- Interview by Crime Fiction Coordinator Scott Montgomery
Marcie Rendon’s Murder On The Red River gives us a unique protagonist in Cash, a pool-hustling, truck-driving, American Indian girl, living on the North Dakota side of the Red River. Getting visions has her calling on her guardian, Sheriff Wheaton, to help investigate the murder of an Indian activist. Marcie delivers a vivid rendering of both place and character, something we discussed in this interview with her.
MysteryPeople Scott: Cash is a great heroine because she is as flawed as she is cool. How did you come up with her?
Marcie Rendon: Cash appeared as I was writing a story about a young woman who wrote songs in her head on her way to becoming a country western singer. That was the intended story. Cash had her own ideas about where her story was going. Cash can be just about any Native woman I know – incredible humanity, strength and resiliency in the face of much oppression.