Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mystery We Write Tour ~ Jean Lauzier

Madison, thanks for having me on your blog today.

How did I pick the setting for Dark Descent?  That’s easy.  When the idea for Dark Descent first came to me, it was years ago and I was just learning the craft. And, as a novice writer, one of the many pieces of advice I’d gotten was “write what you know.” So, that’s what I did.

We were living in the town of Tenaha, Texas at the time. It was a small town of about 900 people. And while that may seem like a lot, I’d bet there were at least 8-10 cows for each person. Everyone knew everyone else and usually their business.

One thing about Tenaha I loved (most of the time) was being able to walk into City Hall and have the people there know who I was and be greeted by name. The town had a grocery combination gas station/diner that actually left their outside ice box open so if you needed ice when they were closed, you could just get it and pay next time you were in the store.

That small town feeling is what I’ve tried to bring to DryLake; which is a mixture of several small towns around Tenaha. (I didn’t think the residents of Tenaha would like a serial killer living among them, even if it was fiction.) People in DryLake care about their neighbors, they trust each other. Sure, there are spats, but bad things happen, they rally together and do their best to make it better.
And that’s what I love about DryLake, that’s what makes it unique.

 Bio:  Jean Lauzier has always been a writer though life just recently settled enough so she can spend the time needed at the keyboard with her characters.  Jean writes mystery and fantasy for the most part but enjoys playing with romance and western genres ever so often.  When not writing, Jean spends her time trying to keep her Bonsai alive, learning Spanish and training the cat.

Her short story collection, Six Pack of Murder is available on Amazon.  She is president of the East Texas Writer’s Association.

During the tour, Jean will be giving away at least three copies of Six Pack of Murder and three copies of the soon to be released Dark Descent. Be sure to leave a comment along with your email address to be entered in the drawing.  


Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

You already know that I love your thoughts on small towns--since I live in a dinky one myself. Good post!

Jean Henry Mead said...

Enjoyed your post. Small towns certainly have advantages that cities don't, and you can depend on neighbors to come to your rescue when you need them. But I'm grateful that I live within driving distance of the city. :)

Jake said...

Yes we who are now living in small towns (Village of Laughlin) do appreciate your insight which makes writing sound lots of fun. Thanks for posting.

M.M. Gornell said...

I like Tenaha--I could live there--almost. Loved hearing about it, has a nice feel.


Patricia Gligor said...

I love small towns and Dry Lake sounds like a great place for a mystery.

Jean said...

Thanks for having me today. I really do miss living in a small town. I think it would be cheaper is so close I go all the time. Before, one trip and if I forgot something...too bad. :-)

marja said...

I can see why a small town would make a great setting for a book. Enjoyed your post!
Marja McGraw

WS Gager said...

Small towns are great places to be. There is a comfort in knowing so many people.

Collin Kelley said...

Small towns are always great for a setting. Good post!