OF MARKS AND MURDER
When an unforeseen turn of events leaves Olivia at a crossroads, she opts for adventure over security. She joins a fellowship for women in film, working as the location manager of the newly popular TV show, “Murder in Morristown.”
As she begins to find her place (and herself) in the chaos, the unthinkable happens — murder. Will she let her internal desire to find the truth derail her dreams, or will she be the next victim?
Q&A with Jen Welsh
What inspired you to write a book?
I’ve always wanted to be an author. In fourth grade, we got to “publish” books as a class activity. My book was called “My Day with Mom,” and I thought it was so cool how our teacher had the books bound with laminate paper. Ever since, I’ve been writing stories and working toward achieving my dream of writing books. From the age of 10, I wrote stories, read books, took writing classes, experimented with different genres and even shared some writing with friends along the way. In 2021, I got the opportunity I had been looking for when a professor at Georgetown accepted me into the Book Creators Program.
Why did you write this book in particular?
My life changed when I got divorced a few days before I turned 30. Three years later, the COVID-19 pandemic put a wrench in my career plans. Both of those events altered my perception of what it meant to plan and prepare for the life I really wanted. I experienced both fear and freedom at the thought of starting again. These two events are at the heart of the emotional journey of the character in my story. The questions I sought to answer were: 1) What does it mean to start over? 2) Is it possible to start again in a new career after a decade doing one type of work? There were also some other things that mattered to me like writing a lesbian-identifying protagonist and writing a mystery that readers could solve. As a puzzle lover, this one was fun for me.
Who should read this book?
“Of Marks and Murder” is a fiction novel murder mystery. Readers will love this book if they enjoy literary fiction, books about real-life topics, mysteries, or relatable characters struggling with many of the same challenges we all face every day.
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