A retired couple find themselves at the center of a murder investigation involving a politician, a corporate executive, and a hippie priest. Emily and Stan Remington’s maiden voyage in their newly inherited RV goes awry when a body falls off the top of their vehicle. It isn’t long before they butt heads with the local sheriff as their search takes them from a backwoods cabin in Wisconsin’s scenic Door County to the Bishop’s Chancery in Madison to an abandoned island in the infamous Death’s Door Straits.
Targeted Age Group:
Adults of all ages
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Mysteries are by nature a very precise genre. The plot has to be logical, the clues foreshadowed, and the plot points sequential, even if the story is not told in a straightforward style. And in most mysteries setting is hugely important. However, like all other genres, the characters must be fully rounded and brought to life through action and dialog.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read a lot and write a lot. Don’t wait for the muse to inspire you, and don’t let the editor on your shoulder intimidate you. Go for first words on the page with abandon. You can fix anything in the rewrite.
M. J. Williams is the pen name for sisters-in-law Peggy Williams and Mary Joy Johnson. Peggy is an elementary school teacher and freelance writer in multiple mediums and genres, and Mary Joy is a retired college teacher and professional quilter. Together we are in the rewrite stage of the second book in the series, On the Road to Where the Bells Toll, and have two more planned after that. Both writers live in Madison, WI.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Our love of mysteries! We thought it would be fun to combined the experiences of the Boomer generation with RVing and voila! On the Road…