A Guest Blog Post By Daryl Wood Gerber
Author of GIRL ON THE RUN
Have you ever wondered what makes a character tick? How does her history shape her future? What challenges has she faced that now determines the decisions she makes?
In GIRL ON THE RUN, Chessa Paxton, a thirty-year-old event planner in Lake Tahoe, had a difficult upbringing. When she was ten, her father—her best friend, or so she thought—was sent to prison for murder. She wrote to him often, but he never wrote back. What happened? He was a good man. A loving father. Why did he snap? Did she ever know him? Her mother wouldn’t discuss the matter and ultimately became the person to whom Chessa turned for all her decisions.
Needless to say, Chessa found it hard to trust men as she matured. She didn’t date in high school. Later, when she did, none of the relationships were successful. When she met Zach Szabo, however, she knew she had met her soul mate and felt like her heart could mend.
But then life dealt her another blow. Weeks after the wedding, Chessa’s mother died in a fatal accident.
In the year following, Chessa clung to her new husband for support. When a prominent job opportunity in Las Vegas opened up for her, Zach begged her not to take it and stay local. Chessa, ill-equipped to say no, agreed.
Now, when she discovers that her husband has a secret and the next morning finds him murdered, where can she turn?
Have you ever felt as if you are not in control of your own life, as if you must bow to the will of others? What steps would you take to ensure your safety?
When a fairytale fantasy night becomes a nightmare, Chessa Paxton must run for her life…but will the truth set her free?
Chessa Paxton, an event planner in Lake Tahoe, celebrates a successful night at the Happily Ever After Ball, but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she wakes up beside the body of her dead husband. Nauseous and confused, feeling as if she’s been drugged, she can’t explain to the sheriff why her princess costume is bloodied. With her father already a convicted murderer, she feels invisible shackles ratcheting onto her wrists and ankles. She runs! But she can’t escape vivid flashes of memory: a massacre in a meadow; men and women in fairytale costumes; Snow White’s dead body shielding her from bullets. Though Chessa is a former costumer and adept at disguise, she quickly learns that hiding while trying to prove herself innocent is the most difficult task imaginable. Especially when the sheriff wants to throw her in jail and the real killer wants to silence her forever.
About the author:
Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER ventures into the world of suspense with her debut novel, GIRL ON THE RUN. Daryl also writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, and as Avery Aames, she pens the Cheese Shop Mysteries. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She has also jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and hitchhiked around Ireland by herself. She loves to read and has a frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl at www.darylwoodgerber.com.