Fed up with being tied down by twenty-five years of domestic bliss and everyone else’s expectations, Abbie Palmer, struggling to find her creative self and asserting some independence from her husband, moves into the Tiki Palms.
But as Abbie finds, in Gay Degani‘s debut suspense novel “What Came Before.” breaking away isn’t so easy. Especially when it involves cops, Molotov cocktails, Hollywood starlets, lost memories – and maybe an unknown half-sister…
A note left on her door states cryptically, “Your mother is my mother.”
At first, Abbie won’t consider it, not because the woman is African-American, but because Abbie has a set idea about her parents’ idealized marriage.
But she also can’t let it go. She tracks down the woman, only to arrive at a murder scene – the victim is the woman who left the note.
The police come to believe Abbie is the last person to see the woman alive. As Abbie searches for the truth about her own mother’s past, she instead finds a murderer.
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Why do you write what you do?
That simple question on a recent blog tour inspired the following response from Gay Degani:
The “ why” of “what I write” is, at first blush, very simple. I keep an eye on what’s going on around me. You know those little Babybels that come wrapped in red wax? My family and I like to shape animals out of cheese wax. I wanted to write a story about that because it gave me a little tingle when I thought about them. Another example of observation turning into story came this summer, riding the DC subway, watching the people, feeling the jerk of the train. I now have a science-fiction piece to work on because of that tingle. My ideas come to me like that. I write a draft of the idea or a mash-up of notes, and then the work starts: how do I make this have meaning? At second blush, when I get to the meaning part, a pet peeve, a belief, a disappointment, something I’ve experienced bubbles up and that’s when I have a story.
And hear Gay Degani read from chapter one of “What Came Before”:by