25 MYSTERIES TO DIE FOR – AUTHOR INTERVIEWS – NO. 15. N GEMINI SASSON #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 N Gemini Sasson, whose Cozy Mystery, Memories and Matchsticks, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

n-gemini-sasson-author-picGemini, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, but it’ll seem like I have fifteen different personalities. Bear in mind that I get bored easily, so I’m always doing something.  I’m a lifelong runner (Boston Marathon qualifier), a Cross Country coach, a reformed home remodeler, and an avid gardener just trying to keep ahead of the weeds. I’m also a dog sport enthusiast and have raised, trained, shown, and judged Australian Shepherds for nearly three decades – which obviously means I started in the dog show world when I was three. *cough*

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

Fifteen years old, as I was getting my fingers stuck between the keys of an old manual Royal typewriter in my closet. I never got more than two pages into a story then before I lost focus. It took another twenty years before I actually completed a book. My children were toddlers and I needed to escape without actually leaving the house.

What are you currently working on?

Another Sam McNamee Mystery, of course! The characters that keep showing up in those stories provide plenty of material.

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

That’s like asking which of my children is my favorite. I love them all, in different ways. My historicals were my posterity projects. My Faderville books make me ponder life more deeply. And my mysteries are just plain fun to write. But of all of them, Say That Again is probably my favorite. It involves an autistic girl, a recycled dog, and a reclusive neighbor. The response from readers was heartwarming.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

The Three Musketeers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and A Dog’s Purpose.

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

The most challenging aspects are avoiding distraction and starting a new book. I love the momentum that builds when I get about a third of the way in, but just getting the boulder rolling… not so much. And while working at home is great, you have to learn to say ‘no’ more often than you’d like, sometimes to the point where you feel anti-social.

The most rewarding thing is when readers just ‘get it’. When that message you threaded throughout the story moves them, makes them laugh or even cry – that connection is why I write.

What book is on your nightstand?

Nothing. At any time I have a dozen books on the TBR pile of my Kindle. I’d read faster, but then I’d have to write less. Currently I’m reading Nicole Galland’s Stepdog, a romantic comedy, and am thoroughly loving it. I have eclectic tastes: non-fiction, suspense, mysteries, dystopian SciFi, and anything with a dog in it.

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

More standalone dog stories from the Faderville series and at least a few more Sam McNamee books. I’ll stop writing those two series when the ideas quit coming. Which hopefully will be never.

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

Be more like your dog: nap when you need to, play for the sheer joy of it, and forgive easily, because life’s too short to be a grump.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website link – www.ngeminisasson.com

Facebook Link (author page) – www.facebook.com/NGeminiSasson

Twitter Link – www.twitter.com/NGeminiSasson

AUTHOR BIO

Gemini Sasson is a serial remodeler, intrepid gardener, runner, and dog lover. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and an ever-changing number of animals.

Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella, Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.

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Memories and Matchsticks by N Gemini Sasson 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. 14 MAGGIE WEST #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 Maggie West, whose Cozy Mystery, Hook, Line & Stinker, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

maggie-west-author-picMaggie, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a copyeditor and writer and mostly a big fan of fiction! I think it’s the escape from the everyday that I love so much about fiction. I’ve read so much fiction that I think the next logical step was to write it. As hobbies, I love antiques and crafting and sewing. I also love playing with my energetic kitten and taking walks.

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

I’ve always enjoyed writing. I would stay in at recess in second grade to write letters to my mom. Those letters weren’t terribly exciting, but I enjoyed it more than playing tag on the playground!

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on another installment in my Antique Pickers in Paradise Cozy Mystery series. These are short reads so are perfect for reading while commuting or waiting at appointments or just for a quick read you can read all in one sitting. I love putting Sherri and Carol in awkward situations (usually there’s a dead body involved) and seeing how they handle it.

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

I really like my antique pickers cozy series and so far, my first book, Picked to Death, is my favorite. In Picked to Death, I got to develop the characters of Sherri, Carol, Ralph, and Leon and fix the people who in the small Midwestern town of Paradise.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

I am basically nosey and love to read about real people’s lives. In elementary school the library had biographies of famous people and I read them all. Fiction, to me, is just an extension of real life. It may not have happened exactly as written, but it’s fun to take snippets from life and use them to create characters and scenarios that could happen.

