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Meet Cozy Mystery Author, Gilian Baker

Today, I’m delighted to welcome along cozy mystery author, Gilian Baker, creator of The Jade Blackwell Series.

Gilian’s first book in the series, Blogging is Murder has recently been joined by a second; A Time to Kiln, and plans for a third book are already underway.

Thanks so much for sparing the time for a quick chat, Gilian. I’m going to start off by asking you the ubiquitous interview question…

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an eccentric Aquarian and proud of it. I’ve always been about reading and writing. For most of my adult life, I was an English professor. When our daughter started college, I gave into the itch to do something new, so I started a blog for college writers. That led to ghostwriting among other things. But I’ve never been happier than when I can sit in my “writing chair” and plot murder! I love the plotting, brainstorming, writing and editing. In other words, I’m a born writer.

I’m happily married, and we have a brilliant daughter, who is also a reading and writing geek. We spend many happy hours discussing literary theory and the classics. I love to grow my own food and knit. If I could do anything, I’d write cozy mysteries.

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

I remember writing a book in the 6th grade. It seemed like a noble profession and was my sole focus for a while. I dreamt of how marvelous it must be to sit and think and write all day long—and I was right, it’s heaven! I’ve spent a great deal of my life as a writer in one form or another. But I must say, writing fiction is the best!

What are you currently working on?

 I’m working on the next book in the Jade Blackwell series–Book 3. I’m not releasing the title yet, but the plot is coming along nicely, and I’m having great fun writing it. It will be released in December.

I’m also exploring the idea of writing some short stories featuring the fine citizens of Aspen Falls, which I’m excited about.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

I believe it’s customary for authors to say their last book—the one they just finished is their favorite. And I guess I could say that too. One reason it’s my favorite is that I was able to kill off characters using a method I’d thought of many years ago…long before I knew I’d actually become an author. Another reason is because I’ve gotten to know my characters even better writing the 2nd book in the series. And, because I got the chance to implement writing techniques I’ve been learning about.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

For fiction, I’d have to say all the Sue Grafton and Joan Hess books have influenced me most. I’ve been reading them since I was in my 20’s. I’ve laughed with their characters and thought many times, “Wow, I wish I would have come up with that turn or phrase or plot point.” They are inspirations in writing well and in developing characters and plots. I guess you could say they’re my heroes.

I read a lot of non-fiction books on writing as a craft too. Right now I’m devouring everything written by James Scott Bell. He has a way of cutting through the unnecessary crap and laying out what’s really important to good, solid writing that makes readers keep coming back for more.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

The most challenging is definitely the first draft, specifically the “soggy middle” of the first draft. I know how I want to start out and how I want it all to end, but I have to figure out how to get where I’m going. It’s hard work. It’s the time when I can find lots of other things to do other than write. I’ve even been known to do housework that “must be done immediately” rather than slog through writing the middle section of a book.

The most rewarding is coming up with a new book idea, and then growing it. Even when I come to a place where I hit a wall and am not sure where to go next, I love that brainstorming time of coming up with plausible plot twists or red herrings. I also love the content editing—taking that first draft and solidifying the plot, deepening the characters and discovering holes that I didn’t notice the first time around.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I’ve got several going right now. In the non-fiction category, I’m reading Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron and Writing Fiction for All You’re Worth by James Scott Bell.

In the fiction category, I’m enjoying The Mystery of Schroon Lake Inn by K.B. Owen and Murder by the Seaside by Julie Anne Lindsey—both cozy mysteries, of course.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

Lots more Jade Blackwell Mysteries. I’ve got lots of ideas for murders, and I’m really enjoying developing these characters and their world in Aspen Falls, Wyoming. I keep a running list of plots, murder weapons, and characters who come to mind so I can go back and develop them when I’m ready.

I’ve also come up with an idea for another series, well, the protagonist and the setting. But I’ve got work to do on the Jade Blackwell series first. I do see myself branching out into new directions in the future though. I love the idea of a setting in the past when there was less technology and forensic science to rely on for solving murders.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers? (e.g.,; forthcoming books, special offers, discounts, etc.)

As I mentioned before, my next book will be released in December 2017, and I’m hard at work on that.

