Madison Johns interviews Eleanor Mason, a character from Armed and Outrageous

Armed and Outrageous features Agnes Barton as lead amateur sleuth, but it’s her partner in crime Eleanor Mason who steals the show.

1. Thanks Eleanor for letting me interview you today.
You’re welcome Madison.

2. Can you state your age for the record?
Well that’s one heck of a question to ask me. I happen to be a very young eighty-two.

3. What’s it like working alongside Agnes Barton solving crimes?
It’s kinda like getting a tooth pulled, painful at times, but you know you have to do it or everything will fall apart.

4. So would you call yourself the glue that holds everything in place?
Of course, Agnes needs all the help she can get and at least with me tagging along she has protection.

5. Is it true you pack a pistol in your purse?
We-Well I don’t know if I should say. I don’t want to spend the weekend in the pokey.

6. Don’t you have a concealed weapons permit?
Is that a trick question?

7. Next question. What makes Eleanor tick?
A good glass of wine and a man of course. Mr. Wilson is okay but I’m hoping to meet someone younger. I can so see myself as a cougar. Roar!

8. What do you and Agnes have in common and where do you differ?
We do so love to solve crimes and neither of us care for Sheriff Peterson. He’s Iosco County’s excuse for a sheriff. Where we differ is my behavior. Agnes is a total stick in the mud whereas I’m the life of the party. Sometimes she acts just like she’s my mother. Sometimes she gets on my very last nerve, but if anyone dared say so I’d give them a one and a two and a three, raising her fist menacingly.

Thanks Eleanor for allowing me to interview you today.

Thanks Madison and I hope you write me in a younger man in the sequel.

Armed and Outrageous Synopsis
What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago in Tadium, MI, have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes Barton makes it her personal mission to find out, and she's not letting the fact she's seventy-two get in the way. Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she's accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance.

Agnes’ partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes.
Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone—male or female—and gossiping! She's incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times.

Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly. Adult situations.

 Madison Johns Bio:

As a child, Madison Johns preferred to distance herself from other children her age, and had been described as a dreamer. Even as a small child, she remembers staying awake many a night fighting dragons, whisked away to foreign lands, or meeting the man of her dreams.

She was a voracious reader of historical romance in her teen years and has always wished to one day journey to England, France, Ireland, and Scotland.

The writing bug bit her at the age of 44 and she pounded out three books since that time. As the publishing climate changed she took a risk and decided to self publish, first a collection of two horror short stories geared for YA, Coffin Tales Season of Death with her first cozy mystery novel to follow in May 2012.

I will be giving away a copy of Armed and Outrageous in ebook format or a signed print edition, your choice. All you have to do is comment on my blog posts during the Mystery We Write blog tour.

What a fun interview, thank you, Madison.



Joyce Lavene said…
Sounds like a great book, Madison!
I'm so tickled that you are visiting me today, Madison. I'm learning more and more about you and your book.
Patricia Gligor said…
Oh, Madison! You made me laugh. Eleanor is a hoot in her interview and in "Armed and Outrageous." We should all be that feisty by the time we're her age.
M.M. Gornell said…
What great characters, and the interview was hilarious!

Anne K Albert said…
Fun interview, Madison. I love her spunk!
Jean Henry Mead said…
You're a writer after my own heart, Madison. Senior sleuth humorous mysteries, but with a "cougar" thrown in. I love it!
Madison Johns said…
Thanks everyone. Eleanor is a very lively secondary character. She steals the best lines and is allowed to act however she wants. She's also based on a real person.
WS Gager said…
Don't you hate it when the seniors are able to fire off such great lines and just when you think they are done, the start all over again. Great interview!
W.S. Gager on Writing
Jake said…
One of my favorite books of this year. Feisty seniors are a great group.
Collin Kelley said…
Definitely a fun interview!

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