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

I have trouble plotting before I start writing. I have an idea of what the story will be but often it switches course and ends up somewhere else. And that’s okay! Finishing is good. Good and rewarding!

What book is on your nightstand?

I’m reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s wonderful!

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

Right now I’m concentrating on my Antique Pickers series but would like to dust off some standalone novels I wrote several years ago and publish at least one of those.

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

You rock! That’s what this whole writing business is all about after all. Readers make writers complete!

AUTHOR LINKS

Website link:  http://www.maggiewestbooks.com

Facebook Link (author page)  https://www.facebook.com/MaggieWestAuthor

Twitter Link  https://twitter.com/MaggieWestBooks

AUTHOR BIO

Maggie West is the author of the Antique Pickers in Paradise cozy mystery series and the Lily Thistle cozy mystery series, the Doorways to the Past time travel series, and several romance books. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to craft and sew, keep her kitten out of trouble (oh boy, good luck with that!), and take walks where she dreams up new stories.

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Hook, Line & Stinker by Maggie West 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. 13 LISA B. THOMAS #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 Lisa B. Thomas whose Cozy Mystery, Sharpe Mind, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

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

Born and raised in Texas, I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-three years as a high school Journalism and English teacher, I released my first novel. Having grown up reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Agatha Christie, I was drawn to the mystery genre.

With two grown children out of the nest, I live a quiet life with my husband and Peekapoo puppy. Besides writing, I enjoy my grandchildren, photography, traveling, and antiquing (buying and selling used junk).

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

When I was a wee child, I wrote a book about goldfish. I later started a mystery. As a journalism major, I always wanted to write in some form or fashion. It wasn’t until I retired that I became interested in fiction. My first book was inspired by a true-life mystery in my own family.

What are you currently working on?

I am working on Book 5 in my series. It should be a fun one!

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

Sharpe Shooter is probably my favorite because it has a personal connection to my own family. I love the main character of Deena and her husband and brother.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

Agatha Christie’s books of course, as well as Stephen King’s. Both authors are master storytellers.

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

The most challenging part of writing is making sure the mystery has enough clues but is still a puzzle to be solved. The most rewarding is when I hear from readers who tell me to “write faster” because they want more.

What book is on your nightstand?

Harlan Coben’s “Whispers in the Wind.” I love his books.

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

I may be starting a new series with a character from two of my books.

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

The setting of my series, Maycroft, Texas, is a fictional town. However, it represents a typical southern locale with authentic characters and situations. Hopefully there aren’t as many murders in most small towns!

AUTHOR LINKS

Email: LBThomas606@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LisaBThomasAuthor

Twitter: @LBThomas2

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00UGED9FS

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lbt606/cozy-mysteries-more/

Check out my “Cozy Mysteries and more” board on Pinterest. I pin lots of books, gifts, quotes, and decor for book lovers like me.

Subscribe to my newsletter using the form on the sidebar. You will receive a free copy of My Dead Relatives, a collection of non-fiction stories about my family. One of the stories, “Skeleton in the Closet,” tells the true life story behind Sharpe Shooter, Book 1 in the Maycroft Mystery Series.

AUTHOR BIO

Born and raised in Texas, Lisa Thomas always knew she wanted to be a writer. Finally, after thirty-three years as a high school Journalism and English teacher, she released her first novel. Having grown up reading Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, and Agatha Christie, she was drawn to the mystery genre. With two grown children out of the nest, she lives a quiet life with her husband and Peekapoo puppy. Besides writing, she enjoys her grandchildren, photography, traveling, and antiquing (aka – buying and selling used junk).

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Sharpe Mind by Lisa B Thomas 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. 12 J. D WINTERS #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 J. D. Winters whose Cozy Mystery, Even Witches Get the Blues, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

j-d-winters-author-picJ. D, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Pasadena, California, grew up on islands—first Balboa Island in CA, then Guam in the Pacific. Back to CA for college, married a Geology student and followed him to Washington DC while he did 5 years in the Army. I worked at the National Geographic while there, came back to CA while my husband finished his degree in Geochemistry, began a degree myself in Library Science, but got preggers and began to focus on babies. Much more fun!

