Tj Jensen and her family head to Turtle Cove Resort for summer vacation, but their plans for rest and relaxation are thwarted when they find a dead treasure hunter in the attic of the resort’s main house. Initially vowing not to get involved, Tj quickly changes her tune when the Gull Island deputy on the case closes it after a bare bones investigation. All evidence points to foul play, and Tj’s determined to uncover what the deputy wants to keep hidden. With the help of her best friend and a chatty parrot, Tj digs up a centuries old legend, a hidden map, and secrets buried deeper than pirate’s treasure.
TJ, welcome to Island Confidential. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
TJ: My name is Tj Jensen. I am a physical education teacher and coach at the local high school. I live in a multi-generation household with my grandfather, father, and two half-sisters who I gained custody of after our mother died. I am an athletic tomboy who knows her own mind and tends to act spontaneously at times. I have several really close friends although my love life has been a mess as of late. I have a strong sense of justice which seems to land me in sticky situations a lot more often than would seem reasonable or normal.
Which character in Treasure in Paradise do you get along with the best?
TJ: I have a large family who I adore as well as two best friends who mean the world to me but if I had to pick one person who I always seem to run to no matter what the situation it would be my best friend Kyle Donovan. Kyle is the sort of person who I know always has my back and is always on my side no matter what.
Which other character do you have a conflict with?
TJ: The local sheriff and I don’t really get along since he isn’t fond of my tendency to meddle in things he feels are none of my business.
Just between you and me: What do you really think of Kathi?
TJ: As authors go she’s okay. She pretty much lets me run the show and she understands that her job is just to type as my friends and I live our lives and face the challenges that always seem to rear their ugly heads. She is a terrible speller however so I am glad she had a really good editor so the gang and I don’t come off poorly in the eyes of the reader.
What’s next for you?
TJ: I am visiting Gull Island this summer but I have plans to return home to Paradise Lake in the fall where I’m sure I will resume the task of raising my sisters and looking for the one true love which, to this point, has eluded me.
About the Author
Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.
Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.
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