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My next big thing

My good friend Edith Maxwell/Tace Baker asked me to participate in this fun post about “The Next Big Thing.” Here’s mine:Image

What is your working title of your book?
I’m struggling with this one! The title of the first book in the series is Kneading to Die, and it fits the baking treats/cat paws/murder theme so well. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to find just the right one, this time with a Halloween theme! Any ideas?

Where did the idea come from for the book?
I had a discussion with my agent about what types of themes he thought he might be able to sell combined with my interest in animals, and voila! The Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food Mysteries were born. This is the second book in the series.

What genre does your book fall under?
It’s a cozy mystery – a bit lighthearted, no major violence on stage, an overall fun read.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Stan Connor – Kristen Bell
Nikki Manning – Rooney Mara or Lauren Graham
Jake McGee – That’s a tough one!
Carole Morganwick – Jessica Lange, perhaps?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When Stan’s dairy farmer neighbor meets an untimely death, she wants to be a good neighbor and help his wife on the farm – but the dead farmer’s secrets are making the picturesque setting a dangerous place to be.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I have an agent, John Talbot, and my book will be published by Kensington.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It took me about six months for the first book, and I’m thinking it will be about the same here (I hope!)

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Clea Simon’s Pru Marlowe Pet Noir mysteries, Krista Davis’ Domestic Diva mysteries, Miranda James’ Cat in the Stacks mysteries all feature pets.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
All my amazing animal friends, past and present!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Animal lovers — and animal rescuers — will enjoy it and, I hope, find relatable themes. I always wanted to be a voice for animals, and wasn’t sure how my writing would fit into that goal. This series allowed me to do that.  

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