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

I’ve always been a writer, one way or another. I didn’t begin making it my full time endeavor until I had young children and wanted to find a way to make a decent living and yet be able to stay home with my four little ones. Romance was selling—isn’t it always? And after a lot of reading and a lot of writing, I began to sell my stories, first to Jove’s Second Chance at Love, then to Harlequin, Silhouette, Bantam, Dell—anyone who would have me! I got some rights back to old books about three years ago, left traditional publishing, rewrote those books and self published them.

What are you currently working on?

Now I’m writing cozy mysteries. I’ve got three different series going. It all began with Mele Keahi, my half Hawaiian amateur sleuth who sees ghosts and is searching to find out what happened to her mother long ago.  My second series features Haley Greco, newly returned to life after a mysterious accident in order to help save her community and town of oddballs, vampires and gremlins of all sorts. Number 3 began as an experiment in shorter stories, hoping to get them out more quickly, but somehow I have the feeling the length is just going to grow on its own. Three sisters are left a magic tea shop along with a black cat familiar by their grandmother and must deal with the animosity of a pair of evil witches who run a competing coffee shop down the street. Fun stories—fun to write!

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

I love them all—but whatever I’m writing now is always my favorite.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

Anything by Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Sayers, John Galsworthy.

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

The hardest part is finding the time and solitude to immerse myself in the world I need to visit in order to write the story.  The most rewarding is to see people enjoying that world almost as much as I do.

What book is on your nightstand?

Right now, I’m reading the Haunting Danielle series of mysteries by Bobbie Holmes. Once you read one, you have to read them all!

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

I’m hoping to branch out to more mystery series—have a few ideas percolating.

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

The joy of reading! I have a grandchild who’s just discovered it and it has changed her world.

This book is in a series which is being co-written by the illusive Dakota Kahn, who helps with outlines, gives me jokes and explains to me how magic works. Without Dakota, I’d be stumped.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website link http://jdwinterscozy.com/

Facebook Link (author page) https://www.facebook.com/JdWintersCozies/

Twitter Link @HelenMCon

AUTHOR BIO

J.D. Winters is a pen name for Helen Conrad, an award-winning, USA Today Bestselling Author of more than 100 romances published under various pseudonyms with Harlequin, Silhouette, Loveswept and others–as well as the extensive series, Destiny Bay Romances. Cozy mysteries are a new venture, less romance, but more fun!

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Even Witches Get the Blues by J. D. Winters 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. 11 GERALDINE EVANS #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 Geraldine Evans whose Cozy Mystery, The Case of the Defunct Adjunct, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

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

My name is Geraldine Evans, and I’m a British writer. I’ve been published traditionally, off and on, since 1991 (Hale, Macmillan, Severn House, St Martin’s Press and Worldwide (US), which means I’m an author of a certain vintage!

My main detective is DI Joe Rafferty, who comes from a family who think – if they must have a copper in their midst – he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. So there’s a fair bit of humour in them given Rafferty’s recent promotion, his sidekick, a moralistic Welshman, who thinks the law should apply to everyone—including the mothers of detective inspectors. Then there’s the rest of his family, who mostly don’t see eye-to-eye with him regarding the letter of the law. All complicated by murder.

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

When I was young, I thought people like me didn’t become writers – working-class, council house raised, blah, blah – so it wasn’t till I’d got this thinking out of my system, around my mid-twenties, that I made my first tentative attempts to be a writer. I say tentative, because I never actually finished anything. It took hitting the milestone age of thirty to achieve that—and then I went for broke. I wrote a novel each year for six years (fitted around the day job). The final one of the six was accepted by Hale in 1991. That was a romance.

But then they rejected my follow-up. I don’t know how you’d have felt, but I was all for murdering someone! So I did. I created Dead Before Morning, #1 in my almost eighteen-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn Mystery Series. It was accepted in 1993, on only its second slush pile outing, by Macmillan.

What are you currently working on?

Number 18 of my Rafferty series, which has been a bit of a stop/start effort, as I’ve had to keep putting it aside for marketing and all the work that involves. Then, I really must do what I promised one of my readers, and get on and write #3 in my Casey & Catt Mystery series. I’ve rather let this one languish on the vine, and I shouldn’t. I would also like to write a second biographical historical novel. My first, Reluctant Queen, was about the infamous Henry VIII’s little sister, Mary Rose. It’s taken me a while to find somebody who isn’t written about by everyone.

