Monday, September 9, 2019

A chat with Starla Cupp, a sweet detective!

Starla Cupp is a character created by Willow Monroe

Good morning, my cozy friends! Sorry for not posting in a while, but here we are today with a brand new interview. At the end of this post, there's a message from Matt, so make sure you read it. Today we're talking to my dear friend Starla Cup. Tell us, Starla, what was the first investigation you did?  What was the last?  Do you expect to do more investigations in the future?

My first investigation came completely out of the blue when hateful old Nadine Crump went and got herself killed--right behind the diner on the railroad tracks.  At first Poppy, my best friend was a suspect and then the police focused on her fiance, Tom Brown.  Well, there was no way I could stay out of that!  The last investigation was when one of our own, famous country music legend, Jimmy Bones died right on stage in front of the whole town.  Some said he was killed by his severe peanut allergy but I disagreed, hence, my own investigation.  And it turned out that I was right, even if I did have to jump out of a window to prove it.  I'm pretty sure there will be more investigations, especially if it might harm someone I care about.  Small towns like Sugar Hill hide many secrets and sometimes those secrets come to light causing people to react in ways they never dreamed they would.

Skeletons in the closet, like they use to say. What is your daytime occupation?  How does it relate to your investigations?

I own and run the Dixie Cupp Diner with my best friend Poppy Wendell (soon to be Brown if she has her way about it).  That's where we spend most of our days.  I live in an apartment over the diner so my commute consists of not falling down the stairs.  It relates to my investigations in a couple of ways.  First, I'm an upstanding businesswoman, turning the diner into pretty much the social hub of the community.  Secondly, people know and feel comfortable with me and that gives me the opportunity to talk to them and, sometimes, get information they didn't even know they had.

You grab them by the stomach, am I right?! And what can you do that the police can't?

I can talk to them as their friend and neighbor.  Yeah, Tucker has that ability, too, but he wears a uniform.  I don't.  And owning the Dixie Cupp Diner allows me to interact with most everyone in town on a daily basis.  You'd be surprised at the stories that play out right there in the diner.  Anyway, everyone has known me since I was a kid and, sometimes, I think they still see me like one so they trust me with information that I probably shouldn't have, if you know what I mean.

Yes, I do! People are keen to open themselves to people who know how to listen. What do you know about the psychology of a criminal?

What I know about people, period, is what I learned from my grandmother.  She taught me to respect everyone but take everything I hear with a grain of salt.  And, really, all you have to do is pay attention to what's going on, quietly watch people and how they interact with others.  Now, that hasn't helped me pick out a criminal until it's almost too late but it keeps me on my toes. 

And how do you deal with authorities during your investigation?

Well, since the authorities in question here just happens to be one of my best friends, it's pretty easy to deal with him.  And giving out free coffee to the rest of the officers on our small force is also a plus.  They'll willingly share information with me.  Is that bribery?  Tucker worries about me getting myself into trouble, of course, and sometimes those conversations get, um, loud, but generally, he's on my side.

Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn't want others to know.

I am madly in love with Tucker Ash, our new chief of police.  Oh, Tucker and I have been best friends, buddies, since we were children but I've just come to realize my feelings for him go deeper than that.  Have I told him?  Nope.  I'm just now admitting it to myself.  You're the first person I've told although Poppy suspects it.

That's between the three of us. Do you have a favorite quote?  

"The secret is to live life on purpose." Starla Cupp in Pumpkin Spice and a Body on Ice.

Thank you for dropping by, Starla! I hope to see you again soon. 


About Willow Monroe
I'm Willow Monroe, and I have a reading problem. And a scribbling problem. I spend my time reading, writing, dancing (sometimes by myself), and poking at the characters in my head to see if they have a story to tell. When they do, I write it down. Then I mess with it, because characters are terrible storytellers. They're too involved. Too close. Too profoundly damaged by their experience to get the story right. So I help:) 

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Instagram: @pinwheelbooks.  

Hey, everyone, Matt here. Just a heads up: I'm going to Costa Rica for two months, with a scholarship to write a book about the endangered jaguar. This is a huge opportunity for me, and I'm going to focus 100% on it, so until I'm back, the blog won't be updated. If you're an author wishing to be interviewed, please wait until next year to contact me. Thanks a bunch!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

A chat with Belinda Lawrence, an Aussie Sleuth!

