Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint
Welcome to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Growing up in the Deep South, surrounded by oral storytellers extraordinaire and stunning outdoor vistas, I became an observer. I listened to the cadence of lives around me and to the sounds of nature. With so many people telling stories, I turned to journaling and still have some diaries from elementary school. Anyway, all that looking and listening, followed by bouts of writing came in handy for my science career and my second career as a mystery author. Those passions of listening, observing, and writing are ingrained in every aspect of my life.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
1) I am predisposed to love the colors (and all shades) of red and green because those are the colors of my birth month, December.
2) I drank my lifetime supply of coffee by my twenties. After that, it was lights-out (for medical reasons) for coffee.
3) I learned to drive on a stick shift. Yes, I’m that young.
What is the first book you remember reading?
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
What are you reading now?
Julie Mulhern’s Telephone Line, Cheryl Hollon’s Down in Flames, and Diane A.S. Stuckart’s (writing as Ana Gerard) Peach Clobbered.
What books have most inspired you?
The World Book Encyclopedia Set. Encyclopedias are obsolete now, but when I was a kid, all I had to do was to take down a volume from the shelf, flip through the pages, and be transported worlds away. Coming from a fishing village, it sure seemed like there were wondrous things in the wide blue yonder.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I am part fixer, part finder. In short, I like to make things better. In life there are so many situations were crimes are unsolved, where things happened that could have been prevented, and where bad guys get away. Writing mysteries is my way to try to right some of un-rightable wrongs.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
Things change, that’s a constant in the universe and for me too. I have the best desk set up in my home office, but now that laptops have become lighter and I do more composing on the laptop, I can plunk down just about anywhere and write. The only thing that hasn’t changed is that I still prefer to write in quiet so I can hear myself think.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
Some ideas just won’t let me go. That’s how I know an idea is something I want to pursue. Sometimes I worry that an idea doesn’t make a book, but it doesn’t have to. An idea is a story seed that sprouts and grows in wonderful ways.
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
Giving in graciously when my character insists on going a different direction than my five-page outline.
What do you think makes a good story?
An engaging, flawed, and believable lead character.
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
Back in the day when Barbie only had Midge as a friend, in the Archie comics, Veronica had Betty, and Nancy Drew had George, I always identified with the sidekicks. Now I think of myself as an armchair sleuth, and I wouldn’t mind being Baxley Powell, my Dreamwalker sleuth. Not sure that I could handle all her psychic abilities but it would be fun to try.
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
The Dreamwalker series is a paranormal cozy with heart.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
There will be another Dreamwalker mystery out next summer, ALL DONE WITH IT. I am also writing a new culinary series, the Seafood Caper Mystery Series, of which book one is SEAS THE DAY and slated for an April 2020 release.
Thank you, Maggie, for visiting today!
Keep reading to find out about the new Dreamwalker Mystery.
About the Book
Dreamed It (Dreamwalker Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Camel Press (August 13, 2019)
Paperback: 248 pages
Justice for the dead and solace for the living is Baxley Powell’s creed, but she faces uncharted territory in this sixth book of the Dreamwalker Mystery Series. The Suitcase Killer has struck again, only this big city menace is now a problem for Baxley’s hometown. As that investigation heats up, a local woman is reported missing. The sheriff orders Baxley to work the missing person’s case.
Listening to the dead is familiar ground for Baxley but finding a missing young lady isn’t in her skill set. Besides, her dreams rarely follow a timeline. With the clock ticking, can this crime consultant discover a way to reach the living?
Her main source of help in the afterlife, a mentor named Rose, is unavailable. Instead, Baxley must rely on her wits and her Native American boyfriend, Deputy Sam Mayes, to find leads. Each shared dreamwalk and energy transfer binds them closer together, creating another issue. Mayes wants to marry Baxley but it isn’t that easy. They’re hampered by their community roles in opposite ends of the state.
Baxley juggles the pressure of two high-profile cases, a determined suitor, and expanding her limits. One thing is certain. Without her extrasensory sleuthing, the missing woman will die.
About Maggie Toussaint
Southern author Maggie Toussaint evolved into a mystery author after getting her feet damp in romantic suspense and dystopian fiction, with twenty fiction novels and two nonfiction novels to her credit. Her work won two Silver Falchions, the Readers’ Choice, and the EPIC Awards. She’s a past president of Southeast chapter of Mystery Writers of America and an officer of Lowcountry Sisters In Crime. She lives in coastal Georgia, where secrets, heritage, and ancient oaks cast long shadows. Visit her at https://maggietoussaint.com/
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