A Murder Among Friends …
Everyone is anxious to connect with actor Ryan Malloy when he returns to town for his 15-year high school reunion. Everyone except crime writer Leah Nash. She doesn’t have many fond memories of Himmel High’s golden boy. But it turns out she’s not the only one who isn’t a fan. Before the weekend is over, Ryan Malloy is murdered.
The hard-headed but soft-hearted Leah is unwillingly drawn into investigating his death by the pleading of Ryan’s terminally ill mother. She soon discovers that Ryan’s self-absorbed journey through life trampled on the dreams of a number of people. His old girlfriend, his best friend, his own brother, a local businessman—there’s no shortage of suspects—or secrets. But the solution eludes Leah, until the past and the present collide in a dangerous confrontation that threatens one life and ends another.
- Which character would you like to be in this book?
Hmm. Possibly Leah, because I admire her tenacity, her courage and her intelligence. On the other hand, she has other qualities on the flip side of those that I don’t find as appealing—she’s quite stubborn, sometimes foolhardy, and occasionally too smart for her own good. So, on reflection I’d have to say Miguel because of his open-hearted approach to life, his loyalty to his friends, and his empathy for others.
- Do you always take a book/eReader wherever you go?
Absolutely. The coming of the eReader changed my life. Now instead of packing a separate suitcase full of books when I go on vacation, I can just take my fully loaded Kindle. And if some of my selections turn out to be not very appealing, it’s easy to download more.
- Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I lead a fairly blameless life and was well-schooled by the nuns to color inside the lines, so, I think it would be fun to be the bad one for a change.
- Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?
I like to both read and write series books, because I enjoy getting to know characters over multiple stories. That said, some of my favorite books are standalones including The Firm, Presumed Innocent, The Franchise Affair, and Rebecca.
- Where can I find you when you are reading?
On rainy days, in front of the fireplace. In nice weather, on the balcony overlooking the river. In all weather, at night, in bed.
- Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
On a walk or bike ride on the wooded path in town, watching a classic film, baking/eating chocolate chip cookies, or at the local coffee shop with a friend.
- Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
- What are you most proud of?
On a professional level, that I finally took the leap and did what I always wanted to do, write books. On a personal level, that I have a family full of committed, smart, and kindhearted siblings, children, and husband. None of whom are perfect, all of whom are perfectly lovely to spend time with.
- What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Amazement that something I held in my mind has become something that others can hold in their hands. Joy that it’s finally finished. Hope that readers will enjoy reading it.
- What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
To steal a slogan from Nike, just do it. Set a word or page goal for each day. Don’t wait for inspiration. Sit down, start writing, keep at it through the good days and the bad.
Thank you, Susan Hunter and Partner In Crime Tours
About the author
Susan Hunter is a charter member of Introverts International (which meets the 12th of Never at an undisclosed location). She has worked as a reporter and managing editor, during which time she received a first place UPI award for investigative reporting and a Michigan Press Association first place award for enterprise/feature reporting.
Susan has also taught composition at the college level, written advertising copy, newsletters, press releases, speeches, web copy, academic papers, and memos. Lots and lots of memos. She lives in rural Michigan with her husband Gary, who is a man of action, not words.
During certain times of the day, she can be found wandering the mean streets of small-town Himmel, Wisconsin, looking for clues, stopping for a meal at the Elite Cafe, dropping off a story lead at the Himmel Times Weekly, or meeting friends for a drink at McClain’s Bar and Grill.
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