Belinda Lawrence is a character created by Brian Kavanagh

Tonight we have a guest all the way from Australia! I love that country's cinema, they make some of the best horror movies in the world. Tell us, Belinda what was the first investigation you ever did? What was the last? Do you expect to do more investigations in the future?

The first was some years ago when I was backpacking after University in Australia. Back then, it was the thing Aussie kids did, back to England, the ‘Old Country’ and do Europe before settling down to a ‘nine to five’ back home. I had some adventures then but nothing prepared me for what was to come. I was working in London at an accounting firm and thinking of going back home to Melbourne, when I received an invitation to visit my Great Aunt Jane in Milford, a small village just outside of Bath. I’d always wanted to visit that Georgian City - I’m a fan of Jane Austin - and it seemed a good idea to meet my father’s Aunt and check out the city at the same time.

But when I called at the Milford cottage I discovered my Great Aunt dead at the foot of the stairs. Well, tell me about it!  I’d never met the poor old lady and here she was, dead at my feet. The police decided it was an accidental fall which killed her, but soon after, I received a letter from her posted after her death. That was truly weird and gave me Goosebumps, not to mention a few sleepless nights. It hinted at a secret she wanted to reveal to me. The cottage was left to me in her will, why I don’t know, I guess she wanted it to go to family, even a distant one. So, not looking a gift-horse in the mouth, I decided to remain in Bath and follow up on my suspicions that Aunt Jane’s death was not accidental, but murder. A number of locals - with varying degrees of peculiarities - showed extreme interest in the cottage and more particularly in the old garden. It was this that caused me to investigate so, by accident, I became a sleuth and eventually tracked down the killer. All in all, a pretty dramatic affair.

More recently my last murder investigation was back in Melbourne where I was staying at my parents’ house while they were on a cruise. I met an old school chum who was lecturing in film and she invited me to attend a private screening run by retired cinema projectionists and staff, who had regular screening of films they had collected over the years. And an odd bunch they were. Old projectionists who loathed digital film and clung to the last shreds of celluloid film, film buffs, and an age defying cinema usherette (remember them?) who gave Marie Antoinette heavy competition with elaborate hairstyles. All of them obsessed with a missing film.  Whilst at the screening a young film enthusiast burst in announcing that the owner of the private cinema had been murdered. As I was there at the time of the crime, the police considered me to be a potential murderer, along with the others who attended the screening. So I began my sleuthing as a way to prove my innocence and got to know the members of the group, all of whom it seemed had a motive for murder, eventually tracking down the killer, who was intent on killing me! I was saved by a friend, and so lived to tell the tale. But let me tell you, it was a close shave.

And did you choose to become a detective? Or didn't you have a choice?

Much like my Aunt Jane’s fall down the stairs, I fell into it.  Initially to solve her murder but as time went on I became involved in dealing Antiques and with that came situations that involved crimes and killings associated with items of historical interest. I suppose my natural curiosity, plus the buzz from solving my Aunt’s murder, drove me to solve mysteries which involved an ancient tapestry, a murder in a haunted manor house, death over a missing political item, rediscovered bones of Saint Thomas Beckett, and Nazi spoils of war. I had developed a taste for sleuthing and enjoyed the challenge.

This is incredible! Tell me, who do you see yourself closest to: Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple or Sam Spade?

In lots of ways I could be described as a mixture of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Miss Marple because I rely a lot in instinct and go about my sleuthing quietly, learning as much as I can about suspects and putting two and two together. Instinct, as I said, has a lot to do with it; my assessment of individuals based on their persona and body language.  Hercule Poirot, because I am an outsider in England, as he was, so as an Australian I can view suspects from a different point of view. Also, considering each mystery from every angle, every possible reason, every detail. So a mixture of those techniques comes naturally to me and is a great advantage.

It must be hard doing all of that by yourself. Do you have anyone helping you in your investigations? Tell us more about them.

