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My name is Hannah Benedict by Jody Holford

My name is Hannah Benedict. I’m a teen writer who is lucky enough to have a newspaper business in the family. Not too long ago, we were joined by a new editor in chief who has been fantastic about me spreading my writing wings. Today, I’m going to interview her about her job, her thoughts on our small town, and I might even sneak in a few questions about her dreamy boyfriend, local auto mechanic, Sam.

HB: Hi Molly. Thanks for letting me interview you. You’re from California. How does Britton Bay compare?

MO: Thanks Hannah. I lived in Lancaster, California and though I left behind some friends, I fell in love with this town easily. And oddly enough, despite having some of the best beaches in North America, I didn’t frequent the ones in California often. I’m grateful to see the ocean every day here.

HB: It is a highlight. What’s an editor in chief do?

MO: Everything (laughs). It sounds like a fancy title but I assign stories, research, support the staff, write articles, edit copy, and do whatever else needs to be done. The Bulletin is such a great place because we all pitch in and take part.

HB: I like that you’re not afraid to allow your staff to try on different hats. Like me reporting, for instance.

MO: Our readers are diverse so we want our voices to be as well. You bring a great perspective to the paper and I’m happy to see a fellow lover of the printed word extend those proverbial wings.

HB: Anything about Britton Bay that surprises you?

MO: The food. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place were there are so many amazing options for culinary delights in such close proximity.

HB: We are lucky that way. Any favorite places to eat?

MO: (Laughs and points) I’m not falling for that. I love them all the same.

HB: You’re too smart. Speaking of love…you’ve captured the heart of a man who the whole town adores. How are things going there.

MO: You’re good at this, Hannah. I won’t say much but I will say this: there is no where else I’d rather be. For a variety of reasons. Including that man you just mentioned.

Former Army brat Molly Owens is happily settling into her new life in the seaside town of Britton Bay—and into new her job as editor-in-chief of the local paper. But as tourists discover the desirable spot, the tide along the Oregon Coast is turning…

Britton Bay is buzzing with preparations for a wedding at the bed and breakfast where Molly rents a small carriage home. Molly is even helping out and plans to interview the rising star caterer—until the woman is found dead. And then the bride-to-be goes missing. To make matters worse, the venue is owned by Molly’s new boyfriend’s mother—and Molly was among the last people to see the victim alive. All of which makes solving the crime her top priority…

With the nuptials indefinitely on hold, Molly will have to sift through a sticky mix of suspects, including a rival caterer with a short fuse, a groom with an illicit secret, and a wedding party riddled with personal drama. And if she doesn’t discover the truth soon, Molly might be her own front-page news…

Praise for Deadly News

“The news is all good for this cozy mystery! Deadly News will make you want to pack up and move to the seaside town of Britton Bay, Oregon. The characters are vividly brought to life, there’s a perfect touch of romance, and the mystery has enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Don’t miss out on a charming new series—grab this cozy while it’s hot off the press!” –Sarah Fox, USA Today bestselling author

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