It’s Day 4 of the Murder We Write Blog Tour and I’m interviewing a friend of the grand Pooh-Bah of the Blog Tour. I’m talking about Anne K. Albert as the tour guide with the most-est, although I don’t know why W.S. Gager got her mug in the collage and slideshow. It should have been my mug. I’m the one doing these great interviews. But I’m getting off track and I am a professional. Today’s interview is Val, a flower child if I ever met one, but I haven’t met Val yet. I think she’s coming now. Val? Muriel’s aunt, right? You are the baking fiend in FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL?
Val: Fiend?! Show some respect for your elders!
But you do bake, right?
Val: Of course, I bake. Doesn’t everyone?
I don’t bake or cook. I’m too busy chasing down stories to spend time in the kitchen.
Val: Maybe you should.
(Cough.) Right. Moving on. Now Val, Muriel’s the star of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL. Can you give us some insight into Muriel? A little dirt if you will? I could use a good exclusive.
Val: There’s one thing you need to understand, young man. I will never, ever give you or anyone else “a little dirt” on a member of my family, especially Muriel. Besides, there’s nothing to tell. She can’t help it.
Can’t help what? What’d she do?
Val: Nothing! But she is a teeny, tiny different from the rest of us.
Care to explain?
Val - By nature we Reeves are fun-loving adventurers. We don’t know the meaning of danger. Nor do we care. We welcome it. Muriel, however, is more subdued. Cautious even. She’s been that way since she was a little girl. But she’s grown into an exceptional woman. She’s headmaster at an academy for gifted girls, and that has to count for something, right?
Sure but is there a story in there? Maybe there is one in another more adventurous family member. Can you tell me about that brother of yours, Superman isn’t it?
Val: His name is Christopher Reeves--like the actor. That’s why we call him Superman. He, um, well, he’s a tad suspicious of modern technology and for that reason lives in the backwoods of Oregon. He prefers to fly in the middle of the week rather than the weekend because he believes doing so somehow (she pauses to make air quotation marks with her hands) “alters the time space continuum and insures that he’ll be immune from the prying eyes of big brother.”
He sounds like someone I could get some interesting stories from. A little conspiracy theory usually turns out to be true. Speaking of true, I understand you have a soft spot for dogs. I’ve acquired one myself in A CASE OF VOLATILE DEEDS, but this interview isn’t about me. Tell me about your pound puppy.
Val: Big Boy is my pride and joy, and he’s big! Muriel thinks he slobbers a little too much, and he has this insatiable need to sniff everyone’s private parts, but he’s really just being sociable. If you want to meet him I can go get him.
He’s here? He’s big and he likes to sniff…
Val: In my car!
Well time is short Val. Maybe another time.
Val: You sure? It won’t take me a minute to get him.
I’m sure! Thanks for stopping by Val. For more information about you and your interesting family, just go to Anne K. Albert’s website.
Anne K. Albert 's award winning mystery and romantic suspense stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul...all with a delightful touch of humor.
When not at the keyboard she loves to travel, visit friends and family, walk on the beach, and of course, read using 'Threegio' her cherished and much beloved ereader!