Welcome to the kick-off of the Seeds of Inspiration Event!
Every Thursday this spring, a guest author will tell us what inspires her.
Be sure to mark Thursdays on your calendar as the place to be to learn more about your favorite author or discover a new one.
You'll also find great reads and have a chance to win prizes every week.
Please join me in welcoming back author Heather Fraser Brainerd to the J.Q. Rose blog. She and her brother, David, are co-authors of the Jose Picada P.I. series. Be sure to enter the rafflecopter drawing for a chance to win Deception Al Dente (book one) or The Sound of Sirens (book two) - winner's choice.
In case you haven't met this talented author, you will discover
Heather Fraser Brainerd is a renaissance woman. After earning a degree in Anthropology, she embarked on an incongruous career as a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster. She rapidly climbed the claims-handling ladder before surprising her colleagues by leaving the high-powered world of lumbar strains and carpal tunnel syndrome to run a child care center. Thousands of dirty diapers and gallons of strained peas later, she decided that maybe the insurance industry wasn’t quite as bad as she remembered. Unfortunately, it was. Fortunately, a few years later, she met the most wonderful man in the world. Now a stay-home mom to three amazing boys, she is able, at long last, to focus on her writing. Heather lives in New York with her family and their crazy pug/terrier.
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Seeds of Inspiration: My Brother
By Heather Fraser Brainerd
I wish I had a copy of the first story I ever published. It was in a collection of stories printed by our local library. I was just a kid at the time, but I clearly remember the inspiration for my tale: my brother.
Before you start to feel all warm and fuzzy at the thought of a young girl writing about her little brother, let me explain that the story was not exactly, um, flattering toward my sibling. It was called “That Brother of Mine,” the not-so-heartwarming tale of the day my cute little bro threw his biggest tantrum ever. It was a doozy! I’ll spare you the details (and him the embarrassment), but it culminated in Little Davy joyfully trashing his room.
In the years since, my brother has grown from a hyperactive little guy to a very calm and kind man. We have a lot of the same interests and enjoy each other’s company. When he used to live close by, we would meet for lunch every so often. At one of our lunches, I shared a semi-secret with him: I’d started writing again. I half-expected him to make fun of me. Instead, he was delighted. He asked a lot of questions and offered words of encouragement. Fueled by our conversation, he went home and started writing, too. We began sending each other our respective works-in-progess, learning as we went along.
Fast forward a couple of years. One day, I took my dog for a walk and noticed a “for sale” sign in a neighbor’s yard. The realtor’s name caught my attention; it was unusually exotic for our area. As I drew closer to the sign, I giggled, realizing I’d misread the sign, which actually had a much more common moniker. My mind whirled with the possibilities of such a name mix-up. What if a detective named Josie P. Cates accidentally had all of her promotional materials misprinted to read “José Picada, P.I.”? I went home and called Dave, telling him of my wacky new character, though I had no idea what to do with Josie/José. The next day, he sent me chapter one.
And that is the seed from which José Picada, P.I.: Deception Al Dente grew. All it took was a little imagination, a lot of humor, and poor eyesight. And that brother of mine.
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Back of the Book:
Having left the dull life of workers’ comp insurance behind to strike it out as a private detective, things aren’t going well for Josie P. Cates. Her new career isn't as exciting - or lucrative - as she thought it would be. As her bank account dwindles, her first major client finally walks in the door. Chef Marco, a successful local restaurateur, hires Josie to find out who's skimming money from his business. It doesn't take long for Josie to discover that things at Bistro Italiano aren’t what they seem. Secrets seem to cling to Chef Marco like splattered marinara sauce. With the help of friends both old and new, Josie unravels a case that takes her from the bistro to the world of deadly dark magic. At least it keeps things from being too boring.
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