I’ll confess that when I recently interviewed Aggie Sloan-Wilcox for this blog, she was only too happy to comply. However there was a caveat. Aggie claimed that to be fair, I ought to submit to an interview with her, as well. Aggie’s nothing if not determined. And those of you acquainted with her know that Aggie always gets her man or woman. Sometimes a little late, but hey, nobody’s perfect.
I explained to Aggie that I really had very little to say about my life. After all, I am a minister’s wife, just like she is, and what could possibly happen that’s worth recording here? She just looked at me, then I remembered to whom I was speaking. Okay, that excuse fell flat.
So, in the interest of justice–a biggie with our Aggie–I’ve decided to comply. Aggie promises to keep this short. And after all, lately Truth is an issue with my favorite clerical sleuth. We’ll hold her to it.
Emilie, I wonder if writing a mystery series about a church and congregants who kill or get killed was all that wise a step, particularly since your own husband is still a minister? Has that decision ever come back to haunt you?
I’ve purposely set my series in a very different environment from the church my husband and I are part of. While the Consolidated Community Church of Emerald Springs is a liberal church, it draws from several denominations for its clerical leadership. The church is small and fairly traditional in some of its practices. The town of Emerald Springs is small, as well, and midwestern, with its own unique flavor. I live in Northern Virginia, just a stone’s throw from Washington DC. When the president throws a party complete with fireworks, we hear them–and wonder if we’re under attack. Politics is our life blood and politicians adorn our hallways. Our church is solidly Unitarian-Universalist and very large. At any given moment there are at least half a dozen events taking place within its walls, often related to social justice. So while there are some similarities, there are many more differences. (more…)