Only three days left in the Murder We Write Blog Tour. I’m getting a bit winded with the fast pace and all the interviews I’ve been forced to do under deadline no less. Just hoping there is a break in here toward Christmas although I’m not big on family. Today we are going to change it up a bit. I’m interviewing one “foxy” lady. Jackie King is the author of several novellas, anthologies and books. Jackie thank you for joining me today. W.S. told me I would enjoy this interview because you and foxy are often used in the same sentence. Then she laughed. I just didn’t get the joke. Can you explain it to me?
Jackie: My dear Mitch, there’s no joke, maybe you had spinach on your teeth. I’m a very foxy lady, and among other things, write as a part of a team called “The Foxy Hens.” We wear boas and strut our stuff, and I’ll bet that you’d love us. I even got kissed by a customer once at a book signing. We were giving away chocolate kisses and I said, “Want a kiss from a foxy hen?” and offered him the candy. He said, “Sure,” then leaned down and kissed me. He was good looking and just the right age for me, (yes, he was an older guy) but I forgot to get his telephone number.
Oh, now I see W.S. was pulling a fast one on yours truly. Well I will get even. I don’t want it to be said I wasn’t professional in conducting this interview so on to more meatier questions. Many of your stories are set in the past, the Wild West to be specific. Why is that? What’s wrong with the present?
Jackie: Nothing at all, but the Old West is fun, too. That’s where my historical mysteries are set, in 1889 Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory. I write about gutsy, ambitious, adventurous women who came to this unsettled land at the time of the Land Run. Some are rich, most are poor, but they all seem to get mixed up in murder and mayhem. I’ll be giving away a signed copy of THE FOXY HENS and MURDER MOST FOWL at the end of this tour, and also a signed copy of AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE.
The latest anthology is set in present times and called FOXY HENS MEET A ROMANTIC ADVENTURER. I’ll bet you’d like my story Warm Hearts on Cold Streets, not for the romance part but because my character Anna Rainwater gets tangled up with a serial killer. What a scoop that would make!
In AN INCONVENIENT CORPSE a body is found in a bed and breakfast. In my latest adventure, A CASE OF HOMETOWN BLUES, I stay in a bed and breakfast and I was a bit unnerved because the owners seemed to know every move I made. Are all bed and breakfasts like that? If so, how come they didn’t know about the body?
Jackie: That’s what they want to know! Everyone thinks that poor Grace Cassidy killed the guy. Because of this (plus her rotten husband running off with his secretary and all of their assets) she not only has to find a way to support herself and her teenaged son, she has to find out why there was a dead, naked guy in her bed and who killed him.
Many of your stories in the “Foxy Hen” books have holiday themes. Is that by design or just chance? Are you a big fan of holidays?
Jackie: We have one book with holiday themes: THE FOXY HENS AND ONE BIG ROOSTER. My story is called Thanksgiving with a Mysterious Stranger and features a mail order bride whose husband gets murdered. She didn’t like him that much, but feels obliged to solve his murder and homestead their stake.
Another Foxy Hen book is FOXY HENS GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT. My novella is called The Ghost Who Wouldn’t Skedaddle. These mysteries have a little touch of paranormal, so they might be too scary for you, Mitch.
Thanks for the warning but I don’t scare easily. W. S. must be feeding you some bad information. Anyway, Jackie, thank you so much for joining me today. Where can folks find your books?
On my Website: http://www.jacqking.com/ also check out my Blogsite: Cozy Mysteries and Other Madness: http://bnbmysteries.blogspot.com Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as available through all bookstores. Amazon: http://amzn.to/gMv7CH and Nook at http://bit.ly/fovbLR
I’ve had such fun talking to you Mitch. (By the way, is you single?) And thanks to each of your readers for taking a break from their holiday preparations to join us. Remember readers, to make comments on each of our 15-member mystery writer’s blogsites. We’re giving away over 50 books total, either during the tour or immediately afterwards. I’m giving a signed copy of my cozy mystery THE INCONVENIENT CORPSE and a signed copy of THE FOXY HENS AND MURDER MOST FOWL. Names will be drawn by random from those who take time to leave a comment.