We’re thrilled to have here today, Beth Bowman from Randy Rawls new mystery, DATING DEATH. Beth is a Private Investigator living in Coral Lakes, Florida.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Beth. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I believe Randy did a good job of narrating my story. He wrote it pretty much as it happened, without embellishments. He even resisted the urge to ask me why I took on such a stupid role with so much risk.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
Yes and no. He captured my strong points, but probably glossed over some of my weaker ones. For example, I realize in retrospect that my stubbornness got me into some of the messes that happened in DATING DEATH. If I had swallowed my pride early on, my life would not have gotten so contorted. Plus, I wouldn’t have placed my friends in such danger.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
Once I give my word, I live by it. Something my father drilled into me every day before he died. “Finish what you start,” he said. I’ve built my life around that. That is definitely my strongest trait.
As you can see from by strongest trait, I might come down a wee bit on the stubborn side. No, I have to admit it. I am stubborn, even pigheaded. But, does that always have to be a weakness? Sometimes it’s good, isn’t it?
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Yes. Dr. David Rasmussen. We met during the case I called HOT ROCKS when I was taken to the hospital with a possible concussion. Someone had slugged me from behind with a really hard object. Anyway, David is a real dreamboat, and we are totally compatible . . . well, almost. I’m happy with his profession—what girl wouldn’t be—but he’s not totally thrilled with mine. He finds it unacceptable that I keep getting conked on the head. I guess it’s a good thing he’s a neurologist. When I took on the case in DATING DEATH, he was not happy with me.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
Almost from the beginning. It’s not the kind of situation I find appealing, and my first reaction was to say no. If Chief Elston hadn’t presented such a compelling case and called on my patriotism, I wouldn’t have taken it. Then things went even uglier than I could imagine. By the time, I had everyone looking for me—good and bad—I was sure I’d made a mistake.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
Not want to be? Definitely Dabba. Sadness emanates from her like heat waves from a fire. Forty years ago, something happened to her that should happen to no woman. When I see her, I never know which side of sanity she’ll be on. One moment, she can be perfectly rational, then the next, she’s living in her lost hopes. Each time, it breaks my heart. Yet, she is a loyal friend, and I value her.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
Well, justice triumphed, and that’s always good. But we can only hope the guilty doesn’t work himself loose on a technicality. Can’t say anymore, but it’s not the normal bang-bang, boom-boom ending we’ve grown to expect.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
Give me a break. No clonks on the head, please. The headaches afterwards are no fun. And please, please, keep Dot and the rest of the homeless in the story. Not only are they my friends, but I’ve grown to depend on them. They are almost as precious to me as David.
Thank you for this interview, Beth!
Title: DATING DEATH
Author: Randy Rawls
Publisher: White Bird Publications
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About the Book:
Dating Death, the latest mystery by acclaimed novelist Randy Rawls, features South Florida PI Beth Bowman. She’s tough, tenacious, brash, and bold, but Beth Bowman knows that when the Coral Lakes Police Chief calls, she’d better listen. So when Chief Elston invites Beth for a meeting at the Coral Lakes police headquarters, Beth agrees to hear him out. Seems Elston has a rather unseemly request…
To Beth’s surprise, the topic du jour is South Florida politician Roger Adamson. Adamson may be loved by his constituents, but he’s for sale to the highest bidder, a fact not lost on the local police. Elston wants Adamson not just for normal bribes and influence peddling, but for access to the crime lord who supports Adamson’s extravagant lifestyle. Adamson agrees to cooperate— at his own pace, on his terms—if Elston agrees to keep him safe. And that’s where Beth comes in. After all, someone will have to protect Adamson during public appearances, and who better than Beth Bowman?
Beth agrees, even though accepting the assignment means temporarily upending her life, including her burgeoning romance with Dr. David Rasmussen. Unbeknownst to Beth, this dirty job with a dirty politician could take a shockingly nasty turn…
Adamson’s a sleazy, arrogant jerk, and protecting him is certainly no walk in the park. But this job is leading Beth down a dark, dangerous, and downright deadly path. Quickly and viciously swept up into a vortex of kidnapping, multiple homicides and violence, Beth Bowman is on the edge of losing everything—including her life. Backing down isn’t Beth’s style, but this time Beth may have met her match…
Swiftly paced, shocking, and full of twists of turns, Dating Death is a sizzling, action-packed tale. Brimming with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a pulse-racer of a plot, Dating Death is hotter than a South Florida summer. Randy Rawls, who has earned a well-deserved place among the fine writers who call the Sunshine State home, delivers a solid, irresistible and entertaining tale in Dating Death.
About the Author:
Randy Rawls grew up in North Carolina, then spent a career in the Army before retiring to Florida. After retirement, he returned to work with the Department of Defense as a civilian. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with writing—a natural progression as he has always been an avid reader. Randy Rawls lives in Delray Beach, Florida.