I’m thrilled to host Marian Lanouette one of my authors at Ravencraft’s Romance Realm, and she's talking a topic I don't think ever has been discussed here before!
Since publishing Burn in Hell, A Jake Carrington Mystery I've gotten a lot of questions about cremation. Readers are curious how much research was involved to get the details accurate.
I actually had hands on experience. Back in the eighties I worked for a cemetery/crematory for over ten years. I loved that job and the people I worked with each day. When I first started working for the cemetery there wasn't a crematory. The Superintendent Peter had the foresight to see we were running out of land and proposed the crematory. He did most of the research, but I also got involved. After a year and a half of town meetings, zoning changes and good old Yankee stubbornness he got the approval to move forward. A new building went up which incorporated our offices and the cremation chambers.
Once we had our CO (certificate of occupancy) it was back to business as usual. I'm not going to into how to cremate a person here. The process is detailed in Burn in Hell. I've been a writer most of my life so everyday situations all get my imagination going. My job as office manager of a cemetery/crematory was no different. For years I cultivated stories in my mind involving many different scenarios relating to cremation or burials. The 'what if' game is constantly playing out in my head. As I'm sure it is in any writer's mind.
I've always been told write what you know. In the case of Burn in Hell, I wrote what I knew. And I hope you all enjoy not only the mystery in the story but the romance and the backstory.
Burn in Hell
As the local crematory legit-or a disposal center for the mob? Jake's investigation leads to his current girlfriend Kyra Russell.
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One of ten children, Marian took to writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends
An avid reader, she discovered mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved them, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary.
Marian has many books planned for Jake Carrington and his crew. The third book in the series Mated for Life will be out sometime next year.