Nancy Lucas lives in Charleston, SC. Scout is her favorite Springer Spaniel and she insists on writing silly stories about his capers. Stay tuned for the third tail in the Springer Spaniel Mystery series, “The Missing Tulip Bulbs”, in which Scout and his friends search for tulip bulbs that mysteriously disappear night by night. And Scout suspects one of his best friends is the culprit!
Hello Nancy! Thank you for talking to me today and congrats on the B.R.A.G. Medallion for your book, A Ghostly Tail: A Springer Spaniel Mystery (#2).
How neat to write stories about your Springer Spaniel! Please tell me a little about your story.
A ghost dog bully lives next door to Scout and taunts him rudely. Then, when Scout spends the night in that house, the ghost dog bully, Hamish (an Irish Wolfhound), tears up a box of cheese crackers and scatters it all over a room. The guy housesitting cannot see Hamish and therefore might think Scout had done it. So Scout and Chisolm quickly clean up the mess before the housesitter-friend wakes up in the morning. And that’s not all. The ghost dog bully is mean to everyone and when Scout asks why, he confesses his people moved away without him. Scout and Chisolm hatch a plan to return him to his people.
Do Scout and Chisolm get into some mischief?
Scout does, of course. Chisolm usually looks on and offers very polite advice. They met in the Charleston sewers when Scout was looking for some missing Boston Terriers in the first book. Chisolm was distracted by food lying around and Scout had to keep him focused on their mission. Also, Chisolm knew how to calm Hamish and make him help clean up the cheese crackers since he knows Hamish is terrified of Possums and Palmetto Bugs.
I love how your story is set in Charleston, SC and you use real street names that are well known. Could you name a few?
Montagu Street (our neighborhood), King Street (shopping), Meeting Street, Wentworth Street
What age group would this a good read for?
This is a good introduction to chapter books for 8 year-olds and up (and some of my friends have been reading a chapter per night to their very young children). I use all the big words in context so young people can be exposed to as many large words as possible. The dogs and possum all have an amazing vocabulary!
Who designed your book cover?
I drew all the illustrations and designed the book cover. I laid out the book for printing and Kindle in Adobe InDesign.
Charleston is such a great place and an inspirational place to write stories. Will you write stories that are set there other than children books?
Yes, I have finished a novel called “Courage of a Vampire” that I will self-publish next month. I sought an agent, but did not have any luck. This book follows a teen girl as she graduates from high school in South Carolina and moves to Richmond, Virginia where all her real vampire problems begin, and then she finds herself living and working in Charleston, pining after the lost love of her life and pondering immortality.
The second novel I’m working on right now is satire about the Charleston real estate market called “The Big Deal, A Charleston Real Estate Caper”. A UFO appears in the harbor one day, blocking the shipping channel and the whole city must evacuate. Chaos, of course, ensues!
So, I like to write about different things, as you can see.
Where do you like to write and how long does it take to write your stories?
I wrote my vampire novel in three months in my kitchen and dining room. I tend to work on the Springer Mystery books once a month, making up conversations in my head as I walk my Springer around my neighborhood, which is how it all started.
Will there be more in this mystery series?
Absolutely! The third book, “The Missing Tulips” is already available at Amazon in print and Kindle. The printed illustrations are in black and white, and in color on Kindle. I have started working on the fourth book, “The Curse of the Carriage Mule” and hope to have it published later this year. A NEW PUPPY is introduced in the “Tulips” mystery.
How did you discover indieBRAG?
I was doing research on marketing and it was suggested that I submit my books for reviews and awards to gain credence and exposure. indieBRAG has been extremely helpful with all their marketing tips and shout-outs. Many thanks to you and indieBRAG!
Where can readers buy your book?
Amazon.com! This link leads to a page that shows all 3 books.
Thank you, Nancy!
A message from BRAG:
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Nancy Lucas, who is the author of, A Ghostly Tail: A Springer Spaniel Mystery (#2), our medallion honorees at indieBRAG . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, A Ghostly Tail: A Springer Spaniel Mystery (#2), merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.