My Mother Isn’t a Psychopath. She’s a Mystery Writer—and She’s Giving Away a Book!

Lauren and Gnarly

Lauren and Gnarly

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Twelve to Murder is the seventh installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder. Dead on Ice (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) was released September 2012. The second installment, Real Murder will be out in 2014.

A few months ago, my son, Tristan confessed that he had yet another embarrassing moment. A sophomore in high school, he had been selected to give tours to new incoming freshmen. Apparently, some parents were present. During the orientation, a mother came up to him and asked, “Is it true you’re Lauren Carr’s son? I love her mysteries! Give Gnarly a hug for me.” Notice she didn’t tell him to hug me.

Being a teenaged boy, he was horrified by the attention. However, I couldn’t miss the little smile on his face when he told me about it.

I knew before having children that I would not be your average mother. At the last Pampered Chef party I attended, the sales rep was left speechless when I pointed out how, with simply a slight adjustment to the measurements of the ingredients to her salad dressing recipe, we could make a neat little Molotov cocktail.

I haven’t been invited to another sales party since. I’m still waiting to get mad about it.

Cover Reveal: Twelve to Murder,  coming February 2014

Cover Reveal: Twelve to Murder,
coming February 2014

How could I ever expect to be a normal parent? What type of mother sits around all day thinking about ways to kill people? Tristan should consider himself lucky. If I wasn’t a mystery writer, I’d be a psychopath. What kind of mother is that? At least he doesn’t have to sleep with his eyes open.

It’s bad enough that his English teachers all know that his mother is an author. Last year, his English teacher turned out to be a fan. Thankfully, she didn’t ask me to come speak to his class. Heaven forbid I enter the school building while my teenaged son is there!

Tristan claims the most embarrassing moments for him is when I insist on doing research in his presence. The last time I took him to the dentist—and I mean the last time—I had the nerve to ask the dentist which tool on his tray would make the most unusual murder weapon.

Laying back in the dentist chair, with the suction hose in his mouth, Tristan widened his eyes in horror while the dentist on one side, and me on the other, examined the various tools on the tray directly above him.

Now that I think about it, the dentist had no problem explaining how each one could be used to kill someone. I wonder if that says something about him … or his patients.

“A scalpel is so cliché,” I told our dentist. “I’m looking for one that when the police see it, they will have no idea that it was a murder weapon until Mac points it out in the end.”

“I have just the thing for you,” the dentist said, “But I don’t have it here. Give me your address and I’ll mail it to you.” A few days later, the weapon arrived at our home in a padded envelope with a note, “Here’s your murder weapon. Enjoy!”

Now, Tristan insists that my husband take him to the dentist.

But, no matter how hard my son tries, he can’t completely ignore me and my chosen profession. Sometimes, he is going to be out in public with me and an opportunity is going to present itself for me to gather ideas for my latest mystery.

Like the other day.

I was on my way to pick Tristan up at school when I came upon a police road block. With cars backed up on the road, the police were stopping everyone to search their car. I practically jumped up and down in my seat with anticipation about being pulled over by the police and getting patted down and having my car searched. Think of the material I would have to use! So, you can imagine my dismay when they waved me through!  They searched the guy in front of me and behind me—but they completely ignored me! ME!

Obviously, I didn’t look suspicious enough to warrant a search.

The Lady Who Cried MurderSo, when I picked up Tristan, I told him, “Okay, we’re going to be coming to a road block. The police are searching cars. Look suspicious.”

Tristan scrunched down in his seat.

“Sit up. They won’t be able to see you. And try to look sneaky.”

By the time we came back to the road block, I had my eyebrows knitted together and my mouth screwed up into what I hoped to be an evil snarl, while Tristan was hiding in the back seat where hopefully no one would see him and know he was with me.

Again, the police stopped the cars in front of me, and the one behind me, while waving me through. Couldn’t they see the body hiding in my back seat? That should have looked suspicious, don’t you think? I knew when they waved me on that I should have reached back and pinched Tristan to make him scream out for help.

Now, Tristan won’t allow me to pick him up from school.

Poor kid. It’s hard being the son of a murder mystery writer.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genres, written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Visit Lauren’s websites and blog at:

Blog: Literary Wealth:
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Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie

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13 thoughts on “My Mother Isn’t a Psychopath. She’s a Mystery Writer—and She’s Giving Away a Book!

  1. Thanks for the laugh this morning! I feel much better about the looks I get from my family when I interrupt the football game with how best to slit a tire so it can’t be seen, or, would you have noticed if I added some poison datura to the collards? Can’t wait to read The Lady Who Cried Murder.


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  3. Lauren LOL another writer with a twisted mind– my kind of woman— my dh came home one nght asking what was for dinner and then he saw what I was reading A WRITER’S GUIDE TO POISONS He said “Never mind. Let’s eat out.”



  4. Loved the post — I have the same problem. Once I had taken a college class to a local park, and as we stood overlooking a small spillway, I asked “how far do you think a body would go before it hung up on the rocks?” When I looked back at them, they had each taken a small, very quiet step back. For the rest of term, they were the best behaved class ever.


  5. Loved your post, Lauren, and I do feel for Tristan! One day he’ won’t be so embarrassed by this, though, and you’ll both laugh at his former reactions. I hope your book is as humorous as your post! You’re delightful to read.


  6. Thank you everyone for your comments. I think Tristan is secretly amused, but his membership to the teenaged social club won’t allow any acknowledgement of it.


  7. I’m sure Tristan will have lots of material for a book, as well as for his therapist. Thank you everyone for your comments! As always, this is fun!


  8. Entertaining! I am betting Tristan enjoys your wackiness more than he pretends to shun it – can’t wait to see what he grows up to do and be!


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