Book: Thea Gallas Always Gets Her Man by Kristen Panzercategories: Book, Female Sleuth, Amateur Detective, Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding, Hoarding, Missing Person, Boston, Jamaica Plain, Home Birth, Mother, Mystery
Kristen Panzerabout this book: Two streams converged to make this book happen:
1. My next-door neighbor disappeared into his house and was never seen again. His wife told everyone they argued and he left her, but I suspected something different.
2. I became a board certified lactation consultant, and you know how that goes.
Kidding! Of course you don't! But would you like to? Maybe, just a little? Then this book is for you. It'll be fun and sexy, and a little bit creepy and sad, too, sometimes.
Thea Gallas might not be fiction's last word on lactation but I'm quite sure she's the first. She's a natural, maybe even a bit of a savant when it comes to feeding babies and fixing problems at the breast. But that's because she's patient (mmm, not really) and watchful and curious, qualities that serve her well when her "sense of weird" goes off and she suspects something is not quite right with the couple next door…
As I wrote I took inspiration from my old-school crime fiction hero, Elmore Leonard. I love how he nails the dialogue. I can hear his characters speaking in my mind. I also love Dennis Lehane's private detective character, Kenzie. He's scared but he forces himself to be brave, and he's got a thing for Angie. I love the tension between them. I hope I've created some of that in my story. Mine is set in Boston, too.
I owe a debt of gratitude to the hundreds of women and babies I have had the privilege of serving as a lactation consultant in real life and who inspired me to forge ahead with this.
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