Character Interview with Pat Pirard, CEO of PIP Inc.–
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess?
My weapon of choice is a .357 Magnum. Most thirty-five-year-olds with my fashion sense might not want to carry such a cumbersome weapon, but it fits perfectly in my leopard-print shoulder briefcase, so I always have it with me. I may not have a real private investigator’s license, but I do have a concealed carry permit.
Readers learned about my firearm in the first book of the series, The Glass House, but what they don’t know about me, even after two books. is how seriously I take what my Dalmatian, Dot, thinks of people. Now my cat, Lord Peter Wimsey (yes he is named after Dorothy Sayer’s protagonist) is a different story I never take his opinions seriously.
2) How did you first meet your writer?
We’ve been friends for years. My writer wrote a series, Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries, using her twenty-something years as a Realtor to make her backstories authentic, but when she wanted do PIP Inc., she didn’t know the first thing about being a law librarian, which I was, let alone how to work as an amateur private investigator, so she turned to me. I know tricks and details about doing complicated research and have no guilt about letting people think I have a private investigator license.
When we started collaborating, I expected my writer would have me doing sedate, obscure research, but instead she keeps getting me involved with murders. She’s had me bluff my way out of some strawberry-blond-hair-raising situations, but it’s okay because I’m up for anything she can write for me.
3) Want to dish about him/her?
I like her, but I am still a little disappointed that she said no when I suggested we climb a security fence and ask the man behind it if he really does have a big marijuana growing operation there like we think he does.
4) Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?
My writer tells me I’m the most interesting person she knows and begs me to tell her stories about some of my cases. She encouraged me to write about them, but I tried and don’t enjoy writing like she does. Collaborating seemed like more fun.
5) Who's your favorite character? Why?
That’s a difficult choice. Syda Gonzales is my BFF and we have a wonderful time together, but I just realized I’m in love with Sheriff Sergeant Tim Lindsay, so I might have to say him.
6) Who's your least favorite character? Why?
That one’s easy. Attorney Mark Bellows. He’s gorgeous and clever, and I even had a big crush on him at one time, but his ethics are not mine and he uses people.
7) What's next for you? At the end of The Funeral Murder, I got a call from the city of Watsonville. They want me to figure out who a dead woman with no identity is. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I’ll start working on it even before my broken arm heals completely. How did I break my arm, you ask? You’ll have to read The Funeral Murder to find out.
About The Funeral Murder
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Publisher: Good Read Mysteries, An Imprint of Good Read Publishers
Number of Pages: 248
Digital - ASIN : B08H8JG1BX
In The Glass House, the first book in the PIP Inc. Mysteries series Pat Pirard, recently downsized Santa Cruz Law Librarian, needed to find a new job in a hurry. She printed business cards announcing she was Private Investigator Pat and crossed her fingers, hoping she could earn enough money working for attorneys as a PI to survive.
Pat’s first investigation went well, so she’s excited when she gets a call from an estate attorney who offers her a second job. The attorney tells Pat his client died at a funeral and he needs help sorting out who is entitled to inherit her estate.
Pat quickly discovers the dead woman’s past is as complicated as her estate. And when an autopsy indicates she had two deadly toxins in her body when she died, Pat’s new case becomes not only complicated, but dangerous.
About Nancy Lynn Jarvis
Nancy Lynn Jarvis left the real estate profession after she started having so much fun writing the Regan McHenry Real Estate Mysteries series that she let her license lapse. She’s enjoyed writing about Regan and her husband, Tom, but decided it was time to do a new series.
PIP Inc. introduces protagonist downsized law librarian and not-quite-licensed Private Investigator Pat Pirard. “The Funeral Murder” is the second book in the series.
After earning a BA in behavioral science from San Jose State University, Nancy worked in the advertising department of the San Jose Mercury News. A move to Santa Cruz meant a new job as a librarian and later a stint as the business manager for Shakespeare/Santa Cruz at UCSC.
Currently, she’s enjoying being a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Santa Cruz Women of Mystery.
Author LinksWebsite https://www.nancylynnjarvis.com/
Purchase Link - Amazon -
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