Thank you very much for coming to the Storyteller's Cottage today with your book, Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume.
I am so happy to be here. This is just an incredible, lovely place!
How did you become an author?
When I was in college, I entered a couple of contests, and I actually won, first or second place, and I thought it would be absolutely wonderful to write a book someday. But my degree was in financing, and then I graduated, worked, and had a family, but the idea was always there in the back of my mind; it was always on the back burner.
It wasn't until my daughter was 12 (She's now 24) that we went into Border's, and the Young Adult genre was becoming very popular, so she picked up a book, and I looked at it and said, "Are you kidding me?!" For 12-year-olds, they were pushing sex and drugs in this book. I was appalled. So, that's when I went home and started my first manuscript.
You have also worked as a religious education teacher for 13 years. Does that influence your writing?
No, I was a religious education teacher for 13 years, but now I'm a Eucharistic Minister. I visit nursing homes in the area and bring them Communion, and that has had a big influence on my writing because I did get stories from doing that.
Your book has a very interesting title. Can you explain how you came up with it?
My titles tend to be quirky. Tigers Love Bubble Baths & Obsession Perfume is my 4th book, and I just love quirky titles.
I was visiting a friend in St. Augustine, and she took me to a big cat reserve. We walked around, and there was a tiger who jumped into a bubble bath, and they sprayed Obsession Perfume, and I stood there watching for an hour. It was amazing to watch this tiger. We were not allowed to film or take pictures, but I always carry around a little notebook to put ideas in, and I thought, "This is the perfect title!" I've gotten such wonderful feedback on this title, so my story worked around the title.
Your book is described as a "contemporary spiritual mystery." Can you tell us what that means?
My book is actually described as a "cozy mystery romance with a spiritual twist." Now, a "cozy mystery" means that it's not graphic, and there is a lot of romance in the book. The "spiritual twist" is that it has a touch of a religious aspect throughout that brings in part of my understanding of Catholicism, and my protagonist's roots are very much in Catholicism. She was raised as a Catholic.
The main part of the book is set in Maine. Is that for a specific reason?
Yes, I love Maine! I made up a name for a town in Maine, and it just worked out.
Thank you for answering our questions, and we hope to see you again soon!
I hope so too. Thank you very much!
Tigers Love Bubble Baths (who knew!) is a contemporary spiritual mystery that transcends three genres: mystery, spirituality, and romance. It's the story of Angie Pantera, a woman who thought she had it all: a loving and devoted husband, two wonderful grown children, and an upcoming wedding anniversary celebration. But when the celebration is ruined by a cheating husband, Angie's life becomes a living nightmare. She then moves to Birdsong, Maine, to become the recreation director at a church-run nursing home that is slowly wasting away. There, Angie buys a bouquet of magical dandelions, and in a flash of inspiration, she knows exactly how to bring light to these dark days. But when people start dying, Angie must fight to clear her name as she seeks out the truth: Is this a miracle or murder?