Every so often we like to mix things up here at Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers by adding a new feature. To mark a new year we’re adding the occasional character interview. Here to start us off is an interview with Robbie Jordan, the amateur sleuth of Maddie Day’s (aka Edith Maxwell) Country Store Mystery series.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
I was working as a chef at an inn in southern Indiana, riding my bike, doing puzzles, hanging out with Aunt Adele, and trying to get over my rotten ex-husband.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’m a hard worker, and when I start a project, I finish it.
What do you like least about yourself?
I’m still a little freaked out by my last two romances going south, and it’s hard to trust that Abe is truly the good guy he seems to be. But I’m working on it.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
Finding a body in a frozen lake wasn’t much fun!
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Sometimes she wants to get me into dangerous situations, and I have to keep telling her I am NOT going into that basement alone.
What is your greatest fear?
That I’ll lose my aunt or my father. They are all the family I have.
What makes you happy?
That’s a tossup between solving a really challenging crossword puzzle and taking a long hilly bike ride.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
Of course I wish my mom was still alive. It was money she left me when she died suddenly that enabled me to buy and renovate my country store and open Pans ‘N Pancakes, but I’d ditch the whole project if it would bring her back to life.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
State police detective Oscar Thompson bugs me a bit, but it’s not serious. He’s just such an odd dude, and he doesn’t like me butting into his cases. I think he’s starting to grow on me, though.
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Despite murder being awful, it turns out I’m pretty good at figuring out who the bad guy is. Sometimes I wish I could trade place with Lieutenant Buck Bird so I would actually have training in crime fighting.
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Maddie, aka Edith Maxwell, lives north of Boston and churns out books from her second-floor office, where she can keep track of who’s going where on her street. All her books and short stories are described on her website. She blogs every weekday with the Wicked Cozy Authors, on the third of the month at Killer Characters, and on the second Thursday at Inkspot.
What's next for you?
Death Over Easy will be out next summer. I’m so excited that my Italian father and his wife come to visit during the Bluegrass Festival. Too bad a musician is killed and then a really nice customer of mine is, too. Life gets pretty complicated!
Biscuits and Slashed Browns, A Country Store Mystery
For country-store owner Robbie Jordan, the National Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet escape from late winter in South Lick, Indiana—until murder saps the life out of the celebration. Robbie drops her winning maple biscuits to search for answers. But can she help police crack the case before another victim is caught in a sticky situation with a killer?