Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…

  1. J. R. Ferguson, Welcome to my post. Where are you from?


I was born and raised in Longview, Texas but have lived in Louisiana for 35 years. Louisiana is home now.

Makes sense. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?


If given the opportunity to travel any time in history, I would probably decline. I’m not much of a risk-taker. Maybe that’s why I like for my characters to take risks. I live vicariously through them.


Most authors do. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would it be? What food would you serve?


I wouldn’t mind having dinner with Joe Mack Crawford, the main character in my story, The Little Girl in the Bayou. He’s a good old East Texas boy who likes barbecue. Of course, that poses a problem for me since I’m vegetarian.


He, he, he. If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?


I’d stay on earth, thank you. I’d lease a home on the coast of Maine, pack up hubby, the kids and their spouses and live there for a summer—with option to buy.


I’m with you there…Describe your dream writing spot.


My dream writing spot is just a dream—a home on the coast of Maine or an apartment in downtown Boston. Realistically, I can write anywhere but the best place I’ve written is the library in Mustang, Oklahoma. That place has excellent vibes!


Wow, awesome. How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?


I have more unfinished books than finished ones. I wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago. All these years I’ve tinkered with it, updated it and tried to make it timely. I have a partial novel and another short story featuring Joe Mack Crawford, the main character.


Nice. What is the name of your book?


My story in Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is called The Little Girl in the Bayou. It features Mack Crawford, a Texas construction worker who sticks his neck out to find a missing child.

Interesting…Give us a back blurb of your book.


Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…


Chiiiiiiiills…What genre is it?




My favorite. What kind of research did you do for this book?


As the years have passed since I first wrote The Little Girl in the Bayou, I’ve had to continue my research to update the story. I’ve researched Polaroid pictures and videos, adult entertainment stores on I-10 and small Louisiana towns and their problems. Don’t get the impression my story is X-rated. It’s a clean story about a guy who cares.


Really? Where can we find your books? 


I’ve taken all my books off Amazon for updating but Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime can be found at the links below. Thanks so much for the interview, Anna.

You are welcome.


Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Tick-Tock-Stitch-Gwen-Gardner/dp/1939844541/

B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tick-tock-gwen-gardner/1127886068?ean=9781939844545

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38227821-tick-tock

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime

ITunes – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/tick-tock-a-stitch-in-crime/id1341413711?mt=11



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18 Responses to “Would you risk your life for a child in danger? The clock is ticking…”

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    I loved learning more about you, Jessica! I unpublished my books for cleaning too, except the anthologies I’m in. I hope to publish another novel by the end of the year.

    Thanks for hosting, Anna!

  2. Jemi Fraser says:

    I love that you brought an older story back to life! It’s a great story – full of suspense!

  3. You’ve reaffirmed my belief in never tossing anything! Thanks, J. R. I enjoyed reading the interview, and appreciate Anna giving the Tick Tock authors time on her blog.

  4. Great interview–I think I’ll take an option on that place on the Maine coast too 🙂 And yours is a great story, so maybe mellowing for 30 years is a good thing 🙂

  5. Jessica says:

    Thanks so much, gang! And thank you for the interview, Anna!

  6. Great Interview Jess!
    Glad to see you’re doing so well!
    Good luck and God’s blessings

  7. You started writing The Little Girl in the Bayou about thirty years ago? Wow.
    So it’s true what they say about not throwing out any of your writing… 🙂

  8. I didn’t know that story was so old. Wonderful you revisited it for the anthology.

  9. Maine is a great state, but I’d be tempted by the time travel. Go back and re-do a few things. 🙂 Uh oh, just think of the chaos!

    Great story, such horrific crimes, still happening today!

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