We’ve been doing this blog hop thing, with mystery authors linking to other mystery authors in a not so veiled attempt to introduce our readers to other authors. Last week, Marcia Talley linked to me, and I’m linking to three friends, and fellow writers. They’ll all be blogging on December 26th but check out their websites in the meantime!
So here’s my answers to the blog hop question:
> What is the title of your next book?
The Double Wedding Ring, the 5th Someday Quilts Mystery
> Where did the idea come from for the book?
Since this is an on-going series, the ideas flow from the characters and what they were doing in the last book. In book #4, my main character Nell was in art school, in a serious relationship, and also watching with delight as her grandmother fell in love again after many years as a widow. In book 5 we find out where everybody goes from here. And why there’s a dead guy parked in front of the police chief’s house.
> What genre does your book fall under?
My Someday Quilts mysteries are cozies and I also write another series, The Kate Conway Mysteries, which are darker and more sarcastic – not cozies but not gory. I really don’t know how to classify them.
> Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Someone mentioned Reese Witherspoon for Kate Conway and I would be happy about that. She’s plays characters with kindness, people who are polite, but have bite. That’s a pretty good fit for Kate.
For Nell, I have no idea. She’s 27, fun, curious and romantic. I’m open to suggestions.
> What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
For The Double Wedding Ring – Murder before marriage…. and the parents are coming!
> Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My books are published by Plume, a division of Penguin
> How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
How long to write or how long to procrastinate? I usually take about 12 weeks for a first draft then another 4 for rewrites before I send to my editor. But add lots of procrastination time on to this one (or to be fair, day job got the best of me and I had to scramble toward the end).
> Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to continue Nell’s story. I love the characters and the town, Archers Rest. It’s quirky without being annoying and it’s a story that involves women in all stages of life becoming friends because of a common interest. I like exploring women’s friendships, which I do in an entirely different way, with the Kate stories – where she is oddly stuck with the mistress of her late husband as a kind of friend.
> What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
> My Someday Quilts Mysteries, no surprise, are about quilting. And I am a quilter so hopefully I get it right. My Kate Conway books are about television and I am a television producer so hopefully I get that right too.
Happy Holidays Everyone – be sure to check out Julie, Tony and Mollie!!