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When did you decide you wanted to become a movie star?
We all lived out on Granny Higginbottom’s farm because Daddy was disabled. I hated the farm life, and the first time I went to the movies in 1946, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to go to Hollywood and be a movie star. Sure, there’s a lot of folks who would say a gal from a hick town like Clayburn, Mississippi, was dreaming too big. I don’t think you ever dream too big. You’ve just got be enterprising and I’m plenty enterprising
How did you end up with a bad reputation?
I don’t see nothing wrong with a girl using her God-given assets to improve her lot in life. Most women don’t realize it, but they’re sitting on their fortune…Excuse me…No, Tommy Ray, that’s not what I’m talking about…Sorry, I’m back.
Do you have a motto or code you live by?
A girl’s gotta think positive. Sometimes, it’s a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. Depends on the trouble I’m in.
What is your most distinguishing characteristic?
Besides my blonde hair, blue eyes and curvy figure? I suppose it would be my sweet, adorable nature….Excuse me again…Richie, if you don’t shut up, I’m gonna kick the shit outta you…Okay, next question?
What is your major skill or talent?
I cause men to drop dead. Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. Seriously, I’m sure I’m gonna be the next Marilyn Monroe if I can only get to Hollywood.
Where would you go on vacation?
I just want to go to Hollywood…No, Tommy Ray, not Florida. There ain’t no movie studios in Florida…Sorry about that.
Who do you love?
Elvis, Marilyn, Rock, Marlon, Tyrone, and I did adore James Dean. Too bad he had to go and get himself killed. I would’ve loved playing with his hair.
What are your future plans?
I’m hoping I get to star in a few more stories. I’d love to have my own story without Richie and Tommy Ray but I think I’m stuck with them. I may get a love interest. I sure hope he looks like Tyrone Power…No, Richie, I don’t think you’ll get a love interest. Lord have mercy…
Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans in closing?
Keep dreaming big and thinking positive. And, if you need help with a dead body, call me.
On a summer night in 1957, Mayor Clifford Earl Stroud dies from a heart attack in Darlene Higginbottom’s bedroom, which is most unfortunate for everyone involved. Especially Darlene, who is only trying to make a little money on the side so she can get to Hollywood and become a movie star like her idol, Marilyn Monroe.
The mayor’s death is just the beginning of her troubles that night. How can she keep Mayor Stroud’s wife from finding out what happened? Regrettably, Darlene has to rely on the dumbest two guys in Clayburn, Richie and Tommy Ray, for help with the mayor’s corpse. Now, if she’d had two sensible men helping her, this story would never have been written. But, you take Darlene, Richie, Tommy Ray, add a dead body, and you’ve got…well, there’s not a single word that can describe what happened that night. It had to be a story and we decided to call it “Laid to Rest.”