Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Interview with a Ghost

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Marilyn Levinson, author of  the Twin Lakes mysteries, is my guest today.
Rosie the Reporter Interviews Cameron Leeds, the Ghost in GIVING UP THE GHOST
Rosie the Reporter: Cam, it must have felt strange--waking up in your cottage and discovering you’re a ghost.
Cam: Strange doesn’t cover it. I came to in the den and knew something was wrong when I saw clear through my hand. That’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks—I was dead. Someone had killed me, and I had no idea who.
Rosie the Reporter: Why is that? Did the murderer strike you in the middle of the night when all the lights were out?
Cam: it happened in broad daylight. I must admit, I’d been drinking, and the killer snuck up on me unawares. Afterwards, I was determined to find out who murdered me, only I couldn’t because I couldn’t leave this den.
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Rosie the Reporter:  And so the minute Gabbie moved into the cottage you badgered her until she agreed to play detective. Did you ever stop to consider what a shock you were to her system? That having her ask questions about your death would put her life in danger?
Cam: I suppose from that perspective I was being selfish, but I had to find out who murdered me. Don’t underestimate Gabbie. She’s as smart as she’s easy on the eyes. I worked my magic until she agreed to play detective.
Rosie the Reporter: You worked your magic, eh? I heard you’ve worked your magic on a large segment of the town’s female population.
Cam: A gross exaggeration. I’ve merely enjoyed the company of various women over the years.
Rosie the Reporter: Including some who were married. Could an irate husband have decided to murder you?
Cam: I doubt it. The past few years I was faithful to Jill Leverette. Hmmm, I suppose her husband might have killed me. And Jill was furious with me the last day of my life—not that she’d ever consider offing me.
Rosie the Reporter: Why was she furious?
Cam: Because I was leaving town and wouldn’t take her along. I explained it was for her own good, but she couldn’t see it that way.
Rosie the Reporter: You suddenly seem sad.
Cam: I was an idiot! I never realized how much I loved her until I was dead.
Rosie the Reporter: Word has it you were quite a wheeler dealer. Do you think one of your business partners murdered you? A few have complained you didn’t always treat them fairly.
Cam (shrugging): Business is business. I made the deals and took the risks, so I got the lion’s share of the profits. I only did business with friends, and I always treated them fairly. None of them killed me because friends don’t kill one another.
Rosie the Reporter: You seem to have excluded everyone as suspect except Jill’s husband.
Cam (grinning): I suppose you’ll have to read GIVING UP THE GHOST to find out.
Gabbie Meyerson moves to the sleepy town of Chrissom Harbor, Long Island, to teach English at the local high school. She settles into her rental cottage above the Long Island Sound and discovers she has a housemate--the ghost of Cameron Leeds, who used to live in the cottage. Cam insists his death was no accident, and implores Gabbie to find out who murdered him eight months ago. After she recovers from her initial shock, Gabbie agrees to investigate. She soon discovers many people had reason to want Cam dead.

Marilyn Levinson writes mysteries and novels for kids. Her debut novel, A MURDERER AMONG US, was awarded a Best Indie of 2011 by Suspense Magazine. She lives on Long Island with her husband, Bernie, and their cat, Sammy.
You can visit Marilyn at http://www.marilynlevinson.com/


Polly said...

Sounds like a fun story, Marilyn. Congratulations on the Best Indie award. No easy feat these days.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks, Polly. GHOST is a fun story, and I must admit Cam is one of my favorite characters.

Kaye George said...

The plot sounds very fun! Good luck with it. Cute idea for the post!

Jana Richards said...

Hmm...I think anyone could have killed Cam! He might think no one wanted him dead, but it sounds like he had a lot of enemies, whether he recognized it or not.

Good luck with the book!

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks for visiting. I think GHOST is a fun book.

You're so right. Lots of people love Cam and hate him.
Thanks for your good wishes.

Anonymous said...

Well done Marilyn, or is it Cam? I am thoroughly enjoying the book. Helen J

Ellis Vidler said...

Marilyn, I enjoyed this interview. Rosie and Cam sound so interesting, and I've had a soft spot for ghosts ever since The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. I'm looking forward to read it!

Marilyn Levinson said...

I am delighted that you're enjoying GIVING UP THE GHOST.

Marilyn Levinson said...

Thanks so much for posting Cam's interview on your blog. I'm with you re The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. And Topper.

Donna Coe-Velleman said...

Cute interview, Marilyn. Cam is such a cad but interesting! I would definitely like to check it out.