And, today is the last day to get my first book, Blogging is Murder, for free in celebration of the release of my second book, A Time to Kiln. Your readers can find out about all future releases and special offers by going here to sign up for my email list http://gilianbaker.com/blogging-murder-first-chapter/

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Gilian, and that her books will become firm favourites. Before you go, don’t forget to check out her new book, A Time to Kiln, and the first in the series, Blogging is Murder, if you haven’t already!

A Time to Kiln: A Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery (Book 2)

Disenchanted with life after solving her first real case, Jade Blackwell, successful blogger and amateur sleuth, throws herself into a new hobby…until murder rears its ugly head.

But when Jade attempts to ferret out the killer of local pottery teacher, Paula Hexby, she comes up short and suspicion begins to descend on her daughter’s former boyfriend. Evidence and bodies are stacking up, as Jade finds herself caught between an untrustworthy client and her beloved community.

Now at a personal and professional crossroads, Jade must once again jump into the breech, along with partner Gabrielle Langdon, to uncover the truth behind this string of horrific murders. Is she really cut out for this life of sleuthing and danger? Has Jade been defending the real murderer all along? Or is there something much more sinister afoot?

AUTHOR BIO

Gilian Baker is a former English professor who’s gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger, ghostwriter, and author to her C.V.

She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain murder mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder for her Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggling with her husband watching British TV or discussing literary theory with her daughter.

Gilian lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines. In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder. She’s the author of Blogging is Murder, and A Time to Kiln.

If you’d like to get in touch with Gilian, you can contact her on her website or on Facebook or Twitter.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://gilianbaker.com

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/GilianBakerAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gilianbaker

 

 

 

 

Over 50 Mysteries and Thrillers for just 99c – 13th and 14th May only

I wanted to let you know about a sale event I’m taking part in which may be of interest if you’re a fan of Mysteries or Thrillers.

Over 50 ebooks have been reduced to 99c for this weekend only, including my compilation, The Charlotte Denver Cozy Mystery Series – Books 1, 2 and 3, which has a regular price of $5.99.

If you’re looking to stock up your ereader in time for summer, or you just fancy some discounted weekend reading, this is a great opportunity to pick up some new titles.

Over 50 Mystery and Thriller eBooks for just 99c

Happy reading!

All the best,

Sherri.

It’s an Amazon bestseller after only two days! #25killercozies

It’s official! The Cozy Mystery 25-book box set is now an Amazon bestseller!

If you haven’t already got your copy, it’s available to buy now from Amazon, Nook and Kobo for the amazing price of 99¢ or 99p.

That’s a pretty good price for enough reading to see you through the next 25 days. Providing you only read one book a day, that is.

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Amazon http://amzn.to/2hGGIgC

Nook http://bit.ly/2fV07NR
Kobo http://bit.ly/25Mysteries

 

 

Out today! ’25 Mysteries to Die For’ launches at limited time price of 99¢/99p. #25KillerCozies

Finally, after months of waiting, I’m so happy to announce the release of ‘25 Mysteries to Die For‘!

This is a collection of 25 Cozy Mystery books by various authors, covering many sub-genres of cozy mystery, eg; culinary, animal, craft, medical, to name just a few.

As you may know, the boxed set is a collection of books by a bunch of authors, myself included, and our aim is to hit the USA Today Bestseller List. The next few weeks will tell if we’ve been successful, or not.

If you’ve already helped us to achieve our goal, thanks a million. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of ‘25 Mysteries to Die For, you can do so right now at the special discounted launch price of 99¢ or 99p. It won’t be available at this price for long so please don’t leave it too long if you’d like a copy as the price will increase to $2.99/£2.99 soon.

Here are the links for the individual outlets:

Amazon US http://amzn.to/2hGGIgC
Amazon UK http://amzn.to/2i2kCZ7
Nook and Kobo http://bit.ly/25Mysteries

Thank you for your support, and happy reading!

 

 

 

 

 

25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 21 SHERRI BRYAN #25KILLERCOZIES

I’m one of the authors participating in the challenge to get a new 25-novel cozy mystery boxed set onto the USA Today Bestseller List. It’s called 25 Mysteries to Die For and will be available from December 27th. And it’s just 99¢/99p!

So if you’re interested in adding hours of cozy mystery reading to your ereader for a bargain price, and helping us to achieve our goal at the same time, you can pre-order it right now for Nook or Kobo. (Coming soon for iBooks and Kindle).

