Monday, November 5, 2012

Chatting with Elizabeth Lynn Casey

Today we have chatting with us...

Elizabeth Lynn Casey author of Let it Sew, due to hit bookstores every where Nov 6th~~

Tell us about yourself.

I fell in love with storytelling when I was ten, and since that moment, I’ve never wanted to do or be anything else (except a mom). After spending time as a reporter in Connecticut, South Carolina, Alabama and Missouri, I turned my attention to my first writing love—fiction.

My first mystery—originally titled, JURY OF ONE, but now available in e-book as, DEADLY READINGS—was published in 2005. The next two books in that series—now known as DEADLY GETAWAY and DEADLY EXPRESSIONS—were published in 2006 and 2007 respectively. 

Although I had some nice success with this series, I set my sights on working with a New York publishing house. In 2008, I realized that dream when I secured a contract for the first three books in the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series (written under my pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey).  The first book in the series—SEW DEADLY—debuted in August, 2009. Since that day, I’ve signed contracts for sixteen more books.

Currently, the Southern Sewing Circle series has six books in circulation with the seventh title—LET IT SEW—debuting on November 5th.  The eighth book in the series has already been written and turned into my editor.

In addition to that series, I also write the new Amish Mysteries under my regular name, Laura Bradford. The first book in that series—HEARSE AND BUGGY—released in June, with the second book—ASSAULTED PRETZEL—due out in March, 2013.

When I’m not writing mysteries, I’m dabbling in romance. My most recent romance—STORYBOOK DAD—is currently available through Harlequin American.

I guess you could say I’m living my dream.  Especially since I’m a mom who gets to write.

How did you come up with the series?

The Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries are an in-house series for Berkley Prime Crime. This means that the original concept—of a sewing circle set in the south—belongs to them. Everything else comes from that place in my brain that’s always imagining people, places and adventures. The fact that I’ve written eight books so far has made these characters feel like family.

What are you working on next?

With book # 8 in the series already turned in (and not due out until August, 2013), the next contracted book in my line-up is Amish Mystery # 3. I’m also working on a women’s fiction book in my spare time.

How did you name your hero /heroine in this series?

Victoria is a strong name. It enables her to shorten it (to Tori) to suit her personality, while giving her southern friends a more formal moniker to say.

What are the first 5 books in your TBR pile?

*SUMMER PEOPLE by Elin Hilderbrand
*EXTRA CREDIT by Maggie Barbieri (this is out on Dec. 4th and I have a spot reserved for this already—can’t wait)
*NOTORIOUS NINETEEN by Janet Evanovich
*THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE AND LIGHTNING by Susan McBride (this is out Feb. 12th)

Check out the over view for Let it Sew!!

Down south, the holidays mean family—and for Yankee librarian Tori Sinclair, family means the Sweet Briar Ladies Society sewing circle. It may not be a white Christmas, but it’s one she’ll never forget—no matter how hard she tries…

Instead of spending a nice, relaxing Christmas with her fiancĂ©, Tori Sinclair has been drafted into Sweet Briar’s holiday Decorating Committee. And the season has brought sad tidings as well: Charlotte Devereaux, a sewing circle founding member who unraveled after her storybook marriage fell apart, has passed away.

Charlotte’s last days were foggy, distressed, and feverish… except for the sketches she produced. One detail in particular jumps out at Tori and leads to a shocking revelation: Charlotte’s husband didn’t leave her—he was murdered! And as she gets closer to the truth, Tori will discover that just about everyone in town has got notches on the naughty list this year.

Stop by and leave a message for Elizabeth!

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