Origins of THE PERFECT SUSPECT by Nancy Sweetland

"The Perfect Suspect" came out of nowhere one weekend when I was visiting "Up North" Wisconsin, and thought what a great thing it would be to have a cabin of my own in the boonies to just write. Especially since I was having trouble coming up with a story for my next book.

The "what ifs" took over. What if I bought a cabin, sight-unseen, in the far north woods. What if, when I went there, I found a man, shot to death, in the bedroom? What if he turned out to be my first ex-husband—with a reconstructed face?  

And "The Perfect Suspect" took off from there.  It was an interesting ride, building the world of a very small town with a blustery sheriff, a hunky deputy, and possible trouble at the nearby Casino. The handsome deputy's returning ex-fiance put a crimp in the developing love story between the heroine and the deputy. An unsavory funeral director added to the mix, along with a second ex-husband's plea for a reunion with the heroine. Does he succeed? Who killed the dead man? And why? It was fun for me to find out, and I hope readers will enjoy their trip to fictional Boomer, Wisconsin, with all that goes on there.

Cover Blurb:

Twice divorced and wary about relationships, Jen Wright buys a cabin sight-unseen in far north Boomer, Wisconsin, to get away to write her next novel. She doesn’t expect to find her first ex-husband (but with a reconstructed face) shot to death in the bedroom. A note in his pocket declares, “J set me up.”
She also doesn’t expect to be attracted to handsome Deputy Ross Tyler, recently rejected by his fiancĂ©. Like Jen, he’s unwilling to risk his heart again. Is there a chance for a relationship there? Do either of them want one?
She’s the perfect suspect and blustery Sheriff Sturge isn’t going to let her forget it. When the murder gun is found in her van, the sheriff is even more convinced of her guilt.
Jen’s second ex-husband shows up after being in prison for forgery, here to do a job for the sheriff. He won’t tell Jen what it is, or why he should do it. He definitely wants to get back together with her. She’s not interested.

The PI she hires to investigate the murder is killed in a car crash on a winding logging road and his briefcase is missing. Jen’s sure it’s no accident but can’t convince the law there’s a connection to the murder. Jen realizes she’s actually living a good plot for her next book…but unless she can uncover some answers, she may have to write the story from jail.

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Bio:  Nancy got her first rejection when she was thirteen and she’s been writing ever since.
“That first effort was an essay about why not to be a nature lover. I’m sure that the publication realized that what they’d received was from a kid, but they were kind and wished me luck in my future endeavors. That wouldn’t happen today, but it was encouraging - imagine! Me, a high-school kid, getting a letter from the editors at Woman’s Day. I was hooked.”
First published in children’s picture books (“The Dragon of Cobblestone Castle,” “The Motherless Bug,” “Funny-talk Freddy (which won the Jade Ring award from the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association), and “Yelly Kelly,” Nancy went on to publish many short fictions and poems for children’s publications as well as feature and photo-feature articles and essays in local, regional and national magazines.
Publication of more picture books, “God’s Quiet Things,” ‘If I Could,” and a revision of “Yelly Kelly” followed, along with an early reader chapter book, “The Second Street Snoops,” and in 2009, “The Door to Love,” a romance novel set in romantic Door County, Wisconsin. Since then, “Wannabe,” set in Green Bay and Door County, “The House on the Dunes,” also a Wisconsin book, and now “The Perfect Suspect.” An historical romp, “The Countess of Denwick” will be out later this year from Divine Garden Press.
“I do love to write, but sometimes it’s really hard to buckle down and get to it, especially when the sun is shining and the golf course–or the piano–or a good book beckons.”
Nancy is a mother of seven, with five step-children, 31 grandchildren and now five great grandbabies. It’s a busy family, with lots always going on.


Barbara Raffin said…
Hi Nancy. Looking forward to reading The Perfect Suspect. It's set almost in my back yard.

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