I hope you’ll forgive us but we’re still celebrating. Not just the dawn of a new year but the realization of a long held dream.
The publication of BLUFF CITY MYSTERIES!
BLUFF CITY MYSTERIES is an anthology of mystery shorts penned just for you by members of Malice in Memphis. The book is now available in both print and ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and our publisher, Dark Oak Press.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to another BLUFF CITY MYSTERIES author, Elizabeth Ann Smith. Following a career in advertising, Elizabeth Smith turned to teaching. Most recently, she taught high school and decided that all the problems of the world could be easily solved simply by asking a teenager what they would do–something her two daughters tried to tell her many times. Ann is the author of four novels including A BITTERSWEET BED and NOBODY’S BABY available now on Amazon (click links).
In addition to her talent as a writer, Ann is also a gifted artist. If you flip through the introductions of each of the fifteen stories featured in BLUFF CITY MYSTERIES, you will find beautiful samples of her work; she sketched the illustrations that represent the settings for each story. Presently, Ann lives in South Carolina with her husband, Don, where she continues to write stories of romance, mystery and suspense.
Ann’s story, An Artful Death is set in the James Lee House at the corner of Adams and Orleans in Memphis. The James Lee House was built in 1848 and for many years was home to the Memphis Academy of Art.
AS: Tell us two or more little known facts about your location?
ES: The house was built in an area once known as “millionaire’s row.” From 1925 to 1959, the 8,100 square foot mansion housed an art school, which was later known as Memphis Academy of Arts, then Memphis College of Art. After sitting vacant for over fifty years, it has undergone a major restoration and is now a bed and breakfast.
AS: Why did you choose that setting?
ES: As a child, I attended art classes there, and I’ve always been fascinated by this house. Even in its deteriorated state, it was beautiful. The incident with the fireplace mantle that I use in my story actually happened on a Saturday morning during class–minus the body, of course.
AS: What other genres have you written in?
ES: Romance, Mystery, and Suspense
AS: What is your writing process? Favorite aspect? Least favorite?
ES: If a one word description would do, I’d say, “Slow.” The first draft is handwritten, and I usually fill up four or five notebooks. I do revisions when I put it in the computer, and after that more revisions follow. I love the burst of energy and the excitement that comes with the initial writing process, and everything after that is not nearly as much fun. For me, revisions are just a part of the process.
AS: What’s next for you?
ES: I’ve just finished the first draft of a contemporary romance, and I’m halfway through the first draft of a romantic suspense with a WWII setting.
AS: Where can our readers learn more about you or just keep in touch?
Thank you so much, Ann for stopping by Angelyn’s Crimes of Passion today. Before we go however, let’s take a sneak peak into An Artful Death.
The still life was supposed to be fruit in a bowl. At least that was the assignment my art instructor, Mr. Copeland, had planned for the Saturday morning class of twelve-to fifteen-year-olds. But that was before the intricately carved, French fireplace surround in the old Victorian house crashed to the floor. Marble dust exploded into the room, and the students’ screams turned into choking coughs. Frantically, Mr. Copeland motioned for everyone to leave the second floor classroom.
Just as I was about to join the stampede, the remaining part of the wall that jutted out to form the fireplace, cracked and fell from its lath skeleton. Inside sat a body completely coated in white powder. Within seconds the body fell to the floor.
And thanks to you, reader, for stopping by. If you have any questions for Ann or any of the BLUFF CITY MYSTERIES authors, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
Also, big thanks for your support of BLUFF CITY MYSTERIES. Some of you have verbally informed us how much you are enjoying the stories. If so, would you mind posting a review of your thoughts on Amazon, B&N and/or Dark Oak Press? These days, an author’s success or failure is based in large part on reviews (of course, word of mouth sales don’t hurt either), so anything you can do to help will be appreciated.
Finally, our promotional campaign will be kicking off officially this month. Please check back here or the Malice in Memphis website and FACEBOOK pages for a schedule of events.
We look forward to “seeing” you next week when we interview our next author, James Paavala.