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September Interviews
9/4 Liz Milliron, Heaven Has No Rage
9/11 Marilyn Levinson/Allison Brook, Buried In The Stacks
9/18 Ellen Byron, Fatal Cajun Festival
9/25 Maggie Toussaint, Dreamed It

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/14 Debbie De Louise

WWK Bloggers: 9/7 Valerie Burns, 9/28 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

An Interview with Sherry Harris

Stolen during a town-wide yard sale organized by main character, Sarah Winston, a cherished and valuable painting and its copy become the focus of criminal activity in The Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris—until the body of a local businessman is found in the shop of Sarah’s friend Carol. To keep Carol out of jail, Sarah must piece together the facts to find the killer. 

Although Sherry Harris’s garage-sale mysteries focus on Sarah’s knack for finding valuables at garage and yard sales, I found myself getting hungry while reading this book due to the great food described within its pages, the second in her series, which will be released by Kensington on June 30th. From fluffernutters and roast beef sandwiches to pizza, wine, and chocolate mousse cannoli or tiramisu, the food will have you gaining weight without eating—not fair, Sherry! Sarah probably won’t be gaining weight, though, since her infatuation with two men will burn through enough calories. 

Please welcome Sherry Harris back to WWK.                                                                 E. B. Davis

First some terminology. Please define what the military calls a—

Call sign: It’s a nickname -- think of Tom Cruise being called Maverick in the movie Top Gun. Call signs originated with aviators but have spread beyond them.

Missileer: This is the short name for a missile launch officer. The men and women who go under ground behind steel blast doors, hoping they never have to do their job and turn the keys.

Fast burner: A fast burner is someone who is promoted early.

Blowback: When something goes wrong, whether it’s your fault or not, but you ultimately have to take responsibility for the mistake.

Goat-rope: A situation that goes horribly wrong.

As well as—

Fluffernutter: It’s the Massachusetts state sandwich and is made with Marshmallow Fluff (invented and made in Massachusetts) and peanut butter on white bread.

Sarah Winston is hired by the town manager of her adopted town, Ellington, Massachusetts, to organize and run New England’s Largest Yard Sale, a town-wide event. How did she get the job, and what else does newly divorced Sarah do to earn a living?

Sarah had the idea for New England’s Largest Yard Sale and started a business helping people with their yard sales so she was the natural choice. When Sarah runs a yard sale for someone she takes a percentage of their sales as pay.

The town owns a Patrick West painting, Battled, which is on display at the library. During the largest yard sale, an all-day event, the painting is stolen.  Is the painting real or fictitious?

The painting is fictitious. Ellington is a fictional town but based on the real town of Bedford, Massachusetts. The Bedford Free Library proudly displays the Bedford Flag which is the oldest complete flag known to exist in the United States. It got me to thinking about what would happen if something a town loved was stolen. I came up with a painting for a variety of reasons.

Why didn’t her ex, police-chief CJ Hooker want the town to hold this event?

Any time a small town is going to have an huge influx of people, it’s left to the police department to make sure everyone is safe. CJ worried that his small force might not have the manpower to deal with problems -- from traffic to crimes -- that might occur.

Sarah’s friend Carol Carson, who owns Paint and Wine, was in the process of painting a reproduction of Battled, but it, too, is stolen. Why was she painting a copy of it? 

An anonymous person hired Carol to make a copy of the painting. They represented themselves as being a big fan of Revolutionary War history and thought the painting would complement their collection. Carol was will to make a copy but planned to sign her own name on the painting.

Sarah runs into an old friend, Davis “Bubbles” Jackson, who is dating Sarah’s landlady, Stella Wild. Sarah finds out that David, along with business partner Terry McQueen, owns a financial planning business. Do military officers often have civilian careers/businesses?

It isn’t unheard of but also isn’t the norm. When people like Bubbles know they are going to retire they could start setting up their own business so when they retire everything is in place. You couldn’t sell your product back to the military or pressure people that work for you to do anything for your business. The two jobs could not be mixed in any way.