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

Of the mystery novels, I’ve several favourites: Dying For You #6 Rafferty—where my DI becomes chief suspect in his own murder inquiry. Death Line #4 Rafferty, wherein there was a nifty bit of footwork on my part—especially as I’ve only a tentative grasp of arithmetic. And Blood on the Bones #9 Rafferty, when my hero is unwillingly reacquainted with Catholicism.

My bio historical, Reluctant Queen. I love the Tudor period, but so many of the characters from that era have been done to death (literally, in plenty of cases). So I knew, when I learned a little more about Mary Rose, I was sure I had the Tudor that fitted my bill—not done to death, and a sufficiently interesting life to encourage the masses of research required.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

On the mystery side, it would have to be Cynthia Harrod Eagles, Reginald Hill, and Ruth Dudley-Edwards. Harrod Eagles is a fabulously witty writer, and her Atherton is the perfect foil for her main character, Bill Sider. Reginald Hill is also a very witty writer, and in his Andy Dalziel has created a nigh-on perfect character. And Ruth Dudley-Edwards with her Baroness Troutbeck character, has created a divine flouter of rules. I do like a good flout! It’s why I wrote both my mystery series.

Sharon Penman is my all-time-favourite as an author of historicals: the history, the characters, the dialogue—all brilliant. Jean Plaidy was the writer who introduced me to history, and from whom I learned my love of both historical fiction and non-fiction. She was a prolific writer, covered everyone who was anyone, so I’d like to pay a tribute to her, too.

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

The most challenging is everything but the writing! The emails. Oh the emails. If I have to leave them for a day I’m swamped with 200-300 of the blessed things, and it takes me a several days (and then some) to plough through them. Meanwhile, the new mail is piling up.

The marketing, which is another relentless time grab. Sometimes, I don’t know how I manage to do any writing at all. You’ll laugh (or perhaps not if you’re a Rafferty fan, eagerly awaiting my next opus), but I’ve been trying to write #18 Rafferty since January, and I haven’t even got a tricky plot hole as an excuse. How other authors write a book every month, I can’t imagine. I like to write amusing dialogue, and you need to hit on just the right combination of words, and they’ve got to be the perfect words, in the perfect order, no stand-ins will do. The trouble is, it can take days, sometimes, before you can get hold of those words which slide away the second you reach for them. Definitely on the challenging side of the equation.

The most rewarding is obviously the writing—when I can get at it. I’ve mostly been a seat-of-pants writer, though nowadays I generally write a brief plot plan, if only to lessen the snags, pitfalls and rewriting. That said, there’s nothing so satisfying as writing yourself out of a plot hole as a pantser. I go around with a grin for days. Or if I hit upon a nifty bit of dialogue by-play and manage to seize hold of it immediately.

What book is on your nightstand?

I’m currently reading The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Penman (for about the fourth time—love that book). It’s about the Plantagenet’s, Edward IV and Richard III, all their friends and enemies (sometimes one and the same), and the Wars of the Roses.

On the mystery side, I’ve so many awaiting my attention that I hardly know where to start. But I will. Janet Evanovich’s latest. Love her Stephanie Plum. Then there’s Harrod-Eagles. I mostly read on my Kindle now, or my Fire, and I have an in-built resistance to paying over the odds for digital books. But I invariably give in on my favourites.

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

The #18 Rafferty that I mentioned earlier (other things being equal). The second historical (ditto), and the #3 Casey & Catt (I do hate to be repetitive, but ditto again).

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

One thing that I’d like to make clear–I started to write my Rafferty & Llewellyn series in 1991/2, after I received an unexpected rejection from Hale, and it was published by Macmillan in 1993. So when Lewis, the off-shoot from Morse, began, my series was already in its second decade and more. So when readers/reviewers compare the two, they should say that the Lewis series reminds them of my Rafferty, not the other way round. It might sound picky, but us writers are sensitive souls. Each time I get a comment like that in the reviews it’s like a dart to my heart. I feel like writing a comment to that effect beneath the review. So far I’ve resisted the temptation, but oh, my poor, holey heart.

