Today Enid Carmichael is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about The Fog Ladies Family Matters, the latest novel in the San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery series.
Welcome, Enid. 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 Enid Carmichael, and I’m eighty years old when The Fog Ladies cozy murder mystery series starts. I’m the oldest Fog Lady, more than half a century older than Sarah, the young doctor-in-training who lives in our building. We all live together in an elegant apartment building in San Francisco that is even older than me. Sarah is not very suspicious, probably because she doesn’t have our life experience. She’s a Fog Lady, though, and we Fog Ladies stick together, solving crimes and meeting murderers. In The Fog Ladies: Family Matters, we get to meet lady killer who supposedly hacked up her husband with a machete-like blade they used to trim the hedges. What a woman!
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
Writer? What writer? I am in sole control of my destiny. In Book 1, the “writer” had no idea that I would get addicted to Starbucks lattes and steal my neighbors’ newspaper coupons to get more. Or that I would end up almost dead in the ICU. How did I survive? That’s the “writer’s” problem, not mine. In Book 2, though, I would have liked more time with the actual murderer. Why does everything interesting in the book have to happen to goody-two-shoes Francis Noonan?
How did you evolve as the main character?
Interesting question. One major theme of The Fog Ladies: Family Matters is something the killer said. People never change. Well, holier-than-thou Harriet Flynn has had a complete transformation. And Alma Gordon has found love at age seventy-five. What is she thinking? Sarah’s not the cowed young thing she once was. Frances Noonan inexplicably started baking her molasses cookies again, and she hasn’t made those since her husband of forty years, Bill, died. But me? The world has changed enough. Why should I?
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
We are the Fog Ladies, and you can count on us like you can count on early morning San Francisco fog burning off by midday. We are five ladies of a certain age, joining forces as each woman became a widow, plus me, divorced, plus that young doctor I told you about. We are invincible.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
We live in an elegant apartment building in San Francisco, where we know everything about everyone and there are no secrets, especially from me with my apartment perched above the front door. In Book 1, our building is a little too cozy, with a killer among us and nowhere to hide. In Book 2, we venture farther out, to a worn-out women’s prison in central California to meet the lady killer and to a family resort on the rugged California coast near Big Sur.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
I’ve been called a busybody and a lush, but who else is protecting us night and day from dark forces that lurk inside and out? Hmm? Hmm? Darn tootin’ good thing we have a crusader for safety in our building. I see a man walking back and forth on the sidewalk outside. I can see him from my window, but he can’t see me. I checked. He’s up to no good, I can tell. Could he be our killer? Then there’s the celebrity lawyer. Alma Gordon is in love with him and his slick ways and shiny hair. Little does she know this man is not what he appears on television. And what about the family resort? Could nefarious types hide there? I may be the most suspicious Fog Lady, but someone has to be. Because in The Fog Ladies: Family Matters, a young mother’s life depends on it.
Thank you for answering my questions, Enid, and good luck to you and your author, Susan McCormick, with The Fog Ladies Family Matters, the latest book in the San Francisco Cozy Murder Mystery series.
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About Susan McCormick: Susan is a writer and doctor who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Smith College and George Washington University School of Medicine, with additional medical training in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where she lived in an elegant apartment building much like the one in the book. Susan served as a doctor in the U.S. Army for nine years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and civilian practice as a gastroenterologist. In addition to the Fog Ladies series, she also wrote Granny Can’t Remember Me, a lighthearted picture book about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and The Antidote, a timely middle grade medical fantasy released May 2021. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two sons. She loves giant dogs and has loved an English Mastiff, Earl, and two Newfoundlands, Edward and Albert.