R.J. Minnick

Biography

II grew up the youngest of five girls in upstate New York, then lived in Maryland and Vermont before settling in Nashville, Tennessee. There my husband and I spent 24 years raising half our family of six children before moving to North Carolina in 2007. With all our children now adults, I've moved from being a full-time mom to being an on-call consulting guru. I’m also a part-time Parish Administrator and all-the-time writer.

For 16 of the years we lived in Nashville, I coached writing in my children’s schools. I'm glad to say that I am now continuing to encourage children to write by working with Cranberry Quill Publisher's program, WritEarly.

I’ve written children’s plays, cookbook and software reviews, feature articles, short fiction, and even a psalm. Currently I’m focusing on novels.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural upstate New York. We had a centralized school district with teachers that focused on the idea that good writing was the start -- and maybe the pinnacle -- of all communication. Creativity was encouraged; college something to be strived for. I wound up at the State University of New York at Oswego, which led to my meeting someone who would introduce me to antique boats. That, combined with a love of mystery that started with Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie (a tried-and-true foundation for mystery writing), led me to create the series published here on Smashwords, the Mackenzie Wilder/Classic Boat mysteries.
When did you first start writing?
I can still picture the notebook page filled with blotchy blue ballpoint pen and feel the cramps in my fingers. It was 5th grade. I wrote a 15-page story that I think might have been called "The Mystery of the Blue Vase". I'm not sure, but I think there were fairies in the story, too.

Writing for me was simply the recording of my imaginings. Being the youngest of five, it seemed I was always waiting for someone -- waiting for sisters to get ready so we could leave; waiting in the car to pick someone up; waiting for the school bus. Even riding in the car on the way to see my aunts and grandmother was a kind of waiting. My brain couldn't stand being still, so I was always making up stories about my surroundings or what I wished would happen next. Eventually, loving books as I did, writing the stories down seemed the natural thing to do .
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Books

Sweet Corn, Fields, Forever
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Series: Mackenzie Wilder/Classic Boat Mystery, Book 2. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 117,150. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Jason Fields and Mackenzie Wilder discover the body of a country musician in a conference room of Jason's Research and Design facility, the authorities presume Jason is at fault. Especially when they overhear him say the dead man is the reason he doesn't write country songs any more. They have to stop the killing, but will it cost them more than the diamonds on a country singer's costume?
Where the Bodies Lie Buried
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Series: Mackenzie Wilder/Classic Boat Mystery, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,770. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Mackenzie Russell Wilder returns home to take over Dr. Kesselman's medical practice, she thinks she'll spend her future taking care of patients and relaxing on the Hudson River in her classic Chris Craft runabout. But skeletons uncovered on the old family farm seem to dictate otherwise. Was her outlaw father responsible, as New York State troopers think? Or can she and Bryan prove otherwise?

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Smashwords book reviews by R.J. Minnick

  • House Of Consequence on May 04, 2014

    House of Consequences is the first in a series and the first novel by Nienna Luinwe. The DeGaul family is extensive, wealthy, powerful, and full of secrets. One secret in particular puts young Genevieve at risk of harm from old enemies who carry a long, hateful grudge. The book moves along quickly, and the plot is sufficiently convoluted to keep the reader guessing. Luinwe’s characters are engaging if not fully drawn. I found this book to be entertaining, but suffering from incomplete editing, which distracted from my pleasure. There were numerous proofreading errors, but also an overabundance of narration. When the author gets fully into a scene with action and sufficient dialogue, the book reads much more easily. The characters breathe better and become more real. The scenes connect better. Taking the time to write more fully would lengthen the novel to a more comfortable length, too. In addition, it would help if the characters could settle into either French or English patterns of speech, rather than a mixture of both. If the author can solve these problems with her next book, she will be on her way to creating an intriguing and entertaining series.