Please welcome Kerri Nelson!
Thanks for stopping to chat! Please tell us a bit about your latest release, or what's coming up.
Kerri: Thanks for having me. My latest release is about Mandy Murrin. She’s a small town girl who is on the cusp of seeing her dream of becoming a doctor blossom into reality. Then, her life is drastically changed when she has to return home to care for her mentally handicapped sister. Things turn from unpleasant to downright frightening when she discovers a dead body at the mayor’s house. Things go from bad to worse and her dream has to undergo a serious makeover.
How did you become inspired to write this work?
Kerri: Actually, I wrote this character into another darker thriller. She was my little breath of fresh air in that book. And I sort of loved her so much that I pulled her out and gave her a series of her very own. Things just sort of snowballed from there.
Do you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser? Or maybe both?
Kerri: Oh, I am definitely a pantser. But, the thing is…when you write mystery there has to be some sort of plot. Even if it is a skeleton plot (pun intended). This is necessary because you need to have a real cast of suspects and motives for each and so on. But, pantsing is my method as a general rule.
Do you prefer to write one specific genre, or are you a bit all over the map? What is your favorite genre to write and why?
Kerri: I’ve written almost every genre under the sun within the romance genre. Everything from dark paranormal to erotic romance to inspirational and young adult. Whew! Makes me tired just typing all of that. But Remote Consequences is my first real mystery. Although it has some romantic elements, it is a real mystery and I really enjoyed writing it. What an incredible challenge!
Of your backlist/WIPs, which would you say was the easiest to write? The most challenging? Why?
Kerri: I have this one WIP that I’ve been struggling with for years. I wrote it and re-wrote it and even pitched it to a big time editor. She wants the book, but here I sit—years later—and I’ve never really finished it solidly. It is a full length historical romance. I love the concept. I love the characters. But something about it holds me back as if it is just not complete in some way. This one is something I think about a lot.
Are you published primarily in print or eBook, or both equally? Which format do you prefer and why?
Kerri: I’m published in both and I love both formats. They are both good for different reasons. E-books are so affordable and they are becoming more and more popular as readers use tablets and smart phones and such on a daily basis. They are also easy to market and easily accessible to all. On the other hand, what writer doesn’t love to see their work in print? To hold that book in your hands and smell the fresh ink. Good stuff! Also, it is fun to do book signings and other events with your books on hand.
Do you own an e-reader, or maybe two? How do you like it?
Kerri: I’ve tried them all. I’ve had a Kindle since the very first edition. I’ve tried several versions of it and still use it today. But, honestly, since I discovered the Kindle app on my phone—I rarely drag out my “big” Kindle. I’ve also had a Nook and several other tablets over the last few years. But I always go back to Kindle or the app. They are just my device of choice.
What do you have planned writing wise for the rest of the year?
Kerri: I have the second book in the Working Stiff Mystery series set to release in the October time frame. And a Christmas novella with the same characters coming out for holiday time. I cannot wait to see what the folks of Millbrook will do next.
Do you have any social media profiles/pages where readers can follow you?
Kerri: I use Twitter the most and my username is @kerribookwriter
Do you have a blog/Yahoo group for readers to stay updated on your works?
Kerri: Yes, my author blog is http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Desert Island quiz: you can only bring one album, one DVD set for your favorite TV show, and one movie. What are they?
Kerri: Oh, Momma Mia, that’s a tough one! Let’s see…
Album: The Eagles Greatest Hits
DVD set: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Six
Movie: Love Actually
What was the last book that you read? What did you think?
Kerri: Well, I must admit that I’m a freelance editor as well as an author. So, I read many books every week. I won’t count those for this question. But as far as reading for pleasure…let’s see…I read “Larceny and Old Lace” by Tamar Myers. It was clever, a laugh riot, and incredibly well written.
Most f***able movie star of the 1930s-50s? Why?
Kerri: Gotta be Sean Connery. The accent and well…the accent.
Who do you like in the next World Series?
