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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Murder and Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction
Paperback: 252 pages
Publisher: Blue Publications; 2 edition (September 7, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0989714020
E-Book File Size: 563 KB
When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
Interview with Amy Metz
1.      How long have you been writing and how books have you written?

I’ve been writing since 2009, and I’ve written three complete books, plus one children’s picture book, and partial amounts of four more books.
2.      Where did you come up with the idea for the Goose Pimple Junction Mystery Series?

The basis for the mystery came from family history, but I have no idea where the characters and town came from. They just showed up one day. There is an actual Goose Pimple Junction in Virginia, and I discovered it way back in 1985. The name always stuck with me, and when I started writing the book, Goose Pimple Junction perfectly matched the picture in my head of the town and its residents.
3.      Is the character Tess Tremaine based on anybody?
No. She’s purely fictional. Some people who know me think I based some of the characters on family members. From time to time, I may use some characteristics of people I know and love, but all of the characters are purely fictional. Even in the 1930s part of the book, where the facts are accurate. The people are not!
4.      How many more books do you have planned for this series?
I don’t really have a plan. If readers keep reading the GPJ books, I’ll keep writing them!
5.      Besides writing what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love photography, and I love turning my pictures into coffee table books. I also love to bake, and I love to attend my son’s concerts. He’s majoring in music performance, and it’s pure joy to watch him play. It’s a bit harder to do now that he’s in college and the concerts are two hours away instead of twenty minutes, but I wouldn’t miss one.  And of course, I love to read.
6.      If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go and why?
Well…I keep a “Places to Go, Things to See” board on Pinterest, and there are 122 pins of places I’d like to go…but probably number one would be the Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. But anywhere with a quiet, non-tourist beach would be good with me. There’s something about the ocean that pulls me to it, and once I’m there, it’s calming like nothing else.
7.      Who are your favorite authors and why?
My favorite is Robert B. Parker because I love the characters in his books: Spenser, Sunny Randall, and Jesse Stone. I think Parker was a great storyteller. I’ve recently found David Rosenfelt, and I love his books because of his characters and his wit. He combines humor, mystery, and suspense like nobody’s business. Michael Lee West is another author I’ve recently discovered. She’s a great Southern author, and I both love and envy her work. John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Chris Grabenstein…I love their mysteries. With all of these authors’ works, I can get totally wrapped up in the characters and the place and time. The writing is great, nothing is contrived, and it’s like living with them for a few days.
8.      I noticed in your bio that you used to be a First Grade teacher.  I am currently going back to college to earn my education degree.  What did you like best about being a teacher?
The last day of school. I don’t mean that the way it sounds! The last day of school was both great and difficult. I hated saying goodbye to my kids. They really do become your kids when you’re with them for nine months, six and a half hours a day, five days a week. But what I loved about the last day of school was that I could look at every one of the students and see how far they had progressed over the year. It was great to see that they actually learned from me, so much so that they were ready to move up to the next grade. Good luck with your degree and career! Teaching can be very rewarding.
9.      What did you like least about being a teacher?
Discipline. I taught at a school where parent support (of both the child and the teacher) was very minimal. Most of the students didn’t have any respect for authority. I hated wasting so much of the day disciplining students instead of teaching. That, and the twenty minutes for lunch.
10.  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers and/or teachers?
Love what you do. Be passionate about it. Otherwise, you’re just wasting the kids’ or the readers’ time.
About This Author
Amy Metz is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two grown sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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