Why do you write cozy mysteries?
I’ve always loved reading mysteries and solving the puzzles. I didn’t set out to write cozies, and mine are actually considered gritty cozies, or as Hank Phillippi Ryan dubbed them, Not Quite Cozy. There’s quite a bit of humor in them, which I think sways them back under the cozy umbrella.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
With A Vengeance is the fourth book in the series and deals with someone opening fire on first responders as they arrive at emergency calls. The inspiration came from a news article that I vaguely remember reading, although I can’t recall the details. But that’s fine since I made up my own! Having been an EMT and having walked sometimes blindly into situations to rescue people, the thought of someone shooting at me in those circumstances was terrifying.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I’ve tried to picture my “ideal reader” and can’t quite do it. I write the kind of stories I like to read. I’ve come to realize I have a great many readers who are school teachers, so if there’s a group I keep in mind as I write, it would be them. I guess in a way I’m still penning essays for my high school English class!
Please describe your writing routine.
As a rule, I get up early (5AM), get my husband off to work, grab some coffee and some breakfast—I check emails and Facebook while I’m eating—and then sit down to write around 7. I work until 9 or 9:30. The rest of my day varies quite a bit. But those morning hours of writing stay pretty consistent.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
I get asked this a lot. My advice is to join a good writing group (I belong to Pennwriters and Sisters in Crime among others, and would never have gotten published without them), learn your craft, write and rewrite until you have the best story you possibly can, and never, ever give up.
More about With A Vengeance:
Paramedic Zoe Chambers and the rest of rural Monongahela County’s EMS and fire personnel are used to wading into the middle of trouble to rescue the sick and the injured.
But when someone with an ax to grind seeks retribution by staging accident scenes and gunning down the first responders, Zoe finds herself forced to not only treat her own brethren of the front lines, but also, in her role as deputy coroner, seek out whoever is killing her friends.
At the same time, Vance Township Police Chief Pete Adams races to track down a gun, a mysterious all-terrain vehicle, and the sniper before Zoe goes back on duty, placing herself — and Pete — firmly in the gunman’s crosshairs.
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