Writers come up with ideas for stories through various avenues. If you’ve ever wondered about writing a story based in a real location, I think you’ll be encouraged by Deborah Malone’s experiences. Enjoy! ~ Dawn
Why I Wrote Chilled in Chattanooga
Chilled in Chattanooga is the fourth book in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series. I had been writing about cities that were interesting places that people enjoyed traveling to. I have loved going to Chattanooga for many years now. Even though Chattanooga is not is Georgia, Rock City and Lookout Mt. are in Georgia. All of these are incorporated in the book.
I had fun researching for the book. I took a day trip to Chattanooga and spent an entire day exploring the city and taking pictures. I must have taken over 200 pictures. It was fun eating at several of the well-known restaurants and visiting the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Most of the places that I mention in the book are real and you could visit them if you wanted to. I already have someone who told me they wanted to visit the English Rose Tea Room across from the Chattanooga Choo-Choo. I hope you find a place you’d like to visit too.
All of my books are humorous and I hope that when they are read that they give the reader a little time of respite from the stresses of the day. There is encouragement between Trixie and her best friend Dee Dee and they also help each other strengthen their faith. But I don’t take a baseball bat and hit you over the head with a particular message. I just want the reader to enjoy a good clean mystery without having to worry about compromising their morals and do it while having a little fun.
Trixie Montgomery, her best friend Dee Dee, and her beloved Nana are out to experience the city of Chattanooga, while Trixie attends a writer's conference and works on a murder mystery for Georgia By the Way. But who would have guessed that Trixie would not only uncover a body in the deep freeze, but also end up a prime suspect in the murder case? With a killer on the loose, Trixie and Dee Dee have to work fast to find out who is responsible for the crime before Trixie ends up getting locked up for a murder she clearly didn't commit, but is surely being framed for! Join Trixie and Dee Dee as they, along with Trixie's Nana, sort through suspects and get to the bottom of yet another murder mystery, while still finding time to enjoy the sights in Chattanooga!
Deborah Malone's first novel Death in Dahlonega, finaled in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Category Five writing contest! Deborah was also nominated for 2011 and 2012 Georgia Author of the Year in Novel category. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, for the historic magazine, "Georgia Backroads" since 2001. She has had many articles and photographs published, her writing is featured in "Tales of the Rails," edited by Olin Jackson, as well as the "Christian Communicator." She is a member of the Georgia Writer's Association, Advanced Writer's and Speaker's Association and the American Christian Fiction Writers.
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