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The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way
by Frances Metzman
About the Book
The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way
Wild River Consulting & Publishing, LLC (June 21, 2018)
Paperback: 506 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CV2GP9Z
Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia’s best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community’s board president, Melvin. And he’s dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.
Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it’s never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I was a sculptor then a social worker but hidden deep down I’d always wanted to write. So, 30 years ago I set out to learn the elements of writing just as I’d done as a sculpture major. Piece by piece until I’d put the puzzle together into a large structured framework.
What genres do you write in?
Literary mysteries, mostly of an amateur sleuth solving the mystery
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I’d always been interested in white collar crime since I knew several people who committed fraud when they earned very nice incomes.
How did you break into the field?
I was initially a short story writer and published 25 short stories in university/college journals. Then I did essays, interviews, articles and dared jump into the novel. I also became a fiction editor on a small journal for the last 15 years and taught at Rosemont College and Temple (until this day)
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
The importance of female friendships, that life can be exciting at an early age, that romance is sought even at advanced ages, that one must develop self-confidence to be your own best friend and have the ability to solve problems. The cha-cha is a symbol of enlightenment and the joy of forgoing society rules on age appropriate.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
In real life solutions are not always readily there, but there is a certain amount of control manifest in writing. I can have conflicts, resolutions, enlightenment, and discoveries of behavior. Many of these elements are very elusive in real life. I kind of play God with words.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Ug. The 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th plus edits. And the cutting process to trim it down yet keep it fleshed out is frustrating at best. I tend to be talky.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Structure, structure, structure. That to me is vital. Yes, we can write from the heart but if it isn’t observant of the writing foundation it will be hard to read. I liken it to abstract painters who learned to paint realistically first.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Literary, literary/commercial or high market/mysteries. I love when the main character is fleshed out and is able to delve into their psyches to realize who they are and feel comfortable in that capacity no matter the genreA. The mysteries can have connection to white collar crime or even a psychological mystery.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I like to entertain (minimum amount of pots/pans-one if possible) and have it look complicated. I play tennis, walk/hike, read, and love theater (mostly dramas).
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
About the Author
Frances Metzman, a graduate of Moore College of Art and a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a novel, Ugly Cookies, by Pella Press. Her short story collection, The Hungry Heart: Stories, was published by Wilderness House Press, February 1, 2012. In 2009 she won a nomination for a Dzanc Books award, “Best of the Web.” In addition to publishing numerous (25) short stories in various literary journals, she has a novel published by Wild River Books, 2018, The Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way. Her teaching credits include Adjunct professor at Rosemont College to graduate school, Temple University at OLLI (creative writing and memoir). Other writing workshops, memoir/creative writing, have been given at universities and colleges such as Bryn Mawr, Penn State, Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Widener, etc. As fiction editor for a literary journal, Schuylkill Valley Journal, she selects and edits the submissions. Many articles, essays, and stories she writes deal with aspects of society that influences relationships for all ages, including the mature set (sometimes tongue in cheek). Many articles are dedicated to improving attitudes toward the mature folks and address myths about “age appropriate” thinking.
Twitter – https://twitter.com/FranWrites
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