pseudonym used by Connie Laux
, A.K.A Miranda Bliss
and Kylie Logan
The couple days ago I applied for a part-time job as a tour guide at a historic cemetery not far from where I live. Why? Well, apar from the fact that the job would force me to step bac from my computer and remind me that there was a life beyond writing ( even in a place where just about everybody was dead), I love cemeteries.
No, eally. I mean it. I always love cemeteries.
Think about it. A cemetery -- I mean a really good old cemetery, not these new “ memorial parks ” where every headstone is flat to the ground and every one of them looks the same -- is really a museum without walls. Take a peek into any cemetery that ’ s les than sixty or so years old and you ’ re bound to see interesting architecture, sculpture and art. There are stories, too, everywhere you look. One memorial can give you a glimpse into generations of this family ’ s history. Another might suggest tragedy. Still others speak of undying love and precious memories.
Is it any wonder that a writer ’ s magination is bound to take flight in a cemetery?
That ’ s precisel what happened to me. I didn ’ t find job, by the way, but as I drove home from the interview, I did find the idea for Pepper Martin, a cemetery tour guide whose enthusiasm for cemeteries does not rival my own. After all, what would be more perfect that an amateur sleuth surrounded by dead people? And if she just so happened to be eage and see and talk to some of them, all the better!
I learned to love mysteries early thanks to my mo, a Cleveland Police detective who enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes stories and spent his days off searching for stolen cars. Often on those trips, I ha in the back seat and to this day, I have Dad to thank for my understandin of some less-than-savory parts of he ity. Later, I ead my way through every mystery story I ca find my hands on. Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle are still among my avorites.
I have a doctorat in English, experience as a criti and writing teacher, and lots of ideas for more Pepper Martin mysteries. When I ’ m actuall writing, I ’ m usually with my family and our two cat, Ernie, an adorable Airedale pup, and Oscar, a rescued Jack Russell who spends far too much time watching TV. I enjoy knitting, gardening and of course, stomping through cemeteries in search of history, stories and inspiration.