Kirsten Maron Author
Can she really get away with murder?
LaVonda Robinette likes to take charge, and yes, she can be a little bossy, because sometimes that is the only way to get things done. But lately, LaVonda’s life is spinning out of her control: Her husband of twenty-five years walks out, she has a horrible run-in with a colleague, and to make matters worse, she experiences her first hot flush in a crowded supermarket. On her birthday.
It is enough to drive a person to murder.
After her colleague is accidentally, but conveniently killed, LaVonda is left in a bit of a state. The appropriate thing to do would be to confess and accept her punishment. And she will.
But maybe she could put right a few wrongs first? Not everything is as straight-forward as LaVonda would like though and bumping people off is proving to be rather tricky.
Does she have what it takes?
Will her newfound interest put herself, and her family, in danger?
“A fresh and immensely enjoyable read by a new Australian writer who has a flair for the dialogue and intrigue a wonderful tale such as this requires…absolutely brilliant…”
Simone, IndieBook Reviewer
“Who would have thought the themes of menopause and
murder would work together so well. Bloody brilliant.”
Susan, Goodreads reviewer
How many books have you published?
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
From early childhood.
How long does it take you to write a book?
About 12 months including editing.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
Sporadic. I write when I get time.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Reading, spending time with my husband and family, social media.
What does your family think of your writing?
My husband hasn’t read any of my writing.
My children, parents, siblings all tell me they love my work. But they would say that.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How the characters take over and write themselves the way they want to be written. Sometimes I feel like I am merely the conduit through which they tell their own stories.
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’ve written two complete books, and several partial books (unfinished). LaVonda is my favourite of course.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I’ve had good reviews from both readers I know, and readers I don’t know. Comments include relatable characters, quick-paced story, great twist that I didn’t see coming, warm and funny, I couldn’t put it down.
What do you think makes a good story?
Engaging characters make a good story. An engaging plot makes for a good story.
Both together make for a really great story.
What are your plans for your future book/s?
I’m currently writing the sequel to What Would LaVonda Robinette Do? It is called What LaVonda Robinette Did Next, and I expect to have it finished later this year. I started another book after LaVonda about a dysfunctional family on a cruise but have set that aside in light of the coronavirus situation.
What were your inspirations?
I’ve discovered, since getting older, that I seem to have less control over my life, and I hold less value in the world. That coupled with the hormonal challenges of menopause have caused me to feel frustrated and often irritated. (Well you asked!) Speaking with my friends I found I wasn’t alone in these feelings and so I decided to write about a conservative, middle-aged woman who tries to seize back control of her life by taking drastic action. I’m not particularly conservative, but I wanted to write LaVonda this way because I think it makes her experiences funnier.
How did I decide on the characters?
I wanted to surround LaVonda with interesting characters who are experiencing some of the same challenges she is but have different reactions to them to provide contrast. LaVonda’s sisters had the same awful upbringing, and are also facing menopause, but the way they both cope with these situations is quite different to LaVonda. I wanted to give LaVonda a husband and daughter and son-in-law that irritate her in a variety of ways, and work colleagues and neighbours who do the same, but also show how she supports and defends her family. I would describe the book as a story about attempted murder but also about ageing, love, and family loyalty.
What was the biggest challenge when writing the book?
Finding the time to write. I love writing but there are many demands on my time with a full-time job in Defence, an extended family, including three grandchildren, and a small property to manage.
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