I am so delighted to host Debra E. Marvin today! She is a follower and frequent commenter here on RimSP, so some of you may recognize her just from conversations we’ve all had together. AND I get to see her in person this Saturday at #CFRR2017!!!
Debra E. Marvin is a member of ACFW, Sisters in Crime, a Grace Awards Judge, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She’s one of the founders of Inkwell Inspirations Blog, and is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey FIction and contracted with Barbour Publishing. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University in upstate NY, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends
Her new book, The Case of the Clobbered Cad, released this week from Journey Fiction!
Inspired by the famous Girl Detective, the members of the Olentangy Heights Girls’ Detective Society, affectionately known as the Nosy Parkers, spent their formative years studying criminology, codes, and capers. Unfortunately, opportunities to put their unique skills to work were thin on the ground in the post-war boom of their little corner of suburbia and they eventually grew up to pursue more sensible careers. Until…
Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately, on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again.
As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.
Hi Debra! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Debra: Apples all the way. I grew up in ‘the Fruit Belt’ of NY State, surrounded by apple orchards.
Debra: I hate to be cold, but I enjoy the slower pace and lack of heat and humidity, and ragweed pollen.
Carrie: Amen & amen.
Debra: I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’ll go with Cats. Just because they can use a litter box (and give us freedom) and have fewer emotional issues. 🙂
Carrie: <gasp> Here is where we part ways. You’ve been hanging around DeAnna Dodson for too long LOL
Debra: So not fair. Coffee because I’m psychologically dependent on it, even if it’s decaf!
Carrie: That’s a prerequisite to being an author, isn’t it? 😉
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Debra: Coming up with a plan. I like to organize things and find better ways to do something or practical solutions to a problem.
Carrie: That’s an awesome superpower to have!
Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Debra: That would have to be Black Beauty. I not only loved and re-read that book, I lived it. Well, okay, I played Black Beauty, and yes, I played it by myself. Across the street from me was a big old, unused barn with three levels. The bottom level was in the hillside and included a row of stalls and old gear from harnesses, etc. My favorite playground and I did a lot of pretending with the characters from this classic piece of literature.
Carrie: So many people mention that book and its characters when I ask this question! I really need to make time to reread it someday soon 🙂
If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Debra: They would say that I have some strange quirks. I’m an obsessive plotter but despite all the work I do, I still end up having to write notes over and over by chapter to remind myself what each character is feeling at that time. (I’m an ISTJ, after all) They’d tell you how ugly my first draft is (something akin to “See Jane run,”) and that I go through it over and over to improve layers of action, emotion, and setting. A very slow process. They know me very well by the end!
Your new book The Case of the Clobbered Cad (love that title!) is part of the new Nosy Parkers mystery series, which features a group of amateur sleuths inspired by THE Girl Detective (ahem.) Besides the Nosy Parkers, who are some of your fave amateur sleuths in fiction?
Debra: Nancy Drew (have you heard of her?), Goldie the Caterer (Dianne Mott Davidson), Amelia Peabody (Elizabeth Peters), Miss Silver (Patricia Wentworth), Maisie Dobbs (Jacqueline Winspear), Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers), and Charlotte Pitt (Anne Perry). That’s a good start, huh?
Carrie: A very good start – and several I need to add to my TBR! And yes… I think I’ve heard of Nancy Drew 😉
Did you have Heather’s story plotted out ahead of time or did you encounter some surprises along the way?
Debra: I was pretty well plotted out but like any good mystery author, (ahem) I debated on who the final, actual killer was. It changed which is so much more fun for me! The book was originally going to be set in the U.S. until I booked a last minute vacation to Scotland. So, new setting, new murder! And the supporting cast of characters was a joy to write.
Carrie: SCOTLAND!! I’m so jealous that you’ve been there. Another place on my bucket list.
What do you most want readers to take away from The Case of the Clobbered Cad?
Debra: I want readers to recall the enjoyment of reading the tales of The Girl Detective and perhaps some armchair travel to Scotland. And… an interest in reading Heather’s next adventure!
Carrie: You had me at The Girl Detective and armchair travel to Scotland. I’m sure I’ll be eagerly waiting Heather’s next adventure too!
Debra is giving away a copy of The Case of the Clobbered Cad to one of my readers! Winner’s choice of paperback (US only) or ebook (open internationally, except where prohibited by law). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Who is one of your fave girl detectives?