Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Format: ebook, paperback
Bailey inherits her grandfather’s business, Maid For You, but cleaning up dead body parts wasn’t part of the job description. Bailey hopes to wipe out crime with the help of Nate, her computer hacker assistant, despite protests of their involvement in the case from Detective Max Wellington.
When Bailey catches the culprits arranging to dispose of another body, she’s out to help the two of them dig their own grave and if she’s lucky, Detective Max Wellington will keep them from arranging her funeral.
Maid for Murder is a trilogy that begins with Deadly Business. The story continues throughout the trilogy as Bailey uncovers deception, corruption and a few secrets that may forever change her life. As the threads of deceit unravel, the murders begin to break out like a case of Bubonic Plague.
Bailey is a Christian, struggling to keep on the path she knows is right, fighting the temptation of the hunky Detective Max Wellington who would like nothing more than to take her into protective custody, for more than just interfering in police business.
1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have written numerous books. However, currently I have published only seven of them. I love to write in various genres. I would say my favorite would be Maid for Murder: Deadly Business.
I love to make people laugh, whether it is at me, or with me. I once read a book that was so hard to read because I was embarrassed for the heroine. If it had not been for the removal of an article of the heroines clothing, I would have told EVERYBODY about that book. Instead, I threw it away and decided that one day I wanted to write a story that had a similar affect on readers, one they would feel safe in referring to family and friends. That intention produced Maid for Murder: Deadly Business. And to be honest, I didn’t totally achieve as zany of a character as I was shooting for, so I’ll have to keep on trying with another book in the future!
2. What project are you working on now?
I am plotting the last two novellas in my Seasons of the Heart novella series. While traditional publishers told me this series was very creative, they don’t publish novella collections by ‘unknown’ authors. I never gave up hope for this series and finally decided to publish it myself.
3. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
When I started writing Maid for Murder: Deadly Business, I hadn’t realized it related to a situation we were going through with one of our children. While the Bible speaks of not being unequally yoked, it is a concept ‘the world’ does not understand. Therefore, I have gotten some negative reviews. Non-Christians usually do not understand Christian principals. I did have a couple Christians comment on Bailey’s behavior, but the reality is, Christians are not perfect people. Bailey has gotten out of church, but her upbringing is the thread that holds her accountable and keeps her from totally slipping and giving into the temptations she faces.
She’s very attracted to Detective Max Wellington. Non-Christians don’t understand that a Christian can usually talk to a person and tell that they are not a Christian, and so they are critical of Bailey judging Max without asking his stance. There is one scene where she gives into temptation and returns his kiss, and he tries to undo her bra. She pushes him away and says, “You don’t get it, do you.” That is exactly one of the reasons she can’t be in a relationship with him. She would compromise her beliefs. I want women, any age, to be able to see that it is okay to say no. You don’t have to give into temptation. Bailey learned from her brother’s failed marriage that if someone starts going to church just to go out with you, they haven’t become a Christian for the right reason and chances are, your relationship or marriage will fail!
I have seen this happen numerous times to people I have known. Then when our own daughter dated a very nice young man, that wasn’t a Christian, she knew she would never have our blessing to marry him. A reader who reviewed this book on Amazon suggested that I needed to meet more non-Christians. I had to laugh about that comment. The reality is, non-Christians do not understand Christian principals because they don’t read the Bible or apply God’s Word to their lives. ‘Good’ will never be good enough without God!
My husband always tells people, “Don’t marry the person you can live with. Marry the person you can’t live without.” And I tell our children, “Consider things with your head before your heart follows and you have a better chance of avoiding heartache in the future.” As a parent, you want to spare your children pain, be it physical or emotional. We want them to succeed in life, in relationships and in marriage.
4. What is the most challenging part of being an indie author? The most rewarding?
Learning everything there is to learn in order to be successful! Not only do you have to keep writing books, you have to learn how to market and promote your book. With all the social media out there, it can be overwhelming at times trying to learn all the ends and outs of these sites, learn the benefits of each site, and figure out how to network utilizing all of these sites. What sites? GoodReads, FaceBook, TweetDeck, HootSuite, Gremln, Pinterest, Triberr and the list goes on! It can be challenging finding a balance between finding writing time, research for books, research for marketing and doing the actual marketing which takes more time than a lot of people realize if you want to be successful.
For me, the most rewarding is having one of your stories touch a person or speak to them. A woman read one of my stories that has not been published yet, and she thought it was profound when she read the part about the heroine’s mother making her attend church when she was pregnant out of wedlock. The heroine’s mother told her if she repented, then she should go. That God forgives and so should everyone else. The woman who read my story had a teenage daughter who became pregnant out of wedlock a year or so later, she still attended church through her pregnancy.
Some sins may be more evident than others, and people sometimes forget that we all need God, no matter where we are in our walk with Him. God forgives all sin, no matter if they are sins others may not see or know about, or the sins people know about because of the repercussions of that sin.
5. Who designed the covers?
My sixteen-year-old son is extremely talented and artistic. If he does not know how to do something, he will watch You Tube tutorials until he figures it out. He has done several of my book covers or helped me to do some of them since I am far from being as talented as he is.
6. As an indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an indie author?
Don’t be afraid to read a book by an Indie Author. You can often read a sample of the book on Amazon’s Look Inside feature. Several Indie Authors, like me, have been published with traditional publishers as well. One of the reasons I decided to publish my own work was seeing my first royalty statement and realizing I only made $.07 per book that sold! Publishers do not give authors a marketing budget. It didn’t take long to realize I was severely limited with what I could do to market my book. If I mailed out one piece of advertisement, it would take selling SEVEN books to pay for ONE stamp! That didn’t include the cost of the literature you were going to mail either! It is highly unlikely that one mailing advertisement will even bring in one sale, much less seven or more so that you even make a profit. That meant finding other marketing alternatives and when you have no control over the price of your book, or whether or not it lowered to promote a sale, you are extremely limited and literally working for pennies on the dollar! I figured if I was going to do the majority of the marketing myself, I might as well make a higher commission!
Susette Williams is a Best Selling Author. She loves writing various genres, both for children and adults. She usually can’t resist the urge to let her ornery sense of humor shine through in one of her characters and has always believed that laughter helps you deal with the obstacles life puts in your way.
Susette and her husband have six wonderful children, all with intriguing and different personalities, like the characters she creates in her novels.