Saturday, December 1, 2012

Madison Johns & Novel Ideas

As a child, Madison Johns preferred to distance herself from other children her age, and had been described as a dreamer. Even as a small child, she remembers staying awake many a night fighting dragons, whisked away to foreign lands, or meeting the man of her dreams.

She was a voracious reader of historical romance in her teen years and has always wished to one day journey to England, France, Ireland, and Scotland.

The writing bug bit her at the age of 44 and she pounded out three books since that time. As the publishing climate changed she took a risk and decided to self publish, first a collection of two horror short stories geared for YA, Coffin Tales Season of Death.

Madison's caring nature had led her to work in the healthcare field, where she was employed as a nursing care assistant at a nursing home, and it was there that she was inspired to write her first mystery, Armed and Outrageous, introducing amateur detective Agnes Barton. The book depicts two elderly ladies digging up clues with enough laugh out loud antics to make James Bond blush. 

Novel Ideas

Readers often wonder where writers get “those” ideas. No, we are not crazy people, although mystery writers tend to think a lot about interesting ways for people to die.

When I first thought about writing my book Armed and Outrageous I wanted the characters to be senior citizens, but I also wanted them to be zany and what I ended up with was over the top. I wanted humor to be a main element. Speaking of humor let me tell you firsthand that it’s not easy. You just never know when you write humor if anyone else will think it’s funny. I think I did the best job I could in that department and reviews show that.

I also researched cold cases and found one near Traverse City, MI, that mirrors the cold case in Armed and Outrageous. An entire family was murdered and only recently was the case reopened. It turned out to be a great subplot that tied in to the disappearance of a tourist. True crime is a great way to find ideas for a novel.

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Armed and Outrageous

Senior sleuth — Grandma Mazur meets Murder She Wrote — cozy mystery.

Agnes Barton is not your typical senior citizen living in Tadium, MI, on the shores of Lake Huron. She drives a red hot Mustang, shops at Victoria's Secret, rankles local police officials, and has a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong.

What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes makes it her personal mission to find out, and she's not letting the fact she's seventy-two get in the way. Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she's accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance.

Agnes’ partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes.

Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone—male or female—and gossiping! She's incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times.

Life for Agnes and Eleanor is shaken up when Agnes' former boss and secret crush comes to Tadium. Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly.

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Thank you, Madison for visiting us today!  


  1. Zany characters are so much fun to read. Great getting to know you on this tour, Madison.


  2. Madison: I love your tag line: Grandma Mazur meets Murder She Wrote. These are two of my favorite characters and create a perfect tease! Can't wait to read Armed and Outrageous!
    W.S. Gager on Writing

  3. Research is half the fun. I'm in the middle of that now for my next book.

  4. Research, you either hate it or love it, but you have to do it. LOL

  5. As a reader I appreciate an author who does their research. Shoddy research can ruin a reading experience.

  6. How fun you sound! Way to take the plunge and best of luck always with your Muse. Can't wait to meet your characters!


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