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Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel

About the Book

Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
BGM Press (October 11, 2018)
Paperback: 287 pages
ISBN-10: 1732716404
ISBN-13: 978-1732716407
Digital: ASIN: B07H68L6XR

Mysterious attacks. Mischievous nieces. Can a clueless uncle catch a tech-savvy killer … and be home before bedtime?

When a freak accident hospitalizes Marty Golden’s sister and condemns him to babysitter duty, he thinks it’s just another case of hardwired bad luck in Silicon Valley. Until a suspicious murder suggests the mishap was no mere coincidence. Something must be done.

Too bad this quirky, fashion-backward uncle isn’t exactly hero material.

Convinced his sister is in mortal danger, this amateur sleuth follows clues to an oddball array of suspects. Armed with nothing but an eye for detail and powers of self-delusion, Marty tangles with gangsters, a cantankerous school secretary, and a perplexing woman he can’t help but fall for. Glitches in his investigation seem like a piece of cake compared to dinner-prep and bedtime stories with his two precocious, pre-teen nieces.

Can Marty catch the culprit, save his sister, and get his life back in order before he gets unplugged?

Uncle and Ants is the first novel in a refreshingly modern mystery series set in Silicon Valley. If you like clever humor, sassy side characters, and average Joes facing extraordinary circumstances, then you’ll love this twisty mystery.

Buy Uncle and Ants to login to a fresh, funny mystery today!

~Updated 10/10/2018

Interview With the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

Like most authors, I’ve always loved to read. As a child, I had a special notebook for writing my stories. Once, when I was young, I even got in trouble for my writing. I carved my name into a wood side-table in our family room. I tried to pin the blame on my sister, who clearly had tried to get me in trouble AGAIN. I thought this was a winning argument until my mother pointed out that my sister couldn’t write yet.

 

What genres do you write in?

My first book is a cozy mystery. My second book, Chutes and Ladder (underway), is also a cozy. By process of elimination, I’ve concluded I’m a cozy mystery writer.

 

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

On a vacation, I picked up my wife’s copy of a Janet Evanovich novel. She got mad when I didn’t return it until I’d finished. My wife that is, not Janet. Janet would be happy because I’ve purchased a number of her other books and even consulted her How I Write book when I started Uncle and Ants.

 

How did you break into the field?

I feel like my entire professional life in marketing has been about writing fiction. After wanting to write a book for many years, I finally focused on it. Lots of work, walks with the wife and dog, and drafts have led me to having my first novel published.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I want them to laugh and enjoy spending time with the characters while they read my story. There may be some deep, meaningful themes incorporated in my stories, but that would have happened by accident. It’s a fun, light story about a good guy, who thinks he wants his sister safe and his firecracker, eye-rolling nieces out of his apartment so he can put his life back to normal. He doesn’t realize it, but he really wants more out of life — more ties to family, more friends, and perhaps a new relationship.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I now have a good excuse for telling people to be quiet because I’m listening to voices in my head. I really enjoy hearing from readers. It’s a great break in the day to read crazy stories from readers about their own dogs, cats, dads, uncles, siblings, etc. I love that readers find something in my stories that makes them laugh, or remember something fun, and then share that with me.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

Staring at my screen and trying to write something. And then trying to write faster.

 

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Read more. I believe reading different authors and genres is the best way to learn what works and what doesn’t.  And, start writing. Even if you only have a few minutes to keep a short diary, practice is essential. There are gazillions of writing prompts and blogs for writers all over the web to inspire and help you get started.

 

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

I read both fiction and non-fiction. When I’m looking to relax, I read mysteries, thrillers, and sci-fi.

 

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I like to think I’m endlessly fascinating. However, most normal people might enjoy learning that the ice cream truck story that finishes chapter two is completely true, believe it or not. As for the rest, it’s based on reality except where I’ve exaggerated, made it up or falsified my memories to fit the story.

 

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

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About the Author

In my family, I was born first — a fact my sister never lets me forget, no matter what milestone age she hits.

For most of my life, I’ve been inventing stories. Some, especially when I was young, involved my sister as the villain. As my sister’s brother for her entire life, I’m highly qualified to tell the tale of the evolving, quirky sibling relationship in Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery.

My writing skills were honed in years of marketing leadership positions in Silicon Valley. While my high-tech marketing roles involved crafting plenty of fiction, we called these marketing collateral, emails, and ads.

My family and friends would tell you that Marty’s character isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination for me, but I proudly resemble that remark.

Author Links – Website – http://www.marcjedel.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MarcJedel.Author

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