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I'd like to introduce Ms. Nic Joseph, a Chicago-based mystery and suspense writer. As a trained journalist, she has written about everything from healthcare and business to aerospace and IT--but she feels most at home when there's a murder to be solved on the next page. Her debut suspense novel, Boy, 9 Missing explores the ramifications of revenge, justice, and the aftermath of a terrible night in the lives of two families.
There are three copies of Boy, 9 Missing in today's giveaway. Email: email@example.com
Welcome to the book club, Ms. Nic Joseph...
Nic Joseph, author of BOY, 9, MISSING, on coyotes...
I think you can learn everything you need to know about people from the way they react when they think they're being chased by a coyote.
I live in a neighborhood called Andersonville on Chicago's north side. It's known for its diverse dining options, stroller brigades, vintage 3-flats and Puppet Bike performers.
In recent years, though, Andersonville and a few surrounding neighborhoods have also gained a bit of notoriety for something else entirely: coyote sightings.
One evening in 2015, my then-boyfriend and I were walking home when he spotted one across the street.
He said it just like that. I immediately picked up my pace while he slowed down to admire it.
"What's he doing?" I asked.
"Nothing. Just standing there, watching us."
I never actually looked across the street. I'm not even sure I could tell you what a coyote looks like; in all honestly, I think I pictured a cartoon wolf. But that simple description was enough to turn my power walk into a clumsy, terrified jog.
Suddenly, the coyote let out a crisp, two-toned, made-for-the-movies howl. It was so good, I think the moon applauded. We saw the animal running toward us at the same time. Knee-high, brown, furry and charging at us at full speed. I screamed and raced toward my front porch; the animal followed, climbing the steps behind me. The howl, the image of the motionless creature, it was all too much, and I drowned out the sounds of my boyfriend as he yelled from the sidewalk.
"It's okay! It's just a dog. He's scared, too!"
I made it inside and watched through the glass as my boyfriend led the dog away, called 311 and teamed up with a neighbor who also had a small, terrified pup. The neighbor agreed to keep the stray dog in the safety of his fenced-in yard until animal control arrived.
To this day, we tell that story with embellishments on both of our sides. He says that as a suspense writer, I should be ashamed of myself; I say he'd be the first to die in a B-grade horror movie.
But all that aside, we learned a lot about each other that night, and it's probably part of the reason we're getting married next year.
I learned that when he thinks he's being chased by a coyote, he's able to remain calm, level-headed and take care of those around him.
He learned that when I think I'm being chased by a coyote, I know how to haul ass.
There are three copies of Boy, 9 Missing in today's giveaway.
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Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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