About This Author
Where are you from?
I’m from the Boston area, and it’s still the place about which I’m most nostalgic. Right now I live in Connecticut, but there’s nothing like visiting home.
Tell us your latest news?
The fourth book in my Pawsitively Organic Mysteries, Murder Most Finicky, was released at the end of December. I really enjoyed writing this book. My main character, Stan Connor, got out of her small town for the weekend and headed off to Newport, RI for a chefs’ retreat. Of course, a murderer crashes the party and Stan is once again in the midst of a murder investigation. Food, cats and over-the-top chefs are key components of this one!
When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was old enough to make up a story. Writing was always my escape, whether it was a (bad) poem after a not-so-great day, or a short story about people doing way more exciting things than I was doing. I also started writing because I loved the feeling I get after reading a terrific book, and I wanted to be the one who invoked those feelings in people.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve always been a writer! I’ve been making up crazy stories since I was a kid and encouraging people to come play in my worlds. I knew this would be my profession - I think I’ve always known it - and always easily identified with the word “writer.”
What inspired you to write your first book?
Animals! I wanted my rescue pals to have a place in my books, and I wanted the books to be meaningful as well as entertaining. Incorporating animal nutrition and rescue into my story felt right, and it’s given me a wealth of storylines to pursue.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Everyone has their own voice, and I think every writer is always developing that voice. I tend to underwrite in my first drafts, then go back later and fill in descriptions of characters and place. Dialogue tends to come a lot easier for me - I can hear the people talking in my head. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing!
How did you come up with the title?
Titles for cozies are usually “punny.” For these books I try to do something food related, cat related or, in the best scenario, both. I have to admit I was stuck on the title for this one and my editor came to the rescue with Murder Most Finicky.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m a huge animal lover and advocate, and I’ve worked in rescue for many years. I’m also very much into health and wellness and nutrition, both for humans and animals. Given the subject matter of my books, I get to talk about all of that stuff in a way that comes naturally for the characters and doesn’t sound preachy.
What would you like my readers to know?
I’d like to give a big shoutout to all the readers out there - because without you, we wouldn’t have anyone to write for! Meeting and interacting with readers is one of my favorite parts of this job. And getting to hear all about their pets is awesome!
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