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Mes amies, I’m so excited to bring debut author, Carol Light, into the Author Spotlight today. Carol is an amazing writer as well as a fellow Tule author. Her debut novel, Room for Suspicion, released on June 27 and it is a treat of a mystery!
Carol is an avid reader and writer of mysteries. She loves creating amateur sleuths and complicating their normal lives with a crime that they must use their talents and wits to solve. She’s traveled worldwide and lived in Australia for eight years, teaching high school English and learning to speak “Strine.” Florida is now her home. If she’s not at the beach or writing, you can find her tackling quilting in much the same way that she figures out her mysteries—piece by piece, clue by clue.
Carol, take it away!
Hello! I’m so happy to be here to tell you about my new book, Room for Suspicion. This is my first published novel, and I’m very excited to make my debut. This is also the first book in my Cluttered Crime Mystery series, so there will be more to come. In fact, I’ve just started writing the fourth book!
I’ve always wanted to be an author, probably since I read those immortal words, “Look, Jane. See Spot run.” Why was Spot running? Was someone chasing him? I was hooked. Little did I know then that I’d grow up to be an author. All I knew was that I loved reading and entering that magical world of meeting people in new places having experiences that were sometimes familiar and sometimes not. Like Jane having a dog (I didn’t have one) and a baby sister (that experience was in my near future).
Readers often want to know if an author has anything in common with her main character. In Room for Suspicion, Crystal (“Crys”) Ward is in her late thirties, married to Rick, and the mother of two middle schoolers. I have little in common with her except a sense of humor, curiosity about other people and how they live, and a desire to make a positive contribution to the world. I’m less organized and spend much more time on my computer than she does. I also call 911 less frequently, thank goodness!
Crys has started her own business in Chicago as a professional organizer, a career her husband isn’t so sure about. Rick’s a cop and doesn’t like the idea of her going into strangers’ homes. He wants her to only work with clients referred by friends or family. Crys takes that to mean a friend of a friend counts because otherwise she wouldn’t have much work to do. When she goes into a client’s home and discovers a dead man, the conflict between husband and wife ratchets up a notch or two. And when her client is about to be arrested for the murder by her husband’s former partner, a man she despises, Crys commits to proving her innocence, despite her husband’s warning to let the police handle it.
One thing Crys and I do have in common is a love of problem solving. Plotting a mystery really tests my skills. I use an outline but still manage to tie myself in knots at times. Like Crys, I’m stubborn and sometimes obsessed enough to keep working at it until a solution appears. We’re also both optimists, although I don’t know if I could cope as well as she does with the challenges life has thrown at her—and the new ones to come.
Thanks so much to Nan for inviting me to talk about Room for Suspicion. I hope you have a wonderful July. Happy reading!
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Room For Suspicion
Professional organizer Crystal Ward knows she can make a success of her new business, Organizing Chicago. The extra income would allow her to renovate her own home, full of more cluttered spaces than she’d ever admit to her clients. But her life wasn’t always this disorganized. Five years ago her husband, Rick, a Chicago police detective, was shot while chasing a suspect. Now a paraplegic, he’s wary of her going into strangers’ homes…and for good reason.
When Crys discovers a dead man in a client’s living room, she refuses to accept that the murder is an open-and-shut case of domestic violence. If she can untangle this mess, she can prove her client’s innocence and ease Rick’s fears.
But the only witness to the murder is hospitalized in a catatonic state. And the lead detective is Rick’s former partner, the man Crys blames for his paralysis. Crys is on her own to save her client from jail and stop a murderer intent on tidying up loose ends.