Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ The Hanged Man’s Noose by Judy Penz Sheluk

Please welcome Judy Penz Sheluk author of The Hanged Man’s Noose.

Judy Penz Sheluk will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and the opportunity to guest on Judy Penz Sheluk’s blog to a randomly drawn host.

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The Hanged Man’s Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery

by Judy Penz Sheluk


GENRE: Mystery



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?


I’ve wanted to be a writer since I first read Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery (of Anne of Green Gables fame). It’s the story of Emily Starr, a young woman from New Moon, Prince Edward Island, who wants to grow up to be a journalist – and succeeds. I was about eight-years-old at the time, and the book was a Christmas gift. I still have it on my bookshelf, one of the few things I’ve moved from place to place over the years. It took me many years before I actually started writing fiction—life somehow got in the way of my dreams—but when I finally started working on The Hanged Man’s Noose, it seemed only fitting to name my protagonist Emily, and so I did.


  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

The Hanged Man’s Noose started life as a short story in a Creative Writing class. As a short story, it wasn’t particularly good, but I loved the town (Lount’s Landing) and the feisty antiques shop character (Arabella Carpenter) that I’d created. In the book, Arabella becomes sidekick to Emily, but without Arabella, and that short story, there would be no book, and no Emily.


  1. What expertise did you bring to your writing?

I’ve been a fulltime freelance writer since 2003. Writing 750-word magazine feature articles is not the same as writing fiction, but it does teach you to “Write Tight,” and to work on deadline. I’m also the Senior Editor of New England Antiques Journal and the Editor of Home BUILDER Magazine, so even my first drafts are pretty clean.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I’m an avid reader, mostly mysteries. I truly believe reading is the best teacher.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?

I’ve recently completed Skeletons in the Attic, the first book in a new series (Marketville Mysteries) and am exploring publishing options now. I’m currently writing the sequel to Noose, with the view to 2017 publication. And I’m hoping to write a few more short stories. I just published Live Free or Tri: A collection of three short stories. It’s a completely different game, writing short vs. long.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I’d have to say Arabella Carpenter. Her motto is “Authenticity Matters” and I admire that sentiment. She’s sometimes too honest for her own good, but she’s feisty and smart and loyal to her friends. Heck, she’s even loyal to her ex-husband, Levon Larroquette. She’s also willing to invest in a brick-and-mortar antiques shop in an online age where antiques are often viewed as old-fashioned, because they are her passion. Arabella follows her heart. I love that about her.

  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

I was asked this question at a book club meeting (the club had selected my book, and I answered some of their questions). Truthfully, I have no clue, although in my head Levon Larroquette (Arabella’s ex, and an antiques picker) looks like a young Kris Kristofferson (think A Star is Born), and Garrett Stonehaven (the greedy real estate developer) looks like thirty-something Chris Noth.

  1. Do you belong to a critique group? If so how does this help or hinder your writing?

I do not. I’m very solitary with my work. I don’t even let my husband, Mike, read what I’ve written. When I feel it’s done, I hire a professional editor to review the manuscript.

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

I’ve written extensively about this on my blog and I share it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Readers can find the posts here” The first post is called “The First Cut is the Deepest.”

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

Agatha Christie said, “Write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.” It’s great advice and it certainly worked for her. Worst advice was my own. “You can always write a book later on.”

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I’m a complete pantser. I have a vague premise, i.e. greedy real estate developer comes to a small town with plans to build a mega-box store (The Hanged Man’s Noose) but other than that, I just go chapter by chapter until the story is finished. I’ve tried working from an outline and I ended up tossing the outline and pantsing my way to the end.


  1. Anything else you’d like to add?

People can read the first four chapters of The Hanged Man’s Noose free at Barking Rain Press. BRP has that option for all of their titles, and it’s a great option. We know, as readers, whether a book is for us in four chapters. I’m hoping folks take advantage of that offer.




Small-town secrets and subterfuge lead to murder in a tale of high-stakes real estate wrangling gone amok.

Journalist Emily Garland lands a plum assignment as the editor of a niche magazine based in Lount’s Landing, a small town named after a colorful Canadian traitor. As she interviews the local business owners for the magazine, Emily quickly learns that many people are unhappy with real estate mogul Garrett Stonehaven’s plans to convert an old schoolhouse into a mega-box store. At the top of that list is Arabella Carpenter, the outspoken owner of the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, who will do just about anything to preserve the integrity of the town’s historic Main Street.

But Arabella is not alone in her opposition. Before long, a vocal dissenter at a town hall meeting about the proposed project dies. A few days later, another body is discovered, and although both deaths are ruled accidental, Emily’s journalistic suspicions are aroused.

Putting her reporting skills to the ultimate test, Emily teams up with Arabella to discover the truth behind Stonehaven’s latest scheme—before the murderer strikes again.






