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Today I’m thrilled to host writer Ann Gabhart.
She’s the bestselling author of more than 30 novels for both adults and young adults–with more stories on the way. Ann and her husband have three children, nine grandchildren, and enjoy country life in Kentucky.
Murder Comes by Mail is Ann’s latest release. A terrific cozy–with a terrific cover to match–this mystery’s part of the Hidden Springs series. Small town. Quirky and charming characters. And trouble. Especially trouble for Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane.
Here’s a brief summary of Murder Comes by Mail:
Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn’t particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses–a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn’t last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs’ concerned citizens.
Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves–because the killer could be targeting one of them next.
While Ann enjoys writing about fascinating characters who find themselves entangled in mysterious plots, she also includes a furry character with four paws to play a significant part of each story. I asked her to share why.
ANN: While I love the cats on the covers of my Hidden Springs mysteries, sometimes I’m a little surprised I don’t see dogs there.
You see, I’ve been a dog lover all my life. When I was around eight, I begged and begged for a dog. A family friend finally took pity on me and gave me a pup that was a mix of shepherd, collie, and some kind of spitz. Maybe. I didn’t care what breed he was as long as he was a dog. I’ve had a dog in my life ever since.
So, you might think when I decided to try my hand at a cozy mystery, dogs would have the starring animal role. But it didn’t work out that way. In Murder at the Courthouse, there’s this barber who has a cat named Two Bits. When Two Bits made the cover, the die was cast.
Move on to Hidden Springs Mystery 2, Murder Comes by Mail, and my editor says, “Can’t you let a cat have a little bigger part in the mystery? We want to put a cat on the cover.”
After a bit of rewriting, a great cat character, Grimalkin, showed up at exactly the right time to save the day in Murder Comes by Mail. My work in progress will have yet another new cat character, Miss Marble. The books are overrun by cats!
The great thing about writing cats and dogs into stories is how they have different personalities the same as my two-legged characters. Finding the perfect pet name is fun too. My recent Shaker book, The Innocent, did have a dog character, so when he needed a name, I asked my Facebook friends for help. Dog names piled in. Out of all the suggestions, I chose Asher, a Bible name that fit my hero dog perfectly.
Cats and dogs make my stories more fun to write, and I hope my furry friends make the stories more fun to read.
So what do you think? Do you like reading books where cats and dogs or other animals play a part in the story?
Find out more about Ann’s books and check out her blog, One Writer’s Journal: www.annhgabhart.com. Join in the conversation on her on her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart or Twitter @AnnHGabhart.
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