In the meantime, you can get to know all the participating authors here. Check back often, I’ll be posting a new interview every day until the boxed set is launched.

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In today’s interview, I welcome…ME! My Cozy Mystery, Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

Sherri, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in London and lived in the UK until my husband and I moved to Spain fifteen years ago.

I left my job as an events organiser when we moved to sunnier climes, having decided one cold and rainy night that we both fancied a complete life change. Decision made, we flew out to Spain the following month and bought a café bar on a marina in southern Spain which, incidentally, was the inspiration behind my cozy mystery series.

We had a wonderfully happy six years at the café. However, the hours we worked gave us little time to truly appreciate the wonderful country we now call home so, after much discussion, we decided to sell up and take a little time out to travel.

It was during our wanderings that I began to yearn to write again so, when we returned, I got straight to it. I achieved a lifelong dream when my first book, ‘Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse’ was published in May 2015.

Apart from writing, I love to cook, read and spend time with friends, family and our adorable rescue dog, George.

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

Yes, I’ve always loved to write. When I was six, I used to write short stories for family members which I’d force them to sit through as I read them out loud. When I was fourteen, I wrote a short book about a boy wizard called David Moon. If only J. K. Rowling hadn’t got there first!

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on book seven in my cozy mystery series and have just started a collection of short stories in collaboration with another author.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

I think book two in the series is my favourite. I’m a huge animal lover, and a big softie so, without giving anything away, writing that book gave me a huge amount of pleasure.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

In recent years, all of J. K. Rowling’s books. Even though I write in a different genre, I love her writing and I find her personal story a huge inspiration. When I was very young, though, I rarely went anywhere without an Enid Blyton book under my arm.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

For me, the most challenging parts are keeping to deadlines (which I’m hopeless at) and getting started on new stories. Coming up with plots, twists and red herrings that are fresh and entertaining is what takes the most time, and the most brain power! Without doubt, the most rewarding is hearing from readers who enjoy the stories.

What book is on your nightstand?

Currently, there are two. ‘Land Girls’ by Angela Huth, and ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson. I always read more than one book at once.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

Book seven in my current series, a new cozy mystery series and the short story collection I mentioned earlier.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

Although my books are light-hearted reads, they are all mysteries with a twist, waiting to be solved. As cooking is one of my passions, it made sense to write a series with a culinary theme, although food is not the main focus of the books. That said, recipes are included.

Most of all, though, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s taken a chance on my books. I hope they’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website http://sherribryan.com

Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/sherribryanauthor

Twitter http://twitter.com/sbryanauthor

AUTHOR BIO

Born in London, I was bitten by the writing bug very early in life.

Spurred on by an over-active imagination, I couldn’t stop the stories that were flowing onto pages when I was just six years old. Thankfully, that’s as far as they got.

Despite being a voracious reader, it wasn’t until years later that I discovered the cozy mystery genre by pure chance when I accidentally downloaded the wrong book onto my Kindle. I’d never even heard of cozy mysteries but I read the book anyway and I knew there and then that I’d found the genre I wanted to write in. My first book followed a few months later in May 2015.

As cooking is also one of my passions, I was delighted that I could incorporate it into my stories, all of which make up my culinary cozy mystery series, and all of which include a selection of recipes.

When I’m not writing, you’ll most likely find me with my nose in a book, rustling up something experimental in the kitchen or out with the dog.

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Tapas, Carrot Cake and a Corpse by Sherri Bryan is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection called 25 Mysteries to Die For which aims to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year.

25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 20 SAVANNAH MAE #25KILLERCOZIES

I’m one of the authors participating in the challenge to get a new 25-novel cozy mystery boxed set onto the USA Today Bestseller List. It’s called 25 Mysteries to Die For and will be available from December 27th. And it’s just 99¢/99p!

So if you’re interested in adding hours of cozy mystery reading to your ereader for a bargain price, and helping us to achieve our goal at the same time, you can pre-order it right now for Nook or Kobo. (Coming soon for iBooks and Kindle).

In the meantime, you can get to know all the participating authors here. Check back often, I’ll be posting a new interview every day until the boxed set is launched.

