Treasure Among the Shadows
by Marie Romero Cash
on Tour July - August 2013
How did you start your writing career? I graduated from high school in 1959; thirty-seven years later, I began my higher education, earning a BA in Southwest Studies. During that time I had to write many papers (all of which I never thought I could do) and I realized there was a lot I had so say, about many subjects. After writing a number of books on the history and culture of the Southwest, I wrote my first mystery.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book. Lindsay Boxer, the detective from the James Patterson series about the Women’s Murder Club. She dives into cases and her personal life with the same intensity.
Tell us about your current release. Treasure Among the Shadows is loosely based on a million-dollar real treasure hunt introduced to the public and the media sometime last year by Forrest Fenn, a local antiquities dealer and gallery owner. Forrest is a long-time acquaintance, and one of the main characters, Tim McCabe, is patterned after him and my brother-in-law, who was a lawman in Idaho.
What is the hardest part of writing your books? As a pretty much full-time folk artist/woodcarver/painter (which pays the bills), the hardest part about writing is finding the time to give it more than lip service. Having supported myself with my art for many years (thirty-eight to be exact), I feel a strong need to continue creating, but the writing gets shoved into the corner until I have time to devote to it.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books? That I could take a random idea and coerce it into a 250 page mystery.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they? Keep reaching for the brass ring; don’t give up your dreams. Keep writing even if you’re the only person reading it, your chance will come. Mine did.
Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn? No, but in my short story book, Lowrider Blues, I wrote about what I thought it would be like, resurrecting schoolmates whom I thought were most memorable (in more ways than one) and how they had fared through life. I skipped a grade in elementary school, so I was more than a year younger than everyone else. Consequently I didn’t have the same interests, then or now.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words. Awesome, fulfilling, challenging.
You just won a huge lottery. What is the first thing you’ll buy? A big warehouse so I can convert it into cubbyholes where writers can work on their projects without interruption.
Book Details:Genre: Mystery
Published by: Camel Press
Publication Date: June 1, 2013
Number of Pages: 310
NOTE: This book is the third in a series but is completely stand alone.
Synopsis:A woman is strangled and shot. She was last seen alive at a casino near Santa Fe. Forensic Psychologist Jemimah Hodge is on the case, as is her new boyfriend, Sheriff Rick Romero. The trail has already grown cold when another woman is murdered under similar circumstances. The first dead woman left behind a disgruntled ex-spouse but no other obvious suspects. Gilda Humphreys, the second victim, is another story. First there is her househusband, then there are all her co-workers … It seems no one is shedding a tear for Gilda.
While going through Gilda's field notes, Jemimah discovers that the woman was experiencing a sexual renaissance. Could one of her lovers have killed her? Then there is Tim McCabe's treasure hunt. A wealthy gallery owner and collector, McCabe has buried a chest filled with valuable coins and jewelry and challenged the public to find it. When Gilda wasn't dressing down her co-workers or dallying with lovers, she was searching for McCabe's treasure.
Was it greed that killed Gilda? A scorned lover or vengeful co-worker? With so many suspects and so few clues, Rick and Jemimah face one of the most challenging cases of their careers.
Treasure Among the Shadows is the third book in Jemimah Hodge Murder Mystery series.