Tell us a little about yourself.
A Midwest native, I spent my twenties working as a Top 40 radio executive in Manhattan and Los Angeles, and then I moved into another fun and rewarding career at Warner Bros. Records. I had the privilege to work with some of the most dynamic people in the entertainment industry. In 2007 I decided to do some creating of my own and left the comfort zone of the music business to become a novelist. I’ve been very fortunate—I sold the first novel I wrote, WHO DO, VOODOO? to
Prime Crime. WHO DO, VOODOO? achieved bestselling status on release and garnered four award nominations including Agatha and Anthony nominations. My second novel, BRUJA BROUHAHA, a continuation of the Mind For Murder Mystery series, is hitting bookshelves. I’m as nervous as a new mother. Berkley
How did you come up with the Title of this book?
BRUJA BROUHAHA evolved as I researched various forms of the occult while plotting. I set the story near
MacArthur Park, a multi-cultural section of where locals practice multiple versions of the supernatural including Santeria and Santa Muerte. Mexican black magic is called Brujeria (broo-ha-REE-a) and a practicing black magic witch is a bruja (broo-ha). One of the central characters is accused of being a bruja and the word stuck in my mind. I looked for a word to go with bruja to project a mess or big trouble, and stumbled on brouhaha—a perfect match. I was so excited when my publisher agreed. Los Angeles
Can you tell us a little of what is next for this series?
After BRUJA BROUHAHA, Liz Cooper and Nick Garfield
continue their occult-themed adventures in May 2013 in the third
novel in the Mind For Murder Mystery series. It’s too
early for spoilers but I’ll give you a hint. Book three is a devil of
a story involving exes: ex-husbands, ex-neighbors, ex-
girlfriends, ex-in-laws, ex-neighborhoods...
What are you working on now?
This summer I’m doing promo for the BRUJA
BROUHAHA release on wonderful blogs like yours, a
chance for me to step away from the computer for a bit to
spend time with readers and old friends. After my round of
joyful socializing it’s back to the keyboard to research,
plot, and then write my fourth novel. I have a fun idea, just
need to sleep on it a few more nights.
What book are you reading now and do you have a favorite Author?
I’m a mystery vagabond. My favorite author is the one who
wrote whatever mystery I’m reading at the moment. I’ve
been known to spend months reading an entire series by
same author: Cleo Coyle, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Harlan
Coben, Michael Connelly, Elizabeth Peters, Louise
Penny, going as far back as Carolyn Keen’s Nancy Drew
series, Raymond Chandler, Arthur Conan Doyle. After I
exhaust my rapture with a series, I’m on to the next. I’m
excited to read Hank Phillippi Ryan’s new release, THE
OTHER WOMAN, in September. Currently trying to carve
out time to read GONE GIRL. If I could have dinner with a
favorite fictional mystery character—current or classic—
my choice would be a tossup between Nancy Drew
(childhood hero) and Harlan Coben’s Win Lockwood
(because he’s sooo bad/interesting.)
Thank you so much for inviting me, Shelley! Now I have a question for your readers: Which character would YOU choose to dine with? Dish it up.
Rochelle Staab, a former award-winning Top 40 radio programmer and Warner Bros. Records advertising and marketing executive, blended her fascination with the supernatural and her love for mystery in her Mind for Murder Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. Her bestselling first novel, WHO DO, VOODOO? was nominated for Anthony, Agatha,
!, and Golden Heart awards. Her second novel, BRUJA BROUHAHA is out on August 7. Eureka
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