Deadly Ink nominated June Shaw’s first novel, Relative Danger, for their David Award for Best Mystery of the Year. After reading June’s books featuring amateur sleuth, Cealie Gunther, I wanted to interview June to find out if she planned to continue her series, how she assessed her publishing experience, and liked the life of a writer. June’s website can be found at http://juneshaw.com/index.html.
JS: I’m so glad you read them, Elaine. DEADLY REUNION, the third book in the series, comes out in July. I can’t wait!
JS: Widowed Cealie “thinks” she wants to avoid her hunky ex-lover so she can rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants wherever she travels, and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men.
EBD: Do events in your life end up in your books?
EBD: Author Kaye George remarked that she can’t use where she lives as a setting for her books. You changed your setting in both novels. Why?
JS: My main character, Cealie, travels a lot. I need to go with her and see what trouble she gets into. Then I have to help her get out of it.
EBD: You feature Cajun food in your books. Are you of Cajun descent? Do you cook and like Cajun food?
JS: Yes, I’ve always lived in Cajun country. My mother and her mother spoke French. I love Cajun food. My squeeze Bob is a terrific cook. I like to cook if I have nothing else to do—but when does that happen?
EBD: Five Star published your first two novels. Will you continue with them?
JS: Yes, Five Star is great. They will publish the next book in my series. Harlequin bought reprint rights for one of my books. They are great, too.
EBD: Five Star targets libraries. Do you think gaining readership, especially at the beginning of your career as a novelist, through libraries was advantageous?
JS: It is important. Libraries buy mainly hardcover books, which Five Star publishes.
EBD: As I understand, (correct me if I’m wrong) Five Star only publishes print books. Since eBooks are gaining in sales, have you published your books at the electronic venues?
JS: Relative Danger is available as an e-book. Killer Cousins will come out that way next.
EBD: Why would a publisher not want electronic rights?
JS: I imagine Five Star found its niche and does not want to spend the time on fewer electronic sales, but I’m not certain.
EBD: If you were unpublished in today’s market, how would you go about getting published? Would you consider self-publishing?
JS: I would query and try to meet agents first. There are also some publishers that writers can query themselves. I would have to learn more about self-publishing before I’d decide.
EBD: What is your marketing plan for the next book?
Thank you for inviting me. All my best, June
Thank you for joining us. June. We’ll be on the lookout for DEADLY REUNION, which is due for release this July. Maybe June will come back this summer for another visit on WWK.
WWK Blogger Paula Gail Benson has two short stories running in Kings River Life Magazine this weekend, "Pelican Spring" and "The Mama Factor." Both are Mother's Day short stories. You can read them by going to: http://kingsriverlife.com/category/kings-river-reviewers/terrific-tales/
Linda Rodriguez is a finalist in two categories for the International Latino Book Awards (given out at BEA the end of May)--one for Every Last Secret and one for editing Woven Voices: 3 Generations of Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (with Gloria Vando, Anika Paris, and Anita Velez-Mitchell). Congratulations, Linda!
The second SinC Guppy anthology, Fish Nets, has been released by Wildside Press. WWK authors, Gloria Alden, Warren Bull, Kara Cerise and E. B. Davis have short stories in this volume, which can be bought at Wildside Press, the usual retailers and will be available at the Malice Domestic Conference. Look for "the story behind the stories" on May 1 here!
Upcoming Salad Bowl Saturdays include authors Sasscer Hill on 5/18 and Carolyn Mulford on 5/25. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, send a message to Jim Jackson at email@example.com.