Dara Carr on her IR Approved ANGELA CRAY GETS REAL: “Broad City meets mystery novel.”

ANGELA CRAY GETS REAL received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Dara Carr.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

ANGELA CRAY GETS REAL. Published January 16, 2018.

What’s the book’s first line? 

My new boss is a lawyer, and that is not on my mother’s list of acceptable professions, most lawyers being spawn from Satan’s anus. My mother, Moorea, and I tend to agree on this point but I’m inclined to be flexible for a paycheck.

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

Short pitch: Broad City meets mystery novel.

Longer version: Unemployed, twenty-something Angela Cray is back living with her no-nonsense mother in Phoenix. When a sympathetic neighbor offers her work, Angela jumps at the opportunity. She figures it won’t be hard to track down a missing fiancé last seen with two Lady Gaga lookalikes. After all, one of her superpowers is finding badly behaved men. But the trail of the runaway groom has more twists than a bride’s updo. Still, Angela digs in, determined to finally succeed at something in life. She uncovers a vast criminal conspiracy while finding a new line of work where charm, character flaws, and cunning serve her well.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

My favorite crime fiction tends to burst with wit and humor. I wanted to write in that tradition and when Angela Cray elbowed her way into a draft story I went with it.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

To be entertained, to laugh, and, I hope, to also be touched. It is comedic crime fiction and a heartfelt story about a twenty-seven-year-old woman finding her way in life.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

She has a great sense of humor about her failings, which she needs because life tests her! She’s a modern rendition of a screwball comedy heroine.

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