Please join me in welcoming Danny Pelfrey to the blog today to talk about his new mystery, Solid Ground, which he wrote with his wife Wanda.
Danny Pelfrey is an author who writes in several genres. His first book ONE-WAY CHOICES IN A WRONG-WAY WORLD and a recent work, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EVANGELISM? are non-fiction works aimed at disciples seeking to improve their walk with the Lord. LIFE IN ADAIRSVILLE is a volume of local history. The four volume, “Davis Morgan Mystery Series” was co-authored by Danny and his wife, Wanda. They like to call them “mysteries with a message.” SOLID GROUND is the Pelfrey’s first book in the Adairsville Heritage Mystery series, also inspirational mystery. They are presently writing for CrossLink Publishing.
Danny is a graduate of Point University with a Masters from Kentucky Christian University. He spent more than forty-five years in the pastorate, serving churches in several states. His interest in writing was fostered by his wife’s love of the craft. Danny and Wanda have two daughters, one a teacher, the other an attorney. They are blessed with four granddaughters and one grandson.
Danny and Wanda reside and work from their little Cape Cod cottage in their small North Georgia hometown of Adairsville, the setting for their mysteries. They find life, often centered around their five grandchildren and their love for putting words on paper, to be just about everything for which they have dreamed.
SERIES: An Adairsville Heritage Mystery
GENRE: Inspirational Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Crosslink Publishing
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2020
Seven years between them, Kirby and Riley Gordan, nurtured by their pastor father and loving mother, experienced almost ideal childhoods growing up in the Boston area. Then a season of misfortune culminated in the worse of all possible tragedies – the death of their beloved parents.
Four years have passed. Kirby, having failed at marriage and pro-baseball, is now a Florida police detective. He finds himself in little Adairsville, Georgia along with Riley, his law school bound sister. They are there to settle their uncle’s massive estate. It is soon apparent that Uncle James’s death was no accident. But the worst of it is their names at the top of the suspect list. The siblings are embraced by spunky caretakers, Amos and Carol, whose love, wit, faith, and plain ole horse-sense bolster efforts to solve the murder and put Kirby’s life back on track.
Hi Danny! Welcome to the blog!
Danny: Wanda and I often must make this choice when we travel by automobile. Both of us will usually choose audiobook if it is a good read, especially if it is mystery. I am very picky about the music to which I listen.
Carrie: I’m very picky about audiobook narrators – but if it’s a good narrator I sometimes enjoy an audiobook on a roadtrip too 🙂
Danny: The choice will be Coke every time. I was “born & raised” in Georgia where Coke is king.
Carrie: yes!! I’m delighted to be moving to Georgia in a few weeks, where Cokes really do taste better too. And I always preferred Cokes anyway lol
Danny: I prefer board games over cards. I grew up living in the home of my grandparents. My grandmother’s dislike of cards kept me away from them in my early years. The result is that I have a hard time even shuffling a deck of cards. I have fond memories of playing board games with our daughters.
Carrie: board games are so much fun! I like card games too but I’d usually rather play a board game 🙂
Danny: No contest here. I love the feel of a real book and I guess I am somewhat of a traditionist. Fact is, even though all the books I have authored in recent years are available as ebooks, and in most cases royalties are better from sales of ebooks, I have never read an ebook from beginning to end.
Carrie: I felt that way at first too – but now I read mostly ebooks … and then still buy the print copy for my collection haha
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Danny: I guess it would be the ability to tell others of Christ. That has been my passion for many years. My book on the subject was recently released. In one sense, it is indeed for me a superpower, since any ability I have for such an endeavor comes from the power beyond myself that lives within me. When I was in middle school, a teacher gave me a nick name, “the sphinx” – The great stoneface. Even after all these years, I am still rather introverted. On my own, I would find it very difficult to speak out for Christ, but thanks be to the Lord, it has become a joyful part of my life.
Carrie: I’ve found that many pastors are actually pretty introverted – but God delights in calling us to tasks that only He can equip us for & showing His grace perfected in our weaknesses. ♥
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Danny: I was not exposed to the usual cast of children’s characters while very young. My love of reading began to be cultivated when I was around ten years old. From there it intensified until by the time I reached high school, it had become a passion. I loved the Hardy Boys books in those days when I first discovered the joy of reading. I suppose my favorite character was Joe Hardy.
Carrie: I love the Hardy Boys!
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Danny: I do my writing in my study in our Cape Cod style home. It is a cozy room with books on three walls. One of the walls is covered with books from floor to ceiling. My desktop computer and printer are on an antique library table along with an old Underwood typewriter. Framed copies of the eight books I have thus far authored or co-authored are hanging on the wall in front of me along with a reproduction of an oval style Lenox Sound radio sitting on a small shelf. There is a small antique desk against the wall to the right so I can turn my desk chair to work at the computer or the desk. Seven brown leather- bound pre-civil war books are on the corner of the desk and a large magnifying glass, appropriate for a mystery writer, on a stand sitting near-by. A beautiful stained-glass window from the original building of my home church hangs over the desk. The original antique pulpit from that church is also in the room along with a comfortable wingback chair and a world globe that is supported by a floor stand. Most of my books have been written from that room. I count myself blessed to have such a neat place to do the work I love doing.
Carrie: that sounds like a really delightful place to write (and read!)
Q: What surprised you about Solid Ground or your characters as you wrote their story?
Danny: Perhaps the biggest surprise for me as we wrote SOLID GROUND, was the emergence of Amos and Carol Edwards. I thought the spunky caretakers would simply be a nice older couple who would play a very minor supporting role in the story. But as the book progressed that changed. They, with their wit and down-home personas, emerge as key players in the story.
Carrie: aww i love spunky secondary characters that take over like that!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Solid Ground, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Danny: We did a rather thorough job of profiling the characters, Kirby, and Riley before starting the story. The circumstances leading to their arrivals in our little town were clear to us as was the murder and the ending. However, there were no definite plans as to how they would get to that ending. We simply let the story develop pretty much on its own. I admire those who can completely detail a story before they write it. But it does not work for me. My story and characters tend to become too rigid when I try to employ that method.
Carrie: that definitely seems to keep the story fresh!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Solid Ground?
Danny: I want readers to come away from SOLID GROUND with a satisfied feeling of having been entertained. I want them to feel as if they have gotten acquainted with some special people. I want readers to sense they have been to a unique place in God’s creation. But most of all, I want them to take away the truth that life on solid ground – life in Christ is the better way in every circumstance.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂
Danny & Wanda Pelfrey are offering a print copy of Solid Ground to TWO of my readers! (US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) 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? What makes you want to read Solid Ground by Danny & Wanda Pelfrey?