ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Where are you from? I was born and raised in the Washington DC area
Tell us your latest news? I have a new book coming out February 25th called Deadly Scandal. It’s the first in a new series for me. I’ve moved ahead four decades, since the Victorian Bookshop Mysteries take place in the late 1890s and we first meet Olivia Denis in 1937 London. Like Georgia, my heroine in the Bookshop Mysteries, Olivia will solve mysteries and get involved in adventures.
When and why did you begin writing? I’ve had stories running through my mind as long as I can remember. When my husband was disabled in a work accident, I needed something to take my mind off his pain, at least for short periods. Writing allowed me to escape to other people’s problems for awhile.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? Quite a while ago. I wrote 18 stories in 15 years before I was finally contracted by Berkley in 2012. Somewhere along the way, I realized I was a writer.
What inspired you to write your first book? I wrote a romantic suspense about an injured man and an estranged wife who never gives up on him. I think it was a way to cope with what was going on in my real life, with my husband undergoing repeated surgeries.
Do you have a specific writing style? I see my stories as an escape, as enjoyment - unlike real murder which is brutal - and I write with a light touch. I like to think I write into the legacy of the traditional mystery writers, Christie, Sayers, etc, but with a modern reader in mind. Tastes as to pacing and plotting have changed; love of a good mystery that sweeps you away never will.
How did you come up with the title? I don’t know. It just fits the story. It also led to the name of the series. The Deadly Series.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I think the message would be the resiliency of the human spirit. Olivia survives widowhood and a change in her lifestyle. There was a refugee crisis in 1937 no less than the one today. The world was on the brink of war. Looking back, we see we made it to 2016 through the efforts of a lot of good men and women over the years. As a species, we are resilient and we try to move toward what is good.
What would you like my readers to know? Above all, Deadly Scandal is meant to be enjoyed. Sit back with a mug of hot tea, put your feet up, and be transported to an adventure and a mystery in another place and time. Enjoy!
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