Financial fraud of elderly villagers in Leavensport, an urban sprawl threat to the community, disastrous dates, cross-sell marketing gone wrong, and another murder? Jolie Tucker is ready to try dating again. Well, she has no choice—since her family auctioned her off to the highest bidder. Her best friend, Ava, has agreed to a double date, but both friends find out hidden secrets about their partners as well as deception by one of the village’s own, who will soon be found dead. This plot is sure to be spicy!
~ Guest Post With Jodi ~
The Healing Side of Writing
I’ve been a writer as long as I’ve been able to write. When I was a kid, I journaled about my daily experiences. I was abused as a kid and a young adult. Journaling—writing—has always been a means of therapy for me.
I’ve wanted to write full-time since I was five. It took thirty years to get there, but I did make it happen. People may wonder how writing a culinary cozy mystery series could be therapeutic, but for me it is cathartic in so many ways. Although The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery series is set in the fictional town of Leavensport, Ohio—it’s based off the village of Carroll, Ohio, where I’ve lived since fifth grade. Prior to that, I lived in Columbus, Ohio–on the south side, in the inner city. Tri-City, the big city near Leavensport, is based off Columbus. Not only are the settings similar, but the family and friends in the series are reminiscent of a lot of my own family and friends.
But a book is a book: still fiction, though laced with truth. In reality, my relationship with my grandma and mom is trying at times. It’s more than fair to say we have an extremely dysfunctional family situation. I write what I know—while using hyperbole to heighten the drama for the readers, of course! But taking time to write the relationships among Jolie, her mom-Patty, and Grandma Opal has really helped me appreciate the finer points of my family—to see the similarities and to appreciate things I had never thought to appreciate before.
For example, although my mom, grandma, and I drive each other nuts most of the time—I love that they are both strong-minded, independent women. They’ve certainly taught me to be the same. I am quite polite and civil unless someone backs me into a corner, then I come out swinging. It’s not easy to push me around or use me as a doormat. I’m not sure I would have ever learned this and saw this in myself and my relationship with my mom and grandma without writing this series. For that, I’m forever grateful!
Be sure to catch Jolie, Patty, and Grandma Opal in Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Murder coming June 21, 2019. Chaos rules and this one has a spicy plot with lots of twists!
About the Author
Moving into her second decade working in education, Jodi Rath has decided to begin a life of crime in her The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series. Her passion for both mysteries and education led her to combine the two to create her business MYS ED, where she splits her time between working as an adjunct for Ohio teachers and creating mischief in her fictional writing. She currently resides in a small, cozy village in Ohio with her husband and her seven cats.
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