EXTRA HELPINGS OF MYSTERY MONTH BLOG TOUR – Turkey Basted to Death
Turkey Basted to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
by Jodi Rath
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About Turkey Basted to Death
Turkey Basted to Death (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series)
2.5 in the Series – A Holiday Book
MYS ED LLC (November 15, 2019)
Number of Pages 133 pages
Digital ASIN: B07WRJXBLX
Thanksgiving is here, and Jolie Tucker has had quite the year! She is ready to sit back and relax with family and friends. But this is Leavensport, OH—so get ready for intense therapy sessions, dysfunctional family holiday gatherings, uninvited guests, and an inner-city teen advocate found DEAD—stabbed in the ear with the turkey baster!
Welcome to Leavensport, OH, where DEATH takes a DELICIOUS turn!
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I have always used stories to escape since a child. At five, I would lock myself in my playroom to “play magazine” with my stuffed animals and dolls (I am an only child). As I began to learn to write in school, I began creating stories. It wasn’t until age 45 that I had worked my way into being able to write full-time.
What genres do you write in?
I write a culinary cozy mystery series—The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. I have two more spin-off series planned off this series. Also, I write for educational blogs, publishers, and affiliations on deadline monthly. I’ve written a psychological thriller that was picked up by a streaming service. I’ve also written some two- and five-minute mysteries for elementary aged students and for adults.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I read mysteries—traditional mysteries, cozy mysteries, and psychological thrillers. I used to read the choose-your-own-adventure books as a kid. I love puzzles and a good mystery—plus I believe all of life is a mystery. I’ve been in education for two decades—so therefore I write in education.
How did you break into the field?
I’ve never had kids, but I spent two decades working with high school kids in education. I’ve worked to save money to be able to start a business that allows me to teach online from home, write on deadline for education, and write fiction. So, for me, it wasn’t breaking into the field; instead, it was a plan I worked toward to get to a point where I could make it happen. With that said, I work seven days a work for many hours most days. I love it though. It feels more like play than work—but to make enough money to pay the bills—I work a lot.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I’ve been thrilled to get emails and messages from readers that they relate to my characters, the themes in the books, and that they are rooting for certain relationships to work. I’ve even had readers upset with some of the characters. That shows me they are entering the world and invested. People take the time to reflect and connect. I’ve worked hard to incorporate diversity, topics like gentrification, urban sprawl, homelessness, pets, cooking, family dysfunction, and any topic that we all experience in our everyday life—while allowing for fun and a good mystery to allow for escape.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Everything. I’ve wanted to do this as a child and I’m 46 living my dream. I get to be an adult and play all the time. So, I love everything about it.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Just because I love everything about it, doesn’t mean it’s easy. For me, the first draft is SUPER fun to write because I don’t have to think about spelling or grammar or structure. I’m just getting the story down. Once that first draft goes to my editor for the developmental editing, the second draft is the most difficult for me because it’s time to delete things that don’t work, add more material where there are plot holes, make sure I’ve fully developed characters, correct mistakes, and about a hundred other things.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
My best advice is to plan. Also, you must be willing to work—a lot—and work hard. Marketing goes hand in hand with being a writer and writing today is different than in the past. Indie writers must either pay someone to market for them or teach them to market or do it themselves. Writers with small or medium presses must do a lot of their marketing as well. I know some writers who are with large publishing companies, but they are not a huge name, and they are doing much of their own marketing.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I was an English Literature major in college, so I enjoy literature like Flannery O’Connor, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and more. But I love reading mysteries and psychological thrillers too.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I have eight cats and over 17-years we’ve had 16 cats. All my cats, past and present, will be on a cover of my books. Also, I do Kenpo with is a combination of martial arts and kickboxing. I work in higher education as an online adjunct as well as work as a marketing consultant for authors.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
About the Author
Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.
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