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Behind the Writing of Vetted for Murder

Are any of your characters based on real people you know?

Holly is named after my own Holly, a bloodhound we adopted many years ago. She had some of the same food adventures as her fictional twin. She passed away many years ago, but this is a way she can live on in my books. As for the human characters–they are named after some of my family members. Matter of fact, Jo (Tori’s best friend) is named after one of my first cousins. She’s spunky, funny, all about family, and is always ready for an adventure!  

What playlist did you listen to while creating this book?

I don’t have a playlist when writing. Matter of fact, I tend to write best in silence. I have enough dialogue, plot points, and wild ideas churning in my brain to make a literary symphony. Does that count?  

What do you hope readers will take away from this story?

I would love for readers to walk away with a renewed sense of hope. The characters in Vetted for Murder are not perfect. They have secrets and don’t always know how to handle the hard situations that knock them on their butts. But there are veins of humor, grace, and hope that I hope bring joy to the reader and a sense of hope in their own lives. Facebook Amazon Instagram Twitter Read Now

Vetted for Murder
by D.W. Earnhardt
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 10.05.21


Page Count: 273 Pages


Nothing stays secret in a small town…especially murder.

As the obituary columnist for a small NC mountain newspaper, Tori Mulligan is no stranger to death. But when a real-life murder mystery lands at her feet, she discovers that everyone has secrets—some more deadly than others. The sticky situation is further complicated by a handsome widower, an adorable dog, and a slew of sketchy characters. Can the sassy southern sleuth find “whodunit” without adding herself to the body count?

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