Misbehaving (A Missy Rae Mystery Book 1)
Lucky for everyone in Poppy County, no one has asked until a mystery man arrives in town with a story bigger than Granny Lola’s wild imagination and the know-how to stir up trouble for the Rae family.
With long-held secrets to keep, a grandmother who may or may not be alive and a penchant for chaos, Missy must forge a plan to stop the handsome stranger before he lets the proverbial cat out of the bag and unleashes a world of trouble on the unsuspecting town and its inhabitants.
Find out what happens when a reluctant witch, a meddling witch hunter, and a ghostly grandmother fight for what’s right only to discover that sometimes it takes a whole lot of wrong to make things right again.
Meet Ava Mallory
AVA is best known for what she calls her Mysteries with Heart. She loves a great madcap adventure with lovable, yet ornery and sometimes precocious characters, who play hard, laugh often, never mind their own business, bicker, squabble, and tease relentlessly, but never forget that deep down they fiercely love each other, even if they can't bring themselves to admit it.
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Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?
Yes, absolutely. At the risk of sounding dramatic, writing saved me after tragedy struck.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
For me, the most difficult thing is trying not to make my male characters jerks. That probably says a lot about my life, but the reality is I didn’t have many positive male role models in my life. Specifically, I had one and he lived almost a thousand miles away from my family. I’m cognizant of the disconnect, so I make extra effort and utilize a couple of male beta readers to make sure I’ve not made them harsh, unless the character/story calls for it like in my thrillers.
How many hours a day do you write?
4 – 5 hours per day. I write in short 15 – 20-minute sprints while my kids are in school. On weekends, I wake up early to get my words in before my mom duties begin.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
When it’s going well, I’m energized. When it’s not, I’m exhausted and ready to pull my hair out.
What was your hardest scene to write?
The hardest scene was in the first book I ever wrote. It’s a dark psychological thriller. I had to write about the pain of losing a child. At the time, I’d just lost my brother in Iraq. It was the most difficult thing to write because my emotions were still very raw. I worried that I’d taken it too far. Thankfully, my readers appreciated the authenticity of that gut-wrenching scene and the aftermath.