Why do you write cozy mysteries?
As a reader, I am enamored with a story’s promise. The story promise in a cozy mystery is that the villain will be caught and order restored. I need order right now — even if it’s just in books.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
Watching the Detectives is the fifth book in the Country Club Murders series. Like my other books, it mixes murder, humor, women’s issues, and the 1970s. As I’m writing I don’t know if all that mixing will create something light and fluffy or something dark and savory. Let’s just say Ellison finds more bodies, more trouble, and (hopefully) more hilarity on her way to catching a killer. The book was inspired by an article I read about dishonest decorators.
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. Conventional wisdom says that the audience for my books consists of women older than forty-five. Truth is I hear from a variety of readers (both men and women) who love Ellison and the gang.
Please describe your writing routine.
I have a full-time job so I get up early in the morning and write for a few hours before I start my day.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Advice? Me? I guess my number one piece of advice is to enjoy the journey and celebrate every accomplishment along the way.
More about Watching the Detectives:
Ellison Russell wanted a decorator, not a corpse. Too bad she finds Mrs. White in the study killed with a revolver. Things go from bad to worse when she finds Mr. White in the dining room killed with a candlestick. With so many bodies, is it any wonder Detective Anarchy Jones’ new partner considers Ellison a suspect?
With the country club gossips talking a mile a minute, an unexpected cocktail party, a visit from Aunt Sis, and a romantic decision, Ellison hardly has time to think about murder. Unfortunately, the killer has plenty of time to think about her.
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