WILD CARD FRIDAY 25 Sept. 2015

Welcome to September's Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Mary Ellis is here with a character interview  and info about her new release MIDNIGHT ON THE MISSISSIPPI

Take it away Mary...

Happy Wild Card Day, readers. Today I’m “interviewing” the heroine of my latest book, Midnight on the Mississippi. I searched online for a photo which looked like my character, but they were all were too glamorous. So instead, I enclosed a picture of me taken almost 30 years ago when I was naïve, eager to please, and filled with ambition, just like the character in my story, Nicki Price.

1. Nicolette Price, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
I used to be quite a tomboy. I could swim farther, run faster, and jump higher than any boy in the neighborhood. Now that I’m a grown woman living in a sophisticated city, being a “crack shot with a squirrel rifle” doesn’t give me much of an edge with the competition.
2.  What do you do for fun?

 I haven’t had much fun since childhood. I’ve worked since I was 15 to help pay the bills, and then to put myself through college. Now that I’ve landed my first real job, I would like a Saturday of watching reruns of Colombo in my pajamas with nothing but popcorn and ice cream to eat.
3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I have put off dealing with my father’s death because I was too young and ill-equipped to do much else. Now I’m neither, so it’s high time I find out if someone else had a hand in his death.
4.  What are you afraid of most in life?
Swamps! I was stranded on an island in the swamp as a prank—snakes, gators, and plenty of bugs. Luckily, my best friend got wind of the plan and paddled out to rescue me.
5.  What do you want out of life?
I suppose I want what every woman wants—love and acceptance. I’ve never felt like I measured up to expectations. I know that God’s love is all we truly need, but it would be nice to find one other person who thinks I’m special.
6.  What is the most important thing to you?
I guess that would be my family. All I have is my mom and grandparents, so I need to make time for the small family I have left. It’s frightening to think about being alone in the world someday.
7.  Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?
I love to read biographies about famous fearless women—Madame Curie, Clara Barton, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt. If they can rise above humble upbringings or difficult circumstances and excel, why can’t I? I gain courage to do what I need to do when I read their stories.
8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I suppose it would be my hair. I like to wear it long, but it’s thick and curly and looks like a lion’s mane when the weather is humid. My complexion turns a tad green when I see women with silky, straight hair that stays where it’s supposed to all day long.
9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet? 

No, I had a pet turtle but it died. Once I had a crow that used to follow me around the neighborhood, but it grew bored and flew away. My mother wouldn’t let me have a dog because our yard was too small. I hope to one day have an entire menagerie of pets.
10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I would go back to my childhood when my father was still alive. I would tell him that “nobody is perfect” and that I loved him. He died never knowing how much he meant to me.

Midnight on the Mississippi begins the new Secrets of the South Mysteries from bestselling author Mary Ellis. These complex crime dramas follow an investigator’s quest to make the world a better place…solving one case at a time.

New Orleans—Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients’ money, but he’s reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life.

Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker’s murder, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter’s fiancée, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn’t trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki’s growing attraction to Hunter—a suspected murderer—her true reason for disliking Ashley?
As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter’s only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.

 Mary Ellis has written twelve award-winning novels set in the Amish community and several historical romances set during the Civil War. Her latest, Midnight on the Mississippi, first of a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, is set in New Orleans. The second set in Memphis, What Happened on Beale Street, will release in Feb. 2016. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate, a job with amazingly sweet fringe benefits. Mary enjoys traveling, gardening, bicycling and swimming, and lives in Ohio with her husband, dog and cat. She can be found on the web at: www.maryellis.net or


  1. Thanks, Sharon, for the Wild Card slot today. Your blog always makes for great reading. Blessings on you and your readers.

  2. Great interview! I'm half way through this book & I like! !