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MURDER TAKES A BOW
Grace’s Augusta Mysteries Book 5
BY CHARMAIN Z. BRACKETT
Grace Ward wonders if she’s been cursed. She’s seen too much death in 12 months. A floral designer, who never wanted to be involved in law enforcement, Grace finds herself in the middle of another homicide investigation while planning for an upcoming fundraising gala. She quickly learns all is not as it seems in this case.
The question I’m asked most often is “Did you always want to be a writer?”
And the short answer is “no.” I never wanted to be a writer; I had to be one.
I was fascinated with stories as a child. I was a voracious reader as a teen, and I often crafted stories in my head, never thinking my fictional characters would ever be introduced to the world.
In college, I decided to major in English for a variety of reasons. People would ask what I was majoring in. When I told them, they wouldn’t ask what I was going to do after I graduated, they immediately responded with a statement – “Oh so, you’re going to be a teacher.”
I have the greatest respect and admiration for teachers, but I didn’t want to be one. It also angered me that people assumed that’s all you could do with an English degree. I minored in communications and through one of my journalism professors, I got a job at my local newspaper working part-time in sports. I eventually transitioned to a full-time staff reporter.
I never wanted to write a book either, but an idea started welling up inside. A character had a story to tell, and then I discovered more characters that had stories needing to be told. Sometimes, I feel like I need a lighted torch and a sword to keep all these characters at bay. They wake me in the middle of the night and interrupt me during the day.
My current series is based in my hometown of Augusta, GA. I’ve always liked mysteries since my days of reading Nancy Drew, and I’ve always liked the history of my town. Readers can visit my town and learn about its landmarks and people all while solving crimes with Grace, a floral designer, who has a penchant for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, or is she at the right place at the right time?
Charmain Zimmerman Brackett is an award-winning journalist and author. She began working for The Augusta Chronicle newspaper in Augusta, Ga. while studying at Augusta College. She’s covered thousands of stories and is the newspaper’s arts columnist and a features writer. She has written about a dozen novels including the 2014 Yerby Award for Fiction winner, The Key of Elyon. Her children’s book, “Little Pearl’s Circus World” based on the true story of her great-grandmother, won the Georgia Writers Association’s 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award.
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Charmain will give away an Amazon copy of MURDER UNDER THE MAGNOLIAS, Grace’s Augusta Mysteries Series Book 1, to two lucky readers who comment on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog. Happy Reading!!
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