Why do you write cozy mysteries?
Actually, I didn’t plan to write cozies. I like humor and discovered I could write humorous mysteries. Because of my main character’s personality, the books turned out to be mostly cozy. I do have some on-screen violence and my villains don’t always keep their dialogue to a PG rating.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
So many things! I’ve always been interested in post-apocalyptic survival. (I have a post-apoc novel with Dark Recesses Press under my pen name of Kate Morgan). Then I came across “Tactical Bacon” on Amazon. That led me down a delightful Prepper rabbit hole. I have first-hand experience with cults. A friend’s Hallowe’en costume put the icing on the cake: She dressed as the Horned God and my Prepper cult was born.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I don’t, really, even though I think I write for women. Some of my biggest fans are men and I’ve received fan mail from readers of all ages. I write to make people laugh and forget about the daily grind for awhile.
Please describe your writing routine.
Get home from the Day Job, make dinner, eat dinner, clean up dinner, deal with email, and write, write, write. Deadlines loom regardless of the vacuuming and how tired I might be. The only way I can meet them is to get my Butt In Chair. The cats like this, too.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Don’t wait for the muse to tap you with her sparkly wand. The craft is work. Work at it every day (with the occasional day off because everyone needs a day off). Pound at that keyboard because the only way you get to be a better writer is to hone your craft.
More about The Clock Strikes Nun:
When terrified Elaine Patrick knocks on Driscoll Investigations’ door and insists her house is haunted, Giulia Driscoll’s first response is “we don’t handle ghosts.” When Elaine’s housekeeper and crackpot filthy rich cousin descend on Giulia and demand she find out who’s trying to steal sweet, fragile Elaine’s family business out from under her, that’s a different story. They want DI to provide Tarot readings, ghost hunting sessions, and even an exorcism.
Ghost hunting? There are apps for that. Tarot readings? Experts in the skill are right across the street. Exorcisms? Having a priest for a brother-in-law comes in handy. Giulia plunges into a crash course in all things supernatural, convinced everything happening to Elaine is stagecraft.
Except when it isn’t. Giulia’s about to discover a new dimension to sleuthing, if she can survive attempted murder long enough to see through the web of lies around her client.
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Goodreads: Alice Loweecey