Thursday, October 26, 2017

Suzanne Bratcher, Mystery Novel


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THE COPPER BOX
by Suzanne Bratcher


Suzanne Bratcher
A preacher’s kid, Suzanne Bratcher grew up in churches in four states. She began writing as a young girl, reading her stories to anyone who would listen. After college and graduate school, Suzanne became a writing teacher. During the next thirty-five years, she taught high schoolers, college undergraduates, and public school teachers how to write in a variety of genres. Suzanne continued her own writing, publishing professional articles, two textbooks, short stories, and poetry. The Copper Box, mystery shot with suspense and sprinkled with romance, is her debut novel.


Welcome, Suzanne. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d love to have dinner with Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007). I enjoy her writing, which spans multiple genres from Young Adult fiction to reflective personal essays. In particular I’d like to talk with her about her book Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-38, NIV) 

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love revision. Writing the first draft is very difficult for me, and I generally wind up wondering why I ever thought I could write. But once I get the story on paper, I start to have fun with writing. I may start at a different place, leave out a chapter, change the point of view in a scene, or write several different endings. I’ve learned that I don’t really have a story until I’ve revised that first draft pretty drastically. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Readers who enjoy The Copper Box can help make it successful by posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads. I’m just now learning how important reviews are. Positive reviews encourage people to try a book by an author they’ve never heard of.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Copper Box
Jerome, Arizona: the largest ghost town in America
Antiques expert Marty Greenlaw comes to Jerome to face the horror that haunts her dreams: Did she kill her little sister twenty-two years ago? Historian Paul Russell is in Jerome to face his own horror: Was the car crash that killed his wife his fault? 

Their lives become intertwined when an old lady dies on a long staircase in a vintage Victorian house. As Marty and Paul search the house for a small copper box Marty believes will unlock the mystery, accidents begin to happen. Someone else wants the copper box, someone willing to commit murder to get it. As Marty and Paul face the shadows in the house and in their lives, they must learn to put the past behind them and run the race God is calling them to. 

Where can readers find you online?
Website where readers can sign up for Suzanne’s newsletter, Storyteller 
Blog: Suzanne’s Scribbles  
Facebook
Amazon Author Page 

Where can readers purchase The Copper Box?
Amazon paperback
Amazon Kindle eBook

Any parting comment? 
The Copper Box grew out of my love of Jerome, Arizona. I’m fascinated by how the past and present are layered in that tiny town. I’ve already got ideas for two more mysteries set in Jerome. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. 
What’s makes a favorite town of yours special? 

Suzanne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Suzanne is offering an eBook copy of The Copper Box to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through October 31, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Moonstone Secrets by Dawn V. Cahill is Wendy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Betty’s Blessing, a novella, book #2 in the California Bound series. (Book #1 in the series is Donna’s Detour.) Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here



44 comments:

  1. This sounds like an enjoyable book. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings!
    Connie
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  2. I would have to say Gatlinburg, TN as it was where we took a vacation with some close friends. I had lost my mother 5 months prior and right after she lost her brother. We stayed in a cabin in October, wonderful vacation. My friend lost her life to complications from Lupus 8 years later so that area in the fall will always be a special place for me.

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    1. Hi Wendy, Thanks for sharing your favorite town. I love TN in the fall.

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  3. I would pick Gatlinburg as well since it has great memories of trips with my mom who has now passed away!sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Sheila. It seems like Gatlinburg is going to win for favorite place!

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  4. For a town to be special to me it must have many people I love there and a strong Christian presence.
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    2. Thanks, Nancy. People always make a place special for me too.

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  5. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. My verse that I chose a while ago was Romans 8:38$39! Thanks for the chance to win! Paula paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    2. This verse is my "life verse." Like you, I chose it many years ago. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. I miss Arizona where my oldest was born. We lived there 4 1/2 years. We helped build a church there. Miss my friends. jrs0350@yahoo.com

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    2. I live in Arkansas now, and I do miss AZ. It's a state of such contrasts!

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  7. I love Savannah. The beautiful architecture, the glorious fountains, and the wonderful food make it one of my favorite places.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I haven't been to Savahanna. I want to go though. I've heard about the architecture but I didn't know about the fountains. Thanks for sharing.

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    2. Melanie, Savannah is on my bucket list. Thanks for commenting.

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  8. I enjoyed reading this interview. I desire to write books and I too find that when I first start to write I doubt myself and wonder why I thought of such nonesense. But then I push past the doubt and find my happy place. There I’m able to release all the thought and adventures that have been held captive in my wild imagination.
    Thank you for this interview. It encouraged me more than you know.

    Sincerely,

    A hopeful writer❤️

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    2. Thanks for your comments, Shamekka. Just keep writing!

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  9. When I was a kid, I loved the very thought of Ghost Towns! I insisted my parents stop at everyone we passed on the highway. Although as a grown-up I can't say I make too many stops anymore along the freeways as I travel, I often wish I had the time to go explore them all! I have 2 special places in my life, ELmore, MN and Panna Maria, Texas. Elmore was and is still special as this is where we immigrated to from Germany long, long time ago. The small town atmosphere was amazing and we have so many friend connections still that we have our own Facebook page. Panna Maria, Tx, because I thought we were the only immigrants to come to America in our family, but through genealogy research, I discovered a brother of my 3rd great grandmother was a founding father from Poland to this little Texas place in 1854.

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    2. It's amazing how small town connections reach back into the past and continue on. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  10. My favorite town is my home-town. It is where I was born, grew up, met my husband, had our children, and when the Lord is ready for me, I'll be going to my true home in Heaven.
    Janet E.
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    2. Thanks for stopping by, Janet. I've moved so much in my life that I don't actually have a hometown, except as you say, our Heavenly Home.

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  11. A favorite town would be where your memories are made. I love Mandeville, La. I would have been born there, but there was no hospital back then. They have one now. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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    2. Thanks for your comments! It's so true that it's the memories make places special.

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  12. What’s makes a favorite town special to me is being there with family (those I love) or a dear friend, and making wonderful memories together!

    I have been intrigued with the book, The Copper Box, from the first time I saw the cover and read about it! I love a good mystery and historical Christian fiction, and so this story definitely sounds like one I would love to read!

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway, Suzanne and Jo! I always enjoy getting to know more about an author and the story behind the story :)

    Jo, I am also a follower. ~Alison Boss

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    1. Alison, you're welcome. Thanks for following my blog and for leaving your comment!

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    2. Thanks for your comments, Alison! I had fun writing The Copper Box. I've always enjoyed mysteries that tie the present into the past.

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  13. A favorite town to me would be old fashioned houses and stores and a town square. Also homey, neighborly people! Thanks! Looks like a great book!
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    2. You'd like Prescott, AZ, Paula. It's almost exactly as you describe. I had fun writing The Copper Box.

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  14. Thank you for sharing - it sounds like a very interesting book!

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    1. It was interesting to write! I learned lots of bits of history as I did the background research.

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