Meet Merona Grant

June 5, 2015

I’ve been working on a little story (which has slowly, and against my will, turned into a big story) for a while now, and I thought it was about time I introduced its heroine to the world.

Meet Merona Grant. Adventuress, and treasure hunter for hire, with a predisposition for receiving black eyes, and a rifle which she keeps cleaner than she keeps herself.

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This sketch is one of the first I ever did of my leading lady, and though her final design differs quite a bit from this one, this image was what stood as my main visual inspiration while writing the initial draft of my story.

So, who is Merona you ask? Oh, you didn’t? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. Merona is the adventuring heroine I’ve been waiting to read about since I was… let me think… like nine years old. She’s as straight shooting with her words, as she is with her gun, can handle herself in a scrape (even if she herself gets scraped up in the process), hates bathing as much as I did at nine, and lives a life sleeping under the stars alongside her scruffy companion, a mongrel-dog who sticks to her side like glue, but rarely listens to a word she says.

I have numerous rereads, edits, and concept art to complete before you will have a chance to get to know her as well as I do. But until that time comes, you can feel free to gaze at her picture (if you’re inclined to do that sort of thing) and try your best to see past the brim of her hat for hints of her unseen depths, and, as yet, unrevealed adventures.

I have a lot of dreams that I take inspiration from for stories, but I don’t think I have ever had a dream as vivid and as detailed as The Pale Rose. Almost every aspect of the story, the clues, the crime, the method, were part of my dream and when I awoke, it was only a matter of working out a very few details to turn it into a rather decent mystery.

In the dream the detective was actually Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, who was revealing his deductions on the case in that very dramatic way of his. Naturally I couldn’t keep that aspect of my dream when I wrote the mystery, but as it happened, I had already come up with the character of Amelia Humble, a housewife who has a hobby of solving her consulting detective husband’s cases, faster than he can solve them himself.

The title for the book came from the first sort of clue in the mystery, a rose that had once adorned the missing woman’s hair that is found on the floor in the room she vanished from. I think I used it for the title because I wanted something in ode to Poirot, and to how in the dream he said “the pale rose” in his little Belgian accent. Besides, I think it has a ring to it.

The Pale Rose: A Housewife Detective Mystery Novella is the first in a series, and is available for purchase at Amazon.com

Greetings world!

February 13, 2010

This is my first web journal, so bear with me as I learn the ropes and slowly expand my site. I’ve started posting art in my Sketchbook already, as that is mainly what this site will be dedicated to. I am also a writer, but to date have only published one book, though my head contains about a dozen or more stories waiting impatiently to be unleashed.