Jennifer Oberth

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Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes long walks on the beach.

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Jennifer Oberth is a sweet, gorgeous, intelligent gal with a great sense of humor. She likes to take long walks on the beach where she thinks up delicious ways to murder people and give them motives, means, opportunities and fake alibis.

Don't randomly ask her what she's thinking because she'll tell you. She doesn't want a repeat of that time she was with a group of strangers and she blurted out her frustration at her car. "How on earth am I expected to kill somebody in the woods without being seen when I can't turn off the automatic headlights?"

She didn't know why they shrank b
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Jennifer Oberth Hi John. I can't think of a direct experience that I've had that has made it into any of my books. I tend to combine different aspects of life I've…moreHi John. I can't think of a direct experience that I've had that has made it into any of my books. I tend to combine different aspects of life I've endured or combine different characteristics of people I've met.

I do include more generalized facets of life. The type of humor in my books is the exact same as my family's - both sides, actually. When in bad situations (whether sudden or long-term), my family makes jokes. When I was a small child, a bunch of us were in the living room while my Grandpa was painting outside the window. We all watched in horror as the ladder fell over and Grandpa very slowly fell. All the adults burst into laughter before running for the door. (Grandpa is, to this day, fine!) My family also points out the elephant in the room when, I suspect, other families would politely pretend it isn't there. Maybe that's why I lean toward writing stories with a strong family element and strong family bonds. (The family that laughs together - even at one another - stays together.)

So, quick answer to your cool question, no, not really. Of course, now I'm thinking of what I can include in my next book that I've actually lived through!

Now, there is one tiny exception to all of this. In my Masked Rider series, Jack Westin sighs a lot. That is because my mother sighs at me all the time, in complete and utter exasperation. Most of the time I have no idea why. So I use that when Jack is dealing with his six adult children.

Oh, and there is one character in one of my books that is my sister, a little exaggerated. I have a lot of fun with that character!

Thank you, John, for making me reminisce about some things I could include in my stories - and probably be so kooky that my readers would assume I made it up!(less)
Jennifer Oberth I used to write by the seat of my pants a lot more than I do nowadays. I'm actually planning for the next three Ella Westin's. (I'm going to write…moreI used to write by the seat of my pants a lot more than I do nowadays. I'm actually planning for the next three Ella Westin's. (I'm going to write them in November.) I outline but I call it "my version of an outline" because it's not very detailed and I tend to skip a lot. I basically jot down notes I want to appear in the book or don't want to forget to include - pieces of dialogue, having a character follow the clue to this (wrong) destination, humorous moments and so on.

Having said all that, I sometimes don't follow the outline at all because the characters know what they want to do and when I force them, it doesn't work. When I follow them, it's a fun ride.

Thank you for asking!(less)
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Married To Murder

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Queen's Quest has been released!

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Ella Westin is tasked with investigating a haunted house – though she doesn’t believe in such things. A clue leads her straight into the heart of a plot to rob the Port Bass Museum. Can she catch the thieves or will she become one of them?

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This is a great book for breaking through the barriers you've created in life. The authors refer to these mind blocks or life blocks as gremlins, and I love their attitudes and how genuine they are.

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Excellent series, excellent story. I love the characters - even the nutty family of suspects! The story was a thoroughly enjoyable read, a great light-hearted mystery set in England. Can you get any cozier?
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I like this series but this book was lacking for me. The main character seemed a bit complain-y throughout the book, and I'm starting to get irritated that she doesn't want to investigate any mysteries and that Maxie can leave the house but never wan ...more
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"Alison seemed a bit more annoying in this one than previous installments. Maybe that'll get fixed in the next one, now she's "out" about seeing ghosts. "
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