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Thursday, August 15, 2019


Today we’re joined by Jolie Tucker, Jodi Rath’s amateur sleuth from her Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Learn more about Jodi and her books at her website. 

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
Pretty boring, just a small-town girl with a dream of opening a cast iron skillet restaurant. Now, I’m juggling co-owning the restaurant with my zany BFF, Ava, while trying to keep track of my off-beat family, figuring out an unconventional relationship with a detective who I just found out has M.S., oh yeah, and solving murders.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I’m a hard worker.

What do you like least about yourself?
I tend to put walls up around me to protect myself.

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
I’ve been smashed in the head with a rock and had someone try to slam my face into a curb—luckily, she had me survive both circumstances!

Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Well, yeah! Wouldn’t you argue with the person who wants to smash your head in with a rock and next thing you know she’s trying to get a character to slam your face in a curb? She’s a bit cray cray!

What is your greatest fear?
That one day the author will succeed with my demise. I have a feeling it won’t be peaceful.

What makes you happy?
My cats, my friends, my business, and dare I say my family.

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
My life would be much safer.

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Easy—Lydia. Why the writer didn’t kill her off yet is beyond me. No, I take that back! That is going to far. Lydia and I are frenemies from way back. It all has to do with a guy—I know, I know—so cliché, but there you have it.

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
My Grandma Opal and my Aunt Fern both drive me batty, but they are two spunky women that know how to let loose and have fun. They don’t seem to let much get to them. I’d settle for either of them.

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
First off, she’s a tad deranged with all the murder, and making me fight for my life at times. I mean, give it a rest would ya? But, she does keep life exciting if nothing else! You can find out more at https://www.jodirath.com or sign up for her Mystery A Month newsletter for chances to win prizes every month at http://eepurl.com/dIfXdb

What's next for you?

 It looks like this Thanksgiving is going to be a lively one. Figures, after all I’ve been through this past year, I really need a break. Not this holiday—a teen advocate for the inner-city teens is found with a turkey baster in her ear dead at our community gathering in Turkey Basted to Death, coming November 15, 2019.

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder
A Cast Iron Skillet Mystery, Book 2

Welcome to Leavensport, Ohio where DEATH takes a delicious turn!

Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!

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Jodi Rath said...

Thanks so much for having me again! I love visiting!

Clemmie jackson said...

Good interview

Unknown said...

Very cute interview! I love it

Janet Phillips said...

Can't wait to see her next interview in character

Jodi Rath said...

Thanks, Clemmie, Unknown (so mysterious! You should not do that to a mystery writer--LOL), and Janet! I appreciate you stopping by and taking time to read about Jolie's love/hate relationship with me:) LOL

Frances said...

Haha! This was a fun interview. You know, Jodi, there’s probably a lot of trees around where Jolie rides her bike. Just kidding. I love Jolie and her friends/family. Thanksgiving sounds like it’s going to be a hoot!

Marsha said...

Great interview! Loved the first book.

Anonymous said...

Jodi, Fun post about your character. You are a busy woman! Best,



Happy to have you stop by!

Anonymous said...

I loved that interview hilarious from character’s point of view!