Kerri: Have no earthly clue. I’m from Alabama—we only speak football here. :)
Med school drop-out Mandy Murrin has returned home to care for her mentally handicapped, teenage sister. But despite having multiple college degrees under her belt, Mandy finds jobs aren't easy to come by in small town Alabama. Now instead of a stethoscope, she's forced to sport a tool belt as a technician for the local cable company, Flicks Vision.
But things go from bad to worse when, while on assignment at the Mayor's house, Mandy finds herself in the attic amongst cobwebs, Christmas decorations, and...a corpse? Suddenly Mandy's life is turned upside down with one missing body, a high school nemesis turned police detective, a mysterious stranger, and a town full of long buried secrets. If Mandy's not careful, this could be one dead end job where she may not make it out alive!
Two hours, three sneezes, and a half a box of Tic Tacs later, I was crouched in the oppressive heat of the attic. After two phone calls back to the office to ask my boss questions, I'd finally deduced that there must be a faulty coaxial cable somewhere in the house's wiring. Finding it was going to take time and patience. And I was low on both.
My stomach grumbled with hunger, and the dispatcher had radioed twice to ask when I might be able to take the next service call. But I was stuck here in the mayor's dreadful attic until I could find the source of the problem.
I inched along the perimeter in the near dark. When it came to blood and anatomy, I could stomach almost anything. But when it came to bugs and creepy crawlies, I was as girly as they came.
Holding my Maglite XL at arm's length to warn me of potential eight-legged predators, I scooted my knee forward another notch and winced as a splinter made its way through my pants leg and speared my tender flesh.
I eased back onto my bottom and surveyed the damage. A shard of laminated wood about three inches in length protruded from my pants leg. I yanked it free and tossed it behind me. I'd have to tend to my wound later. A brief daydream image of sitting on a sunny beach—margarita in one hand, and a hefty worker's compensation check in the other—made me grin. Not a likely outcome for a splinter-induced injury, though.
Boxes of holiday decorations, an old baby crib, stacks of books, and a deep freezer cluttered the area. Standard stuff. Nothing special about His Honor's attic.
Who had a deep freezer in their attic? My head snapped back to the opposite corner where a standard eight-cubic-foot, chest-style freezer sat in the shadows. I stood up, brushing off the back of my pants. Deep freezers were heavy suckers. I knew this because I'd once had the corner of one dropped on my toe in my aunt's cellar basement.
As if in response to the memory, my toe ached deep inside my boot.
I'd never seen anyone lug a heavy deep-freeze up to an attic. It didn't make much sense, but at the same time—wouldn't it feel great to open that lid and feel the mist of ice-cold frost caress my face? Memories of homemade ice cream and preparing containers of summer vegetables for the fall trickled through my memory. Summers had been good once. A long time ago.
Back and knees stiff from the attic crawl, I limped toward the freezer. I doubted it was even running. Who would be stupid enough to run it up here? What if it defrosted and leaked down through the floorboards? Imagining worst-case scenarios was kind of like a superpower to me.
But as I reached out to touch the dusty lid, I heard the humming thrum of the motor inside.
Probably shouldn't mess with it.
I looked around the attic as if someone were going to pop out and shake their finger at me for snooping. But when no one appeared, I lifted the lid.
The blessed frost hit my face, and I inhaled the frigid glory. But when the mist cleared—my breath caught in my throat. Lungs frozen in an ice block of silent shock.
There, among the Tupperware containers, curled into a fetal position was…one dead body.
Kerri Nelson survived a fifteen year career in the legal field and then took her passion for crime solving to the page. But her journey to become a mystery author took a decade long detour into the world of romance where she penned twenty two novels and novellas in various sub-genres.
Born and raised a true southern belle, Kerri holds many useful secrets: how to bake a killer peach cobbler; how to charm suspects with proper batting of the eyelashes; and how to turn your parasol into a handy weapon.
Kerri is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America which includes various volunteer positions such as Board Member at Large and Daphne Published Contest Category Coordinator of Kiss of Death RWA (Chapter for Romantic Suspense Authors).
Learn more about Kerri and her new Working Stiff Mystery Series, at her website: www.KerriNelson.com
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