This week my guest is Peggy Edelheit, author of the Samantha Jamison mysteries.
I’d say there’s a lot of Samantha in me, and visa versa. We seek advice, give others credit more so than ourselves, and are reluctant to take center stage. Although we get carried away on occasion, we have a great sense of humor. Just looking at the quirky characters we both have to deal with proves we’re unpredictable, too.
Samantha made her debut as my protagonist in The Puzzle in Highlands,
. I owned a log home there at one time; hence it was
a picture-perfect location to write a mystery with the mountains as a backdrop.
I would often sit in that house daydreaming what a great isolated place for a
writer to get caught up in her own mystery. Many incidents in the book did
happen, including the ice storm. North Carolina
Being familiar with
it was perfect for Without Any Warning,
Volume 2. The boardwalk and beach were an ideal setting for my characters to
barge in on Sam to continue the series. A reader who read that mystery wrote
me, saying she appreciated that I had my facts straight, even down to the best
pizza place to eat. Readers are always looking for authenticity and this proved
it. You have to be as accurate as possible or they will let you know when
you’re not. Ocean City, NJ
In 86 Avenue du Goulet, Volume 3, the French Riviera mystery, our neighbors really were Martine, Jean, and their dog Sonia, just as in the book. Jean passed away, and so I dedicated that book in his memory, with a special thanks to Martine. I did spend time working in the gardens with our French gardener, and the location of the other properties surrounding us and their exact locations played right into the mystery, including the house with the red light across the way. The mysterious cat lady who came and went at dusk, slipping cat food under our garden gate really did exist.
A Lethal Time, Volume 4 takes place in
, a setting that was similar to
ours where we once had a vacation home. Our horses were
Amanda, Luke, Blaze, and yes, even Boss, that unruly wild horse in the book. We
used to go to the motorcycle rallies each summer on my husband’s Harley. Both
research and living there helped give a more familiar feel to the mystery. New Hampshire
Mouth Of The Rat, Volume 5, takes place in south
. Being a
resident of Florida ,
I knew just how to play it right down to the tongue-and-cheek attitude of the
has a rich mix of cultures and backgrounds. I had a lot of fun with that one.
My husband could hear me chuckling as I typed. And no, I don’t dine at 4:30pm. Florida
The disadvantage is the reader only sees my mysteries from Sam’s point of view. So I try to keep them in the loop right up until the very last page with its surprise ending.
Thank you, Ellis for having me as a guest on your blog. I enjoyed it immensely.
Or her website: www.samanthajamison.com