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In today’s interview, I welcome Savannah Mae, whose Cozy Mystery, Mayhem in Jinx Cove, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

mayhem-in-jinx-cove-savannah-maeSavannah, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Savannah Mae. I’m new to self-publishing, but not new to writing professionally. For the last decade, I’ve been writing articles for multiple publications and for websites. I’ve always toyed with the idea of writing a book but pushed the thought out of my head. Earlier this year, I turned forty and declared that this year of my life would be a year of saying no to fear. I did what I thought was impossible and started writing cozy mysteries.

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

I don’t recall any specific moment when I realized I’d wanted to write. I do, however, remember each and every time I convinced myself otherwise. Intuitively, I think I always believed it would happen someday.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the second book in my Jinx Cove witches series. The first book is included in this 25-novel bundle.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

My favorite is the only one I’ve completed thus far, Mayhem in Jinx Cove. I’ve probably read it a dozen times or more. I’m proud of what I’ve created and hope readers enjoy it.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

I love mysteries. When I was growing up, the Nancy Drew series and the Hardy Boys series were staples on my bookshelves. I read them over and over again.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

The most challenging part for me was working up the courage to let others read it. Handing it off to beta readers and editors was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.

The most rewarding part is the process. I loved getting out of my daily routine and letting my imagination run wild.

What book is on your nightstand?

I’m currently rereading Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone’s Alphabet Series.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

In 2017, I plan on releasing the next two novels in my series.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

I want to thank them for taking the time to get to know me and I hope they’ll love Mayhem in Jinx Cove as much as I do.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website/blog – http://savannahmaemysteries.blogspot.co.uk/

(Savannah is a new author, so she doesn’t have an official website yet, and no FB or Twitter as yet.)

AUTHOR BIO

Savannah Mae is the author of the Jinx Cove cozy mystery series. Purveyor of quirky, kooky, charming cozy mysteries and the mayhem that surrounds them.

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Mayhem in Jinx Cove by Savannah Mae is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection called 25 Mysteries to Die For which aims to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year.

25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 19 PEPPER HAYES #25KILLERCOZIES

I’m one of the authors participating in the challenge to get a new 25-novel cozy mystery boxed set onto the USA Today Bestseller List. It’s called 25 Mysteries to Die For and will be available from December 27th. And it’s just 99¢/99p!

So if you’re interested in adding hours of cozy mystery reading to your ereader for a bargain price, and helping us to achieve our goal at the same time, you can pre-order it right now for Nook or Kobo. (Coming soon for iBooks and Kindle).

In the meantime, you can get to know all the participating authors here. Check back often, I’ll be posting a new interview every day until the boxed set is launched.

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In today’s interview, I welcome Pepper Hayes, whose Cozy Mystery, Running on Empty, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi! I’m Pepper Hayes. I like to think of myself as a mom who writes. Cozy Mysteries are a new venture for me. I’m a converted romance writer. I’ve written over thirty romance novels under another name, but found that I’d grown tired of the angst and was craving something light and fun.

I’m a mother of four. I live in beautiful Washington state, minutes from the Canadian border. When I’m not writing, I can be found multitasking. I’m what you might consider a champion in that regard. I can do laundry, clean a kitchen, tend to the children, and binge-watch Netflix while simultaneously burning dinner.

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

When I was young, my family moved quite a bit. I think I went to at least a dozen different schools before middle school. Books were my friends. Somewhere around the third of fourth grade, I decided I’d one day write. Back then, my dream was to be a journalist like my mother, but that dream changed after I spent many years sitting behind a desk in the business office of a major city newspaper.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing the next book in my The Young & Breathless mysteries about lifelong friends who unwittingly became amateur sleuths while training for their first 5k race.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

My favorite was the first book I ever wrote. It’s kind of a funny story. My marriage had come to an end and I was out of sorts. Rather than wallow in my pain, I took pen to paper and wrote a book about a woman in my predicament. That book has never been published. I’m not sure that it ever will be, but it’s my most personal project. I wrote it in 18 days. It was very cathartic for me. Perhaps one day I’ll be brave enough to pull it out of a drawer and read it.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I just love that book. It took me to another world. I read it once a year.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

The most challenging thing is finding time to write. Because I have kids at home and a household to run, there’s never enough time.