In lots of ways I’d lost without Hazel Whitby by my side when investigating a murder. Hazel and I first met after my Aunt Jane’s murder. Hazel had come to meet me in Bath because she has heard rumors of a secret that had been spread around about the cottage garden. At first I considered her to be a suspect in my Aunt’s murder, but it became apparent that she was innocent and was just curious so learn what the garden’s secret was. We became friends and I joined her in her Antique dealings from her tiny shop on Pulteny Bridge and her furniture shop in Wells. I learned a lot about antiques and together we have traveled around the world pursuing antiques. Hazel is older than me, much more world weary, amusingly cynical, and given to the charms of a handsome male. Her romantic life tends to be chaotic; mine more stable, or at least it was. Hazel has a real ‘down to earth’ approach to solving mysteries; things are much more black and white and her observation of human nature is not as generous as mine. We make a good team. Balance.

Let's wrap it up with  a quote. Do you have a favourite one?

As always, when in doubt, I turn to Oscar Wilde.  I love this quote from The Importance of Being Earnest, attributed to Miss Prism when admitting to having written a three volume novel. “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.”

I couldn't have said it better myself!

Neither could I! It was delightful to have you in my blog, please come back at anytime!

Monday, August 12, 2019

A chat with with Zoe Clarke of Moon Grove!

Zoe Clarke is a character created by Lily Webb

It's not Halloween yet, but we are interviewing a witch here at my blog! Zoe Clarke, tell us: what was the first investigation you ever did? What was the last? Do you expect to do more investigations in the future?

The first investigation I ever did was into the murder of a witch journalist, Harper Woods, my predecessor at the Moon Grove Messenger. Harper was investigating a shady quid-pro-quo deal for power between an influential witch and the king of the vampires and someone wasn’t happy about it, so they had her silenced — forever. Given that I replaced her at the paper and I could’ve been next to catch a stake in my heart, I had to investigate. Since then, I haven’t been able to stop sticking my nose where it doesn’t belong! Such is the life of a mind-reading journalist, I guess. As a matter of fact, I’m starting a new investigation right now. There’s rumors swirling about a string of disappearances and no one seems to know who’s behind them or why. I should probably just let the cops handle it, but c’mon… What fun would that be?

No fun at all! But it doesn't always pay the bills. Tell me, what’s your daytime occupation? How does it relate to your investigations?
Well, until recently I worked as a reporter covering the City and Government beat for the Moon Grove Messenger. But since I got elected as Head Witch, one of the most powerful positions in our magical town, I spend most of my days solving problems for the paranormal populace and drafting up new laws and regulations to protect them — from each other and from themselves. Keeping the peace in a town of half a dozen or more paranormal species isn’t easy, but I try my best. To that end, my new position touches every aspect of my life, including my investigations. The only difference is that now it’s an official part of my job description — and I get paid to do what I was doing illegally and for free before. Win-win!

That's a dream come true for any cozy detective. What can you do that the police can’t?

I can use magic and read people’s minds, for starters, though whether or not I’m any good at either of them is up for debate. Even so, nobody is better at spotting a liar than me, though sometimes that comes back to bite me in the rear. But I think I’m also just better at talking to people in general, which is probably a result of my background in journalism. Though these days it’s getting harder and harder to get people to talk, no doubt because pretty much everyone in Moon Grove knows who I am — I’m Head Witch, how couldn't they know? And then there’s that whole little “I-can-read-all-your-deepest-and-darkest-thoughts" thing. That probably doesn’t help. 

Being a good listener is essential in this business - and a little magic surely helps! Do you have anyone helping you in your investigations? Tell us more about them.

I have a huge support network of friends and family here in Moon Grove, paranormal and otherwise, but my number one supporter is Grandma Elle. When I was a little girl, my parents died in a car crash and Grandma Elle has raised me ever since. She’s a no-nonsense, take charge kind of gal who’s as untamed as the North Carolina farm she was born and raised on. She isn’t afraid to say or do whatever she needs to do to get to the truth, which is a bit of a double-edged sword. As much as I appreciate her help, she often gets me into more trouble than usual — because of her big southern mouth! Still, I wouldn’t have her any other way. She’s the best kind of Grandma anyone could ask for and I wouldn’t be the hard-nosed gumshoes I am today without her influence. But I’d be a total loser if I didn’t also mention my best friend Mallory Crane, who I met during my brief period of study at Veilside Academy of Magic. She’s the smartest, most resourceful witch I’ve ever met in my life and I wouldn’t have half the track record I do now if she hadn’t been around to help me piece together some of the toughest puzzles I’ve ever come across. And last but certainly not least, there’s my boyfriend, Beau Duncan, who just so happens to be able to turn into a golden retriever when he needs to. You’d be amazed how useful a nose like his can be, and he’s just as loyal and charming a boyfriend as he is in his dog form. 

