Tara and I have at least one thing in common. We like to write about strong women as our heroines. No wimps allowed. I was drawn to Tara’s historical fiction book, Ride for Rights. This YA story is about two sisters who showed everyone they could ride motorcycles across the country in 1916 where there weren’t even roadways! Amazing examples of strong women. I was especially interested in this story because I wrote a non-fiction book for girls, Girls Succeed! I profile fifteen strong women who share their journeys on paths blazing new trails for women in the workplace.
In my latest mystery/romance, Coda to Murder, my strong heroine is Pastor Christine Hobbs. Yes, she’s a female minister, an occupation where women are finally breaking down the barriers to share in the leadership of many denominations in the Christian churches.
In order to write the book, I interviewed female pastors. One woman laughed as she told me how parishioners will make comments to her they would not say to a male pastor e.g. “I like your shoes.”
When asked if it was difficult for a woman to lead a congregation, another minister said, “I have discovered that people don’t care if you are a man or a woman. They just want you to do your job well.”
Pastor Christine Hobbs wants to do her job well, but seminary school didn’t prepare her for obstacles she faces in Coda to Murder. She’s been in the pulpit business for over five years, but she never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Detective Cole Stephens doesn't want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.
Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?
Thanks, Tara, for hosting me on your blog. Strong heroines rock!
About J.Q. Rose:
After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. Her latest mystery, Coda to Murder, was released in February. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
Connect online with J.Q.
J.Q. Rose blog
Girls Succeed blog
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Buy Links for Coda to Murder
Now available at MuseItUp Publishing- http://tinyurl.com/anax9x7
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