A March to Remember

a-march-to-remember-large-banner640Anna Loan-Wilsey combines history and mystery when writing her Hattie Davish Mystery series. She visits my pages today to talk about her fifth book in the series, A March to Remember. Welcome, Anna!loan_wilsey_headshot_small

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I write cozy mysteries because I love to read cozy mysteries.  I enjoy, as both a writer and reader, the puzzle and the story, not the blood and gore.  I also relish the challenge of writing about an amateur detective who otherwise shouldn’t be involved in murder.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
My book, A March to Remember, is the fifth novel in the Hattie Davish Mystery series, where each book finds Hattie solving crimes in a different historical town in 1890’s America. In this adventure, Hattie, a private secretary, finds herself in Washington D.C. in the employ of her mentor, Sir Arthur Windom-Greene, a British aristocrat and historian. Their visit coincides with the arrival of “Coxey’s Army,” the first ever protest “march” on Washington. When one of the marchers is found murdered, Hattie suspects some of Washington’s most prominent politicians might be involved.
I was definitely inspired by the actual historical “Coxey’s Army” and their May 1, 1894 march on Washington. Unprecedented, it was one of the most sensational newspaper stories of its day and yet I’d never heard of it. What fun it was to bring all the many characters of this historical event to life and throw Hattie right in the middle of it all!

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I don’t have an ideal reader in mind when I write. I hope my books appeal to anyone who enjoys a good mystery, who appreciates history, who loves a good puzzle to solve, or who simply likes to spend an afternoon reading an entertaining story.

Please describe your writing routine.
I write when my young daughter is at school.  As I’m most productive in the morning, I try to sit down in front of the computer the moment she’s off to school.  Then I work until my stomach grumbles reminding me I’ve missed lunch or until the alarm goes off reminding me I have a child to pick up from school.  My brain is mush after 4:30pm so it works out for everyone!

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
The advice I have is the same I received when I was just starting out- persistence, persistence, persistence. In that same vein, I would add edit, edit, rewrite and edit again! Both pieces of advice have served me well. When trying to get an agent, I was once told not to get discouraged until I’d been rejected 100 times. After lots and lots and lots of rejections, I had an agent read my first 50 pages only to tell me my manuscript wasn’t ready. So I spent a year editing and rewriting and then tried again. This time, the very first agent I sent it to asked for the full manuscript and eventually offered to sign me.

More about A March to Remember:
cover-artTraveling secretary Hattie Davish is taking her singular talents to Washington, D.C., to help Sir Arthur Windom-Greene research his next book. But in the winding halls of the nation’s capital, searching for the truth can sometimes lead to murder…
Hattie is in her element, digging through dusty basements, attics, and abandoned buildings, not to be denied until she fishes out that elusive fact. But her delightful explorations are dampened when she witnesses a carriage crash into a carp pond beneath the shadow of the Washington Monument. Alarmingly, one of the passengers flees the scene, leaving the other to drown. The incident only heightens tensions brought on by the much publicized arrival of “Coxey’s Army,” thousands of unemployed men converging on the capital for the first ever organized “march” on Washington. When one of the marchers is found murdered in the ensuing chaos, Hattie begins to suspect a sinister conspiracy is at hand. As she expands her investigations into the motives of murder and closes in on the trail of a killer, she is surprised and distraught to learn that her research will lead her straight to the highest levels of government…

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How to connect with Anna:
Website: www.annaloanwilsey.com
Public email address: loanwilsey@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/annaloanwilseyauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annaloanwilsey @annaloanwilsey

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Mud Bog Murder

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Lesley A. Diehl has published the fourth installment of her Eve Appel mystery series. Here’s more about Mud Bog Murder. author photo

mud-bog-murderWhen Jenny McCleary leases her property to be ravaged by the annual mud bog races, the small rural town of Sabal Bay, Florida, is divided into warring camps: environmental activists versus monster truck fans. Jenny, who frequents the consignment store owned by Eve Appel and her friend Madeleine, doesn’t seem to mind when Eve and Madeleine join the protesters the day of the races.
During the race, Eve catches Jenny’s airborne head after it is tossed into the air by the wheels of a truck. Now every protester is a suspect in Jenny’s murder. What’s left of her alligator-gnawed body is found near the air boat business of Eve’s Miccosukee Indian friends, Sammy Egret and his grandfather. When more evidence turns up nearby, Grandfather is arrested.
Even without the disembodied head, Eve has her hands full. The town resents her role in the protests and is boycotting the consignment shop on wheels. She is torn between two men: GQ-handsome, devoted PI Alex and tall, dark, and exotic Sammy. Jenny’s sweet and needy teenage daughter is dating a petty criminal. Will Eve and Madeleine ever be able to move into their new digs? Not unless the town forgives them. And not if whoever decapitated Jenny gets to Eve before she and her sleuthing buddies solve the mystery.

