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April - June 2011     VOLUME 15 ISSUE 2
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Deborah Sharp


Author Deborah Sharp gives us a glimpse into her world on her website

"A former USA Today reporter, I ditched the news biz to write funny mysteries. My latest is Mama Gets Hitched (July 2010). Mama's planning the Wedding of the Century as she ties the sacred knot of matrimony . . . for the fifth time. But when her caterer turns up dead in the kitchen of the VFW, what's a Bridezilla to do?

Researching ''Hitched'' was a lot easier on my hindquarters than saddling up for 2009's Mama Rides Shotgun. I did a six-day, cross-Florida, camping and horseback trek to study up on the setting for that one. What was I thinking??

I hope you'll have a chance to read my books, including the debut, Mama Does Time (2008). They're traditional, with a Southern-fried edge: Think Agatha Christie, with a couple of cousins named Bubba.

I'm a Florida native, just like my main character, Mace Bauer. And, my mama, like hers, can be a handful. But so far, I've never had to haul her butt out of jail or rescue her from a gator. Of course, she's only 95, so maybe there's still time . . . "

Ms. Sharp will be appearing on Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m. in the Tavares Civic Center.  Friday she will be appearing with authors Sharon Potts and Terrell Griffin in the Mount Dora Community Building as part of the "Masters of Mayhem" panel at 10 a.m.