That said, I love my readers. Even with the dart-to-heart remarks, they mostly say lovely things, and help me resist the urge mentioned above.

I know how difficult it is to compose reviews—I’ve written a few myself, so am familiar with the angst involved. I think it’s awesome when they take the trouble. Why would they bother? Why not just move on to the next book? I don’t know—but it’s serious Wow! factor time when they do. So—thank you. It’s very humbling and, at the same time, very elevating. I’m floating on air when another reader says they love my characters. Because I do, too.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website/Blog: http://geraldineevansbooks.wordpress.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@gerrieevans

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Geraldine.Evans.Cime.Author/

AUTHOR BIO

Geraldine Evans is a multi-published mystery author who has had eighteen novels traditionally published. Her publishers include Macmillan and St Martin’s Press. But in 2010, she made the momentous decision to turn indie. Since then, she has published all of her backlist in digital format, including her Rafferty & Llewellyn and Casey & Catt detective series, as well as creating new, original to kindle works. Geraldine also writes biographical historical novels.

Although originally a Londoner, she now lives in an old market town in Norfolk, England, where she moved with George, her late husband, in 2000.

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Death Line by Geraldine Evans 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. 10 FRANKIE BOW #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 Frankie Bow whose Cozy Mystery, The Case of the Defunct Adjunct, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

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

Like my protagonist, I actually am a professor in a business school. But I did not model Professor Molly after me. I’m kind of a risk-averse person who lives a sensible life, and I wanted my character to be a little more out there. So I thought, let’s start with a normal person and then dial up the neuroticism, obsessiveness, impulsiveness, and social awkwardness. So of course now everyone thinks she is me.

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

It started with reading. I love murder mysteries. Especially cozy mysteries. So one day I was reading a pretty well-known cozy while I was exercising on the elliptical machine. So as I’m reading, there’s some pun in the narrative and the author said something like “and everybody laughed and laughed” and I thought, this isn’t very funny and I could do better. So that was it, it was how it started. I thought, “I could do better than this. I could write my own murder mystery and it would be funnier.”

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m finishing up my latest novella in the Miss Fortune world, Bayou Busybody.

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

Maybe The Black Thumb, because of a funny plot element centered around Molly trying to make an important decision. I can’t say more than that without spoiling it.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

If I had to pick, I’d say E.G. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories. What’s brilliant about them is that there’s all of this plotting and scheming over really trivial stakes. It’s a great model for writing about academia.

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

The hardest part is taking the outline and building it into the first draft. The most satisfying is doing the final polish. The most painful is having to excise big chunks of perfectly lovely writing that you worked really hard on, because it slows down the action.

What book is on your nightstand?

The Sybil in her Grave, by Sarah Caudwell. I’ve read all four of her mysteries several times. They’re beautifully written and still fun to read even when you already know who the murderer is.

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

I’m thinking of writing another Professor Molly mystery, tentatively titled “The Bundle of Joy,” but in the short term I’ll be working on the sequel to Bayou Busybody.

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

Thanks to Sleuth Cafe for hosting me and spreading the word about our cozy mystery box set!

AUTHOR LINKS

Website – www.frankiebow.com

Facebook author page – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorFrankieBow

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow

AUTHOR BIO

Frankie Bow teaches at a public university and writes the Professor Molly Mysteries. Unlike Professor Molly, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing fiction, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

Sign up for Frankie’s newsletter and get a Professor Molly short story.

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The Case of the Defunct Adjunct by Frankie Bow 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. 9 ELISABETH CRABTREE #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 Elisabeth Crabtree whose Cozy Mystery, Two Dead Love Birds, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

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

I’m an avid mystery fan. I love mystery books, tv-shows, movies, and games. If it has a mystery in it, I’m happy. I especially like ones that include some romance as well.

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

I started writing in high school but the publishing process seemed daunting and I was rather busy preparing for college so I set it aside. It wasn’t until 2011 that I discovered Amazon publishing and decided to give writing another try. I wrote both Deadly Magic and Deadly Reunion in two years and published both at the end of 2012.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on my seventh Grace Holliday Cozy Mystery. She and Kyle were married in the last book and will be on their honeymoon in the next one.