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Website: www.lesleyadiehl.com
Blog: www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog
Twitter: @lesleydiehl
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lesley.diehl.1

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The CEO Came DOA

the-ceo-came-doa-large-banner640Heather Haven shares news of her new cozy mystery, The CEO Came DOA. Welcome, Heather!ceo-author-photo

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I love to read them and love to write them. They take me away to a wonderful world in my mind.

Please tell us about your book.
The CEO Came DOA is the 5th book of the Alvarez Murder Mystery Series, but each book is pretty much a deliberate stand alone. I’ve had people write and tell me they didn’t know a book was part of the series until they went online, left a review, and saw the others. That’s the best compliment a series writer can receive.

What ideas or images inspired this novel?
The title, The CEO Came DOA, flashed into my mind out of the blue. I knew I wanted that for the title of the next Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries. I wrapped the entire storyline around the title! It was challenging, but a lot of fun.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Yes, an educated woman with a sense of humor and style. You know who you are! There are quite a few men who meet that criterion, as well. You know who you are too!

Please describe your writing routine.
A cup of coffee and I sit down and start writing. Almost every day. Depending on the day and my back, I will be at the computer from 3 to 7 hours at least 6 days a week.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Have a quality product i.e., write a good novel. And writing is rewriting. Once you have the first draft, you will probably need to go over it ten to twenty times, maybe more. That’s the way a good novel is written, no matter what the subject or genre. Never slack off, never compromise. Be true to yourself and your craft. Write the best novel you can write. Always.
And remember what Isaac Asimov said on persistence:
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.”

More about The CEO Came DOA:
ceo-silver-silicon-valley-copySomeone is trying to sabotage the Initial Public Offering of ‘Read-Out’, a small Silicon Valley start-up, and Lee Alvarez has been hired to find the culprit. Meanwhile, the first Alvarez grandchild is about to be born while Lee is planning her very own Christmas wedding; or rather letting her mother plan it. When Lee finds the CEO hanging by the neck in his boardroom wearing nothing but baby blue boxer shorts, she has to ask herself, was it suicide? Or was it murder? If so, was the saboteur responsible, one of his business partners, or even his famous rock star ex-wife? There are too many suspects and the bodies start piling up just in time for Christmas. Ho, ho, ho!

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How to connect with Heather:
Website: http://heatherhavenstories.com/
Email address: Heather@heatherhavenstories.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherHavenStories
Twitter: Twitter@HeatherHaven

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Gnarly New Year

gnarly-new-year-large-banner640Anna Celeste Burke shares news of her cozy mystery, Gnarly New Year.
Ms. Burke is an award-winning and bestselling author who enjoys snooping into life’s mysteries with fun, fiction, & food — California style! Her books includauthor-of-gnarly-new-yeare the Jessica Huntington Desert Cities Mystery series set in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, the Corsario Cove Cozy Mystery series set on California’s Central Coast, and The Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery series set in Orange County, California–the OC.

More about Gnarly New Year:
cover artThe honeymoon’s not over yet! Kim and Brien’s excellent adventure at the swanky Sanctuary Resort & Spa continues when an unwelcome visitor drops in on New Year’s Eve. An elusive marine GPS device found and lost again, unleashes another wave of murder and mayhem in Corsario Cove! What is it about that thing? Will the secret be revealed when they visit the chamber of heinousness? Stooges, Krugerrands, and monks — oh my! Is it going to be a Gnarly New Year for Kim and Brien?
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Beyond Dead

beyond-dead-large-banner-640Author Jordaina Sydney Robinson visits my pages today to talk about her new mystery, Beyond Dead. What a great title! Welcome, Jordaina.beyond-dead-author-photo2

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I just love the genre. I love mysteries. They’re my preferred type of book when it comes to reading so it makes sense to me that I would want to write them.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Beyond Dead is about the newly deceased Bridget Sway who finds a dead ghost in her locker on her very first day in the afterlife. With the help of a new friend, they try to solve the murder without becoming victims themselves.
As for ideas – I know it sounds really dull but there isn’t really anything that inspired it. I don’t even really remember how the original idea came to me.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Yes. Me! I write books that I would want to read. I love writing but it’s hard. There are times when it can be really difficult and frustrating – you can spend hours sitting at your computer and by the end of the day you’ve maybe only written five hundred words. Those days are awful and you go to bed feeling like a failure but I think the only reason I can push through those times is because I love what I write. I don’t think about age ranges or genders or class or hobbies and interests or anything like that. I just try to write a book that I would enjoy reading.

