I’m very pleased to be taking part in a tour for Faerie Cake Dead. I’ll be sharing the first chapter and a mini interview with the author. It sounds like a fun sweet read and one I’m looking forward to enjoying it soon myself.
Please tell us about yourself - I began storytelling during my youth. My siblings were much older than I was and attended private schools where they lived for most of the school year. This left me as pretty like an only child. Living in the Maine countryside, we had few neighbors. I made up stories about people with entertaining lives that included mystery and adventure. Nancy Drew was my favorite read before I moved on to Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. My children are now grown and have lives of their own. I fashioned my first novel, For Love of Livvy, after my daughter’s job in criminal justice. I think writing what we know is as important as breathing. It’s a comfortable place to be that allows us to be brave enough to venture forth into unknown territory. I live in the RI countryside with two crazy female cats and my husband who puts up with all three of us unruly females.
What was the inspiration behind Faerie Cake Dead? - While attending a writer’s retreat in Maine with a friend of mine, we spoke about faeries and magic. While at lunch during the retreat, my friend was presented with a pink bead that fell from her napkin as she opened it. The interesting part of the find was that nobody in the room wore pink jewelry, seating wasn’t assigned, the staff wore no beads or jewelry at all, and my friend was the only one who found a bead. Laughingly, I told her the faeries were watching over her. That was thefaerie seed that turned into Faerie Cake Dead. Authors find inspiration in the strangest places and at the oddest moments.
What part of writing do you find the most rewarding and the most challenging? -Since I’m a pantser (meaning I write by the seat of my pants and don’t plot my stories) I find the most rewarding part of writing is the way my story unfolds and how my characters take hold of the direction the story line will travel. The most challenging is finding a way to make it all sensible enough for the story to flow well. Characters will take a sudden left or right turn which throws the storyline off completely, but in the end it works.
What is your work space and writing routine like? - I have a small office in my house where I work. I can apply notes to the walls without having anyone see the mess I make or have to worry about it. I try to write for a few hours early in the day, but truthfully, I write longer if I’m in full steam mode.
I love the cover for the book who designed it? - Thank you for the compliment. I designed it. I have used Fantasia Frog Designs for other book covers though.
What do we have to look forward to next from you? - My publisher has promised my latest novel, COLD MOON DEAD, in the Vinnie Esposito series will come out this fall. I’m awaiting the galleys as I write this. I’m also planning to release TANGLED TO DEATH by mid-October in both eBook and paper versions. TANGLED TO DEATH is a novel surrounding a new and relaxing art form (Zentangle) I learned of and to do nearly two years ago. The story took shape about six months ago and I’ve been working on it since.
And now the first chapter from Faerie Cake Dead.
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