HOW DID I GET INTO THIS MESS?
Bad Girl is pleased to host Debra Purdy Kong today, an intrepid gal who has gone places where few women have gone before!
I am in awe of her. She'll tell you in her own words...
I stood before a high chain-link fence in the automotive courtyard while the November downpour seeped through my cargo pants. Frantically, I tried to unlock the gate’s rusty padlock with numb fingers. The instructor was on his way and the gate needed opening fast, but the key wouldn’t turn. As my young supervisor pulled up in the security vehicle to see what was taking so long, the instructor arrived. At this point, only one thought crossed my mind: How the hell did I get into this mess?
The truth is, I answered an ad in the paper. You see, I was looking for different type of work and the security field interested me, especially since they were paying for training. As it happened, I was also writing a novel about a transit security cop and quickly saw the research potential.
Executing my brilliant plan wasn’t that easy. After all, I was fifty-three years old and taking on a fairly physical job. This fact didn't concern the woman who hired me, though. She assured me that the company welcomed mature female applicants with life experience. This was only partly true.
Working in lousy weather with young, male coworkers who didn’t respect a middle-aged mom proved to be challenging. My supervisor never did get out of the comfy vehicle to lend a hand with the padlock that I finally managed to open. Over time, I learned to deal with many awkward situations, but it all provided great material for my protagonist Evan Dunstan who has to deal with murder in DEAD MAN FLOATING. I like Evan. He’s the kind of guy who’ll get out of the car to help the newbies with rusty padlocks.
EXCERPT FROM DEAD MAN FLOATING:
Propping the kickstand, Evan removed the small flashlight attached to his belt then stepped nearer the water. Oh shit! It was a hand! A freakin’ hand! And legs! He moved the flashlight up the body until he spotted the grey fringe circling a bald head that glowed like a moon. Evan shivered. Was the guy alive? He wouldn’t have to perform CPR, would he? That first-aid course last year didn’t go so well after he broke that manikin.
Author of six mysteries and over fifty short stories, Debra has won numerous awards for her work. She conducts workshops, is an administrative assistant at Simon Fraser University, and also works as a substitute facilitator for the creative writing program with Port Moody Parks & Recreation. More information about Debra’s books and her blog can be found at www.debrapurdykong.com
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