Cheri Pray Earl

is creating Mystery Novels

15

patrons

$49

per scene of the novel

I'm writing a murder mystery. Out loud. For you. 

How cool is that?


If you're looking for the first scene of my next paranormal murder mystery, Lavender, click on the picture. 






Now let me tell you my story
Before I jump into my goals and plans and blah blah blah, head over to my posts and read the  opening scene of my mystery novel, The Last Minute Boarder--the novel I'm writing scene-by-scene on my Patreon page AND on my blog, dustingforfingerprints.wordpress.com. I call what I do "writing out loud" because I don't outline or plot the novel ahead of time (until the very end), so I find out what happens in the novel about the same time you do. If you like what you read, meet me back here. See you soon!

NOTE: If you're reading this page on your mobile phone or iPad, download the Patreon app from your app store; the view is so much better from there.


You're back? Great!
I guess that means you liked the beginning of  The Last Minute Boarder and you're at least curious to know more about me and the stories I write. Thank you! I'm curious to know what you think of my stories, so that makes us the perfect team. 

A little about me
I write novels by night, but by day I teach literature and creative writing at a large university in Utah. My current novel projects are for adults, even though so far I've published books only in the children's market; in fact, my literary agent is shopping my latest middle-grade novel around at this moment. I'll let you know how that goes. If it goes. Ah, the publishing world. I'm also a big film noirfan, which you've already guessed from the images I chose for this page, and I can't resist a good murder mystery--in a book or on the screen.

I have a large immediate and extended family and two rescue dogs named Lizzie and Darcy. Yes, I'm a dog person, and okay, yes, their names are pretentious. I feel lucky to live in the West near the mountains because I like the cold and snow and hiking. 

Why I'm on Patreon
Creating this Patreon page where I can share my stories with you symbolizes an important change for me. After losing my husband to cancer in 2016, a hard but awakening experience, I made an honest assessment of my life and came to the conclusion that I don't spend much time doing what makes me happy. So I decided to ignore reason and try being a full-time writer. After all, spinning stories into novels is what I love to do, and I've noticed that life doesn't stand still and wait for us until we're no longer afraid to take a step. So I'm stepping up now; I hope you'll come with me.

An offer you can't refuse
To be a full-time writer means I have to support myself by writing rather than teaching. So, my first step is to write a novel-length murder mystery for my patrons (you) on Patreon. You just read the opening scene of my adult mystery novel in progress, so you have an idea of what I can do. If you're excited to read more and you want in on the world of murder and mayhem I'm creating, great--I'll share two scenes each week with you if you become my patron. My hope is that you'll get hooked on my whodunnits enough to want the next scene and the next.

What's in it for you

When you become one of my patrons, you can chat with me on  my Patreon page--I'm notified everytime you comment or send me amessage and I answer right away. On my monthly podcast, I'll also answer questions you have about the currentnovel I"m writing, about writing in general, or about your favorite books (if I've read them). 
 
  • Mystery Patrons who pledge at least $1 per scene have access to the two scenes I post each week and--to help the novelists among you--the writing tips I post. PLUS you have access to my monthly podcast where I'll answer your questions, talk about the mystery I'm currently working on, how to write a novel, and the writing life in general. I will also talk about unsolved mysteries (true crimes), good books, and film noir--another passion of mine. From time to time, I'll also share crappy drafts of the current mystery novel I'm working on (isn't that nice of me?) and my plans for future novels with you. 
  • Deep Mystery Patrons ($10+ per scene) have the same rewards as the Mystery Patrons ($1+ per scene) but they also have access to recordings of me reading my mystery scenes.
  • Deeper Mystery Patrons ($20+ per scene) will enjoy all of the perks of the Mystery and Deep Mystery Patrons, but they also get to write fan fiction based on my stories, which I will post for all my supporters to read on my mystery blog, Dusting for Fingerprints.  

What your patronage will do


With your support on Patreon, I can 

  • write full-time so I can support myself with my writing. That means I'll teach fewer classes so I can spend my time writing novels I can share with my patrons. My goal is to write two novels a year and share each one first, the draft and revised versions, with my patrons.
  • create more podcasts for my patrons. Again, the obstacle is time. My goal is to eventually host live stream podcast and video events for my patrons that focus on writing novels in the mystery and other genres. 
  • open a virtual writing center where writers and readers can gather to write; learn about writing and publishing and good books; read each other's drafts; talk about books they're writing and books they're reading; and come together from time to time as a community to share online and face-to-face writing events.