Would you ever do something against the law to help your investigation? 

You ask that like I haven’t already! Look, while I’d never encourage anyone to break the law — I’m Head Witch, I have to support some kind of rule of law, right? — sometimes the ends justify the means, you know? I’ve been known to trespass, break into homes, and steal evidence when it was necessary — but it was always in the interest of solving a murder and because I had access that the police didn’t, and I’ve always turned over everything I’ve found to the cops in the end anyway. Our werewolf Police Chief, Berric Mueller, knows me by name and while he and I have a, well, complicated relationship, I like to think he’s finally grown to respect my endless curiosity and penchant for reckless endangerment. Or at least I hope he has. I bet if you asked him, he’d probably have something much different to say, but there’s always two sides to every story, right? Joke’s on him though because I’m Head Witch now so I could probably fire him if he tested me too much. I mean, not that I would, but it’s good to know I have the option. 

Thank you for your honest answer, most people are afraid of that question. That's it for today, but my readers can expect a new interview very soon! Kisses from Grandma!


Lily Webb lives in the Pacific Northwest with her two cats, Hilda and Zelda, where she spends her time reading and writing all things paranormal. An aspiring witch herself, Lily's always been fascinated by the magical powers of the written word. To stay up-to-date with all things Lily Webb and Moon Grove, sign up for Lily's Moon Grove Messenger newsletter here:

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A chat with Chelsea from the Apple Orchard

Chelsea is a character created by Chelsea Thomas

Anyone care for a slice of apple pie? Don't mind if I do! Today we're interviewing Chelsea, a detective who can bake some delicious goods. Tell us, Chelsea, how did you start in this detective life? What were your first and your latest investigation?

There was a murder on my family’s orchard. I’d moved home to be close to family while I mended my broken heart, and then there was a murder. The latest investigation involved the murder of a very… interesting woman.

Did you choose to become a detective? Or didn’t you have a choice?

I got swept into it. It wasn’t by choice. I was hesitant to delve into investigating a murder, but my aunt, Miss May felt protective over our orchard — she wanted to know “whodunit” and she wanted to make sure they didn’t do it again.

So you just fell in the middle of it! That happens to a lot of the people I interview here. And how do you handle investigating when people don’t believe in you?

As long as I have Miss May and Teeny by my side, I can get through most challenges that come
along with being an amateur detective. But we’ve definitely had to deal with a lot of doubt — I guess a sense of curiosity and justice drives all of us toward the truth.

And what about the authorities? How do you deal with them while doing your investigation?

While Detective Wayne Hudson is… great to look at, he likes getting in the way. A lot. The easiest way to deal with Wayne (and his boss, Chief Flanagan) is avoidance. We try to stay out of his way and off his radar as much as possible. Sometimes that works better than others.

Is there anything you don't like about investigating a murder?

While unraveling a mystery is interesting, I don’t like the fact that somebody is dead. When talking to the victim’s family or friends, it’s a reminder that they’ve lost somebody. Even the meanest, rudest person in the world doesn’t deserve to be murdered. 

Thank you for your interview, Chelsea! Come back anytime, and bring more pie!


Chelsea Thomas

Everyone loves a secret. 

So here's a good one...

...Chelsea Thomas is technically two people, married writing team Chelsea and Matthew Thomas. 

Matt and Chelsea write cozy mysteries set on an apple orchard in upstate New York. They also write television and film. As screenwriters, they have worked with several studios, including Nickelodeon, SONY and CBS. 

Chelsea and Matt are graduates of Duke University and they are members of the Writers Guild of America. 

Chelsea enjoys spending time with animals and practicing yoga. Matt loves playing music. They both enjoy spending time near the water. 

Monday, July 29, 2019

A chat with Vett Brayborn, a gifted detective!

