Author Guest Post
The question I am asked most frequently is, “Where does your inspiration come from?” The answer to that varies with the project I’m working on at the time, but in the case of Destinee Faith Miller and her mysteries, the answer is, “My inspiration came from a pair of tennis shoes.”
I drink way too much coffee, which means I’m always awake and always into something, as my long-suffering husband and overflowing craft closet can attest. Several months back, I had decided that I needed to paint sneakers. I was riffing on a pair of painted Tom’s I had seen, so I was working with hot pink, zebra print, and a lot of tiny crystals, and I was halfway watching Dance Moms while I painted. I was painting the vamp of the first shoe when I thought, “Destinee would love these.”
You see, I had started writing TIARA TROUBLE about six months before the shoes, but I had hit a snarl with the plotline, and couldn’t move forward. So, I had put TIARA TROUBLE down and gone to work on other projects. At the time, Destinee was a former beauty queen who had lost it all, gone home to Phenix City and found a job as a legal secretary. She was dating her boss, hating her life, and she wasn’t much fun at all.
I honestly have no idea what happened in my brain, but something in the combination of Abby Lee Miller and paint fumes made synapses start firing, and before I was finished with the second shoe, I had plotted out a brand new version of Destinee Faith Miller. This woman had risen from the ashes of her fall from grace harder, better, faster, and stronger. She came riding out of my imagination on the inside of a Ked, just like Aphrodite riding her oyster out of the sea.
Imagine that Botticelli had painted Destinee birthed from the Chattahoochee River in the arch of a white sneaker, with nymphs ready to clothe her in zebra print, and hot pink velour; cupids in full glitz attire blowing her up on the Phenix City side of that muddy water.
Two weeks later, I had my full first draft.
I never know when inspiration will strike, but I can almost always guarantee it will hit me at the most inopportune time. My fickle muse likes to start chattering when I’m shaving my legs, or driving in rush hour traffic, or trying to do math. And, honey, she talks fast. I just do my best to keep up.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Destinee as much as I enjoy writing about her. She continues to be a delightful companion. Currently, I am writing through her second story and this time I’m finding inspiration in music. The Jason Aldean song, The Only Way I Know is really doing it for the muse. That song fits Destinee’s life philosophy from top to bottom. Now, I’ve just got to find her someone to dance with, and we can have a lot fun.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I really appreciate it, and I appreciate your readers taking the time to get to know Destinee and me a little better. TIARA TROUBLE is available on amazon.com, and in all your favorite bookstores. I post regularly at www.lanebuckman.com, and you can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lanebuckmanauthor or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lanelese. Best wishes to you all, and as Destinee would say, “Y’all don’t be strangers!”
About The Author
Tiara Trouble by Lane Buckman
Book 1: A Destinee Faith Miller Mystery Series
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback - 230 pages / Kindle - 609 KB
Genre: Cozy Mystery
BUY THE BOOK: Tiara Trouble
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
One foreign policy question five years ago sent Destinee Faith Miller’s dreams of being Miss American Universe up in flames and landed her back in her hometown of Phenix City, Alabama, with her tail between her legs. But like the mythological bird that her hometown is misspelled after, she rose from the ashes to create Destinee’s Dolls, a thriving pageant consulting business knee-deep in pink, prints and tulle.
A death at the local level of a national event lands her the job of pageant emcee, and Destinee dares to dream of bigger things—maybe even a reality TV show! But when judges start dropping like flies, she has her hands full keeping herself alive long enough to see those dreams come true. Contending with catfights, car bombs, and the camouflage-colored funeral of a redneck’s dream, Destinee gets a little help from her friends, family, and a pit bull named Clarabelle.
My Book Review:
Tiara Trouble is a laugh-out-loud cozy mystery with a beauty pageant theme that will keep the reader in stitches. Author Lane Buckman weaves a wickedly entertaining tale set in the deep South town of Phenix City, Alabama, told in the first person narrative by Destinee Faith Miller, a sassy hot mess of a gal with Southern charm and wit, who takes the reader on a behind the curtains look into the world of beauty pageant antics with a madcap murder mystery adventure added into the mix.
I have always been fascinated with beauty pageants since I grew up in Atlantic City, the home of the Miss America Pageant, so I knew that I was going to enjoy reading Tiara Trouble, and I wasn't disappointed! Author Lane Buckman uses her prior beauty pageant experience to weave a thoroughly entertaining tale with a cozy mystery twist. As a cozy mystery fan, I really loved the balance between the murder mystery and crazy beauty pageant antics. Destinee's Southern girl personality of grit, sass, charm and humor, witty one-liners, and southern wisdom kept me entertained and snickering, while the murder mystery aspect of the storyline was intriguing with its action-packed suspenseful twists and turns that kept me guessing right up to the end of the story.
With colorful characters, a charming Southern setting, and a fast-paced storyline mixing beauty pageant contestants with amateur sleuths, Tiara Trouble is such a fun story to read, it will simply keep you laughing, while providing a page-turning murder mystery to solve. It is an entertaining Southern cozy mystery at its best.
Tiara Trouble is the first book in the Destinee Faith Miller Mystery Series.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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