Welcome to Ann H. Gabhart, a fellow KY writer and friend. I have posted about several of her books over the years and am very happy to showcase her newest venture–small town mystery in Murder at the Courthouse. Plus a guestblog about her writing.
Hunting “The End” by Ann H. Gabhart
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. ~Hart Crane
Once more I am searching for the end of a story. Once more it seems to be hiding from me behind a crazy mixture of words that don’t seem to be paving the pathway I need to glide on toward “the end.” A few years ago I wrote about searching for the end in a blog post.
It’s been a hard work week with too many other things I have to do getting in the way of my five pages a day quota to make sure I meet my deadline. I’ve been writing and maybe almost getting my pages, but I sometimes wonder if I’ll be cutting most of those words in the final draft. But I tell myself to just get the words out there where I can cut them or improve them.
That’s one of the good things about keeping a writing journal. You can see you’ve been in the same place before and that it wasn’t fatal. You can remember that the story got written. That book even got published.
In my writing life, I’ve searched for those elusive two word many times. Now I’m searching for “the end” once more. This time to my third Hidden Springs mystery. I’m anxious to be at the end and hoping once I find those elusive two words, the story will be the one I hoped to write when I first typed “Chapter 1.”
I have typed those first words “Chapter 1” and found those last words “the end” for each of my twenty-nine published books. Many beginnings. Many story endings. Many different kinds of stories. I’ve written historical romances, young people books, family stories that mix history and romance and Shaker stories. For more about those books, you can go to my website, www.annhgabhart.com.
Murder at the Courthouse is my first venture into the cozy mystery world although I have threaded mystery elements into some of my other stories including my recent Shaker book, The Innocent. I had a good time with this first Hidden Springs mystery and enjoyed creating the fictional small town based on my own hometown of Lawrenceburg. But I am relieved to report that, as far as I know, no one was ever murdered on the courthouse steps.
And now you have a chance to win a copy of Murder at the Courthouse or your choice of my other titles. Just leave a comment. Any comment will do, but for fun, since each of my Hidden Springs mysteries will feature a cat, you can tell us if you’ve ever owned or been owned by a cat. The deadline for entries will be November 26, 2015 at midnight EST. If you win and live across the ocean, the prize will be in e-book form. If you win and live in the USA or Canada, the prize will be a paper copy.
Back Cover Copy for Murder at the Courthouse
After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried—after all the man was a stranger—until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.
As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.
Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.
Ann H. Gabhart has over twenty-five novels to her credit, including The Outsider, Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and her new release, Murder at the Courthouse. Ann lives in Kentucky where she enjoys walking with her dog on her farm, connecting with readers, and spinning story webs. www.annhgabhart.com