Emma Wells is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about No Small Murder, the first novel in the Mini Meadows mystery series.
Welcome, Emma. 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 Emma Wells, and I live inside the Mini-Meadows Mystery series. I used to live in my grandfather’s mansion, but then he passed away and left everything to my father with instructions to take care of the women (meaning my grandmother and me.) My father’s first order of business was to betroth me to Bartholomew Prendergast. So I broke off the engagement and made a life for myself in Central Florida in a tiny home made from two shipping containers. Now, I work as a downsize specialist and help others who want to move from large homes to smaller ones. Then Granny Rose (the new teeny bopper version) showed up on my doorstep, adopted a Great Dane named Butch, and moved in with my cat, Ginger, and me. And if not for finding Broderick Aldridge, Butch’s former owner, dead in a shipping container on moving day, my life would be fairly uneventful.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too? I definitely get some say, but I sometimes feel my writer listens more to Granny Rose than to me.
How did you evolve as the main character? In the beginning of the story, I’m a fairly boring downsize specialist who spends my days helping others get rid of their belongings and get ready to move into their new homes, and my nights hanging out at home with friends or with Ginger. As the story progresses, I end up as an amateur sleuth, trying to determine who killed my client in the hopes of getting my friends, many of whom are suspects, off the hook.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them? I love sharing my story with Granny Rose. She’s a real hoot. And Chloe, Jade, and Max are great friends who help me along the way.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story? This story takes place in Mini-Meadows, a community of tiny homes in Central Florida. I love living here. Main Street boasts a variety of mini-businesses, like Pocket Books (my friend Chloe’s book store) and Little Bits (my friend Jade’s consignment shop). Life is relaxing and laid back… At least it is before Broderick’s murder.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book? No Small Murder is the first book in the Mini-Meadows series and was a ton of fun to participate in. Books two and three, A Matter of Crime and Packing Heat, are also contracted. I can’t wait to get back to Mini-Meadows!
Thank you so much for having me! I’ve enjoyed visiting.
You’re welcome, Emma. Thank you for answering my questions and good luck to you and your author, Lena Gregory, with No Small Murder, the first book in the Mini Meadows mystery series.
Readers can learn more about Emma and her author, Lena Gregory by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.
The novel is available online at Amazon
About Lena Gregory: Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of Central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full-time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.
Thank you so much for having me and for sharing the release of No Small Murder!
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