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Friday, July 12, 2019

BOOK CLUB FRIDAY--AN INTERVIEW WITH AMATEUR SLEUTH AVA LOGAN

Today we sit down for a chat with Ava Logan from author Lynn Chandler Willis’ Ava Logan Mysteries.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
A whole lot less complicated! I’m a business owner and a single mother to a teenager, a pre-teen, and a toddler, so I’m always on the go. I’m the publisher of the town newspaper, so I’m also an observer of all the activities that make small towns such a great place to live.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I love deeply. I’m passionate about honoring and safeguarding those I care about.

What do you like least about yourself?
I stayed in a bad marriage longer than I should have.

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you? Hmmm…there are so many! Attend a snake-handling church service, interrupt a baptism, nearly freeze to death while doing a feature story on rabbit hunting with beagles, ride a 4-wheeler to poached ginseng sites. Shall I continue?

Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Probably about my relationship with Sheriff Grayson Ridge. She wants it to be happily-ever-after and, yes, he’s the love of my life, but there are problems.

What is your greatest fear?
Failing my kids. You can take away the business, all the relationships, even take me out of my beloved mountains but none of it means anything without my kids. 

What makes you happy?
My kids, Grayson Ridge, the mountains, the river, making someone happy with the way a story turns out.

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I didn’t leave an abusive marriage sooner. My husband was killed in the line of duty and I didn’t grief for him—I grieved for my kids, but not him. I carry a lot of guilt about not feeling mournful. Does that make sense? I need a therapist!

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Ed Stinger and Elder Jeremiah Carson. Ed Stinger is just a creep. He has no respect for personal space! And Jeremiah…he’s a good man, I suppose. We’re both protective of Doretha and he views me as a threat to his closeness to her. 

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Nola, my office manager! The thought of not having to work and being financially stable is enticing.

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
She spends a lot of time at a nearby river walking her dog, Finn. Imagine that! Like with me, the river is her sanctuary and her think-tank. Check her out at her website. lynnchandlerwillis.com.

What's next for you?
We’re kicking around some ideas involving the local high school and the consequences of actions. It’s still in the idea stage, but we’ll see.

Tell Me You Love Me
An Ava Logan Mystery, Book 3

When long-buried human remains are found at an old deserted mill in Jackson Creek, North Carolina, newspaper publisher Ava Logan uncovers more than a cold case. With a bullet still lodged in the skull, the only certainty is the victim died a violent death.   As Sheriff Grayson Ridge and an anthropologist work to identify the remains, Ava sets out to discover where love, betrayal, and family ties entwine.

Determined to uncover the identity of the victim, Ava unwittingly sets off a chain reaction of consequences no one in Jackson Creek is prepared for. Decades-old secrets surface and threaten to destroy those closest to her. Exposing family truths will compromise the ones she loves – not exposing them will jeopardize her relationship with Sheriff Grayson Ridge.

What will Ava do for love? How far will a murderer go to bury the truth? How long will they all live the lies?

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