The most rewarding thing is typing The End. What an accomplishment that is!

What book is on your nightstand?

Currently, I’m reading writing craft books.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

More books! I hope to publish three new novels in my series in the coming year.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I can’t wait to share my books with you!

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook (author page): https://www.facebook.com/Pepper-Hayes-353535498327031 

AUTHOR BIO

Pepper Hayes is a native of Western Nebraska but now makes her home just south of the Canadian border in Washington state, where she spends her days honing her skills as a super mom and a someday marathon runner and spends her nights writing cozy mysteries. On the rare occasions when she’s not tending to her all male flock, she can be found sitting in her favorite chair, binge-watching Netflix.

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Running on Empty by Pepper Hayes is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection called 25 Mysteries to Die For which aims to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year.

25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 18 NIKKI HAVERSTOCK #25KILLERCOZIES

teaser-image-general-social-media-size-box-set-cover-pre-order-no-outlets-redI’m one of the authors participating in the challenge to get a new 25-novel cozy mystery boxed set onto the USA Today Bestseller List. It’s called 25 Mysteries to Die For and will be available from December 27th. And it’s just 99¢/99p!

So if you’re interested in adding hours of cozy mystery reading to your ereader for a bargain price, and helping us to achieve our goal at the same time, you can pre-order it right now for Nook or Kobo. (Coming soon for iBooks and Kindle).

In the meantime, you can get to know all the participating authors here. Check back often, I’ll be posting a new interview every day until the boxed set is launched.

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In today’s interview, I welcome Nikki Haverstock, whose Cozy Mystery, Lights, Camera, Murder, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

nikki-haverstock-author-picNikki, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I live on the family’s cattle ranch with my husband and far too many family members J  I like to get involved in a variety of adventures. I love the sciences and technology. I’ve competed at the national level in archery for years. I travelled the world in college studying volcanoes. I taught computer science and archery at a college for 9 years. I am an executive producer for an indy horror movie.  And I’m pregnant.

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

I’ve always loved the idea of crafting stories but it wasn’t until several friends started writing that it occurred to me that maybe I could do it as well.  It has been a lot of hard work but I love the process.

What are you currently working on?

My biggest project is that I am pregnant and due in early December.  This will be our first child and we feel unbelievably blessed.  Though I am working slower than normal, I am still writing.  Reality TV Mysteries two is in edits and should be released before Baby Haverstock arrives. I am also drafting Target Practice Mysteries book six and plotting two co-writing projects for 2017.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

My favorite is Lights, Camera, Murder: Target Practice Mysteries 1 which is in this bundle.  I hosted a competitive target archery reality show in 2013 and this book was my chance to revisit that crazy experience and really take it to a new level.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

I loved Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie and countless other fun adventures with lots of madcap characters and situations. Agatha Christie always crafted these nuanced books and let the clues organically appear. I’ve also been deeply affected by TV sitcoms.  I loved the idea that everything would be okay in the end but you would laugh on the way there.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

Starting is always a struggle whether it is the start of a book, start of a new work week or even the start of the day.

Finishing a rough draft is so rewarding as is publishing.  It’s still so amazing to me that I can write all those words!

What book is on your nightstand?

I just finished Martin Short’s memoir on my kindle. I’ve been on a memoir kick of comics who write their own material.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

A lot more cozy mysteries, for sure.  I have some cross over books planned with other amazing authors and if everything goes according to plan, I will have a new series launched in 2017.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

If you have any baby advice or jokes, post it on my facebook fan page.  I’m sure I’ll need it.

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/nikkihaverstockauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RancherNikki

Website: http://nikkihaverstock.com/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/RancherNikki

Instagram: https://www.youtube.com/user/RancherNikki

AUTHOR BIO

Nikki Haverstock is a writer who lives on a cattle ranch high in the Rocky Mountains. She has studied comedy writing at Second City and has published 6 cozy mysteries that are heavy on the humor.

Before fleeing the city, she hosted a competitive archery reality show, traveled the world to study volcanoes, taught archery and computer science at a university and now works on her family’s ranch herding cattle. Nikki has more college degrees than she has sense and hopefully one day she will put one to work.

Nikki likes to write comedy pieces that focus on the everyday humor of one-uppers, annoying family members and strange behavior of the ultra-rich. She tried stand up but the cattle weren’t impressed.

