Cherry Cake and a Cadaver
by Susan Boles
Lily Gayle and the gang set out to find a killer after local baker Luxen Natolovich is found dead hours before the grand opening weekend at the new Bed and Breakfast in town, Midnight Dragonfly. As Lily Gayle deciphers the clues around Luxen’s death she uncovers a conspiracy of lies and half truths that could very well be tied to a refugee camp in Mississippi during World War II. The deeper Lily Gayle digs, the deeper the conspiracy runs, and the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.
What inspired you to write Cherry Cake and a Cadaver ?
That’s a great question! There is a dog rescue group, Streetdog Foundation, that is close to my heart and for their big fundraiser last November, I donated the chance to name a character in my next book. The winner of the raffle chose Luxen Natolovich as the character name. Well, I was stumped as to how someone with the surname Natolovich had come to be living in a small town in North Mississippi. I remembered that a long time friend is descended from a group of Latvians who had come to North Mississippi after World War II, so I reached out to her. It turns out Natolovich is not a Latvian name, but I had the bit between my teeth and wanted to include some local history in my story. So the background for Cherry Cake and a Cadaver ws born. And the story grew around it.
What was your favorite part in writing this story?
Reconnecting with an old friend I hadn’t talked to in a while, learning some truly interesting information about North Mississippi and, of course, reconnecting with Lily Gayle andthe gang as they solved this new mystery.
Which character do you feel more connected to?
I love all the characters in the Lily Gayle series, but I feel most connected to Lily Gayle herself. She’s had some tough times to get through and came out of them. She’s a strong lady.
Which character would you want to come to life and if you could take to dinner?
Okay, I said that I”m most connected to Lily Gayle, and that’s true, but the one I’d like most to come to life and go to dinner with me is Miss Edna. She’s a real Steel Magnolia. Crusty and hard on the outside with a heart of gold. I think maybe she could teach me some things about life since she’s lived more of it than I have.
Do you have any upcoming projects and if so can you tell us about it?
Oh my yes! I’m already at work on the 3rd book in the Lily Gayle Lambert series. It’s a Christmas themed story with some great surprises for readers. And, another murder for Lily Gayle and the gang to solve!
About the Author
Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.
She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.
Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upside down and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.
Death of a Wolfman is the first in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. Her previously published romantic suspense novel, Fated Love, is a contemporary paranormal romantic suspense (with a twist of paranormal) set in Memphis, TN. Her first novel, Kate’s Pride, is a historical women’s fiction set in West Tennessee in the aftermath of the Civil War. The novel is loosely based on her own Great Grandmother and published under the pen name Renee Russell.
Life got in the way of writing for many years but now she’s come back to her early love.
Webpage – www.susanbolesauthor.com
Twitter – @SusanBAuthor
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