Bob at the Lake
“Trust me, it will hit you like a brick of gold.”
That’s Bob. He’s my ghost. Well, not my ghost since I’m sitting here writing, but the ghost who lives with me. Other women probably get muscleman ghosts who can fix plumbing and take out the garbage, or romantic ghosts who set their hearts a-flutter. Me, I get a ghost who’s middle-aged, plump, and who likes to lounge around the house in a silk smoking jacket from the nineteen-thirties. Not exactly the kind of ghost I’d ever imagined I’d get. I will admit, though, that Bob does make an amazing martini. A martini that, in fact, hits you like a brick of gold.
I found, unfortunately, the longer Bob lived at my place, the more I appreciated his skill with martinis. Which was probably not a great thing for my liver, or my relationships with my sisters, but what the heck.
Remember the Great Recession? According to the newspapers, some consumers seem to be wiping it from their memories, but it had a big impact on a lot of people, including me. That economy hurt. Lost jobs, lost houses, lost marriages, lost hopes—lives turned upside down in the flutter of a pink slip. People scrambling just to keep from drowning—couch surfing, penny pinching, living newly frugal lives.
Like millions of others, the economy sucked me into its undertow.
Today 2 Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome author Roz Murphy, who reluctantly brings with her Bob (the martini-loving ghost) from Bob at the Lake, a September release from Soul Mate Publishing.
Where are you from? (Roz here) I’m a recent transplant to the Finger Lakes from parts east. Bob is not really sure where he came from; he’s got some sort of ghost amnesia. After many confusing conversations, we suspect he spent time in Manhattan in the 1920s.
What is Bob at the Lake about? It’s the screwball cocktail created when you combine one part crabby woman of a certain age, one part kind grape-grower, and one part martini-loving ghost. (Bob asks me to add that he also likes rye and is developing a fondness for Finger Lakes rieslings. Like he needs to find more things to enjoy drinking…)
(To Bob) What made you choose haunting as a profession? I didn’t know I had a choice. (Bob takes a long pull from the flask he always keeps in his smoking jacket.) In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a choice.
Knowing what you know now, Bob, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with haunting or do something different? Don’t get me wrong, haunting has its positive aspects, especially if you’re not one of those young, thuggish, bullying sorts of ghosts. I get to help people make choices, which is good. But if I had my choice, I’d rather be a ballroom dancer.
So what's a ghost's biggest fear? Roz’s cousin Terri. She’s crazy.
And a ghost's favorite fictional character? I like opera. My favorite is the one with the Duke of Minnestrone and Rogolfo. I forget the name, though.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It’s always 5 p.m. somewhere!
What a hoot!! Let's talk to Roz for a minute, or two. Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? I’ve always loved some of the women writers in England during World War II who wrote hysterical novels in which they fretted about hem lengths and food shortages while bombs fell around their ears. Joyce Dennys, who penned Henrietta’s War, comes immediately to mind.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? Pieces of this novel fell into place over several years. I’ve always been fascinated by members of The Algonquin Round Table. At the same time, it’s always amazed me that observers tend to think that single women of a certain age lead boring, hum-drum lives. This novel gave me a chance to play with both themes.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them? Tell us a bit about their submission process. How long did it take from query to release? It’s been a pleasure working with Debby Gilbert [SMP's owner] and her hard-working team at Soul Mate Publishing. I pitched to Debby at a conference in November, 2012, had an offer in December, and signed contracts in January, 2013. Now here it is September and the book is available for Kindle readers on Amazon. Print copies will be available spring of 2014. For a Luddite like me, this is amazing!!!
Trust us, Roz. Less than 12 months from contract to release is more than amazing. Congratulations—and much luck with promotions and sales. Sounds to us like you've got yourself a winner—in the story and in Bob.
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