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   Cindy McDermott, Author
Working with Really Stupid People: The Congregants, Stupid-isms and Stupid-isms from McD are copyright © 2016 by McD Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.   
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Jill Fountaine returns to her backwoods hometown of Dimlit in the Ozarks to plan her fourth marriage, reuniting with her third ex-husband. She longs for her first church wedding, but Jill’s dream turns into a nightmare as she dodges daggers from the bossy, holier-than-thou leaders of the Women’s Altar Guild Society (WAGS). She also meets the congregation’s latest man of the cloth, Pastor David, whose angelic looks and devilish banter give a whole new meaning to the word, “Hallelujah!”

Pastor David persuades Jill to join his mission of atonement and “put the Bible down” on an unscrupulous payday loan company, scavenging on the poor folks of Dimlit. Owned by Ronnie Roland, a major donor to the church and husband of WAGS leader Georgette Roland, the company leaves a trail of swindles, scams and strange murders. As Pastor David and Jill delve deeper into the mystery, Jill becomes the prime suspect in the killings. Her eccentric Aunt Olida Wilhelmina and Uncle Verl offer support in their peculiar ways, even pushing Jill into an undercover caper that lands them all in jail. Solving the hijinks and murders is the top priority, but Jill is faced with another dilemma as she ponders whether to proceed with her nuptials to Barry now that the handsome pastor has entered her life.
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A CPA emptied her bank accounts and her ex-husband sits in jail, charged in a multi-million dollar scam, but Jill Fountaine is determined to make things right. With her life savings drained to zero, Jill is forced to take a job at Deep Pockets Bank and Trust. But she discovers this employer hasn’t painted an accurate picture of her new workplace. The bank is embroiled in a huge scam and her ex-husband, the love of her life, is right in the middle of the trouble.

Jill teams with a motley crew of offbeat friends and co-workers to solve the case. Her oddball neighbors moonlight as bumbling private investigators. Janitors clean floors while eavesdropping on corner-office conversations. An IT expert dresses in feline costumes and catnaps in coffins as she commands the bank’s massive computer infrastructure. With their help, Jill uncovers a conspiracy, loaded with her own stolen money and reaching the bank’s top executives.

In Working with Really Stupid People: The Executives, Jill finds herself in one silly adventure after another as she attempts to clear her ex-husband, while dodging the antics of a desperate group of crooks. She realizes nothing will stop them from pilfering millions of dollars, including permanently erasing her from the picture.

"The Congregants," #4 in the "Working with Really Stupid People."
"The Executives"
Working with Really Stupid People #3
2018 Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award Nominee
Sharing learnings about Moral Injury
The Mid America Romance Authors asked me to present a session on "Creating Characters Impacted by Moral Injury." In its simplest definition, moral injury is an action or lack of action that goes against your moral values and causes you guilt and, at its worse, shame. Any one can be impacted by Moral Injury, but my talk focused on past or present military, community protectors and their family members. I hope I gave the attendees ideas on how they can tell the story of those who suffer with Moral Injury and help educate the many fans who read their books. 

I had some requests to post my presentation and I've done so here. 
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My work, "I Wonder How She's Doing and My Connections" was selected for publication in the national military anthology, "Proud to Be."  Order copies here. 

I'll be one of the military veteran readers at the St. Louis NPR station, 3651 Olive Street, on December 7, 2019, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Free and open to the public.