Today we’ve got a special guest who has come all the way from Goose Pimple Junction. Amy Metz has visited with us in the past to discuss her novel, Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction. Now she’s back to tell us about the sequel, Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction. Grab a cup of coffee (or sweet iced tea), a piece of pie, and settle in for a chat with Amy.
Welcome back, Amy. For those who haven’t had a chance to meet you, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I have two sons and a daughter-in-law who are the light of my life. Should that be lights, plural? Anyway…they’re pretty darn special. I taught first grade before my kids were born, and then I was a stay-at-home mom. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that stay-at-home moms don’t work. Now that my sons are grown, I write full time.
Tell us about your writing process. When and where do you write? Do you have a routine?
No real routine, I just write whenever I can, usually in my home office.
Can you tell us about your series?
The Goose Pimple Junction Mysteries is a humorous cozy mystery series set in the South. There will always be the same core group of characters, but each book will have a new main character and will also introduce a few new characters.
Can you tell us about your newest release?
Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction picks up three months after the first book ended. Its main characters are Martha Maye and Johnny, who are smitten with each other, but can’t quite act on their feelings because her divorce isn’t final yet. Things get sticky when her not-so-nice soon-to-be-ex-husband comes to town to win her back. There are a couple of side threads running through the book: someone is stalking Martha Maye, and someone is stealing the town blind. And of course, there’s a murder. I won’t tell you who gets murdered in this one—only that the murder throws the town into a tizzy.
How did you get the idea for the series?
I have no idea. I wanted to write something funny, and I had an idea for the plot for the first book. My characters took over from there.
If you could sit down and have coffee and pie with one of your characters, who would you choose? Why?
Oh my, that’s a hard question. First of all, it would be sweet tea and pie, not coffee. Let’s see, there’s Johnny Butterfield, who’s a hunk and a half, although Jackson Wright is also quite good looking, and he’s more my age. But I’d also like to chat with Louetta about life and her recipes. And I’d love to pick Slick’s brain on cooking. I could chat with Martha Maye about ex-husbands, or Caledonia Culpepper about clothes. Sorry, I just can’t choose.
Do you have a favorite Goose Pimple-ism?
“Get your straw out of my Kool-Aid.” Not you, Tricia. I mean that’s probably my favorite one–it means mind your own business.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on the third book in the Goose Pimple Junction series, and I’m working on a chick lit book.
Can you share a book recommendation with my readers?
Besides your series? Hmm. I have a ton of indie author recommendations, but I hate recommending one over another. Two of my favorite mystery series are Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series and David Rosenfelt’s Andy Carpenter.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Coincidentally, the best advice I’ve ever gotten came from you: write the first draft, then put it away and go back weeks or months later. It gives you a whole new perspective on the book.
Thank you chatting with us today, Amy! For those who’d like to learn more about Amy and her books, read on…
Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction
When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.
A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction
Goose Pimple Junction is just recovering from a kidnapping and a murder, its first major crimes in years, when trouble begins anew. Life is turned upside down in the quirky little Southern town with the arrival of several shifty hooligans: A philandering husband intent on getting his wife back, another murderer loose in town, a stalker intent on frightening Martha Maye, and a thief who’s stealing the town blind of their pumpkins, pies, and peace. Together, they’re scaring the living daylights out of the residents and keeping the new police chief busier than a set of jumper cables at a redneck picnic. Suddenly, he has his hands full trying to apprehend a killer, stop a stalker, and fight his feelings for the damsel in distress.
About the Author:
Amy Metz is the mother of two sons and a daughter-in-law, who, if they were books, would be bestsellers. Amy is a former first grade teacher, professional volunteer, and full-time mother. Her debut novel, Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction, is the first in a humorous southern mystery series. Heroes & Hooligans in Goose Pimple Junction is book 2 in the series. Amy’s passions are writing, photography, reading, and her children. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
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