I’m thrilled to welcome Guelph author Alison Bruce to the Power of 10 series. Today, Alison shares ten interesting features of her latest release, Deadly Season.
1. The City in Deadly Season is never mentioned by name but it’s based on Guelph Ontario. You can find clues in the books. There are lots of differences, but they are all based on things that might have happened at the time I started the Deadly Legacy.
2. The offices of Carmedy & Garrett Investigations are in the Petrie Building in downtown Guelph. I have it gutted and renovated so that it maintains its historical façade. The only problem is I can’t count. I gave the building an extra floor. I suppose, in another section of the multiverse, it could have an extra floor…right?
3. Carmedy & Garrett Mysteries were set twenty years in the future when I started writing them. Now they are only three years in the future. Why set them in the future at all? I wanted to fairly use the kind of technology we see in shows like Bones and CSI. (Most police officers will tell you that those shows might as well be science fiction.)
4. Back when I started, I anticipated the development of the Smart Phone. I called them eComs and they were a cross between existing technology, projected technology and Star Trek’s Tricorders.
5. My mother inspired the motive for murder in Deadly Legacy.
6. Deadly Season started off as a short story call The Christmas Cat Killer Caper.
7. Kate Garrett and Jake Carmedy came to me in a dream. Their adventures in my dream form the basis of Deadly Games—the next C&G book. (I’m leaving out the teleporting informant and alien waitress that showed up in the dream version.)
8. In Deadly Season Nelly the cadaver dog (more properly known as a Human Remains Detection dog) is named for and looks like my uncle’s golden retriever. Unfortunately, the real Nelly is no longer with us but C&G’s Nelly is alive and well and I hope will return.
9. One of my crises of credibility was whether or not police would use consulting detectives. One of my police sources said no. Most cops don’t trust most private investigators. Another police source said yes. He worked as a consultant since retiring from a career as a homicide detective. Since the precedent for detective working with the police was pretty firmly established in fiction, I knew readers would accept Carmedy & Garrett. However, I used my experts’ advice to inform how police characters would react to them.
10. Kate’s father Joe, who is an important character despite being dead, is based on an old joke my father told me. This guy Joe was so well known that he was invited to the Vatican. In a news report the co-anchor asked about him. The news anchor replied: “I don’t know about the guy in the robes, the man next to him is Joe.”
Last month Kate Garrett was a Police Detective. Now she’s a Pet P.I.?
Kate recently inherited half her father’s private investigation company and a partner who is as irritating as he is attractive. Kate has been avoiding Jake Carmedy for years, but now her life might depend on him.
Kate and Jake are on the hunt for a serial cat killer who has mysterious connections to her father’s last police case. Kate’s father had been forced to retire when he was shot investigating a domestic disturbance. Is the shooter back for revenge? And is Kate or Jake next?
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Alison Bruce has had many careers and writing has always been one of them. Copywriter, editor and graphic designer since 1992, Alison has also been a comic store manager, small press publisher, webmaster and arithmetically challenged bookkeeper. She is the author of mystery, romantic suspense and historical western romance novels. Three of her novels have been finalists for genre awards
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Great post, Alison! My book also started off as a short story. I wonder how many authors have had that experience? Shall add your book to my to-read pile!
Thanks Judy. I know that many of Rex Stout’s novels started off as shorter pieces. Like mine, you couldn’t guarantee knowing whodunit if you’d read the shorter piece first.