Thank you so much Maggie Tideswell for inviting me to join this blog hop. Maggie’s posting about her new main character in Ben: Roxanne’s Ghost is here. She writes paranormal romance, and if you like things that go bump in the night, you’ll love her stories.
My good friend Marta Merajver also asked me to participate and I let her down badly. She is a wonderful writer. Check out her post here.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
The story I am showcasing is Backwoods Boogie, the third in my Redneck P.I. Series. Twila Taunton is a redneck and proud of it, so proud that she has named her private investigation business REDNECK P. I. She is fictional, of course.
2) When and where is the story set?
It takes place in today’s world, in the small, Southern town of Quisby, Alabama.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Twila is tough on those who do her wrong, but compassionate to the underdogs of her world. She is in love (but refuses to admit it) with hunky Harland O’Connor, but… he lives far away on his family farm in Nebraska.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Due to some very steamy make-up sex in the barn with Harland, Twila thinks she may be pregnant, which would be a disaster for her because she is never getting married. Jimmie-Ray, her childhood sweetheart stood her up on their wedding day and she will never put herself in that position again. Now she finds herself actually having to work for the asshole, despite all her best intentions. He is the attorney representing the gentle Brit, Pam Taylor, who has been set up as the perpetrator of a gruesome murder. Twila has no faith in Jimmie-Ray, and cannot allow Pam to go to jail for the rest of her life.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Twila has to find the real killer so Pam can be exonerated. In the course of her investigation, she comes across an illegal puppy mill, where a large number of dogs are living in squalor with little food and no veterinary care. When one of the dogs looks into her eyes, she knows she has to rescue them, but going the legal route will take way too long. She calls on her quirky friends to help–Harley-riding Great Aunt Essie, master hacker, songwriter, and farter of note, Gasser Cunha, and her office assistant LaMercy with the big afro, who reluctantly agrees to go Goth.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title BACKWOODS BOOGIE will remain in force. There’s more about it and the preceding two books in the series at my website. www.trishjax.com I’m also currently giving away FREE downloads of the first book in the series, Redneck P.I. for a limited time, details on my website.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
My publisher, Uncial Press will release this story in the fall of 2014.
Five other wonderful writers will post their Meet my Main Character information on May 25th. Their blogs can be seen here:
Cynthia Ainsworthe http://ainsworthe1.wordpress.com/
Diana Hawkins http://dianamhawkins.blogspot.com/
Mary Patterson Thornburg www.marypattersonthornburg.com
Anna Othitis http://www.annaandfrankieothitis.com/