Friday, September 26, 2014

A Good Girl: A Charlie McClung Mystery by Mary Anne Edwards

A Good Girl: A Charlie McClung Mystery by Mary Anne Edwards

For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family. “Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma” Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.

Interview with Mary Anne Edwards:

          1.) What inspired you to write The Charlie McClung Mysteries?

The first book is loosely based on a true story. It was originally going to be a stand-alone. But at the end, I want to know more about Charlie and Marian. So it became a series with ten planned so far.

2.) How long have you been writing?

For as long as I can remember, but seriously since 1999.

3.) What book inspired you to begin writing traditional mysteries, if any? 

You asked for one, but I can’t peg it on just one book. “Face of a Stranger” by Anne Perry, “A Killing at Badger’s Drift” by Caroline Graham, and “The Mummy Case” by Elizabeth Peters.

4.) Who is your favorite author(s)?

My favorite authors are Anne Perry, Elizabeth Peters, Agatha Christie, and Caroline Graham, just to name a few. I’ve found a new author, Gretchen Archer. I love her main character, Davis Way. Her books are fun mysteries, if that makes any sense.

5.) If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?

That would have to be Ma, in the second book, “A Good Girl”.

6.) What has been your biggest accomplishment since publishing?

Hmm, that’s a hard question. I guess, sitting on a panel at Killer Nashville this year. I was flattered to have attendees ask me for advice after the session was finished.

7.) Do you have anything else in the works apart from your series?

I have a stand-alone women’s fiction manuscript that I would like to publish. And I have an out of print collection of short stories, I’d like to rework.

About the Author:
Mary Anne was born in Mercedes, Texas, but has lived in Georgia most of her life.  She has had a variety of experiences in her life. Some were great and some, well let's just say Mary Anne has learned many lessons the hard way.  
Mary Anne has been married for nearly 34 years to the most practically perfect man, Jeff.  They enjoy traveling and watching mysteries on TV.  Mary Anne is active in Sisters in Crime Atlanta Chapter and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc., a non-profit advocacy group for the developmentally challenged.

Although Mary Anne began writing in high school, she didn't get serious about it until 1999. She writes traditional mysteries that are influenced by some of her favorite authors: Agatha Christie, Anne Perry, Caroline Graham, & Elizabeth Peters. 

 Her first book in the Detective Charlie McClung mysteries, "Brilliant Disguise" was released on January 21, 2014. The next book in the series, "A Good Girl" was released on September 23, 2014. Mary Anne is currently working on the third book in the series, "Criminal Kind; there are seven more to follow. 

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Author Mary Anne Edwards said...

Thank you for featuring "A Good Girl."

C K Dawn said...

Congrats Mary Anne Edwards! I wish you much success. Definitely on my TBR! ~ck dawn

Author Mary Anne Edwards said...

Thank you, C.K. Dawn!