Christine Young

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The Devil’s Hook by Pearle R. Meaker ~ Presented by Christine

Please welcome Pearl R. Meaker author of The Devil’s Hook

Pearl R. Meaker will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.


The Devil’s Hook

by Pearl R. Meaker


GENRE: Romantic Suspense


When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?

This happened in stages.

The first stage was submitting my fanfiction to an online story archive. A lady on a forum I was

a member of mentioned in a post that she had posted a new Hobbit story on if

anyone was interested in reading it. Her posts were well written so I checked out the story, also

checking out what “fanficiton” was at the same time. I found out it’s writing stories based on

someone else’s book, movie or whatever. I loved her story, messaged her and mentioned I’d

made up fanfiction stories my whole life. Shirebound (her screen name) encouraged me to

submit a story to the site and see if people liked it. People did like it and I kept on writing.

The second stage came from those who read and enjoyed my Tolkien based fanfiction.

Over the seven years that I wrote it, I increasingly had readers telling me I should write some

original stories that could be submitted for publication. When my husband (who was also

encouraging me to try to be published) came home with an ad for a correspondence writing

school I looked into it. It was reputable and I decided maybe the time had come, so I wrote

some things up and sent them in and was accepted into the course. The course was geared for

improving your writing and submitting it to magazines. Later, I was accepted into their novel

writing course, which honed your writing even more and helped prepare you to submit to


The last stage was my novel writing instructor, Mary Rosenblum, thoroughly loving the story

I worked on for the course – it was my first Emory Crawford Mystery, The Devil’s Music – and

taking me on as a coaching and editing client after I passed the class. Mary encouraged me to

submit as soon as the manuscript was ready and my publisher, Promontory Press, is one of

the two publishers she recommended.

I’ve sent Shirebound a free copy of each Emory Crawford Mystery. If she hadn’t encouraged

me to submit a fanficiton story twelve years ago, none of the rest of my writing career would

have happened.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best was to write my stories the way I write them. Don’t try to be someone else. Don’t try

to fit into their mold. Be myself. Also, being told to write stories I would like to read myself,

which is what I do. I love cozy mysteries.

The worst, for me, is the popular emphasis on using a very tight, formal, highly

structured outline as the blueprint for your book. It always comes with the message that if you

write any other way your books will be weak and will flop. Since then I’ve found out there’s a

huge number of highly successful authors who, like me, do not use outlines or use loosely

structured more fluid outlines. I like to refer to us non-outliners as Intuitive Plotters.
Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Yes, I do have hobbies that have carried over into my characters and stories. J Emory and I are both crafty sorts. So far, she doesn’t have any hobbies I don’t have, but that might happen – one never knows. Emory uses her arts and crafts hobbies to relax, to appear non-threatening, and to help her think. In The Devil’s Music her hobby of playing bluegrass fiddle is vital to the plot, and bluegrass and folk music in particular is woven in and out of the story.

Crocheting plays a big part in The Devil’s Hook. The title, cover art and a fair bit of the plot involve crocheting in some way, even if only as a backdrop for the rest of the action.

It isn’t a hobby per se, but I love science. That’s a large part of why Dr. Jebbin Crawford, Emory’s husband, is a chemistry and forensic science professor. In The Devil’s Hook I have fun with the idea of blending art, music and science.
Do you have an all time favorite book?

This will seem a bit odd seeing as I’ve become a mystery writer, but my all time favorite book is “The Lord of the Rings.” I first read it in 1966 when I was in 7th grade and I’ve loved it ever since. It is such a complete and compelling world. I love the Hobbits. I am a Hobbit. J I’m short, pudgy, and enjoy good food and good fellowship with friends and loved ones. My fanficiton stories were nearly all Hobbit stories featuring Pippin and Merry. Peregrin (Pippin) Took has always been my favorite LOTR character.

I have a tapestry with the map of Middle Earth on it, a flag of Rohan, and a movie poster from “Fellowship of the Ring” on my living room walls – and a tattoo of J.R.R. Tolkien’s monogram on my left ankle.
Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Thank you for asking, Christine! J

Book #3 in the Emory Crawford Mysteries Series is in the works. The working title is The Devil’s Flood and it deals with flooding past and present in Golden County, where the main setting of the series, the town of Twombly, is located. There’s murder and moonshining afoot in the area and Emory, along with her new sleuthing partner Madison Twombly, will be getting dirty (mud and muck dirty) to solve the cases. Look for it to release fall of 2016.
Who is your favorite actor and actress?

I really enjoy Jeff Daniels. He can be any sort of character and do comedy or drama with equal skill. Plus, he’s a really great person. He still lives in Chelsea, Michigan where he grew up and has done all sorts of things to help the town and it’s citizens.

Actress would be . . . Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith and Judy Dench. They are all just fantastic actresses!
Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book?

The darkest moment, to me, is when everything looks like Amy Twombly has murdered Resie Schmid. We know she had motive, opportunity and the weapon was her crochet hook. When the police come to put her in jail the bottom seems to drop out for most all the characters in the book.
What is your favorite reality mystery show?

I had to change this question. I don’t watch any of the reality shows. I know. I’m weird.

I have two favorite mystery shows.

NCIS is just so good. Great stories. Great characters. Great cast – and David McCallum as Ducky!

Murdock Mysteries. See everything above – except for David McCallum 😉 . An all round marvelous show from Canada that you can watch on Netfllix and Acorn TV.
Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

It’s fun and it’s a challenge. Fun because I’m getting to know my characters over time, like in real life. I’m getting to get a feel for Twombly, both the college and the town, which is also like it is in real life. Good friendships and feeling like a place is home takes time, but it is time well spent.

