Today Sophie (Phee) Kimball is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Broadcast 4 Murder, the latest novel in the Sophie Kimball mystery series.
Welcome, Sophie. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too. I’m the amateur sleuth in the novel and a reluctant one at that. I’m a bookkeeper/accountant for an investigative firm and somehow, I seem to get roped into solving murders in my mother’s senior retirement community right here in Arizona. This time, the victim was discovered by my mother (who else?) during her first foray into radio broadcasting. Broadcast 4 Murder is the seventh novel in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries. It’s meant to make you laugh and guess whodunit.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too? I get plenty of say in my acerbic comments and inner thoughts. It’s the only way I survive. The writers do control the plot but sometimes, my actions lead them in new and different directions.
How did you evolve as the main character? I was hesitant and unassertive in the first two novels, but as the series progressed, so did my backbone. In fact, I was taking charge of the sleuthing rather than being cajoled and nagged into it. In addition, my love life evolved as well. Spoiler alert – the romance blossomed and continues to do so.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them? I love sharing the story with my well-meaning, gossipy mother and her quirky book club lady friends. Everything’s a hoot around them. Wish I could say the same for her neurotic Chiweenie, Streetman. Still, that little dog has a way of growing on you.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story? It’s an active senior community and everyone is involved in everyone else’s business. It’s like a caldron that keeps bubbling. Thank goodness I live in a neighboring community.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book? The authors are really into hyperbole and humor as well as creating twists and turns that keep readers’ heads spinning. If you’re looking for a fun ride and some belly laughs, you are in the right place.
Thank you for answering my questions, Sophie, and good luck to you and your author, J. C. Eaton, with Broadcast 4 Murder, the latest book in the Sophie Kimball mystery series.
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J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp, authors of the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series and the Wine Trail Mysteries. A New York native and former middle school principal, Ann has published eight award-winning and highly acclaimed YA time travel mysteries. James is a U.S. Navy veteran and retired tasting room manager for a large upscale New York winery.