Hello, there! My name is Eugeena Patterson and I live in a little community called Sugar Creek in Charleston, South Carolina. After thirty years, I finally retired from teaching Social Studies to middle school students. Lawd, those children were starting to be a handful, but I loved them all. Okay, well most of them. It’s nice not having to get up so early in the morning now.
I’m widowed and to be honest, still adjusting to living in an “empty nest.” It doesn’t help I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes due to years and years of not-so-good eating habits. This certified Southern belle is learning a whole new way of eating and taking care of herself. Now there is no need to take pity on me, because I’m full of life as I draw near to my sixties. I like to get in a morning walk around the neighborhood.
After my morning walk, I like to check in with my three adult children. I will never admit it to them, but meddling in my children’s lives kept me on my toes. Children are never too old to hear a word of advice from their mother. I certainly don’t mind sharing what’s on my mind. I also enjoyed spending time with my grandchildren, but I have to make sure my youngest and only daughter understands, Mama has a life too. I don’t want to spend my retirement years as a babysitter.
Now some people, like my matchmaking friend, Louise Hopkins, and childhood buddy, Cora Gibson, think I have this second chance at love. Child, I’m not searching for Mr. Right. Don’t get me wrong, I love talking to my neighbor, Amos Jones. He’s certainly not bad looking for an old man. Some mornings we chat on my front porch. I have been known to invite him over for a meal.
Being a retired detective, Amos had been very helpful especially since I’m the head of Sugar Creek’s neighborhood watch. Speaking of the neighborhood, my, my things have changed around here. I recently found myself in Deep Fried Trouble. A retiree has to find something to do with her time, but spending my days solving a murder would’ve never crossed my mind.
It all started the day I went for my morning walk a few months ago. Shedding pounds was on my mind, but then I noticed my neighbor’s beloved Corgi was barking his little self silly. Knowing my neighbor would never let that precious creature out of her sight, I just had to stop walking and go investigate. Who knew finding her deceased body would send me down the amateur sleuth path?
In between keeping up with my grandchildren and blogging (That’s right, I’m a blogger.), I keep my eyes and ears open for any strange happenings. With Amos by my side, I have to say retirement has become a whole new adventure for me.
You can read more about Ms. Eugeena in Deep Fried Trouble, the first book in the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. The second book in the series, Oven Baked Secrets, will be available November 2014.
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About the Author
Tyora Moody is the author Soul-Searching Suspense novels in the Serena Manchester Series, Victory Gospel Series and the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC. Popular services include online publicity, social media management, book trailers and book covers. She is also the author of the nonfiction series, The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkits, and the host of The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.