Tuesday, 7 May 2013

What Inspired Me to Write the Sister Nun Psychosocial Mysteries

- Guest Post by Deborah Plummer Bussey

In 1964, when our nine member family outgrew the three-bedroom home in Cleveland, Ohio my Dad decided to build a home on a six acre lot he owned about thirty miles outside of the city in Huntsburg, Ohio.  Our split-level home was erected a half acre back on the property. My Dad made and proudly displayed a sign that read “Plummer’s Half Dozen” at the end of our long driveway.  It was in this home on that six acre lot that I spent my high school years, bumbling my way through adolescence with my sisters and young brother.  After high school, at only seventeen years old, I entered the convent and lived in the religious order’s Motherhouse only ten miles away from my family home.  On “home visits” coming back to the “Plummer’s Half Dozen” was always very, very special.

Half Dozen Publications publishes the Sister Nun cozy mystery series inspired by my family, my life as a nun, and my life as a psychologist after I left the convent.  In Sister Nun psycho-social mysteries, psychologist and former nun, Kathy Carpenter always finds out something in her clinical practice that she must bring to light without breaking confidentiality.  Her gregarious sister, Tina, helps her to uncover the truth. Together these amateur sister sleuths uncover suicides and accidental deaths as murders. In They Still Call Me Sister, Kathy and Tina find themselves caught up in political intrigue and a sex scandal to uncover the truth about one of Kathy’s patient death that is claimed to be a suicide. In The Family That Stays Together, Kathy and Tina work relentlessly to clear charges brought against their close friend and television personality for murdering her ex-fiancĂ©.

The Sister Nun psycho-social mysteries include a great deal of pop culture. Pop culture provides the context for what influences the characters in the story. As a psychologist, understanding the psyche and motivations of the characters is important to me as a writer; thus, the stories have more background and character development than typical mysteries that are more driven by plot. Sister Nun series are cozy mysteries. In cozy mysteries violence and sex are downplayed or treated humorously. I am squeamish about blood and gut stuff and I can’t imagine crime scenes let alone write about them realistically.  As you can imagine being a former nun, writing great sex scenes would not be my strong suit; although, who knows, I may make that a stretch goal as a writer.  In the meantime, I do hope you enjoy the series.

Please follow Kathy Carpenter on twitter KathyCarpenter@SisterNun and the series on Facebook www.facebook.com/Deborah Plummer Bussey.

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Genre – Cozy Mystery
Rating – PG13
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