Ha! I love when an author makes me think and laugh! E. Hepner’s new release, Deadlines (out 10/30) features a heroine who’s an obituary writer!
Enjoy her guest post about Ainsley’s job and her Written To Death Mystery series. If it sparks your imagination add it to your TBR pile, I did. 😀
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♥ Guest Post ♥
Why I Chose An Obituary Writer For My Mystery
By E. Hepner
Once I decided I wanted to write a cozy mystery it came down to deciding what my “hook” was going to be, meaning what was it my heroine was going to do with her life? What craft, job, or hobby would lead her onto the path of an amateur sleuth? Within minutes I knew that I wanted to explore death from a different angle, from both finding dead bodies, and actually having to confront death after the crime scene. I knew obituary writing was a good way to explore themes of death, without making my mysteries a downer. It would also be a good way to evolve Ainsley Moss, my character, who’s afraid of the very thing she works with every day. Talk about a real character building skill!
Some of the most fun I’ve had researching a book was getting hands on with the unique and quirky style of obituary writing. I quickly became a little enamored with them. Reading them, studying them, figuring out style, form, and function—the whole thing was a giant word puzzle that I had fun trying to put together. An obituary isn’t just slapping facts together, it is way more technical, and way more freeing than anything I’d ever thought to consider in a writing form. In fact, I didn’t really consider obituaries all that much. Everything Ainsley learned, I learned at the same time. It was pretty nifty seeing the world through her eyes, especially when she’s loathed death for so long, so being confronted with it every day was an adventure, to say the least.
I can only imagine what’s going to happen through the other books in the series as Ainsley is faced with the reality that her semi-permanent job, a step on the career ladder to being a journalist, is about to be much more permanent.
Series: A Written To Death Mystery #1
Release date: October 30th 2014 |
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery|
ISBN: 9781310033599 |
Ainsley Moss never thought she’d become a representative for the dead. But as a newbie obituary writer for the Aurora Fall’s Guardian, she gets a sneak peek at her new profession. Her ex-best friend and rival newspaper worker turns up blue and stiff as a board in the women’s bathroom—after they’ve had a less than civil confrontation.
Ainsley’s in the habit of memorializing the dead, not finding them. But now she’s saddled with a motive for murder—killing to drum up obituaries in order to further her career in a dying newspaper business where everything is going digital.
When another victim meets his maker with a connection to the first victim, Ainsley has to make nice with a hard ass, bombshell Detective who’s dead set on closing the case or risk the calm of their cozy town. Ainsley’s charming, ex-boyfriend turned roommate Gage Sullivan comes to her aid as they throw themselves into deadly research. Every obituary interview brings them that much closer to finding a killer connection. While fighting her new rep as a prime suspect, her matchmaking, Stepford mother is intent on keeping her daughter’s dirty laundry under wraps and her sex addicted wealthy grandparents want to buy her way out of jail. Or at least help her learn how to make a shiv.
None too thrilled with the idea of making friends with a cell mate named Betty the Bruiser, she’ll wade knee deep into a cesspool of the town’s secrets, gossip, and lies. But with a whacky cast of characters hell bent on keeping the peace, no bit of personal information is sacred. They have to find a killer—before Ainsley loses her freedom and her chance to make peace with a fate that scares her more than anything else in life.
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E. Hepner is the cozy mystery pen name of erotica and erotic romance author Elise Hepner. She writes small town heroines with an alternative edge put in big time situations where death, hijinks, and overall shenanigans ensue on a daily basis. Also a little romance–which they may or may not be ready for, given the pile up of dead bodies.
Some of her favorite cozies are ones by Kate Carlisle, Ali Brandon, Janet Evanovich, and Gemma Halliday. When not thinking about corpses and trickery she’s planted in front of the TV petting her demanding cat or looking up things on Google that she really doesn’t want on her internet history.