Saturday, February 21, 2015

Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne Interview

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Drawing Conclusions
by Deirdre Verne

CeCe is an interesting character and the story is well written and will keep you interested and intrigued until the last page.
~Shelley’s Book Case
This is a good mystery with twists you don’t expect…
I love a mystery that keeps me on my toes…Deirdre certainly has a talent for plot twists.
~Booklady’s Booknotes
Drawing Conclusions is really thrilling and exciting, full of twists. Do not start it the night before you go to sleep because you risk a sleepless night.
I started reading this story and just couldn’t stop. Every time a clue connected it seemed to twist the story into another direction and this continued throughout the whole story. I was like “wow”, “no way”, oh my stars!” and then the final twist so good…I couldn’t wait to write this review to tell you all about it!!
~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
Drawing ConclusionsDrawing Conclusions
(A Sketch in Crime Mystery)

Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (February 8, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0738741314

Cece dumpster dives her way through this suspense-filled murder mystery…
Cece Prentice is a most unusual young woman. Heiress to a large fortune thanks to her doctor father, who is the head of a genome company on Long Island, Cece is also a freegan—ecologically-minded and socially conscious. If that happens to include dumpster diving for half an old hamburger, previously started by someone she has never met, then so be it.
Cece would still be going about her ordinary, albeit weird, life had her beloved twin brother Teddy not been murdered. Drawn into the police investigation, CeCe uses her sketching abilities and knowledge of her father’s company to provide Detective DeRosa with the clues he needs to ferret out what happened to Teddy. But she soon realizes that this mystery is much more complicated than she ever imagined.
About This Author
Deirdre Verne (Scarsdale, NY) is a college professor and an active college blogger. A writer for the millennium crowd, Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character who Dumpster dives her way though a suspense-filled mystery series. A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s short stories appear in all three New York chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters.


Where are you from?

I grew up on the north shore of Long Island, about thirty miles east of New York City. I currently live in Westchester County, north of the city. Drawing Conclusions takes place on Long Island. This allows me to revisit – in my head – my favorites places from my childhood and teen years.

Tell us your latest news?

Drawing Conclusions, the first book in the Sketch in Crime series, is available on February 8th. I’ve finished the second manuscript and the third is in the works.

When and why did you begin writing?

I have two energetic boys – 14 and 11. When they were growing up, I was searching for a creative outlet that I could do from home and didn’t require supplies a small child could swallow. Crafting was not an option, but writing fit the bill nicely.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It all came together when I saw the first execution of the book cover for Drawing Conclusions. A manuscript is a Word file until the publisher packages the work into a retail ready consumer product. Midnight Ink helped me move from writer to published author, and I appreciate the wonderful effort they’ve made to produce and market this series.

What inspired you to write your first book?

A friend gave me the first three Janet Evanovich novels, and I was hooked. Who wouldn’t love Stephanie Plum and her whacky sidekicks? I’m a very organized thinker so I headed to the library and proceeded to read as many books as I could in the same genre. Eventually, I decided to take a stab at it myself. 

Do you have a specific writing style?

I enjoy writing dialogue, and I often play through the characters’ conversations in my head before I put pen to paper. I think my stories move quickly through the characters’ banter.

My books are categorized as soft-boiled with a strong appeal to cozy readers.

How did you come up with the title?

Actually I didn’t. My mother came up with the title Drawing Conclusions after I described the plot to her. Thanks Mom!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

My main character, CeCe Prentice, and I have a lot in common. We both respect the rules, but we are open to challenging the establishment. CeCe has chosen unusual lifestyle – she’s a Freegan, an environmentalist and anti-consumerist who recycles and repurposes what others have discarded. I’m not a Freegan myself, but I do admire people who consider the greater impact of their decisions on society. As a result of this series, I have made an attempt to understand the environment and green initiatives. At the least, my next car will have to be a hybrid.

What would you like my readers to know?

Although my main character CeCe is a dumpster diver, I’m not. I do love a good garage sale and I have pulled some choice pieces out of my neighbors’ garbage, but I certainly wouldn’t label myself a Freegan.

I didn’t want to leave CeCe hanging so I’ve tested the Freegan waters using my own garbage. I have a Pinterest page where I post a series of ‘Happy Garbage’ faces. This is a visual diary of my own garbage refashioned into smiley faces. I post a few times a week and I’d love for readers to join me. I create Happy Garbage faces because CeCe is a sketch artist, and I wanted a way for readers to remember her unique talents.

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Tour Participants
February 9 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
February 10 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post, Giveaway
February 11 – Omnimystery News – Interview
February 12 – 3 Partners in Shopping,Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – Guest Post, Giveaway
February 13 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
February 14 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
February 15 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post
February 16 – A Blue Million Books – Interview, Giveaway
February 17 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
February 18 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review, Giveaway
February 19 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
February 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review, Giveaway
February 21 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like it draws you in and keeps you reading straight through to the end.