S.G. Tell us about yourself?
S.J. I woke up one morning with an idea that wouldn’t go away—a young woman finds the body of her painting teacher in her garden. From that germ of an idea came FATAL BRUSHSTROKE. Up to that point, I’d never written any fiction other than a couple stories in grade school and junior high, but I thought I’d give it a try. Many, many, many years and lots of drafts later, the book is now being published.
S.J. The parts I most enjoy are coming up with characters and their backstories, figuring out everyone’s secrets. When writing, dialog is easier for me than description. And endings are always difficult.
S.J. It’s a toss-up between Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters.
S.G. First five books in your TBR pile?
S.J. SECONDHAND STIFF by Sue Ann Jaffarian
THUNDERSTRUCK by Erik Larson
MURDER AT HONEYCHURCH HALL by Hannah Dennison
IN THE LAND OF INVENTED LANGUAGES by Arika Okrent
AUNT DIMITY’S CHRISTMAS by Nancy Atherton
S.J. Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters, Jane Austen, Patricia Wentworth, Mark Twain