sometimes. I let people take advantage of me. And until recently I was really awful at sticking up for myself.

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

A self-rescue princess remembers that her goals are important. She can support the love of her life in his career without letting her own career plans slide away. She is proud of her own accomplishments, and a positive role model for her children. When the going gets tough, she digs deep and doesn’t lose sight of who she is.

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

Marriage is a partnership between two people. Your dreams matter. You matter. Never let yourself become so dependent that you forget who you are.

  1. Favorite quote or Bible verse.

“Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”

–Dory, Finding Nemo

9. If your story had a theme song, what would it be?

“Grey Street” by Dave Matthews.

http://www.vevo.com/watch/dave-matthews-band/grey-street/USRV80600149

10. Will you be continuing your journey in written form?

No, I’ve found my independence. I hope other service spouses gain strength from my story.

11. Is there anyone in your life (friend, family member) who will be sharing their life?

No, I don’t think anyone else I introduced you to will be sharing anytime soon. Perhaps one of my friends you haven’t met yet will. She and her husband have just moved to England on a military posting. They are having all sorts of adventures. Who knows? You might get to meet them.

 

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SRP Heroine Interview: Cam Shaw from Who Killed the Ghost in the Library?

Today on The Self-Rescue Princess, I’m speaking with Cam Shaw from the book Who Killed the Ghost in the Library.   who killed the ghost

1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life?

I put an ad in the newspaper, hoping to find some work as a ghost writer. When someone answers the ad, my new client turns out to be a real ghost, who wants me to solve their murder. But someone doesn’t want the truth to come out, and they are willing to do anything to stop the investigation…even if that means killing me!

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

Curiosity, for starters. I’ve always loved a good mystery, and I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out whodunit. Throw in the police chief telling me repeatedly to butt out of his investigation…why, my stubbornness got the best of me. And someone tried to kill me. That’s more than enough to make me see things through to the end.

3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

Oh good heavens, no! I’m perfectly content being a writer, working in my best friend Randy’s bookstore (a book lover’s dream job!), and helping my parents run their coffeehouse. The closest I ever got to fighting crime was figuring out who stole my bike when I was twelve (it was Randy – he took it for a joyride, and brought it back in pieces).

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

The least pleased? You mean besides the police chief, Mike Penhall? Probably my mother, because I involved Grandma Alma. But I know she doesn’t want to see me get hurt.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Sometimes my strengths can also be part of my weaknesses. It’s good to have an inquisitive mind, and the determination to see things through to the end, regardless of the obstacles that get in your way. But sometimes wanting to know all the answers and being too stubborn to stop when things get dangerous and deadly can have dire consequences.

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

It means that I have enough faith in myself to do the right thing when the situation calls for it. If a friend is in danger, I know I’m going to grab my Sig Sauer and be right there by their side fighting. And I’m strong enough to realize it’s okay to ask your family and friends for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak; it makes you stronger because you’re not alone.

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

If a man you’re dating is holding you back, isn’t supportive, or just flat out dismissive of you and your dreams, drop kick that dead weight out the door!

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

I learned that love can happen when you least expect it, and from the most unlikely person. And it’s a wonderful thing if that person is willing to let you be a strong, confident woman without feeling threatened. They are to be treasured and cherished.

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

Ever since I solved this case, my friends have been singing the theme song to “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. Someone (I think it was Randy or Jo) changed my ringtone to that song! Being technology challenged, I haven’t figured out how to change it yet!

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

Well, I’m fixing to attend a ghost writers’ convention in Dallas, not far from my home in Waxahachie.

Books · Heroine Interviews

SRP Heroine Interview: Jackie Reeves from Murder Most Foul

Please welcome Jackie to the Self-Rescue Princess.

murder most foul1. Please tell us a little bit about what is currently going on in your life? 

When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. How far will these lover’s go to solve this heinous crime before anymore killings. Determined to find the truth, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.

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

I knew the accused, Vernon James, was innocent, and I had to do something, before anymore killings.

3. Did you ever imagine yourself being involved in fighting crime?

No never! But sometimes you have to find the strength and courage to do the impossible.

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 day job is being a RN for the local hospital. The least pleased about me butting into crime would be the town Sheriff, Jeff Brown. He pops up surprisingly at the strangest times. There is something about the man that is not on-the-level.  Sheriff Brown is furious with me for getting involved, and my co-workers were horrified and surprised when they discovered that I helped solve the county’s most horrific and only double homicide.

 5.  What are your strengths and weaknesses?

My strengths are courage, that I did not know I possessed.  Determination, to see the true killer get caught, and happiness that I finished all my self-defense classes. They sure came in handle that evening in the hotel room. My weakness was falling in love while being an amateur sleuth.

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

Being able to handle any situation that is thrown at you. Standing up to anyone or any situation when I feel it is right, and getting the job done.

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

Listen with both your heart and mind. The two need one another to make the right choice, and each day is about making choices.

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

To look outside the box. To consider the least likely to be the one. To never let my guard down, which is what happened leading to my fight for survival that evening.

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

The song, Eye of the Tiger. That song to me, represented will power, self-motivation, courage, and determination,

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

I am not sure at this time. I get a lot of excitement being an RN and wife to an Agent. If something comes along involving my husband, you better believe I will be right beside him.

“Murder Most Foul,” solving a double homicide is pure murder for F.B.I. Agent Walker Harmon. Available in EPub, HTML, PDF

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