IR- What does it mean to you to be called an author?
PJP- I practiced medicine for 37 years and was comfortable being known as a physician. With the publication of my fourth Julia Fairchild Mystery, I finally feel like an author! It feels great when I see “likes” on my Facebook author page, or when someone I know tells me they bought my book and/or love my book.
IR- Can you tell us a bit about the story and its main characters?
PJP- Julia Fairchild, MD, is a young internist (loosely based on a braver younger version of me) who is asked by the local police to help them investigate the death of a young banker. She had been first on the scene at his home where he had collapsed and subsequently died. Her sister Carly works for the largest local employer and helps her with some of the “detecting” and thinking through lists of suspects and motives. Nolan McLean, Julia’s nephew, is a deputy sheriff assigned to the case.
The story centers on competing banks and bankers with the dead banker having come to town with pockets of money after his wealthy parents die. There’s a list of suspects who might have wished him ill will with various motives but who had the means and wherewithal to kill him?
IR- What inspired the idea for your book?
PJP- About fifteen years ago two new banks coincidentally opened in my hometown. I started writing a story about one of them ending up dead and put it aside after 7 or 8 chapters. I picked it up last year when I was searching through my files and decided to finish it. I’m sure it’s much different than it would have been had I finished it years ago–I hadn’t written an outline. 🙂
IR- What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
PJP- I had to do some research on wills and probate. I learned quite a bit about formal readings, when wills are required to be probated, and that sort of thing.
IR- What is something you can do better than anyone else you know?
PJP- Chair a successful cabaret show with 100+ performers and multiple committees (costumes, selling ads, identifying venues, program printing) with a 4-week schedule. AND make more money than the previous several cabarets! All proceeds went to a local non-profit.
IR- Tell us about a favorite character from the book.
PJP- Nolan McLean, the deputy sheriff, is a straight shooter who follows rules and protocols even when cajoled by his Aunt Julia. He has a soft side with a new baby and is always kind.
IR- Do you have any “side stories” about any of the characters?
PJP- Carly is based on my true younger sister. She is a lot of fun, attracts people like honey, and is a good honest person. Everyone else (except Nolan who is based on my nephew who is a sheriff and Julia) is just a person on paper without a real existence..
IR- Where did you come up with the names in the story?
PJP- I used names that I thought were consistent with the era in which they would have been born. I even looked up the most popular names of the year for the ages I used. I used a couple of names of friends or relatives, and a few were just names I like. My dog Trixie played herself. She earned her name–she was a regular Houdini.
IR- If you were friends with a character in this book, what kinds of things would you do together?
Go to musicals, go out to lunch, spend a day at the beach, be in a book club together.
IR- If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?
PJP- Be in a Broadway musical as one of the stars. 🙂
IR- How do you define success as an author?
PJP- Selling books! I would love to be one of those “every day” authors who writes a good book (or 3 or 8) and sells enough of them to support themselves. I know it can be done.
IR- What difference do you see between a writer and an author?
PJP- I’m not sure there is a precise definition. There are many kinds of writers–those who write books, or speeches, or poems, or technical manuals, or newspaper articles. They are also technically “authors”, but to me, an author is someone who signs his/her work and says, “I wrote this!!”
IR- How do you avoid or defeat writer’s block?
PJP- Keep my eye on the goal of finishing the book and meeting the deadline for submitting it to my flexible editor.
IR- What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
PJP- Know your character(s) well. Consider using some kind of plotter to keep track of your storylines. Be part of a group of other writers who can help you and encourage you and be part of the fun. Keep writing even when you think you’re stuck. Buy/borrow a book with lots of story prompts. HIre a developmental editor after getting recommendations from your author friends. He/She will be invaluable!
IR- What are you working on in the near future?
PJP- My next Julia Fairchild story is probably going to be set in Seattle. I know the city well and I’ve laid the groundwork for Julia to meet Josh in Portland or Seattle. It’s the toss of the dice!
IR- What has been your favorite reader feedback?
PJP- Loving my character Julia Fairchild and her sister Carly. And wanting to see where they go next.
IR- How do you interact with your readers?
PJP- Occasional newsletter, Facebook Author page. I’m planning to be better about doing more with Bookbub and Goodreads.
IR- What is your all time favorite book or author? Do you think this has influenced your writing?
PJP- I can’t pick just one author! Agatha Christie first, then Sue Grafton and JA Jance, and Elizabeth Peters and Anne Perry. I’m sure all of them have influenced my writing in some way. I’m including more of the “sense” in my writing–more of what the character smells or hears, or touches, in addition to the obvious visual cues.
IR- What is the first book that you remember reading?
PJP- Probably the Oz series (I’m not counting the obligatory reading in school).
IR- What is your author spirit animal?
PJP- A squirrel! Squirt and Skooter moved into the cupola of our garage about 18 months ago and raised a family of 5 little ones who peeked out between the slats last fall. Six months later I saw evidence that they were nesting again and last April we saw a second litter of 5 kits. Just a few days ago I noticed one of the squirrels popping out of the cupola, and later, one sitting on the ridge. We’ll probably have another set of kits in 6 weeks. Fortunately, they’re on their own for food although they love to knock on the sunroom door when they see me in here and beg for peanuts. Of course, I oblige.
IR- Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?
PJP- I play classical piano, sing in the church choir (lead soprano), tap dance, and I sit on a couple of local boards (the hospital foundation and our local theatre). I’m busy.
IR- What would your dream library look like?
PJP- Wall to wall books, floor to ceiling shelves, with one of those ladders that rolls on the hardwood floor. As long as it’s just a dream, I would throw in first edition hardcover books of my favorite authors!
IR- If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?
PJP- Kate Holmes as Julia, Emily Wickersham as Carly, Matthew McConaughey as Noah
IR- If you had a secret room that opened by pulling a book on a shelf, what book would you choose?
PJP- The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters. It was such a clever title and was the first book I read of hers. I think I’ve read them all now.
One Will Too Many
by PJ Peterson
March 1-31, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
A wealthy banker with a long list of secrets dies.
The bizarre crime scene stumps the local police…
… but a young doctor could be the key to solving the case.
Internist Julia Fairchild encounters banker Jay moments too late – the poor man is near death in his own dining room. At first no one can figure out what killed him, but the coroner soon confirms that it was homicide: Jay died of methanol poisoning, and now a murderer is on the loose. Julia knows how to catch a killer and she can cut through the noise like a scalpel through skin. She agrees to help the understaffed police force solve the case, but each clue only complicates her investigation further.
Can Julia dissect the deadly riddle and nail the perp, or will this be the first time a monster succeeds in giving her the slip?
If you love Louise Penny, Kelly Oliver, and PC James, you need this medical mystery! Find out why fans say, “I love the character Julia Fairchild!”
Don’t wait – Click the BUY button now!
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Finngirl, LLC
Publication Date: December 2021
Number of Pages: 206
Series: A Julia Fairchild Mystery, #4 || Each is a Stand Alone Novel
Read an excerpt:
PJ is a retired internist who enjoyed the diagnostic part of practicing medicine as well as creating long-lasting relationships with her patients. As a child, she wanted to be a doctor so she could “help people.” She now volunteers at the local Free Medical Clinic to satisfy that need to help. She loved to read from a young age and read all the Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books she could find. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she wrote anything longer than short stories for English classes and term papers in others. Writing mysteries only makes sense given her early exposure to that genre. Sprinkling in a little medical mystique makes it all the more fun.
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