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

It’s really hard to pick a favorite. I really enjoyed writing Bad Kitty. That one has Kat investigating a murder at Canary Island while taking part in a cat competition with the Gazette’s office cat, Rooster. This was the first book in the Hatter’s Cove Gazette series that featured Rooster so it was a lot of fun to write. Another favorite of mine is Murder Games. I just love mystery games and mysteries that take place in old creepy houses. In that one Kyle and Grace go to a Victorian mansion on New Year’s to take part in a murder mystery weekend event. They get snowed in with a real murderer on the loose.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

I love Agatha Christie and all of her mysteries. I grew up reading her books and have enjoyed every one of them.

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

The most challenging part is finding time to write. I have a day job and a family so I struggle finding time to write. The most rewarding part are the fans. I really enjoy reading their messages and reviews.

What book is on your nightstand?

The Bible.

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

More Hatter’s Cove and Grace Holliday mysteries. The next Grace Holliday will be out late 2016 or early 2017. I may go straight into another Grace Holliday book after that or I might start a Hatter’s Cove book. I haven’t decided yet.

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

I love hearing from my readers. It brings me such joy and I want to thank all of them for reading my stories.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website www.madlovepress.com

Facebook (author page) https://www.facebook.com/Elisabeth-Crabtree-Cozy-Mystery-Books-250993705085111

AUTHOR BIO

Elisabeth Crabtree is the author of the Grace Holliday Cozy Mystery Series and the Hatter’s Cove Mystery Series. As a life-long mystery fan, Elisabeth enjoys writing light, comedic mysteries with a touch of romance.

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Two Dead Love Birds by Elisabeth Crabtree 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. 8 COLLEEN CROSS #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 Colleen Cross, whose Cozy Mystery, Blue Moon, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

colleen-cross-author-picColleen, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

First of all, thank you for having me…it’s very nice to be here.

I live in Vancouver, on Canada’s southwest coast.  I’m a writer and a runner, a cat and dog fanatic (though my dog likes cats a little too much, lol), a traveller turned homebody (my life revolves around my dog), and a lover of all things nature and the great outdoors. We go to the beach and hike a lot, and then I come home to write. And naturally, I’m a bookworm. I read mostly mysteries, thrillers, and lots of nonfiction.

I am a graphic artist turned accountant turned writer. I have always been writing though, so I suppose I have finally come full circle to my true calling.

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

I’ve always written stories in my head and began writing (and illustrating) them soon after I learned how to write. In fact, the treehouse I imagined as a child lives on as Cendrine’s home in my Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries series.  I never dreamed I could write for my day job though. It’s a dream come true!  When I was a kid I read everything I could get my hands on, so it was only natural that would go the DIY route and write my own stories! Back then, they tended towards fantasy.

What are you currently working on? 

I’m currently working on the third book in my Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries series, Witch and Famous. It’s 100% cozy mystery with sprinkles of humour and fantasy. It’s so much fun to write that it often feels like my characters are coming up with their own lines, and sometimes they are rather cheeky! Since witches are magic, I get to make even more stuff up than usual!

I tend to do ten million things at once, so don’t be surprised if I come up with a completely new series or two while I’m working with the Westwick Witches. In fact, as I’m writing this I just thought up a brand new series! It’s a secret for now…

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

My favourite changes constantly because it’s always the book I’m currently writing. My very first book, Exit Strategy, will always be special to me of course. I’ve got books 4 and 5 in that series outlined and ready to write. I just need to find time to write them!

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

There are so many books that I don’t know where to start. As a kid, I loved Nancy Drew. I also loved Russian classics but also Edgar Allen Poe. Most of all, though, I loved Black Beauty. That got me started reading all things horses, which was how I discovered My Friend Flicka and Mary O’Hara’s other books. I wrote to her (back then it was snail mail) and was so thrilled to get a reply from her!  Then I was in love with all things horses, even though I had never ridden one, and read every horse book I could find. Then it was every book about dogs…and I guess you can see why I usually have 2-3 books on the go at any given time. Cozy mysteries are always at the very top of my list along with psychological thrillers (as long as they aren’t too scary).

