I write, study history, and work the reference desk at the public library. My home in the Missouri woods is shared with Richard, my husband of 50+ years, Cookie, a little white terrier, and Sunshine, a big yellow cat. After seven non-fiction books, I finally turned to the writing I always wanted to do: mystery novels. TANGLED ROOTS, a tale of secrets, lies, and murder along the Missouri River, was published January, 2017. My next novel, THE SANITY OF STRAWBERRIES, a murder set inside a state mental hospital, will be published in 2018.
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Author Archives: carolynbranch
If you’ve read Tangled Roots, you will recognize Bess and Marvin, an older farm couple who lived on the bluff overlooking their river bottom crop land. This story was cut from the final version of Tangled Roots and I thought … Continue reading
Writer’s block? Procrastinator? Too busy? Tell it like it is! All those words mean LAZY. At least, for me, they do. Those are the words I tell myself to explain why I never seem to get anything done. I make … Continue reading
One of the best things about being a writer is meeting other writers who generously share information, ideas, and inspiration. Jacqui Murray is a writer I met through the A-Z Blogging Challenge in April. In Murray’s latest thriller, U.S. and … Continue reading
Snakes in the Kitchen is on sale for only 99 cents this week, for all ebook readers! That’s exciting news for me, because it means my book will reach more readers. Thank you, Three Creeks Press & Macmillan!
Mama was modest and didn’t usually let anybody watch her get dressed, but on the first day of her new job she called Sissy into the bedroom to help her and I went, too. Mama had a list of everything … Continue reading
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. . . Tangled Roots, my mystery novel, hasn’t been selling very well as an ebook. Many of my wonderful friends, relatives, and neighbors bought the paperback edition, and some of you … Continue reading
The county hospital was a low, sprawling building over on the west side, but in a town of 12,000, nothing is very far away, and I was there in less than five minutes. I pulled around back to the emergency … Continue reading
The hallway was mostly empty now, the heavy scent of hamburger and cooked onions hung in the hot humid air. That must be where they were all heading before, to an early supper. When I came around the corner at … Continue reading
I should have known William was bad news the first time he stepped up on Mama’s front porch, on account of he showed up with my cousin Ricky, and everybody knew what all kinds of meanness Ricky was into. But … Continue reading
The A to Z Challenge for April kept me writing every day. The blog posts were a good warm-up for my novel writing sessions and I made progress on The Sanity of Strawberries. Since I am a master procrastinator, the … Continue reading