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Lights, Camera, Murder by Nikki Haverstock is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection called 25 Mysteries to Die For which aims to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year.

25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 17 NELL GODDIN #25KILLERCOZIES

teaser-image-general-social-media-size-box-set-cover-pre-order-no-outlets-redI’m one of the authors participating in the challenge to get a new 25-novel cozy mystery boxed set onto the USA Today Bestseller List. It’s called 25 Mysteries to Die For and will be available from December 27th. And it’s just 99¢/99p!

So if you’re interested in adding hours of cozy mystery reading to your ereader for a bargain price, and helping us to achieve our goal at the same time, you can pre-order it right now for Nook or Kobo. (Coming soon for iBooks and Kindle).

In the meantime, you can get to know all the participating authors here. Check back often, I’ll be posting a new interview every day until the boxed set is launched.

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In today’s interview, I welcome Nell Goddin, whose Cozy Mystery, The Luckiest Woman Ever, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

nell-goddin-author-pic-1Nell, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

At the moment I’m deep into mysteries and really enjoying figuring out ways to cover the tracks of criminals, researching poisons, and thinking about sociopaths. So I spend my time thinking about totally degenerate behavior! In my non-writing life, I have a big garden, too many ill-behaved pets, and unruly teenagers–very messy but all good.

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

I started my first novel at age 8 (didn’t get very far…) and never considered doing anything else.

What are you currently working on?

I’m halfway into book #6 of the Molly Sutton Mystery Series. No title yet…

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

I’d have to say the first book in the Molly Sutton Series is my favorite, even though the mysteries themselves get better as the series progresses. It’s my favorite because I started it on a trip to France. I was staying at an AirBnB in a small village on the Mediterranean coast, in a bungalow attached to an artist’s house. I was so blissfully happy to be there, loved meeting the artist and wandering around the village–it was like the book just fell into my lap, and all I had to do was open it and start writing it down.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

Probably F. Scott Fitzgerald and Patricia Highsmith. An odd pair.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

At this point in my life (no spring chicken!), the most challenging part is remembering the details of what’s going on in the book I’m writing. The most rewarding is always losing myself in a story when the characters come alive and start bossing me around.

What book is on your nightstand?

The Kind Worth Killing, by Peter Swanson.

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

My next project is going to be standalone, a more literary crime/suspense novel rather than straight-up mystery. I’ll keep writing the mystery series too.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

I daydream about moving to France, opening a gîte business, and having my readers come stay with me. (Just like my protagonist…)

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: www.nellgoddin.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nellgoddinauthor

Twitter: twitter is http://www.twitter.com/nellgoddin

AUTHOR BIO

Nell Goddin has worked as a radio reporter, SAT tutor, short-order omelet chef, and baker. She tried waitressing but was fired twice.

Nell grew up in Richmond, Virginia and has lived in New England, New York City, and France. Currently she’s back in Virginia with teenagers and far too many pets. She has degrees from Dartmouth College and Columbia University.

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The Luckiest Woman Ever by Nell Goddin is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection called 25 Mysteries to Die For which aims to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year.

25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 16 NICOLE MARIE HOWELL #25KILLERCOZIES

teaser-image-general-social-media-size-box-set-cover-pre-order-no-outlets-redI’m one of the authors participating in the challenge to get a new 25-novel cozy mystery boxed set onto the USA Today Bestseller List. It’s called 25 Mysteries to Die For and will be available from December 27th. And it’s just 99¢/99p!

So if you’re interested in adding hours of cozy mystery reading to your ereader for a bargain price, and helping us to achieve our goal at the same time, you can pre-order it right now for Nook or Kobo. (Coming soon for iBooks and Kindle).

In the meantime, you can get to know all the participating authors here. Check back often, I’ll be posting a new interview every day until the boxed set is launched.

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In today’s interview, I welcome Nicole Marie Howell, whose Cozy Mystery, Murder Any Witch Way, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

n-m-howell-author-picNicole, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I like to consider myself a compulsive creative. I’m always making something, whether it’s writing a book, designing a building (day job), laying out a magazine (other day job), designing and building costumes, taking photos, etc…

I’m currently in my eighth and final year of university, and am studying to be an architect. The dream is to design and build houses in the woods to write in! But, you know, I’ll probably design things for other people to use, as well.😉

Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?

