The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper
by Sally Carpenter
thank you so much to author Sally Carpenter for being with us today;
WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW WELL
By Sally Carpenter
Fiction writers often base a character
off themselves or use their own life experiences in crafting a story.
While the protagonist of my cozy series does not resemble me, many of
his adventures were inspired by things that I’ve done and places
where I’ve gone.
My protagonist is a former teen idol,
Sandy Fairfax, now 38 years old and making a comeback. Obviously I
was never a teen idol but I’m a fan. I’ve been to concerts,
collected the memorabilia, listened to the records and lurked on fan
listservs. From my observations of teen idols in person and much book
research, I created my character.
Sandy’s first mystery was “The
Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper” where he’s a guest speaker at a small
Beatles fan convention. A member of the tribute band is shot and
killed. I based this book off two Beatles conventions I’ve
attended: Beatlefest (now The Fest for Beatles Fans) in Chicago and
Liverpool Days in Pasadena. Bloggers have stated that the characters
in my book resemble people they’ve met at such conventions.
Sandy then moved on to “The Sinister
Sitcom Caper.” He’s the guest star on a TV show and one of the
other actors drops dead at his feet. A number of years ago I worked
as a page/tour guide at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. I learned
about studio history, saw the sets, and watched sitcoms as they were
filmed. I used my studio knowledge to create the fictitious Mammoth
Picture Studio where Sandy worked.
My newest book is “The Cunning Cruise
Ship Caper.” Sandy’s hired to perform concerts aboard the SS
Zodiac cruise ship. But there’s troubled waters ahead when he finds
a corpse in his backstage dressing room. Once I went on a specialty
cruise for Monkees fans. We sailed on a Carnival ship to Nassau and
enjoyed a private show with one of the Monkees. So putting Sandy on a
cruise ship was the right thing to do.
For my upcoming book, Sandy’s
involved in a black tie fundraiser. I haven’t attended one of these
events but I’ve read about them. I live near several affluent
communities where exclusive charity fundraisers take place almost
weekly. I’ve been to a similar type, lower-key dinner fundraiser
that I can use as a starting point.
It’s been fun to dig around in my
past and pull out the events that make good stories. Here’s hoping
that my readers enjoy these adventures as much as I’ve had.
Fun cozy murder mystery set on the high seas! What else can you ask for!
I really liked the Sandy Fairfax/Ernest Farmington character. He was very flawed, sometimes obnoxious but also genuinely nice.Sally Carpenter’s newest installment in this series is a sure hit. This fun whodunit will win you over from the start.
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The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper
(Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol mysteries Book 3)
Paperback: 226 pages
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (September 28, 2014)
E- book File Size: 890 KB
It’s been years since Sandy Fairfax was a teen idol and starred in his hit ‘70s television series Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth, but he still has his fans. Now it’s 1993 and many of his grown-up fans see a leisurely cruise as the ideal vacation. So, when Sandy’s agent finds him a pleasant gig aboard the SS Zodiac, he jumps at the chance. And, when the offer includes a spot for his musician sister, Celeste, who is blind, Sandy sees an opportunity to re-engage with his estranged sibling. However, the brother-sister duo are barely aboard the ship, when Sandy finds a singer from another shipboard show murdered in his dressing room. When the ship’s security officer does little to investigate, Sandy feels obligated to jump in, even though he isn’t a detective––he just used to play one on TV. Soon he’s grilling potential suspects, including a burnt-out piano bar player, a Southern-fried magician, a blackmail victim, a ventriloquist with a sassy dummy and even a former flame. Will Sandy unmask the killer before the cruise ends? Will he connect with the girl of his dreams? Will he have time to enjoy the sights of Nassau? Or will he end up sleeping with the fishes in the Atlantic Ocean, another victim in this killer’s CUNNING CRUISE SHIP CAPER?
Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, California.
She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.
Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.
She’s worked as an actress, freelance writer, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain, and tour guide/page for a major movie studio. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.
Her initial book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series, “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” was a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel.
Her short story, “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in,” appears in the anthology “Last Exit to Murder.”
“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” was published in the “Plan B: Vol. 2” e-book anthology.
Her short story “The Pie-eyed Spy” appeared in the Nov. 23, 2013, issue of Kings River Life ezine.Author Links
She blogs at http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com.
She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles chapter. Contact her at Facebook or email@example.com.
Links: (blog) http://sandyfairfaxauthor.com
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