Come. Peek inside my boneyard
While you decide if and how far into murder, mayhem, and mystery you want to go with me, would you read a page from one of my abandoned (for now) mystery novels? I'm thinking of pulling this one out of the boneyard and finishing it here on Patreon--your thoughts?

From Dark Magic

Murder tends to wake people up. 

Neighbors in robes and slippers straggled out of their brick ramblers by ones and twos, into the dark cul-de-sac, yawning at death lying in the middle of their street. In the middle of their dull neighborhood. In the middle of the night. 

The beacon on top of the unmarked police car sent red flashes bouncing off the sleepy houses while Detective Leonard, unaffected by the herd of concerned suburbanites awakened to his lights and sirens, sat in the front seat talking on the radio.

Detective Entz knelt by the body crumpled on the pavement. A male, dressed in a tuxedo. No blood. No marks, at least at first glance. Odd, he thought. Could be he was killed somewhere else and then moved.

A middle-aged man wearing a dark blue housecoat stared at the body. “He’s dead, isn’t he?” 

Detective Entz nodded. “Yep, he sure is. Did you see anything, Mr. . . .?”

“Bihlmaier. Edo Bihlmaier. Uh, I’m not sure but I think . . . I mean, he sort of . . . landed there.” Mr. Bihlmaier paled and washed his balding head with a nervous swipe of his hand.

Detective Entz frowned. “Landed there? Care to elaborate, Mr. Bihlmaier?”

The man blinked. “Well, I think that’s what happened. You see, a noise woke me up at 3:07 a.m. I know because I checked the time on my nightstand clock. At first I thought I was dreaming. So I went to the window, and that’s when this guy hit the ground.” He swallowed and glanced at his neighbors. “Like out of the sky.”

The neighbors stared back, then looked at Detective Entz as though he would confirm that the body on the ground in front of them had, in fact, fallen from the sky. One neighbor, a short, sort of lumpy older woman, peered up at the stars as though searching.

Detective Entz stood and narrowed his eyes at Mr. Bihlmaier who shifted from one brown scuff to the other. “He fell out of the sky.” He kept his voice flat, uninterested. Bordering on mocking.

Mr. Bihlmaier pulled his housecoat tighter around him and looked to the side and behind him at his neighbors listening in. “That’s what I saw," he said, sort of inhaling the words like maybe he'd like to take them back. But of course, that was impossible now. 

“Perfect. Thanks.” Detective Entz knew where this interview was headed. A quiet Kansas City suburb, 3:37 a.m., a dead body and only one witness—a man, no wedding band—who sees a body drop out of the sky. “Anybody else see what happened? Or hear anything? And I don’t mean UFOs.”

Selia, the short lumpy woman, had thought of raising her hand until Detective Entz said no UFOs, which is precisely what she had seen at 3:08 a.m. when a strange noise made her part the curtains above the kitchen sink, where she stood drinking a glass of lukewarm water, and with blurry eyes look out toward the street. 


FYI: The photos on this site are from the films The Big Sleep, 1946, Laura, 1944, Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1950, and Double Indemnity, 1944.
Tiers
Mystery Patrons
$1 or more per scene of the novel
All of my Mystery Patrons who pledge $1 or more per scene have access to the two scenes I post each week and--to help the novelists among you--the writing tips I post on my Patreon page. PLUS you have access to my monthly podcast where I'll answer the questions you post on my Patreon page, talk about the mystery I'm currently working on, share writing tips for the novel you're trying to write, and discuss the writing life in general. I will also talk about unsolved mysteries (true crimes), good books, and film noir--another passion of mine. 


You will also have my deep gratitude for believing in my work enough to support me with a pledge. Thank you!

Deep Mystery Patrons
$10 or more per scene of the novel
As a Deep Mystery Patron, you get all the perks of my $1+ Mystery Patrons and you have access to the recordings of me reading the murder mystery scenes I post on my page. You also have my deep gratitude for believing in my work enough to pledge $10 or more per scene. Thank you!
Deeper Mystery Patrons
$20 or more per scene of the novel
As a Deeper Mystery Patron, you get all the perks of my $1+  and $10+ Mystery and Deep Mystery Patrons. But in addition, Deeper Mystery Patrons get to write one fan fiction scene or chapter each month based on my stories, which I will then post on my mystery blog, Dusting For Fingerprints (dustingforfingerprints.wordpress.com). You also have my even deeper appreciation for reading my stories and supporting me. You're the best!
Goals
$49 of $250 per scene of the novel
I'm calling this my What if? goal. When I reach $250 per scene, I can begin to imagine all sorts of wild dreams, like paying off my mortgage or teaching one less class so I can write more. That sort of thing. Crazy dreams for a writer, I know, but what can you do?
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I'm writing a murder mystery. Out loud. For you. 

