I wrote three cozy mysteries for my publisher and they’re being released in June, titled Nosy in Nebraska. For these three books I plunged head first into ‘Write What You Know’.
Book #1 Of Mice. . .and Murder has a heroine terrified of mice.
Book #2 Pride and Pestilence has a heroine who is a shy, insomniac bookworm.
Book #3 The Miceman Cometh has a heroine who is a complete klutz.
Okay that’s allllllllll me.
I am terrified of mice.
Just because I’m bringing this misunderstood phobia out of the shadows, does not mean I should be mocked.
Some may read Of Mice…and Murder and see the humor, mystery and drama. But for those of us who are musophobes (look it up, I can’t do EVERYTHING for you) this is an intense, life and death struggle.
You know, I decided at a very young age (too young to be deciding anything) while pondering eternal things like heaven and … well…NOT heaven—to avoid a four letter word.
I gave considerable thought to whether instead of eternal darkness, or a lake of fire, I might possibly end up in a room full of mice.
God knows each of us. God knows what our definition of—NOT heaven—might be.
The worst of that youthful pondering was the horrifying thought that maybe, since we’re talking having eternity to adjust, I might actually get so I didn’t mind being in a room full of mice.
That is–to me–doubly horrifying.
But I’ve made my peace with God and accepted Jesus as my personal savior, mice being the least of that decision, so I don’t dwell on—NOT heaven—that much anymore.
In Of Mice…and Murder my heroine Carrie is afraid of mice. Nothing else. She’s a very brave woman in nearly all other ways…except mice…….
In book two of the Maxie Mouse Mystery Series, Pride and Pestilence, my heroine is a shy insomniac bookworm. Hello, borrowing from my life again!
And in book three, The Miceman Cometh, the heroine is a klutz. Ask someone who watched painfully as I tried to do a cartwheel in elementary school. Klutz is a kind word to use.
But my shyness is all internal. I know how to behave myself in public, but inside I’m a squirming, twitching, overly sensitive, lunatic. All my reactions are–Go home, go pull the covers over my head, better yet, GO WRITE. Have both sides of the conversation myself. Create COOL tough, bold women. Exactly NOT like me.
Or read books with those same cool, tough, bold women. Now THAT’S living. Or maybe pretend living, but if I pretend well enough, who’s gonna complain???
And it’s all set in small town Nebraska. THAT is the world I know.
So get a peek of Mary “the Lunatic” Connealy within the pages of the Maxie Mouse Mysteries, and a really nice, if somewhat wacky, look at life in a small Nebraska town. I did fully and utterly depart from reality in one area. All my heroines are young, slender and CUTE. I’m sorry, it’s fiction, for some things, the truth is just not gonna fly.
Share your phobias with me. Your quirks. Nail biters? Knuckle crackers? Any insomniacs out there? I’m the worst but maybe we’ve got some competitors.
Taking a break from cowboys for one book.
Welcome to Melnik, Nebraska
There is no escape
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