Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Jed Tells All
By Jed Denison as told to Denise Swanson
My name is Jed Denison and I just want to make one thing clear, this whole blogging thing seems a tick foolish to me. The only reason I’m doing this is that my daughter Skye asked me to, and I’d do anything for that girl. But believe you me; this'll be short and sweet. She said you all wanted to know about me since I’m not around too much in her books. The reason for that is that just before the first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, came out Skye’s biographer, Denise Swanson, lost her own dad, and it took a long time before she was able to write about me without crying.
Okay. Let’s get this over with. I’m a farmer, and I think a person’s yard says a lot about them, so my lawn is always cut, the leaves are always raked, and the snow is always shoveled. I like to fish, and I pretend to like to hunt, but really Chocolate, my brown lab, and me just go walk around, shoot off the shotgun a few times, and call it a day. I only do it to keep my brother, Wiley, off my back. I don’t really like to kill animals unless I’m going to eat them, and Ma refuses to cook venison.
My real hobby is tinkering with cars. I used to be a diesel mechanic for a big factory outside of town, but when it closed I took early retirement. I spend most of my time in the garage keeping a safe distance from my wife, May. That woman can talk your ear off and find more dagum hoops for a man to jump through than the hooptydoo government.
The best car I ever worked on was the one I fixed up for Skye—a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible. She looks like a princess driving it and that’s exactly how she should always be treated. Are you listening, boys—Wally, Simon, whoever the heck she picks?
So, which car is your favorite? One in your past or one you dream of owning someday?
---Murder of a Bookstore Babe, is the next adventure Jed will have a few words in. It will be out March 1, 2011