Emma’s Garden

Emma’s Garden

Now that I’ve taken you on a mini tour of my flowers, I would like to share how I created a novel around a garden, Emma’s Garden, A Jessica Tyson Mystery (3rd in the series).

I brought to life a secondary character who is possessed by her flowers.

“You cannot raise flowers and children at the same time.”


When my two daughters were toddlers, I found it difficult to maintain even a few houseplants, let alone any type of landscape outside. I watered too much, I watered too little, the girls and their friends were picking off blossoms or tearing at leaves. Any and all of the above could make me sad. So to maintain a positive attitude my slogan became,

“You cannot raise flowers and children at the same time.”

I also have a loving relative who wants no flowers in her house, donated all the vases she owned to me, and has no interest in any type of garden tour. In fact at one time I stood on my deck and pointed out to her the colorful array of blossoms around us. Her comment,

“Oh, look at that darling little bird there on the birdbath.” (It’s a cement molded bird.) Her reason for flower disdain – her mother, who raised five children as a single mom, doted on her flower beds.

Hence: Emma’s Garden

So… I created Emma — a mother who cared more about her flowers than her children and raised a serial killer who pleased Momma by dumping fertilizer in her garden.

Click HERE and read more about Emma and friends.

Please leave a comment on how your mind goes on these twists and turns, creating creepy characters. (I prefer ‘twists and turns’ to ‘twisted mind.’)


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5 thoughts on “Emma’s Garden

  1. Hi Jerol, not an answer to your question, but a comment to your title. I read once that cleaning your house while raising children is like shoveling during a snowstorm! I had 4 kids in 5 years, and did home day care for a while, so there were always lots of little feet trampling all over the place. For years we couldn’t even grow GRASS in the backyard, because it would be pulverized by the kids. Husband at one point put sticks lining a pathway to the swing-set and sandbox, and tied twine from one stick to the next, to make a fence to keep them on the path, hoping for grass on the other side. No such luck. Balls would get kicked there, they’d have to cross the “line” to get to it…they’d dare each other to jump over it in creative new ways…etc.
    Now they’re all in college and beyond, and we have a verdant healthy lawn back there! All things in their time, eh?

  2. Great idea for a book.

    Just wondering how you survived writing a book while in the mind of a serial killer, or is the mother your POV character? I suppose I should check it out.

    Loved your photos and your gentle way of coaxing us to your blog.

    I’m at a place where I need to start inviting people to my authorsite to link them to my book. It’s the hardest thing to do well. Bravo.

  3. I read Emma’s Garden in one sitting last night! I had forgotten I had it. After finding it, I just started it, thinking the MIL might enjoy it, since she’s recuperating from knee-replacement surgery and doesn’t like romance books, so she won’t read any of mine. But I had to pre-read to be sure she’d not be unpleasantly surprised. And I was VERY pleasantly surprised! Your writing style is very inviting, and your characters are realistic and interesting. I did figure out “who dun-it” before the heroine, but not really that much before she did. Great little story!

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