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Nun After The Other (A Giulia Driscoll Mystery)
by Alice Loweecey
About the Book
Nun After The Other (A Giulia Driscoll Mystery)
5th in Series
Henery Press (April 17, 2018)
Paperback: 268 pages
Digital ASIN: B079H34FXV
Nuns and murder and ghosts, oh my! Here comes Giulia Driscoll again, and boy, is she in for it this time.
It starts when a frenzied Chihuahua leads Giulia and Frank Driscoll to the body of a nun in the street near a convent. The nuns fear they’re being harassed by the biggest developer in town and quickly embrace Giulia as their savior.
Of course the former nun who exposed the drug ring run by a priest and nun will save their home and discover the murderer.
And of course not only Giulia takes this job, but also all the other jobs clamoring for her attention. The result: Driscoll Investigations is pushed to its limit.
Then Giulia’s brother falls into a coma and she brings his kids to her house. Talk about a crash course in parenting for pregnant Giulia!
Did we mention the convent ghost? She loves the house, hates the nuns, and chain-smokes. Why couldn’t Giulia’s first honest-to-goodness ghost be shy and sweet?
More important, does the ghost hate the nuns—or the developer—enough to indulge in a bit of murder to liven up the afterlife?
About the Author
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
*tries to cast my mind back to age 9* I spent my childhood reading everything I could get my hands on. It’s probably safe to say the writing spark was ignited by Eleanor Cameron’s The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet. The book is a product of its time: when I grew up there were zero books with adventurous heroines and at the time I was too young to appreciate Nancy Drew. Mushroom Planet thrilled me and gripped my heart and I wanted to write a book like that myself.
What genres do you write in?
Mystery, horror, and fantasy.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
Horror is always my first choice for recreational reading. Fantasy and mystery are a tie for second. JD Salinger once said, “Ask yourself, as a reader, what piece of writing in all the world [you] would most want to read if he had his heart’s choice. [Then] sit down shamelessly and write the thing yourself.”
How did you break into the field?
I queried my horror novel (The Redeemers, 2015, Dark Recesses Press) to an agent back in 2009. In my query letter I mentioned that I’m a former nun. The agent passed but said he’d like to read a book about a crime-fighting ex-nun. I dismissed the idea “because I’m a horror writer” but it wouldn’t go away. Nine months later, I queried him again with Force of Habit (Midnight Ink originally, but I got my rights back and have reissued it on my own). That agent passed, but the book was picked up shortly after by Midnight Ink. So I broke into the field unintentionally, as it were.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
A smile and a sense of escape. The news is dreadful and life is hard. I write to make people laugh for a little while.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
The fans. I love meeting fans and getting fan mail. I was a stage actor for many years and the thrill of applause never goes away.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Deadlines, augh! I work full time, so every spare minute is spent writing.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Treat writing like a business. Set times to write just like you set times to get to work. Learn the craft. Read in your field and outside your field. Everything is fodder for your book.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love shlock horror from the 1980s. It’s overwrought and silly and so much fun. Speaking of overwrought, I’m also a huge manga reader. It’s relaxing.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I can read and speak Middle English. You know the Arthurian legends we’re familiar with? Let’s just say that Le Morte Darthur is NSFW.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
I’m all over the web:
Alice Loweecey is a baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Alice Loweecey recently celebrated her thirtieth year outside the convent. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she’s not creating trouble for her sleuth Giulia Driscoll or inspiring nightmares as her alter-ego Kate Morgan, she can be found growing her own vegetables (in summer) and cooking with them (the rest of the year).
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