The Book Diva’s Reads is always pleased to host a visit from an author, and today’s guest author is Maris Soule. Ms. Soule is the author of more than 25 books in the romance, romantic-suspense, and mystery genres. Ms. Soule will be discussing the characters from one of her newest books, A Killer Past.
Vivian, thank you for inviting me to write a guest post and tell you a little about A Killer Past. It was fun writing about Mary Harrington. She’s the sort of person I wish I could be. She’s kept herself physically fit by going to the gym regularly. (I’m lucky if I make it to my yoga class twice a week.) I did try to make her realistic. After all, she’s seventy-four years old. In the opening chapter, she puts two teen-aged gang members in the hospital. I’ve never done that, but I knew her body wasn’t going to respond as nimbly as it did when she was in her twenties, and that she was going to have bruises and aches and pains the next day.
I enjoyed writing how her son thinks she gets those bruises because she’s old. He’s sure she should move into a retirement home. She tells him she ran into “something” because, of course, she can’t tell him that “something” was two gang members.
Mary is fluent in several languages, poised, feisty, and protective, especially of her eighteen-year-old granddaughter. I know a few words in other languages, but that’s it, and I can’t imagine anyone describing me as poised, or even feisty. (I tend to avoid confrontations, but I do think I would have been protective of my children when they were young.)
I also enjoyed writing Jack Rossini’s character. He’s a good police officer and lonely, now that his wife has passed on. He’s been a good father to his two grown sons and adores his granddaughter, who lives far away. He finds Mary fascinating and confusing, and he worries about her safety. The more he discovers about her, or rather can’t find out about her, the more his curiosity is piqued. Theirs isn’t a romance, but Jack develops a true affection for Mary, as well as an admiration.
Writing this book forced me to read several articles about older men and women who have kept physically fit and are still doing amazing things in their eighties and nineties. Their stories are inspiring, and I hope I can remain active way into my eighties (or maybe nineties). I also researched Latino gangs, and that wasn’t inspiring. It’s scary how they’re everywhere, even in rural areas we once considered safe. I hope we have a few Mary Harringtons around to protect us.
About the author:
Award-winning author of 25 romances, 2 mystery, and 2 short stories, with 2 suspense novels coming out 2015. Maris Soule was born and raised in California but moved to the midwest two years after her marriage. She is a member of MWA, MMRWA, Sisters-in-Crime, RWA, FWA, and Authors’ Guild. Soule is still married to the same man, has two grown children, and two granddaughters. She is currently working on another mystery, this one set in Skagway, Alaska.
A Killer Past by Maris Soule
ISBN: 9780719814907 (Hardcover)
ASIN: B00ZO3LQE2 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale
Release Date: June 1, 2015
When two gang members choose Mary Harrington as their target, the quiet widow has a secret to share of her own
Most people in the town of Rivershore, Michigan view Mary Harrington as a quiet widow whose only oddity is that she spends a lot of time at the gym. Her son thinks it’s time for her to move into a retirement home. Two gang members think she’ll be an easy target. No one in Rivershore knows what Mary did in her younger years—really did—but the two gang members discover they’ve underestimated their victim . . . and Mary fears reverting to old habits may have jeopardized her future.