I’ve always love writing, but it wasn’t until the end of this past summer that I considered writing as a career. I had a two-week break after the summer term of my work contract ended in August, and I sat down and decided to write my first full-length book. It was called Murder Any Witch Way, which is included in our upcoming 25 Mysteries to Die For boxed set. Since then, I’ve written three more books in the past two months, and have an ambitious writing schedule for the rest of the year. Consider me hooked!

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on the third book in my Brimstone Bay Mysteries series, and the first book in a new urban fantasy series. I’m hoping to have both completed by the end of November – sort of a double NaNoWriMo target. Perhaps a bit ambitious, but I think I’m just stubborn enough to make it happen. I’m also in the process of editing a fantasy romance serial I wrote last year, and will be publishing it as a complete book this month. It’s called Winter Reign, and it was just something I wrote on the side while in school. I never planned on publishing it, but decided I might as well give it a shot! It was truly an exploration into new language and writing styles, and is very different from the other books I write.

Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?

I have a sci fi series I write under a pen name that I really enjoy. Sci Fi was new to me, so I learned a lot and really pushed past my comfort zone. I also really love the characters in my mystery series, and enjoy writing it a lot. I’m also extremely excited to write Demon World, my new urban fantasy series I mentioned above. There are a lot of parallels between the main character in that series and myself, so I think I’ll really have a blast writing it.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

It’s funny, because I was never a reader growing up. As a kid, I much preferred writing a story to reading a story. I’m much the same today, actually. I love to read, but I find after a few minutes into a good book, my mind is racing with new ideas and I often find myself writing instead of finishing the book. I have to really discipline myself to keep the pencil down so I can finish a book.

My favourite genre to read is fantasy, and I loved the Lord of the Rings books. I’m currently reading Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also a huge fan of George R.R. Martin and early Laurell K. Hamilton books.

In terms of what’s influenced my writing the most recently, I’d say that would be the many amazing books I’ve been reading by my fellow indie authors that are part of a number of fantastic Facebook groups I’m a member of. It’s inspiring reading their work, and hearing their stories of how they’ve published, and what they’ve gone through to make it as a full-time author.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?

To me, the most challenging part of writing is sticking to one book. I seem to always have at least four or five books on the go at any given time, and I bounce back and forth between them based on my mood. This month I’m going to try and stick to each book exclusively until they’re finished. I also find editing difficult, as once I’m finished the first draft of a manuscript, I get so excited to move on to the next project that sometimes I don’t spend enough time catching all the errors in what I’ve previously written. The goal for 2017 is to hire an editor.

What book is on your nightstand?

Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind. Beautiful book!

What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

I’m launching two new urban fantasy series in January, and a third next spring. I’ll be spending next year bouncing back and forth between these three new series, and of course my Brimstone Bay Mysteries. The goal is one to two books per month. I write fast, and love the challenge of meeting daily word counts. I’m also working on an epic fantasy trilogy set 1,000 years prior to one of the urban fantasy series I’ll be launching in January. The first book is called Mists of Shaeyara, and you can keep an eye out for that around the middle of next year.

Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?

Perhaps just the fact that I’m new to all of this, so go easy on me! I love hearing from readers, and truly value feedback on my books. I’m a firm believer that you are never done learning, and I consider each book I write to be a stepping stone towards building my skills as a writer. Even in the past two months, I’ve noticed my writing style change and my speed improve. Writing is a journey, and I’m loving every minute of it. Oh, also… I’m Canadian! But I typically write my books in American English.

AUTHOR LINKS

Author website: https://www.amazon.com/author/nmhowellbooks

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/nikk0marie

Facebook: https://www.fb.com/nikkomariecosplay

AUTHOR BIO

N.M. Howell is an emerging author from the West Coast of Canada. Writing primarily fantasy and paranormal mystery, she also dabbles in the occasional romance. When not spending her time writing books, she’s busy playing with her micro-wolf pup, Mica, or working on her Master’s thesis.

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Murder Any Witch Way by Nicole Marie Howell is just one of the titles featured in a 25-novel cosy mystery collection called 25 Mysteries to Die For which aims to hit the USA Today Bestseller List at the end of the year.