How cool is that?


If you're looking for the first scene of my next paranormal murder mystery, Lavender, click on the picture. 






Now let me tell you my story
Before I jump into my goals and plans and blah blah blah, head over to my posts and read the  opening scene of my mystery novel, The Last Minute Boarder--the novel I'm writing scene-by-scene on my Patreon page AND on my blog, dustingforfingerprints.wordpress.com. I call what I do "writing out loud" because I don't outline or plot the novel ahead of time (until the very end), so I find out what happens in the novel about the same time you do. If you like what you read, meet me back here. See you soon!

NOTE: If you're reading this page on your mobile phone or iPad, download the Patreon app from your app store; the view is so much better from there.


You're back? Great!
I guess that means you liked the beginning of  The Last Minute Boarder and you're at least curious to know more about me and the stories I write. Thank you! I'm curious to know what you think of my stories, so that makes us the perfect team. 

A little about me
I write novels by night, but by day I teach literature and creative writing at a large university in Utah. My current novel projects are for adults, even though so far I've published books only in the children's market; in fact, my literary agent is shopping my latest middle-grade novel around at this moment. I'll let you know how that goes. If it goes. Ah, the publishing world. I'm also a big film noirfan, which you've already guessed from the images I chose for this page, and I can't resist a good murder mystery--in a book or on the screen.

I have a large immediate and extended family and two rescue dogs named Lizzie and Darcy. Yes, I'm a dog person, and okay, yes, their names are pretentious. I feel lucky to live in the West near the mountains because I like the cold and snow and hiking. 

Why I'm on Patreon
Creating this Patreon page where I can share my stories with you symbolizes an important change for me. After losing my husband to cancer in 2016, a hard but awakening experience, I made an honest assessment of my life and came to the conclusion that I don't spend much time doing what makes me happy. So I decided to ignore reason and try being a full-time writer. After all, spinning stories into novels is what I love to do, and I've noticed that life doesn't stand still and wait for us until we're no longer afraid to take a step. So I'm stepping up now; I hope you'll come with me.

An offer you can't refuse
To be a full-time writer means I have to support myself by writing rather than teaching. So, my first step is to write a novel-length murder mystery for my patrons (you) on Patreon. You just read the opening scene of my adult mystery novel in progress, so you have an idea of what I can do. If you're excited to read more and you want in on the world of murder and mayhem I'm creating, great--I'll share two scenes each week with you if you become my patron. My hope is that you'll get hooked on my whodunnits enough to want the next scene and the next.

What's in it for you

When you become one of my patrons, you can chat with me on  my Patreon page--I'm notified everytime you comment or send me amessage and I answer right away. On my monthly podcast, I'll also answer questions you have about the currentnovel I"m writing, about writing in general, or about your favorite books (if I've read them). 
 
  • Mystery Patrons who pledge at least $1 per scene have access to the two scenes I post each week and--to help the novelists among you--the writing tips I post. PLUS you have access to my monthly podcast where I'll answer your questions, talk about the mystery I'm currently working on, how to write a novel, and the writing life in general. I will also talk about unsolved mysteries (true crimes), good books, and film noir--another passion of mine. From time to time, I'll also share crappy drafts of the current mystery novel I'm working on (isn't that nice of me?) and my plans for future novels with you. 
  • Deep Mystery Patrons ($10+ per scene) have the same rewards as the Mystery Patrons ($1+ per scene) but they also have access to recordings of me reading my mystery scenes.
  • Deeper Mystery Patrons ($20+ per scene) will enjoy all of the perks of the Mystery and Deep Mystery Patrons, but they also get to write fan fiction based on my stories, which I will post for all my supporters to read on my mystery blog, Dusting for Fingerprints.  

What your patronage will do


With your support on Patreon, I can 

  • write full-time so I can support myself with my writing. That means I'll teach fewer classes so I can spend my time writing novels I can share with my patrons. My goal is to write two novels a year and share each one first, the draft and revised versions, with my patrons.
  • create more podcasts for my patrons. Again, the obstacle is time. My goal is to eventually host live stream podcast and video events for my patrons that focus on writing novels in the mystery and other genres. 
  • open a virtual writing center where writers and readers can gather to write; learn about writing and publishing and good books; read each other's drafts; talk about books they're writing and books they're reading; and come together from time to time as a community to share online and face-to-face writing events.