Vett Brayborn is a character created by Dr. Sandra Tanner

Hello there, my dear readers! Ready to start another week? I'm doing an extra post today, for Ms. Vett Braybron, a fascinating cozy detective with a special gift. Tell us, Vett, what is your major strength while investigating a murder? 

I have a power from within. The easiest way to explain it is to say I have a gift of sight. Some people in my community don’t like those words and don’t understand what I can do. Nevertheless, I have a supernatural sight that brings me knowledge and discernment far beyond what anyone else has admitted to being able to know or discern. When I say knowledge, I mean having an uncanny understanding of what is right and wrong in a situation or thing. The knowledge is closely related to wisdom—knowing clearly how, when, where, and what to do with the knowledge presented to me. The discernment gives me the ability to look at a situation or environment and at some point know the truth. The truth is not always plain as day or quickly revealed. But after removing layers, I see it.

In my youth, I was afraid of my gift because my friends could not do what I could do; I didn’t want to be different. There were many times in my youth where my mother held my crying and shaking body while consoling me and helping me to see that what I had was nothing to be afraid of. She showed me that what I was able to do was my gift from God and that other people had gifts that I didn’t have. By the time I was in my early twenties, I was completely comfortable with it and knew explicitly that my gift was given to me to help people.

That's quite a strength! And what’s your major weakness while investigating a murder?
I’m a softy at heart. I tend to become too involved with the interested parties; I empathize deeply with the people I am helping. I share in their suffering and grief. I’ve tried to remain detached because I think the knowledge and discernment would come to me quicker if I did. You know the old adage “can’t see the forest for the trees.” I think I become too involved with making the people I work for feel better or comfortable that it takes a moment for me to see the situation outside of them. But I eventually do. When I was working to find the name of the murdered victim found buried on my deceased great aunt’s farm, I was so concerned about making sure my great aunt’s name did not get tarnished that I had to stop worrying and refocus on the main point at hand: There was a dead man who needed to be identified and his killer needed to be found. So sometimes, I need to stop and refocus myself.  I don’t want to be un-emphatic. I just need to stay better focused on the case in addition to recognizing and sharing the perspective of the people I work for. 

The human element is very important while wroking on a case. What’s your daytime occupation? How does it relate to your investigations?

I own a Southern food restaurant called Vett’s Place that I love. It is open seven days a week. I am the full-time manager and my Aunt Clove—my mother’s youngest sister—is the chef. She is the best cook I know. My restaurant does extremely well and I am proud of it.

Since I am the owner and manager, I can come in late or leave at any time to carry out my inquiries and investigations. My strong people, leadership, finance, and creativity skills helped make my restaurant the success that it is. These same skills assist me in my investigations. The biggest of these skills is people skills. My employees and clients trust me. I work hard to make sure they do.

Who do you see yourself closet to: Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple or Sam Spade? 

Definitely Miss Marple. I am not an elderly spinster, but I am an amateur consulting investigator, just like Miss Marple. Also, like Miss Marple, I solve crimes using my shrewd intelligence (and in my case, my gift). I, too, have a remarkable ability to latch onto a casual comment and connect it to the case at hand. I love the Miss Marple stories and can relate to them wholeheartedly. Two of my favorites are The Mirror Crack’d and a Caribbean Mystery.

The Mirror Crack'd is a favorite of mine too. Do you have anyone helping you in your investigations? Tell us about them. 

Unlike Miss Marple who has no regular secondary character around her, I have my best friend Dimma Kirkland. Dimma and I have been best friends since elementary school. She owns a successful real estate agency. Dimma did a great job in handling the sale of my great aunt’s farm and other properties. She does not always accompany me on my inquiries and investigations, but we do meet to discuss my findings. She has a special knack of asking questions that bring me enlightenment. Dimma has been married since graduating college and has one child, Simone, who is my godchild.

Dimma is the yang to my yin—up and down, respectively. When I am feeling down about a case I have yet to solve, Dimma will inevitably say the right thing that will pert me right up.

Let's wrap it up with a quote. Do you have a favorite one? 

I have two.
1.     And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (MEV Bible, Galatians 6:9)
2.     Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. (Joseph Campbell)
Some days when I feel like I am getting nowhere in my inquiries and investigation, hearing or reading these two quotes are just what I need to get me back on track. These two quotes are so uplifting.

