Ten Minutes with Tess

Welcome to the second day of Murder & Mayhem Week. Unfortunately, the author, Amy Metz, is unable to join us today. Her characters said she couldn't leave her computer until she wrote them out of the mess she got them into. The cast of Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction decided to send a special guest to take Amy's place.

Please join me in welcoming Tess Tremaine, the main character in Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction.

Here's a little background on Tess: When Tess moves to Goose Pimple Junction, she thinks she’s moving to a quiet, safe little town. She has no idea what mayhem will occur when she starts looking into a cold case murder.

Tricia: Hi Tess, we’re glad you had time to talk to us today about Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction. I hear you’re relatively new to town. Why did you choose to move here?

Tess: Thanks, Tricia. I passed through GPJ on a vacation once, and I fell in love with it. It’s a beautiful town with residents who are warm, friendly, and sincere. When I wanted to relocate after my divorce became final, I remembered the quaint southern town. I was lucky enough to buy a wonderful old house with lots of character. I don’t think I could have picked a better place.

Tricia: I hear you got into a speck of trouble. Did that color your opinion of GPJ?

Tess: Oh no, not at all. That was a fluke. I hear there hasn’t been a serious crime in town for many, many years. The fact that I moved in and found a little mayhem was unique. And you can’t judge a whole town on just a few of its residents.

Tricia: Do you see your writer, Amy Metz, often?

Tess: Sure I do. She’s in town all the time. I tell her she ought to just move here. I think she’s considering it.

Tricia: Are you and Amy alike in any way? If so, how?

Tess: Well, don’t tell her I said so, but she’s a bit of a klutz, which I’m sorry to say is an affliction from which I suffer. The two of us together are quite a pair. Jackson says I could trip over a cordless phone. Amy and I are also both writers.

Tricia: What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

Tess: Definitely the romance. Although I have to say, I begged Amy to put in more romance scenes. She seemed to take particular delight in causing things to happen to keep Jackson and me apart. I thought Jackson was going to blow a gasket once. You should have seen his face. Well, if you read the book I expect you will see his face. So to speak.

Tricia: Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Tess: Yes, although there are several genres that apply. The book could be considered chick lit, or a cozy mystery, or even historical fiction, if you get right down to it. But I think the mystery is the biggest part of the story, so it belongs in that category.

Tricia: Tell us about your boss, Louetta Stafford.

Tess: Lou is both my boss and my good friend. She’s an extraordinary woman. She’s seen tragedy in her life, but she’s still one of the happiest persons I’ve ever met. She’s just flat out fun to be around. She’s almost eighty years old, but she looks and acts sixty. And she’s a great cook.

Tricia: How did you meet Jackson Wright?

Tess: (with a big smile) Shortly after I moved in, I started seeing him around town. We always exchanged looks, but I didn’t formally meet him until I was sitting in a coffee shop one day. He sat down at a nearby table. I was working on a book I’m writing, but as soon as he sat down, my concentration was completely broken. I couldn’t think of a thing to write. I wasn’t interested in dating, so I started a list of his potentially bad traits to keep myself out of trouble. I was typing them into the computer to make it look like I was hard at work, and the bullet points got more and more outrageous. I cracked up laughing, and he wanted to know if I was laughing at him. I was, but I couldn’t tell him so of course, and I wasn’t laughing at him in the way he thought. Anyway, he introduced himself by saying we’d howdied but we hadn’t shook yet. I knew he was a character from the get-go.

Tricia: Can you give us a hint about GPJ2?

Tess: Well, I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but I can tell you that in GPJ2, Martha Maye and her daughter Butterbean are the main characters. And even though I said that mayhem is rare in GPJ, we did experience a bit more of it in the second book. But that’s all I’m saying!

Tricia: What’s your favorite goosepimpleism?

Tess: Oh, Lou’s got a million of them, or as she would say, a blue million of them. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but off the top of my head I’d say, “You can just get glad in the same pants you got mad in.”

Tricia :I like that one too. Thanks for your time, Tess.

You can reach Tess through Amy Metz at www.amymetz.com

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction is now available on Amazon and on Barnes & Noble.