The Spirit Woman of Locklear Mountain
by Elaine Faber
It is my pleasure to have Elaine visit Escape With Dollycas today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a published author of nine books. The Spirit Woman of Lockleer Mountain is my latest. It is unlike my previous two series’ of cozy cat mysteries and humorous WWII historical fiction. The mysterious Spirit Woman character has added a paranormal element to this mystery/adventure.
What are you reading now?
I have enjoyed Elizabeth Peters’ historical fiction’ set in late 1800’s, early 1900’s Egypt. I’m currently re-reading Crocodile on the Sandbar, the first in her Egypt series.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I started to write a women’s fiction with a divorced single mother, but when she arrived at a Lake resort, she met a cat that took over the story. It quickly became a cozy cat mystery with Black Cat narrating part of the story as he helps her solve a mystery. It became my first published novel, Black Cat’s Legacy.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
I have a vivid imagination and a love of humorous mystery. Once the characters are created, they lead me through the plot and take me in directions I had no intention of pursuing. Even I am surprised at some of their antics, comments, and behavior. It makes for an enjoyable adventure for me as a writer as well as for my potential readers.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters the reader can identify with, humorous dialogue, a realistic plot, unlike some we see on television. A brisk beginning, mysteries and clues, and a satisfying end. And a story isn’t a story if there isn’t a cat in it! All my stories have cats to some extent.
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
I think I identify with my cat characters as they mimic human behavior and thoughts (with the limitation of being cats). I also think there is some Mrs. Odboddy in me; the elderly sleuth from my WWII series. (Her uninhibited mouth and adventurous spirit, for instance.) Lou and Nate from Spirit Woman novel are much younger than me. With the addition of the Spirit Woman, the story differs from my previous 8 novels. Of course, there’s a cat. The mountain lion plays a major role in the plot.
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
The characters are clearly real people with the exception of the Spirit Woman. There is a question as to her reality, or is she a figment of the communities’ imagination? The premise of the story is to answer that question. Real, or imaginary, what is she trying to tell the characters; even as helps the community deal with their problems? I believe the mystery of the Spirit Woman sets this story apart from other cozy mysteries.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I have the fourth WWII historical fiction Mrs. Odboddy novel completed. The sequel to Spirit Woman is also completed. I expect this next year to be fine-tuning these two books for publication in late 2021-2022.
Thank you Elaine for stopping by.
Keep reading to get the details of Elaine’s new book.
About The Spirit Woman of Locklear Mountain
The Spirit Woman of Locklear Mountain
1st book in 2 book series
Publisher : Elk Grove Publications (December 27, 2020)
Print length : 252 pages
ASIN : B08RG27CNL
There are sightings of a woman and a mountain lion near Lockleer Mountain, seen at moments of crisis. Is she the legendary Native American’s Spirit Woman, sent to protect the community? Nate is convinced his sister, missing for three months, and surely suffering from amnesia, is the elusive woman. He fears she will not survive the coming winter months, living wild in the wood with a mountain lion.
While Deputy Nate Darling pursues a relationship with Lou Shoemaker, he and Sheriff Peabody pursue a drug dealer, selling to the youth at the Native American reservation. Things are even more complicated by civil unrest regarding the government’s secret plans to build a mysterious facility, a big box store, and a housing tract close to Lockleer Mountain, threatening the livelihood of the local merchants.
Is there any hope that the Spirit Woman, real or imaginary, can bring harmony to the troubled community? Will Nate be able to apprehend the drug dealer, locate his missing sister, maintain his budding romance, and guarantee the financial future of Lockleer Mountain?
More About Elaine Faber
Elaine Faber lives in Elk Grove with her husband and four feline companions. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Cat Writers Association, and Northern California Publishers and Authors. Her short stories have appeared in national magazines, have won multiple awards in various contests, and are in at least 16 anthologies. She leads a local writer’s critique group.
Elaine’s ‘Mrs. Odboddy’ mystery series has won annual awards with Northern California Publishers and Authors. Black Cat and the Secret in Dewey’s Diary, and All Things Cat, an anthology of cat stories, won Cat Writers’ Association 2018 and 2019 Certificates of Excellence.
Elaine enjoys speaking at author venues sharing highlights of her novels and her writing experience. She is currently working on two fiction novels to be published in 2021 and 2022.
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