Today Irene Ingram is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Front Page Murder, the first novel in the Homefront News mystery series.
Welcome, Irene. 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.
First off, my name is Irene Ingram and I’m the editor in chief of my pop’s newspaper, the Progress Herald. Pop knew we’d be going to war when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. He pulled some strings with his buddy in the war department and got assigned to be a war correspondent. Things get complicated when I assign one of my reporters to cover a robbery at the hardware store. It turns out it wasn’t a robbery. To make a long story short, my reporter ends up dead and I have to figure out what happens. Front Page Murder is the first book in the Homefront News Mysteries. In book two, Death on a Deadline, I have to figure out who killed a B-movie actor in town for our war bond drive.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
Oh, I get a say, believe me. She starts with a loose outline, but things don’t always go like she planned.
How did you evolve as the main character?
I’m not really sure, but I’m glad I’m in charge.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
Well, my best friend, Peggy works with me. She was Pop’s secretary and now she’s mine, although I think of her as more of a co-worker. She keeps me out of trouble most of the time. Then there’s my younger sister, Lily. She’s a big fan of Frank Sinatra and a pretty good artist. Her drawings are the cat’s meow.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
You mean the town where I live? Progress, Pennsylvania is a small town, pretty close to Pittsburgh and Butler. It’s a nice place to live. Everyone knows everyone else, although with the expansion of Tabor Ironworks—they’re making nuts, bolts, and rivets for the war effort—there are a lot of new people around. We have the same things most towns have—a movie theater, drug store, an A&P grocery, a hardware store, and a beauty salon. Oh, there’s also a Woolworth’s. I often eat at their lunch counter. I recommend the egg salad. Whatever you do, don’t get the meatloaf. We also have a nice park in the town square and everyone pitched in to put in a victory garden. We have a great police department. As a matter of fact, the police chief is my future father in law. My fiancé, Bill, was on the force, but he’s now in the army training with the Third Armored Division.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
Only that I’d like it if everyone would buy it! My author needs the beer money, ha ha. Seriously, I’d appreciate it if you’d read my story. I’d hate to think I’d almost got killed for nothing. Just don’t let on you know the true story. I was sworn to secrecy. Thanks a bunch!
Thank you for answering my questions, Irene, and good luck to you and your author, Joyce St Anthony, with Front Page Murder, the first book in the Homefront News mystery series.
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About Joyce St Anthony: Joyce was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. As Joyce St. Anthony, she is the author of the Homefront News Mysteries. The first in the series, Front Page Murder, was released on March 8, 2022. Under her own name–Joyce Tremel–she wrote the award winning Brewing Trouble cozy mystery series. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania with her husband and two cats–Hops and Lager.