Guest Author Post: Maris Soule – EAT CROW AND DIE

The Book Diva’s Reads is pleased to host another visit from author Maris Soule. Ms. Soule is the author of a host of books and today she’ll be discussing crafting the story Eat Crow and Die.




Thank you, Vivian, for once again inviting me to your blog. Eat Crow and Die is the other book I have out this summer. It’s the third book in the P.J. Benson Mystery series.

It took me a long time to write Eat Crow and Die. I knew how I wanted the story to start—Sheriff’s Deputy Wade Kingsley’s boat would blow up on Lake Michigan not far from the South Haven lighthouse, with Wade, Wade’s six-year-old son Jason, Wade’s ex-wife, and her new husband aboard. I also knew I wanted P.J. Benson back at the farm house she inherited from her grandfather, wondering if she might be pregnant and worrying that if she was whether she’d become a schizophrenic, as her mother did while pregnant for P.J..

Okay, fine. But what happens next? Why does Wade become the prime suspect? Is P.J. pregnant? Who did put a bomb on Wade’s boat? When? Why? And how does P.J. end up figuring it out?

One thing I love about writing is the research. I have a friend who recently retired from the  Coast Guard Auxillary. I bought his breakfast, and he took me step by step through the rescue procedure. I attended the Writers’ Police Academy and viewed a session on underwater procedures by crime scene investigators. I called the local sheriff’s department for information, read about boat explosions, and played with a variety of ideas on how to make a bomb that would be believable. I also had to learn about algorithms. (You’ll have to read the book to find out why.)

In addition to my research, I needed to come up with several others who might be suspects. Each needed a motive to want to harm Wade or someone on the boat. And I needed to make things happen in just a few days.

I’m often asked how long it takes to write a book. I guess the answer is as long as it takes to find answers to all of your questions and then put it all together so it makes (or seems to make) sense. I hope I succeeded with Eat Crow and Die




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.



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Eat Crow and Die by Maris Soule
ISBN: 9781432830762 (hardcover)
ASIN: B00XK2DUR0 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Five Star Publishing
Publication Date:  August 5, 2015

P.J. Benson knows Sheriff’s Detective Wade Kingsley wouldn’t blow up his own boat to kill his ex-wife and her new husband, Michael Brewster. Sure, Wade wasn’t happy that his ex was taking their six-year-old son, Jason, to live in California, but Wade and Jason were also onboard the boat when it blew up. Wade would never have endangered his son that way.

Nevertheless, the investigating detectives consider Wade their prime suspect,and Wade’s ex in-laws loudly accuse him and threaten to file for custody of Jason. Under the circumstances, P.J. is certain this isn’t the right time to tell Wade she’s pregnant, but bouts of morning sickness give her away. Wade is upset by the news. P.J. wonders if it’s because he’s afraid he’ll be put in prison for a double homicide he didn’t commit, or if he’s afraid the new baby will cause P.J. to become schizophrenic, as was the case with her mother. Even P.J. is worried about that. Although Wade doesn’t want her playing detective, P.J. soon discovers that Michael Brewster wasn’t as great a guy as everyone thought. But did anyone hate the man enough to kill him?



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Guest Post – Maris Soule



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.




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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.


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