Mysteries….Ministry….where is the dividing line?

Ministry and murder are most unlikely bedfellows, but put them together and they make for a good story and a good teaching tool. My protagonist, Olympia Brown, is a lady minister. Her partner in sleuthing is a gay Roman Catholic priest, more recently, an Anglican priest. Why that combination? Because it raises eyebrows; it gets your attention. We write what we know. I’m a minister. I know how ministers think and act and the problems they confront. Why a gay priest? My sub-agenda in writing these stories is challenging cultural stereotypes.
The Original first in the series, A Deadly Mission, is about a college student who becomes entangled in a nasty and manipulative religious cult. Olympia and Father Jim risk their lives and challenge both the academic and religious establishment to save her life.
Meanwhile, Olympia is restoring an antique home in Southeastern Massachusetts. In that house there is a nosy and outspoken house-ghost, who has a story of her own.
If you think about it, all of life is a mystery and I am not the first person to have that idea. What I can do is take chapters of those human dramas I have witnessed over the years, fictionalize them, and weave them into stories that entertain as well as inform. That’s what I want when I read a book, and that’s what I give to my readers. I welcome your thoughts, plot suggestions and questions about my writing or about Olympia herself. Welcome to my world.

The coming and the going of Christmas Present
Book Launch! Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Kingston, MA

2 thoughts on “Mysteries….Ministry….where is the dividing line?

  1. I have read all your Olympia Brown mystery books. Are you planning any more in the series? If so, when will the next one be available?

    1. Hi Dave, Yes, there is a new one in the works, tentatively titled, An Undocumented Mission, and it should be out in early November. I also have a new book of poetry, Reflections and refractions which will be released in a few days. Stay tuned. Thank you for writing. Glad you like my books. Keep well and keep writing. Cordially, Judy Campbell

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