It wouldn’t be quite as much fun to have Tobin Elliott as a return visitor on Nine Day Wonder without also having a repeat performance from Jill Edmondson. I accidentally started a bit of a rivalry between them, once upon a time, by keeping tab on whose interview had more hits on my blog. Tobin has a few days lead on this one, but I dunno, Jill can be tenacious about driving traffic to any given site, so…May the best guest win!
Besides, it’s Friday, I could use a chuckle, and…it just so happens Jill has released her fourth Sasha Jackson novel, direct to eBook format: Frisky Business. Jill is also one of those people I can get away with asking some completely, mind-blowingly random questions and she’ll roll with them, as she did in the last interview, as she did again in this one.
So, for a little Friday fun, I present to you: Jill Edmondson.
9 Day Wonder: Let’s start with a recap. This is your fourth book in the series. Tell me about Sasha’s first few adventures and what kind of trouble she gets herself into.
9DW: And what eye-popping misadventures has she gotten herself into this time?
JE: This time around, PI Sasha Jackson is investigating the murder of a porn star…
The drug addicted actress was a worthless nobody, so the cops aren’t putting much effort into finding out who killed her. Sasha takes on the case, and learns that the dirty picture business is way dirtier than it seems. She discovers surprising motives and even more surprising secrets, and just when she thinks she’s solved the case, another dead body turns up.
Meanwhile, Sasha’s private life is a shambles. Her brother is pissing her off, Sasha’s love-life is on the rocks, and her BFF has her nose out of joint over Sasha’s latest revelations. And then there’s the driving instructor, the locksmith and the glazier. Let’s just say it’s a good thing that Sasha has a credit card.
Why can’t everyone just chill out long enough for Sasha to get in a good jam session, or have a good night’s sleep?
9DW: Everybody asks how you research the steamier (and seedier) stuff, especially when it comes to bondage and murder and the like. What I want to know is: can *you* play the drums like Sasha does?
JE: Not even a little. At least I don’t think so. I’ve never really tried. I can get you more than one hundred and fifty-nine people who would swear on a stack of bibles that I have absolutely no sense of rhythm at all, and that I can’t even carry a tune in a bucket.
9DW: You and I have had chats before about what you prefer to read, and I know you like to a read a good non-fiction. What’s your favourite go-to subject? And what’s the last NF book you really enjoyed and would read again?
JE: I seem to read a lot of politics, economics, current events and history. I recently read Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank. VERY GOOD! He’s a terrific writer and I like the subject matter he addresses. Another book by him that I really enjoyed was The Wrecking Crew. Man, is he one pissed off dude! And rightly so.
Chris Hedges is another favourite author. I love the topics he chooses, and Hedges unfailingly solidifies his positions with copious amounts of research, documentation, interviews, footnotes, and so on. Frisky Business was inspired by Chapter 2 of Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges. Empire is a helluva book by the way! Read it.
I used to read a lot of books on language/linguistics/etymology, but I’m a bit tired of that subject these days.
There are very few books I’d read again. That’s not a comment on the quality of any of them, but on the fact that there are so many books out there, why repeat?
9DW: I understand you got some solid feedback this time around from beta readers, instead of relying solely on an editor. How has their feedback changed your perspective on editing and writing?
JE: I wish I had tried the process before! It was really good. I honestly think the book is better as a result of feedback from people who gave me honest critiques and well-intended suggestions.
9DW: Grappa in a spritz bottle: love it or leave it?
JE: Why don’t more people have this? Wouldn’t it make the world a better place? And I’ve just discovered a company that sells atomizers for Martinis! Perfect for when you want just the right amount of Vermouth.
(9DW note: “Shaken, stirred, spritzed or faxed?”)
9DW: The real life Sasha Jackson moves in as your roommate. What happens next?
JE: Oh crap! If I’m going to get a roommate, why can’t it at least be a roomie who can cook? I’m not really a neat freak, but the recycling bin – overflowing with empty pizza boxes – is mildly annoying. Guess I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff, though, and besides, with Sasha around, my wardrobe has suddenly doubled! The neighbours, on the other hand, aren’t so easy going, even if we do let them use our empty parking space all the time. Sasha and I get one too many complaints about the noise, and eventually some very hot, very buff Chippendales dancers deliver our eviction notice.
9DW: As sass-tacular as Sasha is, do you think you’ll ever develop another character and/or series? Anything in the works?
JE: I have another idea in the oven; it’s been there for a while. I quite like it, but it seems I never have enough time to work on it. All I’ll say for now is that it’s another female protagonist, and she is not a professional crime solver (but I’m loathe to use the term amateur sleuth). It’s also set in Toronto.
I also have an idea for a crime fiction series featuring a male sleuth. I won’t give any details for that either, but let’s just say: Dude is kind of shady.
9DW: Keith Richards sits down at a bar beside you, smiles and says hello. Do you a) smile and introduce yourself? b) faint? c) tell him about your dream about that time you were a palm coconut tree and he was climbing all over you?
JE: All of the above, baby! It would start off with tequila shots; Keith would outdrink me two-to-one. I’d eventually pass out from all the agave nonsense, and land in a vat of coconut oil. When I came to, Keith would offer me a serving of his homemade Shepherd’s Pie, and then play a rollicking, rusty version of Take It So Hard for me, and I would get woozy all over again…
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Jill Edmondson is the author of the four mystery novels. Frisky Business is the latest novel featuring PI Sasha Jackson.
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Jill Edmondson is the author of the Sasha Jackson mystery series. There’s a thin line between Jill and her sleuth Sasha, although Jill has never worked at a phone sex hotline, and Sasha isn’t a language geek. Jill enjoys bumming around any country where they speak a Latin-based language. She also loves head-banging rock concerts, ice cream, palm trees, and absolutely adores her two toothless Maltese dogs.