Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I’ve enjoyed the genre since I started reading Nancy Drew back in first grade. I wrote my first short cozy in second grade called the The Secret of the Topaz only to be disappointed to learn that topazes are actually yellow. It took me almost thirty years to write another cozy mystery. That one became the antique hunters, chronicling the adventures of my two best friends, Anne and CC.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
I have been fascinated by witches since I watched Bewitched growing up. I find the Salem Witch Trials fascinating and have always wanted to include them in the story. However, I did not want to set my story in Salem. My husband and I traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, last summer. The atmosphere of the location stayed with me, and I wanted to share that in this story.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I don’t have an ideal reader. I write what I like to read; my stories tend to be fast-paced and dialogue heavy.
Please describe your writing routine.
I don’t write outlines for my stories. I start with an idea and then develop it as I go along, often changing scenes or moving plot points around until I get to a good first draft. Then the real work begins. I spend time adding details, then editing, then reading and rereading to make sure it all works.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
The best advice I would say is just write. Put the pen to paper and write your story. Finish the first draft and then go back and fix it. The best advice I received as a journalist was to dump everything into the first draft and than go back and cut it in half.
More about Bloodline:
Fleeing the witch trials in Salem, Terra Rowan finds herself in modern day Asheville, North Carolina. A dark spirit from the past hunts this last witch of Salem. With the help of the ladies of the Biltmore Society, Terra must discover the secret within the forest to preserve the bloodline.
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