Come. Peek inside my boneyard
While you decide if and how far into murder, mayhem, and mystery you want to go with me, would you read a page from one of my abandoned (for now) mystery novels? I'm thinking of pulling this one out of the boneyard and finishing it here on Patreon--your thoughts?

From Dark Magic

Murder tends to wake people up. 

Neighbors in robes and slippers straggled out of their brick ramblers by ones and twos, into the dark cul-de-sac, yawning at death lying in the middle of their street. In the middle of their dull neighborhood. In the middle of the night. 

The beacon on top of the unmarked police car sent red flashes bouncing off the sleepy houses while Detective Leonard, unaffected by the herd of concerned suburbanites awakened to his lights and sirens, sat in the front seat talking on the radio.

Detective Entz knelt by the body crumpled on the pavement. A male, dressed in a tuxedo. No blood. No marks, at least at first glance. Odd, he thought. Could be he was killed somewhere else and then moved.

A middle-aged man wearing a dark blue housecoat stared at the body. “He’s dead, isn’t he?” 

Detective Entz nodded. “Yep, he sure is. Did you see anything, Mr. . . .?”

“Bihlmaier. Edo Bihlmaier. Uh, I’m not sure but I think . . . I mean, he sort of . . . landed there.” Mr. Bihlmaier paled and washed his balding head with a nervous swipe of his hand.

Detective Entz frowned. “Landed there? Care to elaborate, Mr. Bihlmaier?”

The man blinked. “Well, I think that’s what happened. You see, a noise woke me up at 3:07 a.m. I know because I checked the time on my nightstand clock. At first I thought I was dreaming. So I went to the window, and that’s when this guy hit the ground.” He swallowed and glanced at his neighbors. “Like out of the sky.”

The neighbors stared back, then looked at Detective Entz as though he would confirm that the body on the ground in front of them had, in fact, fallen from the sky. One neighbor, a short, sort of lumpy older woman, peered up at the stars as though searching.

Detective Entz stood and narrowed his eyes at Mr. Bihlmaier who shifted from one brown scuff to the other. “He fell out of the sky.” He kept his voice flat, uninterested. Bordering on mocking.

Mr. Bihlmaier pulled his housecoat tighter around him and looked to the side and behind him at his neighbors listening in. “That’s what I saw," he said, sort of inhaling the words like maybe he'd like to take them back. But of course, that was impossible now. 

“Perfect. Thanks.” Detective Entz knew where this interview was headed. A quiet Kansas City suburb, 3:37 a.m., a dead body and only one witness—a man, no wedding band—who sees a body drop out of the sky. “Anybody else see what happened? Or hear anything? And I don’t mean UFOs.”

Selia, the short lumpy woman, had thought of raising her hand until Detective Entz said no UFOs, which is precisely what she had seen at 3:08 a.m. when a strange noise made her part the curtains above the kitchen sink, where she stood drinking a glass of lukewarm water, and with blurry eyes look out toward the street. 


FYI: The photos on this site are from the films The Big Sleep, 1946, Laura, 1944, Where the Sidewalk Ends, 1950, and Double Indemnity, 1944.

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Tiers
Mystery Patrons
$1 or more per scene of the novel
All of my Mystery Patrons who pledge $1 or more per scene have access to the two scenes I post each week and--to help the novelists among you--the writing tips I post on my Patreon page. PLUS you have access to my monthly podcast where I'll answer the questions you post on my Patreon page, talk about the mystery I'm currently working on, share writing tips for the novel you're trying to write, and discuss the writing life in general. I will also talk about unsolved mysteries (true crimes), good books, and film noir--another passion of mine. 


You will also have my deep gratitude for believing in my work enough to support me with a pledge. Thank you!

Deep Mystery Patrons
$10 or more per scene of the novel
As a Deep Mystery Patron, you get all the perks of my $1+ Mystery Patrons and you have access to the recordings of me reading the murder mystery scenes I post on my page. You also have my deep gratitude for believing in my work enough to pledge $10 or more per scene. Thank you!
Deeper Mystery Patrons
$20 or more per scene of the novel
As a Deeper Mystery Patron, you get all the perks of my $1+  and $10+ Mystery and Deep Mystery Patrons. But in addition, Deeper Mystery Patrons get to write one fan fiction scene or chapter each month based on my stories, which I will then post on my mystery blog, Dusting For Fingerprints (dustingforfingerprints.wordpress.com). You also have my even deeper appreciation for reading my stories and supporting me. You're the best!