The challenge is that I’m not the most organized person on earth and I know I lose track of information about my characters and Twombly. I make every effort to stay consistent, keep information in the same place and all that, but stuff still gets lost and misplaced. I keep waiting for someone to write me and say something like, “Why have Emory’s eyes changed color?”
Anything else you might want to add?

A big, grateful thank you to everyone who has read my books, or has put them on a “to be read” list, or has shown up here because something about my books caught their attention. I write for you all. I write to bring you a break from your everyday life and entertain you for a while. If I can do that, I’m a happy and fulfilled person. And a special thank you to Christine for inviting me to be here. J


Jairus Twombly’s familial intuition is faltering and his new personal assistant seems to be trying to replace his wife, Amy.

On the Twombly College campus, someone is breaking into the dorm rooms of female students leaving things instead of taking things: red colored objects including a red golf ball, a red ribbon and a tiny red stuffed dog.

When a recipient of some of the red objects goes missing and is returned after being told, “You’re not her”, and the personal assistant turns up dead with Amy Twombly’s elegant Bloodwood crochet hook in her eye, things heat up for Emory Crawford and her chemist and forensic scientist husband, Dr. Jebbin Crawford.

Emory, along with the Twombly’s Nancy Drew-like daughter, Madison, once more turns to her amateur detective skills and intuition to solve the mysteries.




At about time for lunch break, we heard the upstairs door open and close followed by Tracy and Suzanne pelting down the stairs into the family room.

“Sorry we’re late, Emory,” Tracy puffed.

“Campus security is finally going to do something about it all,” Suzanne gasped out in one breath.

“What?” said the class in Greek chorus unison.

“Slow down now. Take a few deep breaths then tell us what the college is finally doing something about.”

“The red things,” Suzanne began. “The red things that have been appearing in our rooms at Mitchell dorm. It started happening in November, or thereabouts. It even took us a while before any of us said anything to each other.”

“Red things appearing, not taken?” I asked.

“Yeah,” Tracy nodded. “That’s what made it so weird. I mean, breaking in to leave something is so much stranger than breaking in to take something. You know, taking is nearly normal.”

“Totally.” Suzanne shivered at the thought. “But at least now they’re going to come to Mitchell and check out the rooms for scratch marks on the door jambs, finger prints and stuff.”

“Well, I guess we’ll be hearing more about this over our break. I’ve got lunch ready upstairs. Why don’t the rest of you go on up and help yourselves while I get Tracy and Suzanne started on crocheting their afghans.”

The group moved up the stairs, the two boys in the lead. I could hear Amy Twombly grumping as she went.

“I hope lunch is better today. Yesterday I’m positive the bread was stale and Monday the soup was over-cooked.”

I started getting the two girls settled down and learning the pattern. But my brain was not fully on the stitching. The last time something around here got left where it shouldn’t have been it was a strange dried flower arrangement on the welcome table for a conference and soon after, there was a murder.




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Pearl R. Meaker is an upper-middle-aged, short, pudgy homemaker, mother, and grandmother who in 2002 became a writer. Initially writing fanfiction she soon tried original fiction at the encouragement of her regular readers. She has been a life-long lover of mystery stories and automatically went to that genre for her first book, The Devil’s Music. She and her husband of nearly 40 years live in central Illinois. They both love bluegrass music, playing fiddle and banjo and singing. Pearl also does many crafts – when she’s not reading or writing – knitting, crochet, origami, needlepoint, and cross-stitch among them. She also enjoys birding and photography and is a former fencer.

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17 comments on “The Devil’s Hook by Pearle R. Meaker ~ Presented by Christine

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    October 13, 2015

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 13, 2015

      Thank you, Goddess Fish, for putting my tour together! 🙂 ❤

  2. Pearl R. Meaker
    October 13, 2015

    Thank you so much for hosting The Devil’s Hook and me today, Christine! 🙂

  3. Mai Tran
    October 13, 2015

    What books have most influenced your life most?

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 13, 2015

      Hello Mai! 🙂

      Here are some of the books that have influenced me.

      Agatha Christie’s mysteries, kind of obviously. I’ve loved them since I was between 9 and 10 years old.

      Edgar Allen Poe’s works, prose and poetry. I fell in love with my own language – the rich vocabulary of the 1800s – and with horror and suspense that was almost made beautiful because of the language.

      J.R.R.Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and somewhat “The Hobbit.” I read LOTR first because “The Fellowship of the Ring” was offered in a school student’s book catalogue. His world was so real and rich with details and, again, the language is beautiful.

  4. Shannon
    October 13, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing a generous excerpt

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 13, 2015

      Hi Shannon 🙂 You’re most welcome! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  5. Rita Wray
    October 13, 2015

    I liked the excerpt.

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 13, 2015

      Hi and thank you so much, Rita. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Victoria
    October 13, 2015

    Great post I loved the excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 14, 2015

      Hi again, Victoria! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  7. Betty W
    October 13, 2015

    I enjoyed learning more about you and your book! Thank you for sharing!

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 14, 2015

      Hi Betty and thank you 🙂

  8. Ree Dee
    October 17, 2015

    Wonderful interview! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

    • Pearl R. Meaker
      October 21, 2015

      Hi Ree Dee 🙂 Good to see you and glad you liked the interview. 🙂

  9. Eva Millien
    October 21, 2015

    I enjoyed the excerpt and the interview, sounds like a really good book, thanks for sharing!

  10. Pearl R. Meaker
    October 21, 2015

    Hello Eva 🙂 Good to see you and you’re most welcome. 🙂

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