by Kassandra Lamb
Some people don’t mind controversy; a few even thrive on it.
And with social media, these two groups seem to have found their voices more and more lately.
A friend of mine loves political debates online. She finds them stimulating.
But I’m in the group that pretty much hates controversy. I sit on my hands at least once a day, resisting the temptation to get into it with someone on Facebook or Twitter. It just isn’t worth the stress.
In my Kate Huntington mysteries, I have often touched on somewhat controversial social issues. I’ve been fortunate that they have been well received.
I really enjoyed writing those books, but more recently I’ve been having fun with a lighter cozy mystery series about a service dog trainer.
I thought I had left the somewhat darker topics behind. My muse, however, had a different idea. She spun out a story in my head that involves two less than likeable members of groups that normally inspire high levels of sympathy in people.
In my new release, launching today (Yay!!), I have a crabby paraplegic veteran, who has an unhealthy obsession with his sister’s love life, and a brash, hard-to-like sexual assault survivor.
My main character, Marcia Banks, doesn’t particularly care for either of these people when she first meets them. And she feels guilty about that. How can you dislike a veteran in a wheelchair? she asks herself.
But the reality is that people in most groups come in all sizes, shapes, and personality types. Some of them aren’t going to be likeable. And my early readers have told me that I have handled these delicate topics well. I appreciate that reassuring feedback.
Nonetheless, I’m feeling a bit of trepidation as this book releases. I know I will get blow-back from some folks. I hope it doesn’t get too nasty.
Because there’s a lot of good, fun stuff in this book as well, as Marcia gets herself in a few scrapes that have her detective boyfriend tearing his hair out. And there are, of course, cute dogs and some humor, and horses. And a couple of romances…
So I do hope you will check it out!
How do you feel about controversy? Do you hate it like me, or does it get your juices flowing like it does for my friend?
Patches in the Rye, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery, Book 5
Nothing about her new client is what service dog trainer Marcia Banks expected—from the posh house that says family money to his paranoid preoccupation with his sister’s love life—but when he dangles a thousand-dollar retainer under her nose, she can’t resist playing private detective.
In between training sessions, Marcia digs into the sister’s boyfriend’s sketchy past. But the deeper she digs, the more questions arise. How is a disastrous fraternity party five years ago linked to blackmail, prostitutes, and murder today? And who’s driving the black SUV that keeps trying to turn Marcia and her dog Buddy into roadkill?
She can’t let it go, not when there are innocents at risk who are depending on her to find the truth. But the deepest, darkest truth is the one she wishes she never uncovered.
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Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kass is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She is the author of the Kate Huntington psychological mysteries, set in her native Maryland, and the Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mysteries, set in Central Florida.
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Vinnie HansenJuly 24, 2018 at 12:28 pm
Since I didn’t read this Marcia Banks book on its way through misterio press, I’m off to buy it. At $.99 who can resist. Congratulations, Kass, on the new release!
Kassandra LambJuly 24, 2018 at 5:28 pm
Thanks, Vinnie! Hope you like it.
K.B. OwenJuly 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm
Congrats on your new release, Kass! I know exactly how you feel about controversy – I go out of my way to avoid it. But when the Muse summons, we must obey. Good luck with the book, I’m looking forward to reading it!
Kassandra LambJuly 24, 2018 at 5:29 pm
Yes, and the muse has led me down some strange paths sometimes. Hope you enjoy the book!
Shannon EspositoJuly 25, 2018 at 10:39 am
Congrats on the new release! In real life I hate controversy but I love it in novels. Whenever I meet cranky people that I dislike in real life, I always remind myself that everyone’s fighting a battle we can’t see so I guess that should apply to characters in a novel, also. 🙂
Kassandra LambJuly 25, 2018 at 11:17 am
An excellent philosophy, Shannon! We never know what’s going on in people’s lives, past and present.