Emily Garland considered the offer on the table and nodded. It certainly sounded as though Urban-Huntzberger had everything covered. She wondered whether she should study the contract, contact a lawyer. Take a moment to decide whether this was the opportunity of a lifetime or an act of insanity. “How long do I have?”


“We need an answer ASAP. You’d move in by the end of the month, sooner if possible. The rental house has been recently renovated and is currently available.”


Michelle stood up. “Emily, you’ve been in this business long enough to know this kind of assignment doesn’t come along every day. Work with us. Get rich with us. And help us to expose Garrett Stonehaven for the lying, cheating, bastard we both know he is.”


Definitely more to this scenario than meets the eye. Emily pulled a gold-plated pen out of her handbag, a graduation gift from her mother a dozen years ago. She twirled it between her fingers, remembering how proud her mom had been, her daughter the first one in the family to go beyond high school. Remembered the way her mother had looked the last time Emily saw her, shell-shocked and shattered.


“Where do I sign?”







AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Judy Penz Sheluk’s debut mystery, The Hanged Man’s Noose: A Glass Dolphin Mystery was released in July 2015 through Barking Rain Press. Her short crime fiction appears in The Whole She-Bang 2, World Enough and Crime, and Flash and Bang. In her less mysterious pursuits, Judy is the Senior Editor for New England Antiques Journal and the Editor for Home BUILDER Magazine. Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, International Thriller Writers, and the Short Mystery Fiction Society. Find Judy on her website, where she blogs about the writing life and interviews other authors.


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Judy Penz Sheluk will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and the opportunity to guest on Judy Penz Sheluk’s blog to a randomly drawn host.




34 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Hanged Man’s Noose by Judy Penz Sheluk

  1. Goddess Fish Promotions
    February 3, 2016

    Thank you for hosting today.

  2. Judy Penz Sheluk
    February 3, 2016

    Thank you Christine, for hosting me. I am happy to answer any questions your readers might have.

  3. nikolina84
    February 3, 2016

    Enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!

  4. Joanne Guidoccio
    February 3, 2016

    Excellent interview! The Hanged Man’s Noose sounds delicious. 🙂

  5. achristay
    February 3, 2016

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  6. Rita Wray
    February 3, 2016

    I liked the interview and excerpt, thank you.

  7. Heidi B
    February 3, 2016

    How do you get beyond it when you hit writer’s block?

    • Judy Penz Sheluk
      February 3, 2016

      Hello Heidi! I always think that if I’m really stuck — not just procrastinating or wanting to do something else/anything else that day — that it’s my inner voice telling me I’m going in the wrong direction. So I’ll leave it, go for a walk, think everything over. 9 times out of 10 that’s it — I’ve taken a turn that just isn’t working. It usually means backtracking, deleting a bunch of pages written, and going to the place where I started the wrong turn. Sometimes it’s just a few pages, but with my last manuscript (currently under consideration with a publisher), I actually had to rewrite several chapters. The 1 out of 10 when I’m truly blocked, I’ll take it as my inner voice telling me I need to take a break, and so I do. I read, watch TV, go for a run — anything but sit at my computer and stare at the screen. The next day I get back at it, feeling refreshed. That almost always works for me.

  8. Eva Millien
    February 3, 2016

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a good book, thanks for sharing and good luck with the tour!

    • Judy Penz Sheluk
      February 3, 2016

      Thanks Eva! It’s getting great reviews, so I’m very pleased about that. It’s amateur sleuth, but it’s not crazy cozy (no cats, crafts, or cookie recipes), has an intricate plot and a lot of characters. One reviewer said “Judy Penz Sheluk probably sets a record for the most characters with skeletons in the closet.” That made me laugh — but really, don’t we all have a skeleton or two in our closets?

  9. Thomas Murphy
    February 3, 2016

    sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Cali W.
    February 3, 2016

    Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. 🙂

  11. bn100
    February 3, 2016

    nice interview

  12. Betty W
    February 3, 2016

    I enjoyed the excerpt & interview, thank you for sharing and for the contest!

  13. Ree Dee
    February 4, 2016

    I enjoyed the entire post! Thank you so much for sharing! I look forward to reading more.

  14. Dario
    February 4, 2016

    Sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing!

  15. marilynlevinson
    February 5, 2016

    Judy, I enjoyed reading this interview and learning more about you.

  16. Victoria
    February 10, 2016

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Judy Penz Sheluk
      February 10, 2016

      Thanks Victoria! Good luck in the Rafflecopter giveaway

      • Victoria
        February 12, 2016

        No problem and thank you!!

  17. Mai Tran
    March 7, 2016

    Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood?

    • Judy Penz Sheluk
      March 7, 2016

      Hi Mai, I think every experience, from childhood to present day, forms part of what I write indirectly, but not in the same sense as a memoir.

  18. Sheri Levy
    April 23, 2017

    Judy, congrats on doing another tour! Loved your interview and I can share with everyone, Hang Man’s Noose is a great read!

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