Day 9 on the Murder We Write Blog Tour. I must say I’m excited to interview Kerrie Compton. I think it will be a cake walk seeing she is a journalist like myself. She doesn’t have anything to hide and I understand she is pretty easy on the eyes. Kerrie’s mother is Dana Logan who drives a motor home with her friend Sarah Cafferty and seem to find a lot of dead bodies along the way. Let’s see what she has to say about the latest mystery, GRAY WOLF MOUNTAIN by Jean Henry Mead. Kerrie, I’ve met your mother. Are you just like her or what makes you not quite a chip off the block?
Kerrie: Few women like to be compared with their mothers, but I'm proud of Mom, who's sixty and still attractive and like a bloodhound in her amateur sleuth investigations. I guess I'm a true chip off the old block, both in appearance and risk taking. We share a love of adventure and bringing villains to justice--along with Mom's best friend, Sarah Cafferty. But Mom's a bit prudish when it comes to romance. Why Sheriff Grayson continues to pursue her through each novel in the series is a mystery in itself.
As a fellow journalist, you serve as a staff writer for City Magazine in Denver. What do you like most and least about your job?
Kerrie: I enjoy writing about investigations with my mom and Sarah, such as our latest adventure, Gray Wolf Mountain, where someone shooting wolves starts killing people as well. I don't enjoy being shot at or tied up and sprinkled with ants as happened in the first Logan & Cafferty novel, A Village Shattered. Premature gray hair took up residence on my head.
Do your bosses ever get upset when you have to take time to investigate stories that they don’t seem to see as worthy? Do you have to take a lot of time off to rescue your mother?
Kerrie: I don't take much time off to "rescue"Mom. She'd have a fit if she heard you say that. I've always managed to turn each investigation into a noteworthy story when I return to the office, even just a feature story about one of the people involved. Such as Gus Blake, an 85-year-old man who rescues wounded wolves and nurses them back to health. He's also romantically involved with a tiny 85-year-old sharp-shooting woman, which provides some humorous anecdotes.
Are you single? Would you consider dating a fellow journalist in West Michigan?
Kerrie: Sorry, Mitch. I'm currently engaged to an FBI agent whom I met in Murder on the Interstate. But he's always gone on assignments so I'm considering breaking off the engagement to begin a new relationship with a handsome Iraqi War veteran that Mom hired as my bodyguard.
Fine, I can keep it professional. Tell me about your latest exclusive.
Kerrie: I've already told you about the wolf shootings, but my "exclusive" is a little known fact that wolves are being shot en masse from helicopters in Canadian provinces, primarily the Yukon Territory, to increase Caribou herds for big game hunters. They're also being killed in the Northern U.S. Rockies by gassing wolf puppies in their dens. The government doesn't seem to realize that killing off Keystone predators such as wolves and grizzlies unbalances nature. Few wolves mean big game animals increase in number and consume most of the vegetation that birds and small animals need to survive.
To hear more about this journalist and her mother’s travels in an RV, check out this website: wwwjeanhenrymead.com
And to learn more about Gray Wolf Mountain, check out: Amazon
Jean will be giving away a copy of her recent release, Gray Wolf Mountain, fourth novel in the Logan & Cafferty series, to a visitor who leaves a comment during the blog tour. The winner will be announced at her blog site: http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/ December 12.
Jean Henry Mead is the author of 18 books, including the Logan & Cafferty series, Hamilton Kids' mysteries, Western historicals and nonfiction history and interviews books. An award-winning photojournalist, she's published domestically as well as abroad. She also served as a news, magazine and small press editor.