Interview with mystery novelist Teresa Trent

A hearty Reviews and Interviews welcome to today’s guest, mystery novelist Teresa Trent. She’s doing a virtual book tour for her novel, A Dash of Murder, a Halloween mystery.

Teresa is generously giving away an e-book copy of her novel at each of her tour stops. So if you’d like to be entered to win, make sure to leave your e-mail address with a comment below. Feel free to comment and not leave an e-mail, too. You can also increase your odds of winning by commenting at other tour stops.
Bio:
Teresa
Trent wasn’t born in Texas, but after a few glasses of sweet tea and some
exceptional barbecue she decided to stay. With a father in the Army, she found
herself moved all over the world, settling down for a while in her teens in the
state of Colorado. Her writing was influenced by all of the interesting people
she found in small towns and the sense of family that seemed to be woven
through them all. Teresa is a former high school teacher and received her
degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Teresa is presently working on
the third book in her Pecan Bayou Series. Her second book, Overdue For Murder, came out in June of 2012.
Welcome, Teresa. Please tell us about
your current release.
The month of
October is a great time to add a story with a paranormal twist in it to your
reading list. A Dash of Murder takes
place in the days before and on Halloween and involves a paranormal
investigation of an abandoned tuberculosis hospital on the edge of Pecan Bayou,
a tiny town in Texas. Betsy Livingston is a single mom who helps out her aunt
who is a member of the local paranormal society and they find themselves in the
middle of a town’s fears of the occult and eventually a murder. She meets up
with a handsome stranger from Dallas who seems to be in the heart of the
trouble surrounding her and he also becomes a prime suspect in the murder. Betsy
has to work her way through her suspicions and is backed up by the town’s cast
of characters including the ladies from The Best Little Hairhouse in Texas and
a paranormal investigator who scares easily. A Dash of Murder is a funny and very cozy mystery.
What inspired you to write this book?
When my daughter was in middle school
we would set aside every Wednesday night and watch all of those ghost hunting shows
on cable. We loved it when they used the gadgets and walked around in the dark,
but most of the time they really didn’t find too much. From that I thought
about what it would be like to actually be on a ghost hunting paranormal
investigation and all of the murderous things that could happen.

Excerpt:
“The apparition is coming near us,”
Maggie sounded delighted.
“What should we do, Aunt Maggie?” I
asked, the volume of my voice rising as the rustling became an increasing
cacophony of noise.
Maggie looked down the passage and
then yelled, “HOLD YOUR GROUND!” She stood with her hands placed firmly on her
rounded hips as the wind started blowing her hat off, releasing the many
stuffed strands of hair that had been under it. She looked like Medusa as the
glow of her flashlight highlighted the snakes of hair surrounding her face.
The rustling sound increased. A
thousand little clicking noises came at us as a cloud of pulsating blackness
came out of the pitch black.
“This is dangerous, Aunt Maggie!” I
shouted. “I’m not standing here, and neither are you!” I grabbed Maggie by the
shoulders, preparing to lift her off the ground and carry her out if that was
necessary.
“It might be a spirit of the dead!”
she warbled above the din.
“Or it might be the spirit of
something alive.” I turned her around, and we ran as the flashlight beam bobbed
against the walls. I could feel something pulling at my hair and reached up to
grab it. When I did, I could see the wingspan of a Mexican bat as it flapped
out of my grasp. We careened out the door and slammed it behind us. We could
hear the thud of a few bats hitting the door and then what sounded like the
wings of hundreds of bats flapping as they turned back down the tunnel.
I turned around to see Maggie, leaning
against the wall, holding her hat, trying to push the hair out of her face as
her breath came out unevenly. “Are you all right?” I asked as we both panted at
each other.
“Yes, a little jittery, but I’ll be
fine.”
What exciting story are you working on
next?
My next book
takes place on the Fourth of July in Pecan Bayou. If you have ever lived in a
small town, you know holiday preparations are a pretty big deal. There’s a Miss
Watermelon contest, a dog-napping, a new man in Betsy’s life, a ghost and of
course a murder…or two.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Not until I
had a Bride’s Magazine call me and tell me they actually wanted something I had
written. They really just used my article as research but there I was writing
about the fascinating world of…tuxedos. After that I continued to write and
submit, but mostly scored rejection slips. I started writing fiction during
that time and decided it was a whole lot more fun.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I don’t write full time. I found
working full-time outside my home was difficult with my family challenges, so I
have worked part-time teaching preschool music for many years.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Pictures! I
love pictures and that is part of how I write my story. If Hollywood ever calls
and wants to make a movie of one of my books I already have it fully cast. I
use IMDB and “cast” many of the characters in my book. I also use pictures of
settings, props, time periods and anything else that I research for my books. Here’s
an example–
Hmmm…Betsy
has on a brown sweater in this scene. What does it look like? Hmmmm.
I look at a
picture of a brown sweater.
Oh yes, it’s
got little sequins near the collar and it is of a lightweight chocolate brown
knit. She has the sleeves pushed up because who really needs a sweater this far
south in Texas?
I love to be
able to see something close to what my imagination is creating!
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I was torn
between being an actress or a teacher.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
My second
book, Overdue for Murder continues
the many adventures of Betsy Livingston when she is asked to participate in a
book talk at the Pecan Bayou Public Library. When she finds a body in the
library, she also finds herself as the “person of interest” in the police
department’s investigation. This book catches us up on Betsy and all the
characters in Pecan Bayou and her romance with…someone from the first book. (No
spoilers here!)
Thanks, Teresa. 

Readers, don’t forget that Teresa is generously giving away an e-book copy of her novel at each of her tour stops. If you’d like to be entered to win, make sure to leave your e-mail address with a comment below. Feel free to comment and not leave an e-mail, too! You can also increase your odds of winning by commenting at other tour stops.


2 thoughts on “Interview with mystery novelist Teresa Trent

  1. Anonymous says:

    This was a nice interview. This book would definitely be a nice Halloween read. I can't even watch ghost hunting shows, so you and your daughter are quite brave. XD

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    Christine

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