Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Marc Jedel & Pride and Principal

Posted May 8, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway / 4 Comments

Marc Jedel guest post

Please join me in welcoming author Marc Jedel to the blog today to talk about his new humorous cozy mystery Pride and Principal!

Pride and Principal by Marc JedelPRIDE AND PRINCIPAL by Marc Jedel
Silicon Valley Mysteries #6
GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
RELEASE DATE: April 23, 2024
PAGES: 230

The school secretary has a sharp tongue but is she a killer? Can Marty do the math or will he get schooled by a criminal mastermind?

Marty Golden is frazzled. Struggling to juggle nieces, a rambunctious dog, a demanding job, and a serious relationship, the software engineer is never quite sure whether he’s coming or going. But when his nemesis begs for help after she’s accused of offing the school principal, the amateur sleuth agrees to hunt down the real culprit.

Confounded to discover the cantankerous woman stood to take the dead man’s position, he strives to find anyone who could benefit from discrediting the grump. And when his brilliant deductions and personal life implode, not even Marty’s groan-worthy dad-jokes can save him from an explosive threat.

Does this bumbling amateur sleuth have what it takes to capture the real killer?

Pride and Principal is the rollicking sixth book in the Silicon Valley cozy mystery series. If you like heroes in over their head, family hijinks, and plenty of wit and charm, then you’ll love Marc Jedel’s wild ride.

Buy Pride and Principal to put two and two together today!


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by Marc Jedel, author of Pride and Principal

I write humorous murder mysteries. I find that phrase always makes people chuckle. Thus, I like it better than saying cozy mysteries. Perhaps a more traditional response would be that I write cozies.

Certainly, it’s unusual to be a male author writing cozies. It wasn’t anything I planned. A few years ago, I picked up my wife’s copy of a Janet Evanovich novel. She got mad when I didn’t return it until I’d finished. My wife that is, not Janet. Janet would probably be happy because I’ve purchased many of her other books and even consulted her How I Write book when I started my first book. I wouldn’t even mind if Janet decided to tell all her readers that they should try my books too (in case you’re reading this, “Hi Janet!”)

Pride and Principal is my tenth cozy published. That’s a number I find hard to believe, let alone that nearly 200,000 copies of my novels are in readers’ hands plus another 3 million pages have been read by Kindle Unlimited members. That audience motivates me to try to make each new novel better.

Although I’ve started two new series (the Ozarks Lake Mystery series and the Redwoods Country Mystery series), Marty and the Silicon Valley Mystery series remains the stories and characters that I enjoy writing the most. My wife loves Marty too even if she’s less keen on my process for writing him, mostly because she thinks it’s strange for a grown man to be constantly laughing to himself while he’s typing in front of a computer.

Pride and Principal brings back many of the fan-favorite side characters while also tying up loose ends from the earlier novels in the series. It’s not necessarily the end of the Silicon Valley Mystery series, but I do plan to focus on other series for at least the next little while. Unless, of course, someone offers me a movie deal or sales start to boom.

My wife and I are longtime Stanford women’s basketball fans and enjoy attending the games. One day before a pre-season game started in November, we were sitting in our seats talking to a neighbor who has become a fan of my novels. Stanford games can be a bit unusual at times, with their mascot of a redwood tree and a band that prides itself on nonconformity. I realized that Marty’s next book would likely take place in January in order to remain consistent with the pace of the series, which meant right during basketball season. Quickly, I committed to having a key scene take place in the stadium at one of the games. I spent too much of the next few games looking at everything in the stadium, except for the basketball game.

Even earlier than this, I had the idea of Marty helping his longtime nemesis, the school secretary, Mrs. Quarles, to get out of a jam when she’s accused of murder. I really enjoy writing Mrs. Quarles’ character and felt it would be lots of fun to force Marty and her to spend more time together.

So there I was with an idea of how the story began and where the story ended. Fleshing out the rest of the plot and writing the novel seemed to fly by, but I didn’t quite get it finished before the season ended in March. Perhaps if Stanford continued on to win the National Championship, I’d have had enough time. I’ll send a note on this to the coach and see if she can work on it for next time.

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Marc Jedel

Marc Jedel writes humorous murder mysteries. He credits his years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley for honing his writing skills and sense of humor. While his high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, these were just called emails, ads, and marketing collateral.

For most of Marc’s life, he’s been inventing stories. It’s a skill that’s served him well as both an author and marketer. The publication of Marc’s first novel, Uncle and Ants, gave him permission to claim “author” as his job. This leads to much more interesting conversations with people than answering, “marketing.”

Like his character, Marty from the Silicon Valley Mystery series, Marc now lives in Silicon Valley, works in high-tech, and enjoys bad puns. Like his characters Jonas and Elizabeth from the Ozarks Lake Mystery series, he grew up in the South and spent plenty of time in and around Arkansas. Like his character, Andy, from the Redwoods Country Mystery series, Marc continues to grow older and would prefer not to run a bed-and-breakfast inn when he retires. Like all his protagonists, Marc too has a dog, although his is neurotic, sweet, and small, with little appreciation for Marc’s humor.

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4 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Marc Jedel & Pride and Principal

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the blog tour for PRIDE AND PRINCIPAL by Marc Jedel.

    On my TBR list. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it.

  2. Mr. Marc – I hope Janet Evanovich gets back to you! You’re not only witty, but an honest-Joe. Who else confesses the fiction in marketing? Hopefully, those Stanford girls continue their season longer next year and further inspire you. Shouldn’t you be holding a beach ball to go with your flowery shirt? The tree doesn’t do you justice. 🙂

    • Thanks! You’ll probably hear the shout of excitement if she does. Perhaps next photoshoot, I’ll remember to bring along a beach ball, although, of course, I’ll need to find one that doesn’t clash with a brightly-colored Hawaiian shirt.

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