Thanks for the interview, Vett, and I hope to visit your restaurant soon!


A native of Pittsylvania County, VA, Dr. Tanner holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management (Leadership focus) from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA.
At an early age, she developed a love of mystery and suspense stories from reading popular detective novels and magazines. She directed this love into writing her own whodunit murder mysteries. Her published novels are Sundrenched WaterSecrets of Salmer Tawgg (So Now They Know), and Sacks of Murder. Her short story Oh, My Dear God! won 3rd place prize in The Writers Weekly 24 Hour Short Story Contest. She is currently seeking publication for her fourth murder mystery novel—Stolen Four Minutes
Dr. Tanner enjoys watching detective television shows, and she looks forward to solving the crime ahead of the detectives. She considers herself to be an amateur investigator and delights in formatting plausible whodunit scenarios.
She is a member of James River Writers. She is a past president and past director of the Richmond chapter of ISM (Institute for Supply Management). She served for 11 years as the president of the 23rd Investment Group, an investment group she founded, which is currently in its 19th year of operation.

Dr. Tanner lives with her husband in Richmond, Virginia, where when she is not writing, reading, or attending writing seminars, she travels seeing the beauty of our fifty states—eleven more states left to visit.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A chat with Rosalie Bennett, the Wild Card Detective!

Rosalie Bennett is a character created by J.S. Peck

Rosalie Bennett, our guest today, is quite a girl! She can tell more about herself that I can, so let's cut to the chase and ask her some questions. Tell us, darling, did you choose to become a detective? Or didn’t you have a choice?
My fiancé was a policeman. When he refused to get involved in the drug dealing in his precinct and ended up dead, I knew that he’d been murdered despite the police chief insisting he had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car. As a psychic, I knew I was right. When no one would listen to me, I knew it was up to me to prove them wrong. And then, when my tarot card client, Melissa, was murdered, what choice did I have but to do what I could to find their murderer
Sometimes I wish I had psychic powers. Not only it would help me catching killers, it would also allow me to talk to my Wilson, rest his soul. And what’s your daytime occupation? How does it relate to your investigations?
I write a spiritual column for Women Living Well, a magazine that has asked me to start writing what really goes on in Las Vegas. That’d take me out of my hiding away for the three years since my fiancé‘s death and step back into the real world. I’m also a psychic who reads tarot cards, and when the Death card shows up in a reading, it’s a warning that murder can follow. The Death card appeared in the reading of my recent client and I was determined to find her killer—as a self-declared sleuth. I thought that perhaps it might lead to me discovering what really happened to my fiancé.
Apart from the spiritis, do you have anyone else helping you in your investigation?
I met a news reporter from Channel 5, Brian Boyce, who asked me as a psychic to help him in his investigation since it appeared that what he was working on and my trying to find my client’s killer were tied together. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was working undercover for his client and the FBI. He and his partner own a detective agency in Boston, Massachusetts. All three of us worked together.
That's hardcore! What do you know about crime scene investigation?
I’m sorry for laughing, but to answer your question, not that much. But I’m learning. My detective partners are always amazed at how I can get so involved in all that happens. Trouble seems to follow me.
We have that in common. Are you a fan of crime novels? What are your favorites?
As a young girl, I read the Nancy Drew series. I loved that she was smart and able to solve crimes. Since my parents’ death, I’ve stayed away from reading anything to do with death. But now, I’m excited about starting to get into the world of all the wonderful crime and mystery books out there.
Tell me one thing about yourself you wouldn’t want others to know.
When I was in middle school, I punched a boy who was bullying me in the face and gave him a bloody nose. I got in trouble for doing it. My grandmother was called, and I was dismissed from school for the rest of the day. She was not happy with me; she hated violence of any kind.
Is your grandmother still alive?
Yes, and no. By that, I mean that she’s no longer alive on earth, but she visits me spiritually and gives me advice. She’s always around when I need her or when she has something to say.
Let's end with a quote. What's your favorite one?

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin

Thank you so much for the interview, Rosalie! Continue the good work. And to my readers: stay tuned, for we'll have another interview next Sunday. Kisses from Grandma Bertha!