Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guest Post: Kathryn Jones author of Scrambled

Kathryn Jones, author of the book Scrambled, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Reading in the Dark: Why Mysteries Are the Cat's Meow

Kathryn Jones

I haven't always written mysteries. Before mysteries came those enlightened books like "A River of Stones," and "Conquering Your Goliath's: A Parable of the Five Stones." I liked writing them because I wanted my readers to have hope; I didn't want them to give up.

And many have told me that they haven't because of my words. 

But something mysterious happened to me the moment I realized I could also write a cozy mystery. It was like a light-bulb went on in a dark room and the room said, "You know that mystery you've been working on since 2004? Get it out. I think you have something."

Now, I'm the first one to admit that the room really didn't talk, but I knew I had to do something with that story, so I wrote it up, got some readers and writers to go over it, and finally got it out to my readers in September of 2012, some eight years later. 

Though it took me awhile, this is what I learned:
  1. Reading mysteries is a bit like having fun without getting into any trouble for it. You know what I mean; drugs, stolen jewels, guns, the sort of stuff that used to happen on "Murder She Wrote."
  2. Some folks enjoy getting frightened, even fewer actually read at night when the book haunts them to no end. But I'd like to think that getting scared intrigues that part of us that we like to keep hidden.
  3. I like to use my brain occasionally, and if you're an avid reader of a mystery, so do you. I love it when I can figure out who murdered the bald guy, or get enraptured by a character that is difficult to figure out. 
  4. I enjoy series books and mysteries, especially cozies because they have a way of bringing the main character back for future successes. Like a good TV-series, we come back to Mrs. Jessica Fletcher because (no matter what anyone thinks) she's got it all together. 
In the long run, we may read mysteries because we got hooked on Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys when we were 12. We may even like them because we like cats. Cats do little but sleep and scratch and they are difficult to figure out especially when they yowl.

And maybe that's a good thing.

About the book:

What happens to an unhappy woman who leaves her husband only to discover that she may have just made a terrible mistake? So horrible, her choice threatens to end her very life?

Susan believes that the grass is greener on the other side. Not that her current life is bad, necessarily; it's just boring and lifeless, kind of like the old matted rug on her dining room floor. Susan thinks her marriage has just grown - well, old. Her husband, Bob, has gained tremendous weight and continues to gain, and his health suffers. She must work at a job she hates full-time to provide the little sustenance they have. He, on the other hand, works very little (because of his health) and prefers spending his days watching television or surfing the Internet. Besides, there's her problem of not getting pregnant that can't help but contribute to his unhappiness.

Can Susan continue to live her life at the hotel knowing that she might be killed herself or imprisoned for life? Will she be able to find the real murderer with the help of the eccentric Ms. Martha Boaz?

About the author:

Kathryn has been a published writer since 1987. She has published various newspaper stories, magazine articles, essays and short stories for teens and adults. She is the author of: “A River of Stones,” a young adult fiction novel dealing with divorce published in 2002, and “Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones,” a Christian novel published in January of 2012. One of her newest creations, a “Conquering your Goliaths—Guidebook,” was published in February of 2012. “Scrambled,” published in September 2012, is her first cozy mystery.

Kathryn graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Mass Communication and a minor in Creative Writing. Her studies included work in creative writing, public relations and journalism. Recently, she has opened the doors to Idea Creations Press, a publishing services company that caters to writers and their writing, publishing and marketing needs.


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