Why do you write cozy mysteries?
This is such a great question and really made me think about the why. I love the challenge of writing a good mystery with an amateur sleuth, interesting characters and settings, and trying to keep the reader guessing until the mystery is solved by the sleuth. I love reading all kinds of crime fiction, but cozies present a unique opportunity to have someone without a special background or skill solve a puzzle aka the crime.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Sarah Winston’s estranged brother shows up at her door the same day a beloved Vietnam vet is murder while she is running a garage sale for him. Her brother begs her not to tell anyone he’s in town, especially not to tell her ex-husband, the chief of police of Ellington, Massachusetts. When Sarah’s brother disappears she realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed the Vietnam vet.
I’d been thinking a lot about heroes before I started writing this book. Who is a hero? What makes a hero? People in Sarah’s town called her a hero after an incident earlier in the year, but she certainly doesn’t feel like one. At about the same time I read an article about a man who tracked down people who defrauded the government by pretending to be military veterans. Both of those things became an integral part of A Good Day To Buy.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
A smart reader of any age who likes complex, twisty tales, some light humor and who just wants to escape their own world for a while.
Please describe your writing routine.
I’m lucky enough to have a home office. My desk came from a thrift store and my bookcase from a resale store. I have some favorite pieces of art – a painting with the saying “follow your dreams” from a craft show, a painting my daughter painted in fifth grade, among other things. That doesn’t exactly sound like part of my writing routine, but it does inspire me. I usually write in the afternoons because I’m not a morning person. Although, as a deadline nears, I write anytime of the day.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Two things! 1. Study the craft of writing. I’ve taken college classes, attended writing conferences and fan conferences to hear authors speak, and read numerous books about writing. 2. Get out there and network. Meet other authors. A turning point in my career was connecting with someone at a banquet who told me to join Sisters in Crime and eventually that led to my contract with Kensington. It’s a long and winding trail from banquet to publication, but I still wonder if I would have been published without that happening.
More about A Good Day to Buy:
HER BROTHER IS NO BARGAIN
When Sarah Winston’s estranged brother Luke shows up on her doorstep, asking her not to tell anyone he’s in town — especially her ex, the chief of police — the timing is strange, to say the least. Hours earlier, Sarah’s latest garage sale was taped off as a crime scene following the discovery of a murdered Vietnam vet and his gravely injured wife—her clients, the Spencers.
BUT IS HE A KILLER?
All Luke will tell Sarah is that he’s undercover, investigating a story. Before she can learn more, he vanishes as suddenly as he appeared. Rummaging through his things for a clue to his whereabouts, Sarah comes upon a list of veterans and realizes that to find her brother, she’ll have to figure out who killed Mr. Spencer. And all without telling her ex . . .
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