On a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?
Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.
1) Where do you like to write?
I have two writing “caves” where I do the bulk of my work. One is my home office, which is a cluttered mess at the moment. The other is our camp on the Youghiogheny River. It’s just a small camper on a permanent site in a campground, but my husband goes fishing all day, and I write. If I get stuck, I take a walk or ride my bike on the Allegheny Passage Trail. Usually I find my answers there.
2) How much time do you spend writing each day?
On a good day, about four hours. After that, my brain is fried. When I’m juggling projects, I may only spend a couple of hours on drafting and the rest on revising or promotion. But when I have a deadline looming, I push myself to write until I meet my quota—whatever that happens to be to stay on track. I HATE missing deadlines.
3) What is your favorite (and least favorite) part of the writing process?
My favorite part is a toss-up between drafting and revising. If the first draft is going well, I love finding out what happens next. If it’s not going so well, I love going back later to fix it. You can’t do that in real life! My least favorite part is proofreading because I’m really bad at catching typos in my own work.
4) Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
My husband should probably answer this one. He thinks the whole business of hanging out with imaginary people is quirky! As for me, I simply sit in front of the computer and work. Not very interesting, I’m afraid, but productive.
5) What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?
I shudder to think. Probably working retail or slinging burgers…and considering I’m a vegetarian, that last option isn’t very good!
6) What are you working on now?
I’m about to start on revisions on the third Zoe Chambers mystery (Bridges Burned, scheduled for April 2015). While Lost Legacy takes a look at Zoe’s past and family, Bridges Burned deals with her and Pete facing questions about the future of their careers and their relationship.
About the Author
Annette Dashofy, a Pennsylvania farm gal born and bred, grew up with horses, cattle, and, yes, chickens. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT for the local ambulance service. Since then, she’s worked a variety of jobs, giving her plenty of fodder for her lifelong passion for writing. She, her husband, and their two spoiled cats live on property that was once part of her grandfather’s dairy. Her short fiction, including a 2007 Derringer nominee, has appeared in Spinetingler, Mysterical-e, and Fish Tales: the Guppy Anthology. Her newest short story appears in the Lucky Charms Anthology.