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Check out our February author interviews: 2/7-debut author Keenan Powell (Alaskan lawyer), 2/14-Leslie Wheeler (Rattlesnake Hill), 2/21-bestselling author Krista Davis, who unveils a new series, 2/28-Diane Vallere answers my questions about Pajama Frame. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
Our February Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 2/3-Saralyn Richard, 2/10-Kathryn Lane. WWK's Margaret H. Hamilton will blog on 2/17, and Kait Carson on 2/24.
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM has had the following shorts published as well: "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017 and "Turkey Underfoot," appears in the anthology The Killer Wore Cranberry: a Fifth Course of Chaos.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
An Interview with Beth Groundwater-The Books
EBD: Can you give us a short synopsis or hook of Deadly Currents?
BG: Sure thing! I recently reviewed the back cover copy, so I’ll give you that verbatim:
The Arkansas River, heart and soul of Salida, Colorado, fuels the small town’s economy and thrums in the blood of river ranger Mandy Tanner. When a whitewater rafting accident occurs, she deftly executes a rescue, but a man dies anyway. Turns out, it wasn’t the rapids that killed him—it was murder. Tom King was a rich land developer with bitter business rivals, who cheated on his wife, refused to support his kayak-obsessed son, and infuriated environmentalists.
Mandy’s world is upended again when tragedy strikes closer to home. Suspicious that the most recent death is connected to Tom King’s murder, she goes on an emotionally turbulent quest for the truth—and ends up in dangerous waters.
EBD: Why did you decide to start a new series?
BG: I discovered while writing To Hell in a Handbasket that my love of the outdoors and outdoor activities kept creeping into my mystery writing. That book features skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobile riding in various scenes. So, I decided to develop a new series where I could indulge in that love to my heart’s content. I was an avid “river rat” in the 1980s, running whitewater rivers in the eastern US in an open-boat canoe, and I still enjoy rafting whitewater rivers in Colorado, so that was a natural choice. I’ve enjoyed reacquainting myself with the river rat subculture and its updated boating equipment while researching the RM Outdoor Adventures mystery series.
EBD: I read and love both of your Claire Hanover books, A Real Basket Case and To Hell in A Handbasket. Are you continuing the series? When will the next one be out? Can you give us the hook or at least a log line?
BG: Yes, I’m continuing the series, with Midnight Ink. I just finished the rough draft of the third book, that I’m tentatively calling Basketful of Trouble. I’ll be editing it over the next few months. I finished it early with the hope that if Midnight Ink can find room in their schedule for it, they’ll move up the release date. I know my Claire Hanover fans don’t want to have to wait until 2013 for book 3!
In the book, Claire’s brother moves his trail-riding stable business to Colorado Springs, and soon after opening day, a dead body is found in one of the horse’s stalls. Anxious that news of the death will sink her brother’s business, Claire decides to help investigate when it’s determined that the man was murdered. The outdoorsy aspect in the book will be horseback riding and the relationship issue will be sibling rivalry between Claire and her brother. And of course, there will be lots of themed gift baskets!
EBD: Bill Crider cited your blog, http://bethgroundwater.blogspot.com/ in his column Blog Bytes in Ellery Queen Magazine. Any story behind his funny remarks?
BG: Bill and I have been cyber-friends for awhile and have done favors for each other. He’s a funny guy, and I presume you’re referring to his line, “Writers will do anything to get it right,” after he said I’d rafted the Royal Gorge. I do like to actually perform any activity I write about first, so I can accurately describe the sensations. Thus, I tried snowshoeing and snowmobiling for To Hell in a Handbasket, which I hadn’t done before. I’m an avid skier, though, and whitewater rafter, so while I don’t have to research those activities for my books, I’m going to keep on doing them anyway because they’re FUN!
EBD: How did you spend the holidays?
BG: My husband and I and our two grown children flew to Virginia to spend Christmas with my parents and other extended family who live there. It was a great reunion! Family is very important to me.
EBD: What did you start writing and when? Have you ever written short stories?
BG: My first forays into fiction writing were my Freddie stories when I was in fifth and sixth grade. My protagonist, Freddie, had all sorts of wild adventures, including visiting an underground mole city after burrowing down in a giant screw-mobile. Freddie was a boy, because back in the sixties, I thought girls weren't supposed to have adventures. I know better now!
During my high school senior year, I took an independent study in English and wrote fiction and poetry, which was critiqued by a college professor. They came back covered in red ink, but I learned a lot, including how to handle criticism! Then once I started college, I focused on my career as a software engineer and project manager. My writing was primarily technical until I retired in 1999. That’s when I began writing fiction again as an adult. I started with short stories. I have published eight of them, many multiple times in multiple formats, and a ninth one will be coming out in 2011 in the Sisters in Crime Guppies Anthology, FISH TALES.
EBD: Any date on when FISH TALES will be published and in what formats?
BG: The publisher has not set a publication date for FISH TALES, and it is my understanding that it will be published in trade paperback and e-book formats.
EBD: Any updates since the holidays on your books and those already "in queue" at the publishers? Any personal appearances you'd like to mention?
Elaine, thanks for interviewing me and giving me the opportunity to visit with the readers of Writers Who Kill. I’ll be happy to answer any additional questions anyone has for me in the comments. Also, I love to visit with book clubs either in person or via speakerphone or Skype, so if anyone wants to arrange a visit, contact me at my website: http://www.bethgroundwater.com/.
Thanks for stopping by Beth. Guess I’ll have to wait until March to read Deadly Currents, but great reading is worth the wait. Ask Beth a question, or leave her a comment. Thanks!