As an adult, my influences are more from writers like Lisa Scottoline, Kathy Reichs, and Tess Gerritsen, all great mystery / thriller writers. But it was those early reads that really got me hooked on reading, which in turn got me started writing in the first place. Great books in any genre transport us to a different world and give us different perspectives, and there are so many more I want to discover. I learn something from every book I read. I hope that never changes.

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

The most challenging part for me is staying with my original story outline. I find that as the story develops some of the characters take over, so to speak, and take the plot in directions I never expected. As much as I try, I’ll never be a straight plotter. But that has its own rewards, since it often keeps the story fresh and provides me with surprise twist endings!

The most rewarding part is feedback from readers. I’m alone in my head with my characters until the book is published, so it’s always nice to know that readers enjoy my stories. Knowing that I kept someone guessing, made them laugh out loud, or otherwise entertained them and forget their worries is the greatest reward of all.

What book is on your nightstand?

I have a couple at the moment: The Secret Place, by Tana French, and The Casual Vacancy, by J. K. Rowling.

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

Witch and Famous, the third book in the Westwick Witches Cozy Mysteries series, will be published in early 2017. I’ve got more books planned in all of my series, which run the gamut from cozy mysteries to crime thrillers. My absolute favourite to both read and write is cozy mysteries, though. I gravitate towards cozies whenever there is lots of bad news in the world. I like to inject a little humour into my stories, even into my thrillers, which are suspenseful but not dark.

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

Just that I’m happy to know you’re out there, that there are readers out there who “get” me and my quirky family of characters! I’m so grateful to be doing what I do for a living, and thank you for your reviews, feedback and support. I always love to hear from readers. You can find me here:

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.colleencross.com

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/colleenxcross 

AUTHOR BIO

Colleen Cross writes page-turning thrillers and fun, cozy mysteries. She lives with her family on the West Coast. When she’s not writing, she loves to run, hike, and explore with her rescue dog Jaeger, who reminds her daily that life’s too short to not follow your dreams–or a squirrel or two.

Her books have been translated into multiple languages with more to come.

Visit her website at http://www.colleencross.com and sign up for her twice-yearly private newsletter to hear about new releases and exclusive subscriber-only offers.

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Blue Moon by Colleen Cross 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. 7 CAROLYN L DEAN #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 Carolyn L Dean, whose Cozy Mystery, Bed, Breakfast & Bones, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

carolyn-l-deanCarolyn, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’ve been an author for two years now, and am loving writing cozy mysteries!  I’ve written romance and nonfiction, but it has been so much fun to create an imaginary town where I’d want to live. I have a weakness for happy endings and oddball characters, so to discover that cozies are the sort of book I like to write has been amazing.

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

I’ve known I wanted to write since grade school.  I distinctly remember coming home and announcing this to my Mom, who wasn’t terribly surprised.  I’d been telling stories around the dinner table since I could talk.  Yeah, I was that introverted kid who sometimes lived in a make-believe world and entertained herself at bedtime by making up entire plots of books, just to stay awake.

What are you currently working on?

The third book in my Ravenwood Cove is due out in December, and has a Christmas theme. That means I was listening to Christmas carols before Halloween!  I love the holidays, but I think I’m going to be really sick of Christmas music by Christmas Day.

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

The first book, Bed, Breakfast, and Bones, is hands down my favorite.  When I was writing it felt like the characters were introducing themselves to me, opening up their secrets, and showing me where I could tell more of their story in the upcoming books.  I’ve been able to tuck in little bits of my own experiences and thoughts, and it’s been really fun to hear the positive feedback I get from readers when they discover things in the story. I feel like I could sit down for a coffee with any of the characters from Ravenwood Cove, and enjoy a nice chat J

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

This is going to sound like a cop out, but I have to say ALL of them.  I read everything from Ray Bradbury to Richard Brautigan to Agatha Christie.  Mix all that input with a ton of nonfiction reading and it makes for a very eclectic collection.

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

I get up at 5 AM every weekday (and sometimes Saturdays) to write.  Dragging my backside out of a warm, comfy bed to try to be brilliant in front of laptop is an exercise in futility some mornings…

The most rewarding thing so far has been getting a chance to talk to the people who love cozy mysteries as much as I do!  They are a warm, fun bunch of people, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them on Facebook.

