Skeltons, Traditions & Family Secrets

We all have secrets, those skeletons in our closet we’d rather no one knew about. Families also have traditions or customs that may seem odd to outsiders, but are perfectly normal to them. It’s these tidbits that make our story unique and memorable.

Fictional characters are the same. Take for instance, Muriel Reeves, heroine of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. In book one, Frank, Incense and Muriel, Muriel has always felt like the black sheep of her family.

While everyone else is keen to win the D-DAY Award, she would prefer to forget about the competition. Just for once she’d like to enjoy Christmas Eve without having to vote for the member of her family who cheated death.

She rarely talks about it, but today she opened up about the Reeves family D-DAY awards on W.S. Gager’s blog.

“It’s a tradition,” she says, “that began with my parents. My father was a real live action figure. Always on the go. Always in search of that next adrenalin rush. My mother shared his sense of adventure, and in some ways was even more of a daredevil. My brothers went on their first adventure trip when they were still in diapers. Me? Riding the merry-go-round makes me nauseous.

“I’ve always held the conviction that if humans were meant to race down snow covered mountains, scuba dive on ocean floors, or jump out of airplanes, we’d have been born with skis for feet, gills for lungs and had wings attached to our backs.

“Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the only time of year the family gets together is December. On Christmas Eve, we vote for the family member who took the greatest risk during the past year and lived to tell the tale. The winner receives the D-DAY trophy. The letters stand for Death-Defying Act of the Year Award.”

To read Muriel’s entire interview visit W.S. Gager’s blog. Leave a comment (either here or there) and you will be eligible to win one of three e-copies of FRANK,INCENSE AND MURIEL, the first book of my Muriel Reeves Mysteries. The winners will be announced December 9.

Btw, today is day 6 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour. Good luck in the draw and happy reading!

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