The DiNapoli family, friends and confidants to Sarah, own a local restaurant. Describe the restaurant and its menu to our readers, please.

DiNapoli’s Roast Beef and Pizza is a family owned business, nothing fancy, great food, good prices. I’d never heard of Roast Beef and Pizza places until we moved to New England. Most of them are mom and pop shops where lots of sandwiches, salads, and of course pizza are served. DiNapoli’s isn’t large -- one side is the kitchen and the counter where you order and the other is a line of tables and chairs. No cloth tablecloths or napkins to be seen although Angelo is certain he can out cook the most famous chefs.

How does the restaurant management get around the liquor laws? How did Carol’s new business get a liquor license before DiNaopli Roast Beef and Pizza? Is this why the family doesn’t like Carol? And yet they do help her.

The DiNapoli’s only have “cooking” wine because they don’t have a liquor license but they give their close friends wine in kiddie cups with lids. Angelo wants to know the same thing -- how did Carol get a permit? And even though Angelo isn’t happy about the situation, he helps Carol by making sure she has a good lawyer -- his cousin Vincenzo.

Your red herrings are delicious snack for mystery fans. How do you concoct plausible red herrings?

Oh, thank you, Elaine! The important thing is to make sure several characters have motive and opportunity to commit the crime.

After CJ implored Sarah to get back together, Sarah decides he’s right. By then CJ tells her he’s dating someone else. Spite?

Why are romantic relationships fraught with irony? I don’t think it was spite -- it was more about bad timing. It’s no fun if things go too smoothly!

What’s next for Sarah, and how will she make a living over the cold winter?

Sarah is pretty concerned about what she will do. In All Murders Final, Sarah starts a virtual garage sale site and is running a February Blues community garage sale for Fitch Air Force Base. Hopefully, she’ll be able to make enough money to last through the winter.

Do you really eat Fluffernutter sandwiches?

For the sake of research I bought a jar of Marshmallow Fluff (no substitutes!), peanut butter, and white bread. I made a sandwich and then another -- just to make sure I had the proportions right! It’s hard to beat that sweet/salty combination. My husband is a big fan but keeping all that in the house is risky!

EBD: Readers—Do you have any really terrible comfort food you secretly eat?  I’ll tell you mine, if you tell us yours, and mine includes peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff, too!



James Montgomery Jackson said...

As a kid we had fluffernutter sandwiches. We used Wonderbread (“Helps build strong bodies muscles 12 ways,” don’t you know.)

Cookie monster was named after me, I’m afraid.

~ Jim

E. B. Davis said...

Okay, I'll fess up and take the heat for the gastronomic monstrosity of my childhood. (I'll blame it on my mother, who claimed it was a 1960s Better Homes and Garden recipe!) In a bowl, mix equal parts marshmallow cream or fluff, peanut butter, and, and--mayonnaise. Yes, it does sound sickening. But it's delicious! To top it off, BHG described it as a dressing for fruit! Yes, BHG gave us an ironic justification to eat this glop (oh so good). I usually smeared it on bananas, but it could "dress" any fruit. Try it, you'll like it, and hate me for passing on this comfort treat.

Warren Bull said...

I've heard about hamburger peanut butter sandwiches. I haven't tried any yet.

Ramona said...

I am not a marshmallow fan, and after making THOUSANDS of Rice Krispie treats for swim team snack bar, I vowed never to touch another marshmallow. Except for peanut butter fudge. Ultimate comfort food.

Very nice interview, Sherry and Elaine!

Sherry Harris said...

Ah, yes the wonderful Wonderbread, Jim! I took a peanut butter sandwich on Wonderbread to school every day for years!No wonder I'm so strong!

Sherry Harris said...

E.B. that sounds truly awful and I don't care what you say I'm not going to try it!

