This week’s Mailbox Monday, will also feature a short guest post from the book’s author, Carolyn J. Rose, as this entertaining and personal post, only works successfully when you know a little about the book’s storyline, which ties everything together so neatly.
‘NO SUBSTITUTE FOR MYTH’
Barbara Reed doesn’t know if she believes the legendary creature exists, but evidence is stacking up. Something big is scavenging for food in city parks. Something tall and heavy left footprints across a dirt parking lot. And something huge and hairy careened into her one night on the riverfront trail.
Did that same creature kill a man and drag his body into a swamp? Or was the killer human? Will justice be undermined by media frenzy, a tide of tourism, and hundreds of hunters?
With help from the usual suspects, Barb, her drug-cop boyfriend, her pearl-powered wealthy neighbor, and Cheese Puff, her less-than-loyal dog, set out to solve a mystery, catch a murderer, and bust a few myths along the way.
CAROLYN J. ROSE
Carolyn is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the three previous stories in the ‘Subbing isn’t for Sissies’ series (No Substitute for Murder. No Substitute for Money and No Substitute for Maturity), and the hugely popular, ‘Catskill Mountains Mysteries’ (Hemlock Lake, Through a Yellow Wood and more recently The Devil’s Tombstone).
Carolyn grew up in New York’s Catskill Mountains and graduated from the University of Arizona. She then logged two years in Arkansas, with Volunteers in Service to America and spent twenty five years as a television news researcher, writer, producer and assignment editor, in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.
She founded the Vancouver Writers’ Mixers and is an active supporter of her local bookstore, ‘Cover to Cover’. Together with fellow author and husband, Mike Nettleton, Carolyn is proactive about supporting local (and some not-so-local) writers, putting on mini-workshops for libraries, book fairs and pretty much anyone who asks, who fits into her schedule.
Her interests are reading, gardening, swimming and NOT cooking.
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MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND ALL WE WONDER ABOUT
I was a child when I heard my first tale about the Abominable Snowman. For months afterward I imagined myself high in the Himalayas searching for prints in the snow, hoping for a glimpse of something in the distance that might be the elusive Yeti. Later, as I became aware of the realities of such a hunt—relentless wind, biting cold, thin air, altitude sickness—the fantasy faded. But my interest in what might be out there remained.
As a TV news producer, scanning the daily run of stories printed out by endlessly clattering wire machines, I would seize on reports of the unexplained, the weird, or the bizarre. I was drawn to stories that seemed more fictional than factual.
When I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1989, I became intrigued by Bigfoot. How could I not? Every few months brought a fresh report of a sighting, footprints, noises, or clumps of hair that seemed to match that of no known creature. No matter how many reports are debunked, how many photos are revealed to be doctored, or how many footprints found to be faked, there remain things that—in my mind—can’t be explained away.
A co-worker I considered to be fairly unimaginative claimed to have seen a hairy, hulking creature crossing a clear-cut on the road from Eugene, Oregon, to the coast. From then on, I scanned every logged-over area we passed, but I never saw a thing beyond a succession of stumps that appeared to be the right size and shape. Still, Northwest forests are so vast and, in places, so dense, that it’s difficult to see more than 100 feet through the trees. It’s possible that a cautious and elusive creature—even one as large as Bigfoot supposedly is—could be lurking out there.
For me, Bigfoot has become a symbol of all we wonder about and don’t understand, all that’s out there somewhere, uncharted and undiscovered. Because I know so little about him, Bigfoot is fascinating.
I channeled that fascination—in an over-the-top humorous way—into the plot of No Substitute for Myth and brought unexplained footprints and sightings to Reckless River, Washington, where the Subbing isn’t for Sissies series is set. My characters and I didn’t reach any conclusions about whether Bigfoot is more than legend, but as one of them says, “. . . most people believe what they want to believe . . . a great number prefer a shaky myth to the solid truth.”
I haven’t been inside a newsroom for more than a dozen years, but I never fail to read a newspaper article with “Bigfoot” in the headline. And I admit to scanning the Internet occasionally (Did you know, Yvonne, that there have been sightings in England?), and watching TV programs about Bigfoot hunters.
Do I hope to see Bigfoot on those programs?
Do I expect to see Bigfoot?
Do I believe Bigfoot exists?
How about the rest of you?
Carolyn J. Rose
Maybe Bigfoot, The Abominable Snowman and our own homegrown Loch Ness Monster, are destined to remain forever, cryptids of the modern day.
Thanks for stopping by Carolyn, I always look forward to your interesting guest posts and would like to wish you every success with No Substitute For Myth.
Oh! and by the way Carolyn … As this is the 4th book in the ‘Subbing Isn’t For Sissies’ series, how well does it work as a stand alone story, for those of us who are not quite up to speed?
I do my best to “catch readers up” on previous events. You won’t be up to speed on all the details, but you’ll have the big picture, so you can go for it.
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