Dive Into 2021 CMTA Finalist Phillipa Nefri Clark

Behind the Writing of Till Daph do us Part

Tell us about the background for the theme, what inspired it or why you wanted to write in this setting, or with play with these tropes?

Daphne Jones was a side character for five other books (all the Rivers End series as well as a cameo in the Charlotte Dean Mysteries), and every time she appeared, she wanted more page time. She was already a celebrant (officiant) and I knew she’d want to be travelling with her husband, John, so the concept of a retired couple towing a caravan as they explore their state and she officiates ceremonies felt right. I got to show off my own state as well.
 

Were there any alternate endings you considered?

At several points I expected the killer to be someone else. When one of them ended up a victim, it surprised me but opened the door for the actual baddie to step forward.
 

Which of the side characters would you love to explore more, or turn into a main character in another series?

Maurice! He appears briefly as the owner of The Chronicle newspaper and was such a fun character that I could see him having his own book.

Till Daph do us Part
by Phillipa Nefri Clark
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: No
Publication Date: 8.30.21

Sub-Genres: 
Non-paranormal
Travelling Celebrant

Page Count: 235 Pages

Synopsis:

Daphne had a peculiar feeling in her gut from the moment she arrived at the Brooker residence, and it wasn’t from her hurried lunch.

Daphne Jones adores her new career as a travelling celebrant, visiting a different small town every week to marry happy couples or help with sad goodbyes.

But it isn’t supposed to be both at the same time!

When a member of a bridal party ends up face down in a swimming pool, Daphne embraces her inner sleuth, believing this death was no accident.

Amid old family feuds, resentful relatives, and missing funds, there are plenty of suspects, and none of them appreciates Daphne snooping in their business. One wants her out of town, one wants her reputation destroyed, but with a heart of gold and a way with words, this celebrant sleuth is not giving up. Unless the killer finds her first…

Daphne and John originally appeared in The Stationmaster’s Cottage as supporting characters but insisted on their own series.

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