Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr


A Day in the Life of a Murder Mystery Writer
By Lauren Carr

For some reason, the general population is curious about the daily life of a murder mystery writer. Like for some reason, people are intrigued by the idea of someone spending their days thinking about murder. They may even question our sanity.
As a young girl aspiring to one day be a mystery writer, I had fantasized that my life would be like that of Jessica Fletcher in It’s Murder, She Wrote, or Ellery Queen. Not a week would go by without a dead body and mystery popping up for me to solve.
With the recent releasee of my twenty-second mystery Murder by Perfection, and my twenty-third mystery Crimes Past scheduled for release in mid-October, I have given up all hope of tripping over a dead body during the course of my day. Frankly, there is not enough time in my schedule to nab real killers.
So, you may ask, what is the day in the life of a mystery writer like? Well, I have found that it takes a daily routine and a commitment to sticking to it in order to write about murder.
Here’s how I do it:
6:00 am: Each day starts with a vigorous run at the crack of dawn. It begins with German Shepherd Storm applying her cold nose to my neck. If that isn’t enough to send shockwaves through my body to wake me, she jumped up onto the bed. Eight-six pounds of fur and claws never fails to make me roll out of bed and stumble to the door. After releasing the security team to secure the perimeter from any invading squirrels, deer, or low-flying birds, I hit the button on the coffeemaker to start the coffee brewing.
6:15-6:30 am: Wake-up to coffee during morning briefing meeting with security detail, followed by breakfast and belly rubs.
6:30-7:00 am: Continue waking up to coffee while reviewing e-mails. Delete junk e-mail; read the important stuff. Example of important: the forwarded stuff from friends that contain lots of jokes and cute animal pictures. It is important to start your day off in a good mood. This sets a positive tone for literary creation.
7:00 am: Grab another cup of coffee and review chapter written the night before.
Previously, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday received a vital clue that identified their suspect in a brutal murder. Brilliant detection (an anonymous text message) has led them to a swanky hotel. They were entering the hotel when fate stepped in:
It was the author’s bedtime and she had to go to bed.
Today’s goal is to have the suspect go over the balcony railing and land on Jessica’s car.
To prepare for this murder, I reread the previous section. Before the victim can go over the railing, I must make sure everything is in place:
  ü  Is the car parked under the railing? Check.
ü  Potential suspects present and accounted for? Check.
ü  Murphy and Jessica enter the hotel? Check.

I am now ready to move up to the hotel suite where the unsuspecting victim is waiting.
7:30 am: Husband wakes up to discover that the coffee pot is empty and that I have once again set up camp in the corner of the living room instead of working in my writer’s studio.
After making another pot of coffee, I send the Sterling outside to once again check the perimeters. Storm takes Hubby detail.
Back to tossing the victim off the balcony.
What a cute picture of a husky pup! I need to retweet that! … A nun killed a priest in Texas? Need to read that news article—research potential!
9:00 am: Husband wants breakfast and another cup of coffee—stares at me until I pick up the message telepathically. Sterling announces that squirrels threatening an advance from the Northeast ridge and needs back up. Imperative that I take a break from writing to go take care of my family before they completely fall apart.
Hey, got a new friend on Facebook! She’s a mystery writer. Let me check out her books!
11:00 am: Discover that I am now five hours into my day and I am still in my bathrobe and slippers. You can’t expect to go far in your writing career if you don’t treat it seriously. You need to dress for it. Shower, dress, and get ready to work on my latest work in progress.
12 Noon: Husband asks what’s for lunch. Discover that I was so busy trying to drop that woman onto Jessica’s car that I forgot to eat breakfast. It is a busy life for a murder mystery writer!
1:00 pm: After cooking and eating lunch, I sit down to my laptop to work on my book. I need to kill that woman on the fifth floor so that Jessica and Murphy can uncover the plot to kill the Attorney General!
Email pops in from friend with link to article about an old man who kills wife of sixty years because he got sick of listening to her yap. That’s research potential!
1:15 pm: Sterling finds his lost ball and announces that it is time to play catch. As Chief of Security, it is important that he stay at the top of his game by keeping his reflexes in tip-top shape with exercise. Go outside to play catch.
2:00 pm: Now it is time to get to work on my book. Jessica and Murphy haven’t even gotten on the elevator yet.
3:00 pm: Husband asks, “What’s for dinner?” Unable to answer, I open the freezer door and stare into the interior until something jumps out at me. Husband rejects that. Back to staring into the freezer. Next thing that moves gets thawed.
3:30 pm: Move from freezer to the computer screen--Staring at the computer screen until drops of blood form on my forehead from thinking so hard.
3:35 pm: Inspiration breaks through. Jessica and Murphy are in the elevator. They are rehashing the case where it stands now. They know the woman on the fifth floor will give them the break they need. As the elevator doors open, greatness pours from my fingertips onto the keyboard.
3:45 pm: Son texts: I need money!
Tour coordinator emails: You’re one guest blog post short for the tour!
Desperation sets in as a German shepherd video pops up in my Facebook feed. Decide it’s time for a ten minute break to watch pet videos.
4:00 pm: Security Team announce they are hungry. But dinner is not scheduled until 5:00 pm. Security team protests.
5:00 pm: Re-read previous pages written. Murphy and Jessica are still in the elevator. They are still rehashing the case—still convinced that this suspect will break the case wide open. My victim is still alive on the fifth floor. Jessica’s car is still in place.
All I need to do is have my victim go over the balcony railing. Just a few paragraphs more.
6:00 pm: Time to start dinner.
After Dinner. The quiet of the evening is a great time to get those creative juices flowing. Now is the time to let my characters come to life – or death as the case may be. Just a few paragraphs more and―
8:30 pm: Security team announces that it is time to secure the perimeter for the night. On the way through the kitchen, a carton of ice cream calls to me from the freezer. A hot fudge sundae would surely give me strength to write late into the night.
9:00 pm: Security declares the boundaries safe for the night and come to call it a night. The Chief (Sterling) critiques the team on their day’s performance. Storm disagrees with the Chief’s evaluation. That bird had violated our airspace and needed to be reprimanded. An argument results. Sterling feels Ziggy over reacted. I’m called in to negotiate. Everyone retreats to their beds in disgust.
With the sundae devoured, I return to the laptop with the full intention to write late into the night … or until the pillow starts calling out that it’s my bedtime.
How did Jessica Fletcher write so many books in It’s Murder, She Wrote with mysteries to solve every week?

Book Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)

Category: Adult fiction, 322 pages

Genre: Murder Mystery

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Release date: May 31, 2018

Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018

Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Audiobook Details:

Book Title: Murder by Perfection by Lauren Carr

Series: Thorny Rose Mystery Series (Volume 3)

Genre: Murder Mystery

Publisher: Acorn Book Services

Release date: Aug 28, 2018

Narrator: Mike Alger

Length: 8 hours, 32 minutes, unabridged

Tour dates: Oct 8 to Nov 2, 2018

Content Rating: PG (mild violence and sexual suggestion)

Book Description:

Perfection can be a fatal endeavor.

Frustrated with their busy schedules, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday attempt to find togetherness by scheduling a weekly date night. The last thing Jessica Faraday expected for her date night was to take a couple’s gourmet cooking course at the Stepford Kitchen Studio, owned by Chef Natalie Stepford―the model of perfection in looks, home, and business.

When Natalie ends up dead and Murphy goes missing, the Thorny Rose detectives must peel back the layers of Natalie Stepford’s life to discover that the pursuit of perfection can be deadly.

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Meet the Author:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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