Date Published: September 4, 2019
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Thirteen Steps to the Cellar. They were steep; they were narrow—but was a fall down them enough to have caused the twenty-seven deep lacerations to her aunt’s head?
Callie Harris travels from her home in Alabama to her aunt’s former mansion in Maine to unravel the haunting forty-year-old mystery of Dr. Laverne Harris Doss’ brutal death.
Why wasn’t a murder weapon found? Was her uncle justly convicted of the killing? Was his mistress involved? Or was the murderer the bearded stranger rumored to have arrived by train that night?
In the charming town of Richmond, located on the banks of Maine’s historic Kennebec River, Callie uncovers the community’s darkest secrets—a botched police investigation, a betrayed widow’s lie, a dead woman’s blackmail, and a wealthy philanthropist’s shame. The web of intrigue extends far beyond her suspicions and its connection to her personal story pierces Callie to her core.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The writing! The story is easy, but the grammar, punctuation, tightening, points of view...not so much. As an untrained writer and someone years beyond English classes, those things had to be learned or relearned!
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I don’t have an iPod. (I think I just gave away my age)
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
My best friend is a writer. (Aren’t I lucky!) Her advice and help were invaluable. My husband is also good at researching words as I call them out from the comfort of my recliner. He has read “13 Steps to the Cellar” more than me! He’s my beta reader.
What book are you reading now?
This summer, I read “The Perfect Couple” by Elin Hilderbrand. I loved the Nantucket setting.
How did you start your writing career?
It was almost by accident. In 2013 my family and I visited Richmond, Maine, to see where my aunt had been murdered. Although she died before I was born, I’ve always been fascinated with her life and death. After the trip, I daydreamed about returning to Richmond. I started making notes about the charming town located on the Kennebec River. Soon every night, through the eyes of my protagonist, Callie, I began visiting Richmond.
I’m working on a story set in Houston, Texas. As a young man, my husband witnessed a tragedy, and although my new murder mystery is fiction, I’m drawing my inspiration from his recollections of what he saw that day.
About the Author
TERESA MATHEWS is a graduate of The University of South Alabama. She’s a member of the Mobile Writers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association.
An avid gardener and artist, she has multiple book covers to her credit. Several years ago after visiting the site of her real-life aunt’s murder, Teresa discovered a third passion–storytelling. Although inspired by an actual tragedy, Thirteen Steps to the Cellar is fiction.
Raised on the Gulf Coast, Teresa, her husband, and son now live on a farm with a second home on the sparkling white sands of Fort Morgan, Alabama. This is her first novel.