today. Among other things, D.E. is telling us a bit about her newest novel, Jack Gets His Man, book 2 of the
Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series.
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bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After
spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of
wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in
Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still
haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. I’m
leaning towards somewhere I can learn to surf even though the hubby thinks
that’s a less than sound way to decide where to live. Although I’ve been a
military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with
writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s
assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between playing tennis, running much slower
than I would like, trying to adopt every stray dog within a 5-mile radius,
traveling to exotic new locales, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many
adult beverages, addictively watching new movies and reading books like they
are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various
websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes
to mind and am working on my sixth book.
That’s quite a lot to take in!
tell us about your current release.
Gets His Man is the second book in the three book series the Gray-Haired Knitting
Detectives. This installment features the store of Jack. In the first book, Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem,
Jack featured as the main character’s (Izzy’s) best friend. Now it’s time for
Jack to get his own story. Jack owns a cross-dressing store together with his
ex-lover. Jack’s having a tough time of it at the moment. His ex is being a
pain in Jack’s fabulous behind, his new bookkeeper is smoking hot but Jack’s
not allowed to date him and then it turns out that someone is playing fast and
loose with the store’s money. Jack’s bestie and his gal pals, the gray-haired
knitting detectives, jump at the chance to solve Jack’s problems. When they
aren’t re-enacting scenes from spy thrillers, they’re setting Jack up on dates
and generally insinuating themselves into his love life. They’re determined to
find love for Jack as well as his missing money. Will Jack catch a thief or
find love? Either way Jack’s going to get his man.
to write this book?
series. I just wanted to see if I could manage to write a funny chick lit
novel. But I had such a fun time writing the book and then the reviews were
really positive. Quite a few reviewers even suggested I wrote a book about Jack
(who was a secondary character in Murder,
Mystery & Dating Mayhem). I was having a good time and thought why not?
Excerpt from Jack Gets His Man:
promptly at 9:30 or at least his mom did. Danny ushered an elderly matron with
a stern bun into Jack’s office and made a hasty retreat.
Izzy cleared her throat and poked him in the ribs. “I’m sorry,” she said when
Jack kept staring. “We were expecting someone named Fred. Is that you?”
and then at Izzy. “Of course that’s not me,” she snapped. “What kind of name is
Fred for a woman?”
you know where Fred is?”
harrumphed. “He’s in the bathroom. He always gets nervous at interviews.”
respond when she saw Jack opening his mouth. Knowing Jack nothing appropriate
was coming out of his mouth at the moment. “Can you have a seat outside while
we conduct the interview?” Izzy could do prim and proper when necessary.
eye before turning on her heel and walking out. They never saw Fred.
when Danny ushered in the next candidate. “Hi!” the enthusiastic candidate
nearly shouted. “I’m Tim!” That part was definitely shouted.
the man’s hand. He swayed a bit as he leaned forward. Jack took a sniff, but
didn’t smell anything untoward. Tim collapsed in his seat while Jack stared at
his hand in disgust. Tim’s hands were sweaty. Jack’s mouth pulled tight in a
grimace and his nose scrunched in displeasure.
job?” Izzy’s voice was overly enthusiastic in an attempt to bring Tim’s
attention to her so he wouldn’t see Jack’s grimace. She need not have bothered.
Tim had leaned back in the chair and closed his eyes. When he didn’t respond,
Izzy snapped her fingers. “Tim?”
didn’t even bother to ask in a polite manner.
drink to settle my nerves.”
for coming. We’ll be in touch.”
to struggle to his feet and lurch out of the door. Izzy was giggling
uncontrollably by the time Jack sat back down. He snorted. “At least this isn’t
his mind. Interviews #3 and #4 were tedious. Like he was going to hire someone
wearing a gray, off-the-rack suit to work in his company. He laid his head on
the table, careful not to mess up his hair, and turned pleading eyes to Izzy.
