Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Died in the Wool by Melinda Mullet. I’m delighted to be hosting a thought-provoking Guest Post by the author. Come check out her ideas on re-positioning how we define our identity.
Died in the Wool:
A Whisky Business Mystery
by Melinda Mullet
About the Book
Died in the Wool: A Whisky Business Mystery
4th in Series
Alibi (June 18, 2019)
Print Length ~300 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GN17SQJ
No good deed goes unpunished in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series as distillery owner Abigail Logan uncovers dark secrets—and murder—at a local charity.
Photojournalist Abi Logan is finally ready to put her hectic career on hold and set down roots in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Studying the business and art of distilling whisky at Abbey Glen and volunteering at the Shepherd’s Rest women’s shelter in her spare time seem a surefire way to find the peace and stability she craves. It’s also the logical way to take her mind off her personal life. Abi’s business partner, Grant MacEwan, is facing a career-threatening disability, and as much as Abi longs to be there for him, he seems to prefer the company of a rival.
But as Abi becomes more involved with Shepherd’s Rest, she discovers that their refuge is elusive. When the shelter is rocked by a murder/suicide, Abi is outraged by the police’s lack of attention to these already marginalized women. Increasingly confident in her own skills as an investigator, Abi steps in to find out what the police will not: who left one young woman dead and another missing. But when more deadly deeds come to light, Abi must race to unravel the connections between the shelter’s benefactors and the women they have pledged to protect—and expose the killer before he strikes again.
Melinda Mullet’s delightful Whisky Business mysteries can be read together or separately. Enjoy responsibly:
SINGLE MALT MURDER | DEATH DISTILLED | DEADLY DRAM | DIED IN THE WOOL
Died in the Wool,the fourth book in the Whisky Business Mystery Series, finds one of the series chief characters facing a medical condition that may permanently prevent him from doing his job. This is a stressful occurrence for anyone, but particularly for someone like Grant MacEwen whose identity is so wrapped up in the work he does. Being is distiller is not simply a job, it is Grant’s life’s work. It is what defines him as a man, and the loss of that connection is devastating.
I find this phenomenon intriguing. I live in a large East Coast city populated by so many people who are routinely defined by their jobs. Worse still, those people define themselvesby their jobs. A remark like ‘tell me about yourself,’ is usually greeted with: I’m a lawyer, I’m a writer, I’m a nurse, or I’m an engineer. All descriptions of what people do, not who they are.
It is so ubiquitous to define yourself by your work that we no longer question it. I can’t help but feel that this is one of the reasons our sense of personal worth has taken such a beating in recent years. The idea that we are no more than what someone pays us to do is soul destroying. No wonder anxiety and insecurity are endemic in our society at all levels. As we see in Died in the Wool, losing a job is stressful and challenging, but it becomes truly debilitating when you add the stress of losing your sense of self into the equation.
How do we move away from this? How do we start to think of ourselves as the sum of our personal experiences and not the sum of our professional experience? Surely the first step is to reconsider who we are as individuals. What we are passionate about — what brings us joy.
Seems simple enough, but recognizing our joys and passions isn’t always easy. Sadly, many people haven’t felt joy for so long that they have no idea where to look. Either that, or they are so busy looking for big joys that they overlook the little ones. But finding joy in our lives is key to our own personal well-being and vital for giving ourselves the internal fortitude to weather life’s storms.
Try spending a little time thinking about what makes you happy.
- What gives you joy? (Big things andlittle things.)
- When was the last thing that made you laugh with abandon?
- What would a perfect day look like?
- When are you most at ease, and who are you most at ease with?
- Are you passionate about your job? Your hobbies?
- What would you eat if you didn’t have to diet?
- What is your favorite color, your favorite music, your favorite book, your favorite place to read.
- When was the last time you did something silly?
- If you knew you were dying tomorrow what would you do today?
Think about these things and make a few notes to remind yourself who you really are and what you’re really all about. Make a list that starts with I am ____ and give free rein to all the great things about you. Stick that list somewhere you can see it every day. Now, next time you are in a social setting try talking about the authentic you — the fascinating person you are and not what you do to make money.
As for me, I am observant, cheeky, outgoing, kind, creative, sentimental, generous, and so much more.
What about you?
About the Author
Melinda Mullet was born in Dallas and attended school in Texas, Washington D.C., England, and Austria. She spent many years as a practicing attorney before pursuing a career as a writer. Author of the Whisky Business Mystery series, Mullet is a passionate supporter of childhood literacy. She works with numerous domestic and international charities striving to promote functional literacy for all children. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.
Website – http://melindamullet.com/
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