Welcome Kerri Nelson!!
Readers take a seat and get to know Kerri better. She welcomes your comments and questions. Also, make sure to enter her giveaway. You can find the link is at bottom of post.
If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go and why?
1920’s America. I think I might have been a cute flapper and the fellas were so dapper.
Mr. Darcy in both Pride and Prejudice (ahem, wet shirt) and in Bridget Jones’ Diary (ahem, reindeer sweater). Need I say more?
Where were you born and where is home for you now?
I was born in Montgomery, Alabama and I leave near there now. In fact, this series is set in the River Region of Alabama which includes Montgomery, Millbrook, and Prattville. A gorgeous place with the nicest folks you’ll ever meet. I’ve lived all over the world—so I know.
What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Lemonade, sweet tea, milk, and a variety of juices. Left over spaghetti, roast beef and potatoes, chicken tortilla soup, homemade chocolate pie and homemade Very Berry Shortcake (my daughter and I made this for Daddy for Father’s Day). Plus various condiments and jars of stuff pushed way to the back that we probably bought to use once in a recipe but will never see the light of day again.
How did you come up with the title?
Well, once I decided to make Mandy a reluctant cable girl—the word “remote” came to mind and then I plugged it with consequences (as this sounded dire for the mystery element) and the title was born. In fact, I had the title before the book was completed. I always name my babies before they are born.
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? Why?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cause she’s cute, smart, and knows how to kick but while remaining stylishly dressed.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you? Why?
Oooh. Jennifer Garner. Cause she’s gorgeous, smart, funny, and one heck of a secret agent. Oh, and she has cute babies, too.
What astrological sign are you? Do you feel you are like the characteristics of your sign?
Virgo. Observant, helpful, reliable, skeptical, fussy. Yep. That’s me.
What are 4 things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)?
lipstick, mirror, stylish shoes, breath mints
If your book was made into a movie who would you want playing your characters?
Mandy = Amy Adams
Ty = Ryan Reynolds
Colin = Ian Somerhalder
Paget = Molly C. Quinn
If you were a food what type of food would you be?
I’d be salsa. Cause it is spicy and fat free.
How many novels, short stories have you published?
I’ve published twenty four novels and novellas in the last five years.
Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?
I’m wrapping up Book 2 in the Working Stiff Mystery Series now. It comes out in October. Then, I’ll have a Christmas novella featuring this cast of characters coming out in a box set with other GH Publishing authors. Good stuff!
Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?
My website is the most up-to-date information (www.KerriNelson.com). I’m trying to keep my blog going as well (www.kerribookwriter.blogspot.com). I try to Tweet on a regular basis (@kerribookwriter) but fall down on the job most of the time. But, yeah, the Contact page on my website is the best way and I’ll add you to my mailing list.
Med school drop-out Mandy Murrin has returned home to care for her mentally handicapped, teenage sister. But despite having multiple college degrees under her belt, Mandy finds jobs aren’t easy to come by in small town Alabama. Now instead of a stethoscope, she’s forced to sport a tool belt as a technician for the local cable company, Flicks Vision.
But things go from bad to worse when, while on assignment at the Mayor’s house, Mandy finds herself in the attic amongst cobwebs, Christmas decorations, and…a corpse? Suddenly Mandy’s life is turned upside down with one missing body, a high school nemesis turned police detective, a mysterious stranger, and a town full of long buried secrets. If Mandy’s not careful, this could be one dead end job where she may not make it out alive!
Two hours, three sneezes, and a half a box of Tic Tacs later, I was crouched in the oppressive heat of the attic. After two phone calls back to the office to ask my boss questions, I’d finally deduced that there must be a faulty coaxial cable somewhere in the house’s wiring. Finding it was going to take time and patience. And I was low on both.
My stomach grumbled with hunger, and the dispatcher had radioed twice to ask when I might be able to take the next service call. But I was stuck here in the mayor’s dreadful attic until I could find the source of the problem.
I inched along the perimeter in the near dark. When it came to blood and anatomy, I could stomach almost anything. But when it came to bugs and creepy crawlies, I was as girly as they came.
Holding my Maglite XL at arm’s length to warn me of potential eight-legged predators, I scooted my knee forward another notch and winced as a splinter made its way through my pants leg and speared my tender flesh.
I eased back onto my bottom and surveyed the damage. A shard of laminated wood about three inches in length protruded from my pants leg. I yanked it free and tossed it behind me. I’d have to tend to my wound later. A brief daydream image of sitting on a sunny beach—margarita in one hand, and a hefty worker’s compensation check in the other—made me grin. Not a likely outcome for a splinter-induced injury, though.
Boxes of holiday decorations, an old baby crib, stacks of books, and a deep freezer cluttered the area. Standard stuff. Nothing special about His Honor’s attic.
Who had a deep freezer in their attic? My head snapped back to the opposite corner where a standard eight-cubic-foot, chest-style freezer sat in the shadows. I stood up, brushing off the back of my pants. Deep freezers were heavy suckers. I knew this because I’d once had the corner of one dropped on my toe in my aunt’s cellar basement.
As if in response to the memory, my toe ached deep inside my boot.
I’d never seen anyone lug a heavy deep-freeze up to an attic. It didn’t make much sense, but at the same time—wouldn’t it feel great to open that lid and feel the mist of ice-cold frost caress my face? Memories of homemade ice cream and preparing containers of summer vegetables for the fall trickled through my memory. Summers had been good once. A long time ago.
Back and knees stiff from the attic crawl, I limped toward the freezer. I doubted it was even running. Who would be stupid enough to run it up here? What if it defrosted and leaked down through the floorboards? Imagining worst-case scenarios was kind of like a superpower to me.
But as I reached out to touch the dusty lid, I heard the humming thrum of the motor inside.
Probably shouldn’t mess with it.
I looked around the attic as if someone were going to pop out and shake their finger at me for snooping. But when no one appeared, I lifted the lid.
The blessed frost hit my face, and I inhaled the frigid glory. But when the mist cleared—my breath caught in my throat. Lungs frozen in an ice block of silent shock.
There, among the Tupperware containers, curled into a fetal position was…one dead body.
Kerri Nelson survived a fifteen year career in the legal field and then took her passion for crime solving to the page. But her journey to become a mystery author took a decade long detour into the world of romance where she penned twenty two novels and novellas in various sub-genres.
Born and raised a true southern belle, Kerri holds many useful secrets: how to bake a killer peach cobbler; how to charm suspects with proper batting of the eyelashes; and how to turn your parasol into a handy weapon.
Kerri is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America which includes various volunteer positions such as Board Member at Large and Daphne Published Contest Category Coordinator of Kiss of Death RWA (Chapter for Romantic Suspense Authors).
Learn more about Kerri and her new Working Stiff Mystery Series, at her website: www.KerriNelson.com
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