“Can we please have lunch now?”
another interview before lunch.”
the door opened again. Danny ushered in a beautiful man and Jack perked up
immediately. Izzy gave him a side-long glance but he ignored her. Things were
before backing slowly out of the office, eyes glued to the man candy that was
hand. Jack just stared until she kicked him in the shin. Then he stood up as
well, but he looked like he was in a trance as he reached forward to shake
Damien’s hand. Izzy had to cover her mouth to keep from giggling.
sat down and Jack had inspected Damien from top to toe. “Why do you want to
smile on Izzy and winked. “Seriously? This store is awesome.”
asked before Izzy had a chance to kick him again.
think it’s great that someone is willing to have a store dedicated to
cross-dressers in such a small town in Oklahoma of all places.”
significant portion of the store’s income comes from the big and beautiful
women’s section,” Izzy pointed out.
dismissal of her objection. “But that’s great as well. Everyone should have
good clothing options.” He looked at Jack for confirmation and Jack nearly took
his head off nodding in agreement. Izzy had to stifle yet another laugh.
hands with his elbows on the table staring at Damien. Obviously it was up to
Izzy to conduct this interview. “Tell us about your work experience.”
but Jack couldn’t tell you one single thing that was said during that time. He
was too busy trying to keep his drool from spilling out of his mouth. Izzy
cleared her throat and Jack realized that everyone was standing. He quickly
jumped to his feet and shook Damien’s hand, holding on for as long as possible.
Damien gave him a megawatt smile before turning to leave.
turned squinted eyes on Jack. “No.”
and decided to play innocent. “Whatever do you mean, my dear?” He might be
overdoing the innocent thing.
I’m already busy with the third and final installment of the Gray-Haired
Knitting Detectives series. It will be the knitting detectives toughest case
yet – not only are there no obvious clues in this murder mystery but the
accused murderer is Delilah, the granddaughter of one of the knitting
detectives. Dee’s life is in shambles. She finally managed to pry herself from
her husband’s clutches but now the man turns up dead and the police are
pointing their fingers at Dee. As if she doesn’t have enough trouble trying to
stay out of the slammer, the gray-haired knitting detectives decide that Dee
being a widow is the perfect opportunity to find her a new man and put their
matchmaking skills to use.
9. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
myself a writer. I cringe when people ask me what I do for work and I say I’m a
writer. I’m always waiting for someone to say No you’re not! With every book I write, Jack Gets His Man is my 5th, I gain more confidence in
my writing abilities and this strange career we call being a writer.
10. 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?
unfortunately can’t spend all my time writing. I usually write for 3-4 hours
first thing in the morning. After a break to work out or play tennis, I spend
the afternoon answering emails, updating social media and other marketing
necessities and working on my Readsalot blog. If I’m in the middle of a novel,
however, I’m thinking about the story constantly and will often been seen
flying out of the shower to run to my office to write down some crazy idea I
What would you say is your interesting
After spending a decade as a lawyer where everyone wrote and reviewed documents
in the same way (track changes, different colored pens, etc.), I enjoy being
quirky with my writing utensils. I’m completely obsessed with journals. I try
to find colorful and fun journals whenever I get the chance. Once I start
working on a novel, I dedicate a journal to the novel and put all my notes,
research, outlines, etc. in the journal. On top of that I use sticky notes in
all shapes, sizes, and colors to leave myself notes. When I’m editing a book, I
move my office to the dining room table, which quickly fills with rows and rows
of sticky notes. I can’t seem to escape my legal past, however, as I still use
different colored pens and highlighters to make notes and edits.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I was completely and totally obsessed with becoming a lawyer. Even though I’m
interested in just about everything (I have a liberal arts degree in history,
am a qualified diet consultant, and have nearly finished a master’s in
international relations), I kept my eye on the prize – law school – throughout it
all. I even went into the military for five years so that I could get the GI
bill to help me finance law school. I freaking loved law school but I hated
being a lawyer. I tried every branch of law I could think of before deciding to
re-evaluate my career choice.