I live in Cincy with two cats…Spooky and Dr. Watson. I named them that before I started writing mystery. A bit of karma! My license place is Sherlock. I think I need therapy! LOL
I wrote romance for 20 years that always had a bit of mystery then decided I liked writing the mystery more than the romance. I have to confess there is romance in my mysteries.
I drink waaaay too much Coke Zero…addicted to the stuff.
Love Peeps and cannot keep peanut butter in the house. I will kill the jar in one day, just hand me a spoon.
What inspired you to write Iced Chiffon?
I work in a consignment shop…the Snooty Fox. They say write what you know so I did. Savannah is one of the loveliest cities in the US and since I’m a closet belle…even have the pearls to prove it and, yes, I can twirl a baton…decided Savannah was a terrific setting. Also, Southern food is a book in itself and in Iced Chiffon we eat our way across Savannah. Can’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone eating fried chicken, pecan pie or drinking a martini. Not sure how the martinis got in there but they did! LOL
How did the hero/heroine come about?
Iced Chiffon is a first person book so we see what Reagan Summerside sees, feels, eats etc. She’s recently divorced by a scum-bucket who kicked her to the curb for the young Cupcake.
I wanted a heroine who was struggling to reinvent herself but someone smart and hard-working. Reagan is rehabbing an old Victorian herself and opening up a consignment shop to make ends meet. She gets sucked into solving murders to save her house or help a friend or her mom.
I love Reagan because she never gives up. Things don’t always go her way…heck they rarely go her way…but she keeps at it and best of all…she has a great sense of humor through it all.
What are you working on next ?
Killer in Crinolines is the second book in the Consignment Shop Mystery series. It comes out in May, 2013. I’m putting the finishing touches on that.
The mystery involves her good friend Chantilly, a UPS driver. Pearls and Poison is the third in the series and involves her mom, the judge.
Do you have a favorite author and why?
I love the Stephanie Plum series! I’ve read One for the Money so many times the pages are falling out of the book…for real. I think the series is up to nineteen now but the first three books are pure genius.
Thanks for having me, Shelley. So much fun being here. I have 4 Iced Chiffon totes to give away from the responses. Anyone wanting Iced Chiffon goodies email me at DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com with your snail address and I’ll send you a packet of goodies.
Have a wonderful fall.
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