Reluctant lawyer, Jamie Quinn, still reeling from the death of her mother, is pulled into a game of deception, jealousy, and vengeance when her cousin, Adam, is wrongfully accused of murder. It’s up to Jamie to find the real murderer before it’s too late. It doesn’t help that the victim is a former rock star with more enemies than friends, or that Adam confessed to a murder he didn’t commit.
Targeted Age Group:
18 and above
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
This is my first mystery, but not my first work of fiction. Writing a mystery is like figuring out a puzzle while watching characters performing in a play. I started writing this book with one character in mind as the killer. To my surprise, the story changed direction as I got to know my characters and it turned out to be someone else!
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write every day for a set amount of time. Don’t let your self-doubt overwhelm you. Write because you love to write. If you get stuck, start asking questions about your story that still need to be answered. As you ask them, you will start to think of the answers. Another trick when you get stuck is to write down all the possible ways your story could go and follow each one to its conclusion in a sentence or two.
Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.
She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” part of a series entitled Quirky Essays for Quirky People and a humorous short story entitled “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place…” Her latest work is a murder mystery entitled, “Death by Didgeridoo, A Jamie Quinn Mystery.”What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A reluctant lawyer myself, I was trying to teach myself to play the Didgeridoo. It’s a large, primitive wind instrument invented by Australian Aborigines and it’s tricky to play. One day, I dropped it on a table and broke the glass which led me to think about it as a possible dangerous weapon. The story came to me over time and, luckily, I didn’t have to master the didgeridoo to write it!