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Till Dirt Do Us Part
by Teresa Trent
Approximately 219 pages
Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor. Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!
Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer. She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What initially got you interested in writing?
Reading! I love a good story that touches your heart. There are books and then there are books you love. I wanted to create a story like that. I try to include a human element in all of my mysteries—not just quirky characters who run around tripping over bodies.
What genres do you write in?
I write cozy mysteries. Think Agatha Christie but take out the rainy villages of England and put in the sultry weather of Texas. Take out the vicar and put in a bubba or two and there you have it.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I loved Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher. Also, a cozy mystery often takes place in a small town with characters that are often humorous and closer to the people I am around in my own life.
How did you break into the field?
I started writing my first novel in 2011 and then published it. I made plenty of mistakes but kept writing and trying to improve. Eventually I landed an agent and now I write three series.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Cozy mysteries are just a little bit of an escape. Yes there’s a murder but you also get to see how the characters and town deal with it through support and love of their families and friends. In the world we live in today, it’s just really nice to know you can head over to the Best Little Hairhouse in Texas, get your roots touched up and hear the latest gossip.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I love my characters and pulling the story together. It always amazes me how I will plot the story out carefully and one of my characters will take over the page causing me to have to replot. I guess I’m living in my own head!
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Revising with an editor can be challenging because it is their job to tell me what is not working. For me that means I have to go back to the computer and try again. As frustrating as this can get, I really value the process of making a story better.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Read two kinds of books. Books in your genre (especially the ones that are selling) and books on how to write. Not just one, but every book you can get your hands on! Find your weak points and read up on how someone else overcame that problem. Then write every day. Don’t spend all your time revising the first draft and not finishing it. Make a second draft fix-it list and keep going until you can write those two little words writers love—THE END.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I read mysteries, literary works, and guilty pleasure-celebrity biographies. Who knew Dick Van Dyke dances in the grocery store and Carol Burnett wore a borrowed dress to her first big audition? I just read Lauren Graham’s latest biography just because it had information about Gilmore Girls in it. As you can see I am a pretty intellectual person.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
In the Pecan Bayou Series I have a character with Down syndrome. I also have an adult son with Down Syndrome and when I’m not writing, I am a full-time caregiver. I didn’t see any people with disabilities in cozy mysteries and my world is full of them so I included the character of Danny.
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