Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann Interview & Giveaway
Decanting a Murder by Nadine Nettmann
I LOVED this book…ok, maybe because it has to do with wine and the wine country in California, but it was also a very engaging book with several twists and turns that I didn’t see coming… ~Storeybook Reviews
I was not surprised to learn that the author herself is a certified sommelier. Her knowledge of wines and wineries is extensive, which comes through in the writing of the book, and makes it that much more interesting. ~Book Babble
…well written and engaging, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys wine and cozy mysteries… ~Tea and A Book
Katie Stillwell focuses on two things in her life: work and practicing for her Sommelier Certification with her blind tasting group. The exam was supposed to be the hardest part of her week, but that was before a body was found at an exclusive Napa Valley winery party.
When all the evidence points to Katie’s best friend, the outspoken and independent Tessa, Katie drops everything to clear Tessa’s name. Using her deductive wine skills, she tries to track down the real killer. But when repeated attempts are made on her life, Katie discovers that everyone’s secrets must be uncorked―including her own.
About The Author
Nadine Nettmann, a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, is always on the lookout for great wines and the stories behind them. She has traveled to wine regions around the world including Chile, South Africa, Spain, Germany, and every region in France. When she’s not visiting wine regions or dreaming up new mysteries, her travel articles have appeared in AAA Hawaii, New Mexico Journey, Modern Luxury Hawaii, and Inspirato. Nadine is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. She lives in California with her husband.
Where are you from? Thank
you so much for having me on your blog! I grew up in Los Angeles, California.
Tell us your latest
news? I’m so excited that my debut novel, Decanting a Murder, has just been released. It’s a wine themed
murder mystery and every chapter is paired with a wine.
When and why did you
begin writing? I’ve wanted to be a writer my whole life so I could say I
started writing as soon as I could hold a pencil, but it was probably a little
bit after that. As for the why, I’ve always been an avid reader and wanted to
try creating my own stories.
When did you first
consider yourself a writer? I would have to say when I had my first travel
article published. It was such a thrill to see my words in print when the
copies arrived in the mail.
What inspired you to
write your first book? Although Decanting
a Murder is my first book to be published, it’s my fifth book. The other
four are currently shelved and there’s a good chance they might stay there. My
inspiration to write the first one was that I had only ever written short
stories, but I really wanted to do a full-length novel. I had an idea for a
mystery so I wrote the whole book and queried it, but it didn’t find a home.
Looking back at it now, it’s probably better that it didn’t.
Do you have a
specific writing style? I always write in first person and keep my prose pretty
How did you come up
with the title? I wanted to make sure I included both a mention of wine and
mystery in the title. At first I thought about doing something like Merlot and
Murder, but I found that it had already been used, so I kept the Murder part
and thought about different wine words. Soon, Decanting a Murder was born.
Is there a message in
your novel that you want readers to grasp? Yes, to keep going and never
give up. If there’s something you want, keep trying for it even if you don’t
succeed at first.
What would you like
my readers to know? I would like to thank them for reading my work. It’s
been my lifelong dream to have a book published and I’m grateful to everyone
who picks it up! I’m also happy to Skype in to book clubs.