Today Zo Jones is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Midnight Spells Murder, the latest novel in the Happy Camper cozy mystery series.
Welcome, Zo. 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.
My name is Zo Jones (I’ll find out the reason behind the unique spelling in this book), and I live inside Midnight Spells Murder. It’s the second book in the Happy Camper cozy mystery series, which is about my giftshop, Happy Camper. It’s located in the Black Hills National Park in South Dakota.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
It’s a bit of a compromise. My writer thinks she controls the story, and then I do something that totally surprises her. But that’s okay. She likes surprises.
How did you evolve as the main character?
A fun and snarky shop girl who rides a motorcycle—that was the start of my journey to the page. My journey is full of detours, though. I long to know who my birth parents are and find clues throughout the course of the series.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
I adore my neighbor Russell Cunningham, a garrulous English professor, and I love spending time with my friends Jules, Hattie, and Beth. My Maine Coon cat, George, hogs a lot of pages because cats are conceited like that. And I can’t forget Max Harrington, a forest ranger who is growing on me more than I’d like to admit.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
It’s Halloween, and my small town, Spirit Canyon, is getting ready for Spirit Spooktacular. It’s a fun weekend filled with a pumpkin carving contest and parade. Happy Camper is having a book signing for a real witch. I can’t wait to meet her!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
I hope you enjoy your time in Spirit Canyon. You’re in for a spooktacular time!
Thank you for answering my questions, Zo, and good luck to you and your author, Mary Angela, with Midnight Spells Murder, the latest book in the Happy Camper cozy mystery series.
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About Mary Angela: Mary is the author of the Happy Camper cozy mystery series, the Professor Prather academic mystery series, and several short stories. When Mary isn’t penning heartwarming whodunits, she’s teaching, reading, traveling, or spending time with her family. She lives in South Dakota with her husband, daughters, and spoiled pets.