Today we’re continuing our Featured Fiction Friday series, and celebrating one of the authors that helped make the our contest possible. Introducing Julianna Deering!
Q: Julianna Deering, can you tell us a little bit about your new book?
When a celebrated ACTOR IS FOUND MURDERED IN HIS DRESSING ROOM, all signs point to Drew’s old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his MOST puzzling case YET.
Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Landis, a former girlfriend, reappears, in dire need of his help. She’s married now, no longer an actress–but the lead actor in her former troupe’s production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police’s number one suspect.
Drew would rather focus on his fiancée, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can’t leave Fleur and her family in the lurch–even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.
Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heavy strain on Drew and Madeline’s relationship. Will their still-young romance survive the pressure?
“Deering gives us an enchanting mystery set around an England country estate in the 1930s… Rules of Murder is a wonderful, inspirational novel for those of you who love a good murder mystery.”–Fresh Fiction
This is Book Three of the Drew Farthering Mysteries. New readers might want to start with Book One, Rules of Murder, to get the most impact.
Q: Do you have any writing advice for the MBT Audience?
Set goals! Even if you miss them, you’re almost certain to have made more progress toward them than if you had set no goals at all.
Intake is as important as output. You need to fill up your creative tank with good writing, good movies, good music, good art, good worship. You can’t create great stories if your well is dry.
Don’t forget to play!
Julianna Deering has always loved British history and literature and is particularly a fan of the classic mysteries written by Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and, as DeAnna Julie Dodson, has also written medieval romances and contemporary mysteries. She lives outside Dallas, Texas, where she loves to quilt, cross-stitch, and watch hockey. Learn more at www.juliannadeering.com.