Please describe your writing routine.
I still have a day job so my routine isn’t really a routine at all. I just write whenever I can steal a spare few minutes. I usually get up early and try to get in a couple of hours before work and again when I get home from work. The only thing that is remotely routine about my day is that I make sure I write something everyday. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by general life and think you’ll catch up on it tomorrow.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Apart from the standard things like read/write a lot and find a great critique group/partner, the best advice I can think of is to try not to be impatient. Think of it as a career. No one says “I’m going to be a doctor” and the next day they’re a doctor. That’s just not how it works. So take your time and write the best book you can possibly write.

More about Beyond Dead:
beyond-dead-coverDead less than twenty-four hours, with a job that doesn’t pay, a fashion disaster for a uniform and more afterlife rules than she can shake a stick at, Bridget Sway thinks it’s as bad as it can get. And then she finds a dead ghost stuffed in her locker.
Since the police are desperate to arrest her for murder, Bridget’s new best friend convinces her the only way to save herself from an eternity in prison is to solve the murder themselves.
With a handsome parole officer watching her every move, an outlaw ghost befriending her and two persistent mediums demanding her attention, solving the murder is not quite as easy as it sounds. And when “murder” turns into “murders” Bridget needs to solve the case … before she becomes the next dead body stuffed in a locker.

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Jordaina Sydney Robinson grew up and, despite many adventures further afield, still lives in the North West of England. For fun she buys notebooks, gets walked by her husky puppy and sings really loudly and really badly while driving her trusty old Seat, Roger. If you want to find out just how bad her singing is then you can visit her official website at www.JordainaSydneyRobinson.com and ask her.

How to connect with Jordaina:
www.JordainaSydneyRobinson.com
Email address: enquiries@JordainaSydneyRobinson.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JordainaSydneyRobinson

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Pumpkins in Paradise

pumpkin paradise large banner640Today I welcome author Kathi Daley to my pages to talk about her new cozy mystery, Pumpkins in Paradise. Welcome, Kathi!KathiDaley

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
Cozy mysteries allow me to combine all the best things in life: family, friends, animals, small towns, romance, food, and of course a whodunit type mystery. The characters I develop for my mysteries are like real people to me, and I believe to my readers. I love hanging out with them and catching up with the latest developments in their lives. Cozy mysteries allow me to delve into a mystery while spending quality time with these characters as their lives evolve and their personalities change and develop.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
The Tj Jensen Paradise Lake series is set in the small town of Serenity, Nevada, which is perched on the shoreline of Paradise Lake. I live in Lake Tahoe, and I wanted to write a series set in Lake Tahoe but I didn’t want to deal with the limitations inherent in writing about a real place so I developed Paradise Lake. If you read the series and are familiar with the Lake Tahoe area it will be clear that Paradise Lake is a fictionalized Lake Tahoe. Tj is a physical education teacher and coach at the local high school. I used to be a teacher and while I am happy to be an author and not a teacher, there are aspects of life in a high school setting that I do miss and wanted a chance to revisit. I am also big on holidays and family so I tend to set my stories around the holidays and Tj, like me, has a large extended family that play into her everyday interactions.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
Actually I don’t have an ideal reader, or any reader for that matter, in mind when I write. I write primarily for my personal enjoyment and I hope that in the end others will allow exploring the fictional worlds and lives I have developed along the way. The first book I ever wrote, but not the first one I published, was a Christmas romance (Road to Christmas Past). I wrote this book during December when I couldn’t find a book that quite matched the story I was in the mood to read. Writing that book allowed me to take the journey my heart and mind longed to take, and I found that I rather liked being in the driver’s seat. The first book I published (Halloween Hijinks) was written in about a week on a whim when I had an idea to share a Facebook page with my dog. Pumpkins in Paradise was developed so that I could explore the themes of my actual life which include: mountain living, small towns, and a large and loving multi-generation family.

