This week, join me in welcoming Mary Hamilton to our blog. Mary has a new release, Pendant. Here’s a little bit about the book.
A student gone missing.
Haunted by a teacher’s worst nightmare for more than a decade, Elaine finally stumbles onto a vital clue—and discovers someone will do anything to keep the truth buried.
When her life is threatened, she allows a trusted neighbor to whisk her away to safety in Texas. But assuming a false identity and hiding among the quirky residents of a retirement home is not what she had in mind. Now Elaine must solve the mystery from afar, as soon as she figures out if her friend is keeping her from danger…or keeping her from the truth.
Oh, that sounds good! What inspired you to write the book?
Years ago, my local newspaper reported on an elderly woman who was dropped off at a retirement home by an acquaintance who said she knew nothing about the woman’s family history. The 93-yr. old woman arrived with only a jacket, a purse and a cane. A medical card provided her only identification. Although she was alert and chatty, the woman refused to give any information about her background other than to speak of her husband who had died many years before.
At the time of the article, I was just beginning to learn how to write fiction. But after reading it, I immediately thought, “Now there’s a story!” I filed the article in my idea folder, returning to it every so often to try out ideas for motivations and reasons why someone would show up at a care facility with so few possessions. And why was she so reluctant to reveal any information about herself?
I never did find the answers, but the idea simmered for many years until I decided to give it the attention it deserved. The story became my first foray into adult fiction, which felt so much more complicated than the middle grade stories I’d written previously. The suspense genre was also a surprise to anyone who knows me. You can imagine my husband’s reaction when I quizzed my hunter son-in-law about guns. Such as, what type of gun would you use to shoot someone inside a restaurant if you were driving by on the street? How accurate would it be? Would the window deflect the bullets at all?
Since my son-in-law is also an EMT, I quizzed him on how emergency personnel would manage such an event. Who would likely arrive first? How would you handle a woman whose husband has been shot?
I’m sure you can understand why my husband’s request. “Can we please talk about something else? This is Thanksgiving dinner.”
Monsters under the bed never bothered author M L Hamilton—it was the man hiding in her closet, waiting for her to fall asleep so he could jump out and harm her. She never did figure out who he was, how he managed to hide in her messy closet, or why he was waiting until she fell asleep to harm her. But since then, she has imagined all sorts of other scary situations, which she hopes will provide the basis for more mystery/suspense stories.
When not writing, she enjoys knitting, reading, spending time with her family, and amateur photography. She and her husband live in Texas, but you can connect with Mary in these places.
Ebook available for pre-order at Amazon and other retailers (coming soon in print). Delivery on November 8th.
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