Today we sit down to chat with Madeline Boucher from author Nicole Asselin’s Ballpark Mysteries.
What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
Pretty boring to be honest. I woke up every day, dragged myself into my cubicle in Boston, and spent the time daydreaming about the Red Sox. Sometimes the world works in mysterious ways, and now I’m back at home working with the Abington Armadillos. I never thought that would happen.
What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
My independence. I can take care of myself in most situations but love having the support of my family at my back if I need it. They believe in the fact that I will one day be able to run the team when they retire.
What do you like least about yourself?
I tend to get involved with things before fully thinking them through. Lately It has gotten me in a lot of trouble in regard to investigating things at the ballpark. I hope to curb some of my more impulsive actions, but I will always make sure my family is protected and safe.
What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
Well, probably lose my job and make me return to the family ballpark. At the time I was super nervous and didn’t know if I would be able to take the challenge on. Now, I know I can help out here, and I realize that it wasn’t as big of a deal as I was thinking.
Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
We get along pretty well. We are very similar to each other, almost like sisters! I’ve never had a sister, just a brother who sometimes gets on my nerves. The only time we’ve argued is when she wanted to write about Tom and my mom’s matchmaking. She knew that was never going to happen. I knew Davis was the real goal. And you can read about how that turned out.
What is your greatest fear?
Disappointing my family. Not being successful at the family baseball business. Those keep me up at night sometimes. Luckily, they support me and would help if I need it, but I want to be able to keep the Armadillos going well into the future.
What makes you happy?
An ice-cold Diet Coke, a Fenway Frank, and the Red Sox winning another World Championship.
If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
Hmm…I think I would’ve been working for the family the entire time. I don’t know why I didn’t just work here in Abington after college graduation. I wasted too much time trying to make it out in the “real” world, when I could’ve been here. I love this team, I love the staff, and I love my family.
Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
Ugh, William Chase. Owner of the Barnstable Barnstormers. He’s such a pain. He always seems to be around just when I don’t need him. He has hit on me constantly and won’t leave me alone at league events. Like, take the hint dude!
Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Eliza seems like she has the most fun! She’s my best friend, but also has a great family life. She has her pulse on everything that goes on in the park and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. She’s always been super confident, and I would love to have that attitude about things too!
Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
She is addicted to her twitter account @nanazlyn. She spends most of her workdays just scrolling away, following other writers and learning about more books to add to her ever growing TBR list. Her website is www.nicoleasselinwriter.com. It’s very much a work in progress but it has all the important stuff!
What's next for you?
Well, now that my brother is going to be leaving the family team, its time for me to step up to the plate (no pun intended). I’m going to take on more responsibility and try to keep the Abington Armadillos a popular family event on the South Shore. And hopefully there won’t be any more issues at the ballpark going forward.
Murder at First Pitch
A Ballpark Mystery, Book 1
32-year-old Madeline Boucher’s grandfather instilled a love of the Boston Red Sox into her from an early age and increased that love by purchasing a local Independent League Baseball team, the Abington Armadillos. After losing her corporate job in Boston, Madeline realizes her best option is to join the family baseball business. As the new “Social Media Director” for the team, Madeline attends her first business function and witnesses an argument between her brother Ben, and a strange man. A few days later when walking the ballpark during her early morning hours, she finds the body of a man beaten to death with a baseball bat in the Visitor’s Dugout. It was the man her brother was arguing with at the party. Madeline is concerned that her brother would be considered a suspect.
Through the local Detectives and Davis - the head of security for the ballpark she learns the victim is Christopher Dailey, a local baseball scout and prior felon. When her brother is arrested and taken to the police station, she realizes she needs to figure out who the real culprit is, so her brother doesn’t take the fall for something she knows he didn’t do.