Interview with mystery writer J.R. Ferguson

Today is the seventh
interview in a series with the authors of
Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

the anthology:
clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s
cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48
minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city
ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing
gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of
time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark
corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner,
Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser,
J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary
Hand-picked by a panel of
agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into
jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time
is wasting…
“Each story is fast paced,
grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
Founded by author Alex J.
Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and
authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly
blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly
So far, we’ve had C.D. Gallant-King (on
April 19), Gwen Gardner (on
April 26), Jemi Fraser (on
May 2),
(on May 11), Rebecca
M. Douglass
(on May 15),
(May 23), and now J.R. Ferguson is here to
chat about her mystery short story called “The Little Girl in the Bayou.”
Jessica Ferguson is a staff writer
for Southern Writers Magazine and the author of several novels and
novellas—both published and unpublished. She fantasizes that one day
she’ll wake up and all those manuscripts on her hard drive will be,
miraculously, revised and edited. In her spare time, Jess enjoys Bible Studies,
bean bag baseball, breakfast/brainstorming with friends and playing with her
recently retired husband.
Welcome, J.R. What do you enjoy most
about writing short stories?
Short stories
are fun but challenging for me. I like when a story idea presents itself to me
with a beginning, middle and ending. That doesn’t happen often but when it
does, writing the short story is a real treat.
Can you give us a little insight into a
few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
I wouldn’t
call myself a real short story writer, but the few I’ve written are from a male
point of view—usually a good man caught in a sticky situation. Mack in my short
story The Little Girl in the Bayou is my favorite main character. I’ve used him
in a couple other stories and feel like I know him well.
What genre are you inspired to write in
the most? Why?
My favorite
genres are mystery and romance. If you told me I had to write a science fiction
short story, I’d panic. I know nothing about that genre.
What exciting story are you working on
I’m in the
process of editing a full-length novel. After that, I have four novellas in
need of revision. I do have a short story that’s looking for a home. It’s one
that popped into my head as I was driving the backwoods of East Texas. It hit
me beginning, middle and end—pretty exciting—so I’m anxious to see it in print.
When did you first consider yourself a
I have always
considered myself a writer though when I was young, I wrote ad jingles and
poetry. I recently connected with an old classmate who said she remembers me
walking around school with my notebook of poems. I don’t remember that; sure
wish I could find that notebook!
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
markets is one of my favorite things to do. I belong to many online groups and
always have my eyes and ears open for call-outs and where other writers are
getting published.

writer bios is helpful too. They usually list where the writer is published. I
believe networking is one of the most important things a writer can
do—published or unpublished.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I’ve never
thought about having a writing quirk but maybe it’s that I like to write in
huge chunks of time, not thirty minutes here and thirty minutes there. Also, I
can write with noise all around me—a library or mall food court, but put me in
my home office with hubby in the house and I struggle. Isn’t that a little
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I wanted to
be everything! A few things that popped out of my mouth when asked that
question was: teacher, foreign correspondent—Ernie Pyle style, movie star,
detective, rock and roll singer, English professor … I was a naïve kid that
didn’t have a clue. Maybe that’s why I chose writing—I can live through my
characters and be any of those things.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Yeah, friend
me on Facebook! I love collecting friends in real life and online.

Thanks for being here today, J.R.! Happy writing.

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6 thoughts on “Interview with mystery writer J.R. Ferguson

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever thought of a story that had a beginning, middle and end right off the bat. I wish! I start wit location and develop from there. Lovely interview!

    Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  2. Rebecca M. Douglass says:

    I'm beginning to think that writer's quirk isn't so quirky… because I share it exactly!

    Nice interview!

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