Please describe your writing routine.
I don’t plot and I don’t plan. I currently write five series. When I start a new project, I decide which set of characters I want to write and the basic background for the story. Going into a book I might know that I am writing a story from the Tj Jensen series and that it is Halloween, but that is usually the extent of my pre-writing plotting. I then format a Word document and type in chapter 1. I figure out a fun opening paragraph and then keep typing until I have the number of words I set out to write. For me writing is like driving in the fog. You can see just far enough ahead to continue on but not to see where you are heading, but the reality is that, in the end, that is enough to complete the whole journey. I think I’d be bored with a story before I began writing if I plotted the whole thing out. Where is the discovery? The surprise? Letting the story develop as I write has the same feel as reading a story where you are eager to find out what will happen next. I’m always surprised and often enchanted by what my characters do and say.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Just do it. I don’t think there is a magic formula to success. I have a lot of writer friends and those who are the most successful have followed their heart and their passion rather than following a plan. I will say that relationships are important. I’m certain it has been my relationships with readers, other authors, bloggers, and editors that has allowed me to find the success I have.

More about Pumpkins in Paradise:
PUMPKINS-IN-PARADISE-by-Kathi-DaleyBetween volunteering for the annual pumpkin festival and coaching her girls to the state soccer finals, high school teacher Tj Jensen finds her good friend Zachary Collins dead in his favorite chair. When the handsome new deputy closes the case without so much as a “why” or “how,” Tj turns her attention from chili cook-offs and pumpkin carving to complex puzzles, prophetic riddles, and a decades-old secret she seems destined to unravel.

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More about Kathi:
Author of the Zoe Donovan cozy Mystery Series, Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mystery series, Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Series, Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries, and Seacliff High Teen Cozy Mystery Series.
Come for the murder, stay for the romance.
Kathi lives in the beautiful alpine community of Lake Tahoe with her husband Ken and dog Echo. When she’s not writing she enjoys hanging out on the beach with her children and grandchildren. During the summer she enjoys hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and sunset cruises on the lake. During the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and curling up by a fire with a good book.
Kathi uses her mountain home as inspiration for her books, all which include appearances by the wildlife she shares her life with.

How to connect with Kathi:
Website: www.kathidaley.com
Email address: kathidaley@kathidaley.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kathidaley

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The Black Thumb

BLACK THUMB large banner640Author Frankie Bow stopped by to talk about her newest release, The Black Thumb. Welcome, Frankie.Author photo

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I write what I enjoy reading, which is a blend of academic satire and cozy mystery. Some favorites are Sarah Caudwell’s mysteries featuring Oxford don Hilary Tamar, Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night, and Joanne Dobson’s Karen Pelletier mysteries.

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Things that inspired The Black Thumb, in no particular order: Undermine-y people who serve up backhanded compliments and are astonished when you take offense; the utter wretchedness of the academic job market; DNA analysis; blended families; the Completion Agenda; and, of course, tropical gardening.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write?
I write books that I enjoy and am proud of. My ideal reader is anyone who will read my books!

Please describe your writing routine.
I try to get my actual outlining and writing done first thing in the morning, when my brain is the freshest. Less cognitively taxing tasks, like updating my blog or reading email, are done in the afternoon.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
1) To calibrate your unconscious, read as many well-written books as you can get your hands on, and avoid letting bad writing into your brain. 2) Have a web presence. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but there should be somewhere online where readers can find you and figure out how to buy your books. 3) Don’t try to edit as you write. Just get something on the page and fix it later. Revising is much easier than first-time writing. 4) Find and support other authors in your genre. Whether it’s co-promotions, box sets, or just friendship and moral support, authors can be a great resource for one another.

More about The Black Thumb:
cover artWhen a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness – the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just … academic.

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How to connect with Frankie:
Webpage: www.frankiebow.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.bow.1
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/frankie-bow/
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Cracked to Death

cracked to death   large banner640Cheryl Hollon visits my page today to talk about her new cozy mystery, Cracked to Death. Cheryl now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.Cracked to Death author photo

More about Cracked to Death:
CRACKED TO DEATH cover artWhen a treasure hunt leads to deadly plunder, it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb and her trusty investigative posse to map out the true motives of a killer.
It’s the dog days of summer in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Webb’s Glass Shop proprietor Savannah Webb has an eco-friendly plan to help locals escape the heat – a recyclable bottle-crafting workshop taught by reticent store manager Amanda Blake. Turns out, the class is a bigger smash than expected, thanks in part to a pair of staggeringly old bottles brought in by snorkeler Martin Lane.
Linked to a storied pirate shipwreck, the relics definitely pique Savannah’s interest. But intrigue turns to shock when Martin’s lifeless body washes ashore the next morning, another glass artifact tucked in his dive bag. With cell phone records connecting Amanda to the drowning, Savannah must voyage through unchartered territory to exonerate her colleague and capture the twisted criminal behind Martin’s death.