What book is on your nightstand?

Jan Karon’s “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” in hardback, a paperback in The Cat Who series, and about a zillion cozy mysteries loaded on my phone.  Hubby has to pry my phone away from me some nights so I’ll get some sleep J

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

Oh, I have lots more adventure and people to write about in Ravenwood Cove!  Maybe someday I’ll be introducing some clean romances that are set in the same area, too.  Who doesn’t love a little romance at the beach?

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

I would like to tell them how grateful I am for them taking a chance on a newer author, and reading my books.  I’ve been absolutely bowled over by how warm and welcoming they’ve been, and it encourages me to keep writing what the sort of book that I love to read!  Seriously, I think I have the best readers on the planet.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website link  www.carolyndeanbooks.com

Facebook Link (author page) https://www.facebook.com/CarolynDeanBooks/

Twitter Link  @CarolynDeanBks

AUTHOR BIO

I’ve been writing and making stories in my head as early as I can remember. In third grade I came home, set my lunchbox down, and told my mother I wanted to be a writer. Luckily, Mom was supportive.

I’ve been a published author for a while now, under different names and genres, but the thought of writing about a small coastal town in Oregon, and about its loves and mysteries and holidays and people has been with me for years. To be honest, I am a bit scared to dump those ideas onto the written page, but hope you’ll enjoy getting to meet the people who inhabit my imagination.

In real life, I’m married with kids, live on the West Coast of the US, and own a hobby farm just outside of my favorite small town. I love to travel, and can often be found strolling down a windy Oregon beach, holding onto the string of a high-sailing dragon kite.

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Bed, Breakfast & Bones by Carolyn L Dean 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. 6 CAROLINE MICKELSON #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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caroline-mickelson-author-picIn today’s interview, I welcome Caroline Mickelson, whose Cozy Mystery, From Mangia to Murder, is featured in the above mentioned box set.

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

I’m an avid reader, a mystery and romance author, and a mother / wrangler of four teenagers. I live in the American southwest, and after thirty years here, I’m still trying to appreciate the desert landscape and heat. I’m also a huge Agatha Christie fan, and Hercule Poirot is my literary hero.

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

There was never a time when I wanted to be anything else. According to my mother, I was dictating stories to her before I learned to write.

What are you currently working on?

I’m at work on the next in the Sophia Mancini ~ Little Italy series. The title of the next book is ‘Lights Out in Little Italy’.

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

My favorite is ‘From Mangia to Murder’ because I love the characters as well as the post-World War II period it’s set in. My grandfather was the first-born child of Italian immigrants and the story is a tribute to him.

What books have most influenced you as a writer?

Oh, so many! But if pressed to choose one author, it would have to be Agatha Christie. I’ve read and re-read all of her mysteries multiple times and I marvel at her story telling skill.

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

The most challenging part of writing is actually sitting down to write every day. Because I so badly want to do justice to my ideas and characters, I often have to work through some resistance / perfectionist issues before I start typing. The most rewarding part of being a writer is hearing from readers who want to know when the next book is coming out – best compliment ever!

What book is on your nightstand?

My Kindle is the only thing on my nightstand. It’s chock full of books waiting to be read – but isn’t that true for everyone’s e-reader? I love finding a new-to-me mystery series, it’s like striking gold.

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

More books in the Little Italy mystery series, and the start of a new series. I have ideas for three different series and I change my hourly about which path to take first. It’s a fun stage to be in.

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

I’d love to say thank you to any reader who spends time reading any of my books. Time is so precious for all of us, and I’m honored if readers choose to spend some time in my world. Thank you!

AUTHOR LINKS

Website: http://www.carolinemickelson.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012200737095

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/CarolineM67

AUTHOR BIO

14701025_1787446551532303_8590061125603920366_oCaroline Mickelson loves her family and loves to write. She also loves a good adventure, among her favorites thus far were attending graduate school in a Scottish castle, riding a camel around the Pyramids in Giza, and taking a best-in-a-lifetime road trip to Graceland. Caroline lives in the American southwest with her husband and their four children, affectionately known as The Miracles.

Mangia to Murder by Caroline Mickelson 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.

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