Book Title: Holding Court
Author: K.C. Held
Release Date: March. 1, 2016
Genre: YA Mystery
Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty -- and completely unavailable -- Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.
For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of ... well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome" -- spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.
The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...
Guest Post by Author K.C. Held on How She Came Up with the Idea for Holding Court
I initially thought I was going to write HOLDING COURT as an adult mystery, and I’d played with the idea for years. It wasn’t until I figured out how to write it as a YA mystery that it finally came together for me. I knew the kind of story I hoped to write—something along the lines of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series—with a fast-paced mix of humor and mystery, as well as some quirky characters and possibly ridiculous hijinks.
I’m not sure where the idea originally came from, but I wanted to have an amateur sleuth with an unusual ability, and that eventually morphed into Jules Verity, a sixteen-year-old girl who blurts out ridiculous statements (usually at inopportune times) that turn out to be premonitions. I wanted her to discover that this psychic gift she doesn’t want and can’t control might not be the total liability she thinks it is; it might be the one thing that can help stop a killer.
I also knew I wanted the story to have an unusual setting, and I eventually hit upon the idea of Tudor Times, a castle-turned-dinner-theater run by Tudor superfan, Hank Bacon, who likes to dress up as Henry VIII. Originally Jules was going to get a job as the wardrobe assistant at Tudor Times (drawing on my own experience working in various costume shops), but when I discovered the existence of Elizabeth Barton, aka The Mad Maid of Kent, I knew that was the perfect job for Jules. So Geoffrey, the Master of the Wardrobe at Tudor Times, got what is probably one of my dream costuming jobs: making absolutely gorgeous historical reproductions with a seemingly unlimited budget.
I think HOLDING COURT is like all the stories I write in that it’s a combination of bits and pieces inspired by personal experience, elements from TV shows, movies, and books I admire, pure imagination, random chance, and willful manipulation.
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K.C. HELD was born and raised in California with stopovers in Honduras, Mexico, and France. Married to her high-school sweetheart and mom to two avid bookworms, she holds an MFA in costume design and is an accomplished seamstress with a background in opera, theater, film, and television. Although she once spent a summer working in a castle, there were no dead bodies involved.
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