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Nancy Lauzon worked nine years on a hospital ward as a cardiac nurse before the night shifts turned her into a zombie. She got a day job in health promotion and began to write health-related articles for magazines and newsletters.

Life threw out a few curve balls, and to relieve the stress, she began to write fiction part-time. Five years later she sold two different manuscripts to two separate small-press publishers, using a pseudonym. She left nursing in 2003 and began to write full-time.

Nancy lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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Nancy Lauzon’s Blog Tour Stop #12

A Few Dead Men – a Chick Dick Mystery

Life has dealt part-time mystery novelist Darcy MacDonald a lousy hand. The men she knows are either missing, dead, drunk or demented.

Lying next to the corpse of her boyfriend, the head of Bloodhound Investigations, definitely qualifies as lousy since he’s the man who also issues her paychecks.

The doctor says her boss had a massive heart attack during an orgasm, and it wasn’t Darcy’s fault. But she can’t help feeling guilty, since his orgasms were her responsibility. Or so she believed, until his grieving widow shows up, along with a mysterious, punk rocker chick who weeps inconsolably at the funeral and claims he was murdered.

My latest mystery novel, A Few Dead Men, was inspired by my youngest daughter’s disastrous dating history. The ‘dead men’ in the novel are composites of every boyfriend and/or bad date my daughter ever had. Believe me, I had lots of material to choose from. In fact, I didn’t have room for all the ‘dead men’, since I didn’t want to go over my word count.

This book raises several questions: Who exactly are dead men, metaphorically speaking? How did they become dead? Are there more dead men than live men? If not, where do you find live men?

But the book is also about a young woman compelled to solve the mysteries around her, like her favourite amateur sleuth, Nancy Drew. She doesn’t go about it in exactly the same way.

All of my books come from a mysterious place that is part head, part heart, and part soul. When the seed of an idea begins to grow and develop, and eventually turns into a full-fledged novel, it’s really magic, and that magic is why I love to write.

A Few Dead Men just might be my favorite book so far. Maybe a writer shouldn’t have a favorite, like a mother shouldn’t have a favorite child, but it’s true.

I love the setting, because it’s a part of the world I lived in and still visit. I love the characters, because they’re complicated and angst-ridden and have the capacity to surprise themselves (and I hope, the reader.) I love the story because a lot of it came from real emotion, and real experience, and I hope that shines through.

There’s a part of me in every one of my books, but A Few Dead Men is closest to my heart.

A Few Dead Men – a Chick Dick Mystery is available at the following online retailers:

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

Chapters/Indigo/Kobo

Amazon

Previous stops on the Blog Tour: The Amateur Sleuth’s Resume at http://kbowenmysteries.com/ and Dark Humor at http://denisehays.com/