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Die, Die Birdie

die dir birdie large banner640J.R. Ripley visits my page today to share news of his newest release: Die, Die Birdie. J.R. Ripley is the pen name of Glenn Meganck, the critically acclaimed author of the Tony Kozol mystery series. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, he has chaired the Edgar committee for Best Original Paperback gmeganckauthorphoto (1)novel and served on the Best Short Story Committee. As a member of the International Association of Crime Writers, he has served on the Hammett Award committee for Best Novel. When not writing books, Glenn is writing songs, often singing them to the consternation of his audience and neighbors, or involved in one of his many passions, none of which have involved any of the dead bodies that seem to keep cropping up in his mysteries. For more information about him, visit glennmeganck.com.

More about Die, Die Birdie:
DIE DIE BIRDIE For Amy Simms, hatching a birding shop in her hometown of Ruby Lake, North Carolina, hasn’t exactly been a breeze. But could a deadly discovery clip her wings for good?
It’s just days before Amy plans to open Birds & Bees on the first floor of her creaky Victorian house, but delayed seed shipments have prevented the fledgling owner from stocking her shelves. And it doesn’t help that Amy’s best friend and business partner is out of town indefinitely. With locals skeptical about the niche shop taking flight, the last thing Amy needs now is a dead man in her storeroom-or for a crotchety tenant to catch her holding a bloody bird feeder hook over his body…
Pigeonholed as a leading murder suspect by police and lacking a solid alibi, Amy’s delving into the victim’s ugly past and buzzing around Ruby Lake for clues on his killer…before she ends up like so many of her beloved feathery friends – trapped behind bars!
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The Bluebonnet Betrayal

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Author Marty Wingate visits my pages today to talk about her new cozy mystery, The Bluebonnet Betrayal. Welcome, Marty.MARTY

Why do you write cozy mysteries?
Someone has said that authors write what they want to read, and for the most part that’s true for me. I love the traditional and cozy mysteries because they are always so much more than a puzzle to solve. There’s the setting, which is important to me (and so I’ve made it important in my books) and the characters’ stories. I have been known to begin reading a series, like it, and then pick up subsequent books and scan them, looking for mention of my favorite character from the previous book! I like the overall series arc the main character has (or should have).

Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
The Bluebonnet Betrayal takes place at one of my favorite yearly events, the Chelsea Flower Show in London. This is the fifth book in the Potting Shed series and Pru Parke (American gardener who has moved to England) gets an out-of-the-blue email from a long-ago co-worker at the Dallas Arboretum asking Pru if she would help the Austin Rock Garden Society build a display at Chelsea. How can she say no? Once committed, however, she discovers back-biting, resentments, and jealousies among the contractor, designer, and the Austin women who show up to work. The murder is particularly difficult for Pru and so it’s a sort of campaign for her to help solve it.

Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
My reader is someone who likes to travel – I think that’s part of the allure of a series set abroad) and enjoys the outdoors. It isn’t necessary to be a fantastic gardener, but gardens do figure prominently. So does food – Pru loves a good meal, but she is not a cook. Also, my reader likes a mystery, but doesn’t necessarily need a detailed description of someone’s brains being blown to bits. Know what I mean?

Please describe your writing routine.
I write new material mostly in the morning, and I rewrite and edit some in the afternoons. I write or attend to the story in some way every day. It becomes a part of me, so that I am never at a loss for something to do while waiting in a line or sitting on a bus or train. I have a story in my head, and I’m my own entertainment.

What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Write. Don’t know where to begin? Don’t think of it as a beginning – the first words you put down could end up in chapter three. Read. Read books that you enjoy (I steer clear of books I’m “supposed” to read). Absorb all those wonderful words. Talk about writing. Talk about story arcs and character development. Do this with friends, or at writing workshops. Join a writing group or just go out regularly for coffee with one writing friend.

More about The Bluebonnet Betrayal:
BLUEBONNET BETRAYALPru’s life in England is coming full circle. A Texas transplant, she’s married to the love of her life, thriving in the plum gardening position she shares with her long-lost brother, and prepping a Chelsea Flower Show exhibit featuring the beloved bluebonnets of the Texas hill country. Technically, Twyla Woodford, the president of a gardening club in the Lone Star State, is in charge of the London event, but Pru seems to be the one getting her hands dirty. When they finally do meet, Pru senses a kindred spirit—until Twyla turns up dead.
Although Twyla’s body was half buried under a wall in their display, Pru remains determined to mount a spectacular show. Twyla would have insisted. So Pru recruits her husband, former Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse, to go undercover and do a bit of unofficial digging into Twyla’s final hours. If Pru has anything to say about it, this killer is going to learn the hard way not to mess with Texas.

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