Sherry Harris said...

My husband tried a peanut butter hamburger, Warren. I believe bacon was also involved.

Sherry Harris said...

Not even a smore, Ramona? One time we had a group of people from a lot of Eastern European countries over for dinner. They asked how I made the fudge sauce for the ice cream and I told them I used marshmallows. None of them had had them before so I passed them out. They were unimpressed.

Grace Topping said...

Great interview, Sherry and Elaine.

Although not a guilty pleasure, the most unusual thing I've eaten had to be the sandwiches my mother made for my school lunch. My mother, who was from Georgia, used to make us pineapple sandwiches (on Wonderbread). You can imagine the ribbing and laughs that caused at my predominantly Italian-American school in Pennsylvania. It's been over 50 years since I last had one. I'll have to give it a try again to see if it tastes the same.

Sherry Harris said...

That sounds interesting! And I can't imagine what the other kids thought!

Vickie Fee said...

When I was a kid sometimes instead of pb&j, my mom would make peanut butter and Karo Syrup sandwiches. Because, I guess, peanut butter just isn't sweet enough on it's own! Same idea as the marshmallow fluff -- which I've never tried!

Gloria Alden said...

The only way I like marshmallows is cooked over a campfire or in s'mores is even better over a campfire. I'll admit if I've been working outside and don't feel like cooking and don't happen to have any leftovers, I'll fix a peanut butter and banana sandwich with milk for supper.Sometimes I add jelly or honey, too.

E. B. Davis said...

We used to eat pineapple sandwiches, too, Grace. We ate ours with cheese and mayo. I have to admit that the concoction came from one of the mothers who was from NC. Maybe it is a Southern thing. It was really messy to take to school. We ate ours at home. To this day every so often, I need a pineapple sandwich!

Sherry Harris said...

Vickie I've never heard of Karo syrup on sandwiches but it sounds interesting!

Sherry Harris said...

Peanut butter, bananas and honey sounds wonderful, Gloria!

Kara Cerise said...

I lived in Massachusetts for six years, but I wasn't brave enough to try a Fluffernutter. Clearly, I missed out on something tasty! My comfort food is more mundane and consists of dark chocolate and the occasional cupcake with lots of frosting.

Shari Randall said...

I'm also a kid from the wonder years - bologna and mustard sandwiches on white bread for years in elementary school. Loved them.
My kids will tell you I cannot have a box of Froot Loops in the house - I'll eat the whole thing!

Sherry Harris said...

It's not to late to try a fluffernutter, Kara! I'm with you on the dark chocolate and cupcakes!

Sherry Harris said...

Froot Loops? Really Shari? Who knew!

Edith Maxwell said...

My son's friend's mother made white bread peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches. Spoiled him rotten. I grew up eating peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches on whole wheat, which I apparently invented (my mother trained us all to make our own lunches from first grade on). Delicious! No jelly with my PB, please.

Great interview, ladies. And I was lucky enough to read the book - another hit, Sherry!

KM Rockwood said...

No Wonderbread for us--my mother always made the bread. She said it was cheaper. Until I was in high school, we had to go home for lunch. Usually peanut butter and grape jelly, but every once in a while a fluffernutter. Or cream cheese and jelly--that was a big treat. We always wanted baloney or egg salad, but they were "too expensive."

My uncle was a lobsterman, and my cousins complained that all they ever got for school lunches was lobster.

In high school, we didn't have enough time to get home & back to school, so we had to eat lunch in school. To this day, the smell of bananas and peanut butter shouts "school lunchroom" to me.

Sherry Harris said...

I could get on board with peanut butter and chocolate chips, Edith! i don't like jelly on my PB either but lettuce?

Sherry Harris said...

Cream cheese and jelly sounds good, KM! My mom was worried food would spoil before we got to it so no baloney or egg salad for us! I have a friend whose father was a scallop man and she can't eat them because they ate them every night for years.