A Muddied Murder
by Wendy Tyson
About The Author
Where are you from?
I’m originally from the Philadelphia area. After spending time in State College, Baltimore, and the Scranton area, I’m back home in eastern Pennsylvania.
Tell us your latest news?
I just signed a contract with Henery Press for books four, five and six of the Greenhouse Mystery Series! I’m thrilled that Megan, Bibi and the town of Winsome, PA will continue.
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing in one form or another since I can remember. I wrote my first short story at age eight, and shortly after that I began a family newsletter (my parents were thrilled). I started writing literary short stories in college, and have had a number of them published. I didn’t write my first novel until I was in my thirties, though.
As to why I write, there are a number of reasons. Primarily, I love writing—and I guess I feel I have something to say. Writing fiction is therapeutic. It allows me to connect with others, both through the writer-reader experience, and within the writing community. I have been awed by the level of warmth and generosity I’ve experienced in the crime writing world.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s a great question. You know, I’m not sure—certainly not with my first published books. This whole experience has been surreal, and when I consider my author idols, I continue to be humbled. There’s still so much to learn.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’d been writing short stories for a while and I was ready to tackle something bigger and more ambitious. My first novel was actually women’s fiction. It was a story about friendship and the definition of “success,” and it has never been published. After writing that book, I switched to mysteries. KILLER IMAGE was my published mystery.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’ve been told I am a descriptive writer. I definitely enjoy novels in which I can visualize the setting and the characters, so I think I tend to write in a visual manner. Not too much detail, but enough so that the reader is experiencing the scene right along with me.
How did you come up with the title?
I knew the first book in the Greenhouse series would be set in the spring, when it can be rainy and muddy in eastern Pennsylvania. In the beginning of A MUDDIED MURDER, Megan, the protagonist, is trying to get the family farm up and running, despite constant weather setbacks. I envisioned her working in the fields, mud-covered but determined. The title came to me from there.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I suppose thematically the book is about rebirth, and the ability to have a second chance in life. To me, a second chance means hope and forgiveness—of self and others. Ultimately, however, I hope readers enjoy their time in Winsome, and appreciate not just the characters and small town setting, but the attention to sustainable living and an organic lifestyle.
What would you like my readers to know?
I also write the Allison Campbell Mystery Series (Henery Press), and will continue to write both series. The second Greenhouse mystery and the fourth Campbell mystery are due out in 2017.
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