My worst job was as a travel agent in Miami, FL. I was so bad, I’d hide behind my computer screen to keep from waiting on customers. Reflecting on my latest mystery, Margaritas, Mayhem & Murder and main character, Andi Anna Jones as my alter ego and equally pathetic travel agent, I asked some of my fellow authors to think back on their worse job, ever.
Alison Bruce’s worst job had me coughing as I read it!
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It was the best of jobs and the worse of jobs.
When I was twenty-one, I participated in the Katimavik, a Canadian youth program. I spent three months each in three different parts of Canada. It was a great experience. In Cape Breton we were building the stonewall foundation and preparing the logs for a log cabin. The previous group had cleared the site and gathered the stones. Future groups would finish the house.
The next three months were spent in northwestern Alberta tearing down the old community hall and salvaging the material. These were the winter months. Yes, it was a dry cold, but when you’re working on a deconstruction site in 30 below weather, that’s not a big comfort. When it got too cold, we were put to work in the new community hall cleaning up. The guys got to stack chairs and fold tables. I was given a mountain of dirty ashtrays to wash.
I’m not a smoker, but my parents were. At home, I would do any chore rather than clean ashtrays. The smell turns my stomach. My only recourse was to send my mind elsewhere while I worked. I imagined being visited by a tall, handsome, pointy-eared alien who needed to whisk me away to save the universe. It was dangerous work but I agreed to the task immediately…on condition that he finish my job with the ashtrays. While he washed (in my imagination) I filled in the gaps of my makeshift story.
It turned into the epic novel I’ve yet to finish.
By Alison Bruce
She has to deal with two kinds of spooks: spies and ghosts.
But which one is trying to kill her?
Jen Kirby has seen ghosts since she was a child, but she can’t talk to them or help them cross over. And, after a violent death in the family, she doesn’t want to see them anymore.
In her role as ghostwriter, Jen joins a Canadian Arctic expedition to document and help solve a forty-year-old mystery involving an American submarine station lost during the Cold War. The trouble is, there are people—living and dead—who don’t want the story told, and they’ll do anything to stop her.
Now Jen is haunted by ghosts she can’t avoid or handle alone. That means confiding in the one man she doesn’t want to dismiss her as “crazy.” But can he help? Or is he part of the problem?
Alison writes novels that combine mystery, well-researched backgrounds, a touch of romance and lots of coffee. She is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.