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October Interviews
10/2 Debra H. Goldstein, Two Bites To Many
10/10 Connie Berry, A Legacy of Murder
10/17 Lida Sideris, Double Murder or Nothing
10/23 Toni L. P. Kelner writing as Leigh Perry, The Skeleton Stuffs A Stocking
10/30 Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
10/5 Ang Pompano
10/12 Eyes of Texas Anthology Writers
10/19 Neil Plakcy

WWK Bloggers: 10/26 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology was released on June 18th.

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Conversation with Catherine Bruns By E. B. Davis

I moved to the beach about a month ago and needed to find some beach reads. While perusing through the Kindle store, I ran into a series I thought I’d like by Catherine Bruns. After downloading the first book, which paired nicely with sparking rosé, I immediately downloaded the second (the second bottle refreshed as well). Because Catherine is a member of Sisters In Crime, contacting her for an interview was easy.

The books, Killer Transaction and Priced To Kill are the first two in the Cindy York Mystery Series. Since my old house is currently languishing on the market, perhaps main character Cindy York’s profession of real estate agent was an added attraction to which I could relate. Catherine also writes the Cookies and Chance Mystery Series, and the first book in her new Carrie Jorgenson Mystery Series (set in Hawaii—think I’ll read that too!) will be release by Gemma Halliday Publishing in January.

Please welcome Catherine Bruns to WWK.                                                                    E. B. Davis

Cindy York is a real estate agent. Are you a real estate agent? I used to be but I don’t practice anymore. No time with all the writing going on!

Having listed my house on the market, I’ve seen some unethical behavior by real estate agents (not mine). Are all of the office meanies Cindy encounters in Killer Transaction typical of the business? Oh my goodness, no. Like any other business, there’s wonderful people to work with and some that are not so wonderful. My former manager is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. I still keep in touch with her and she is a huge asset when it comes to information for my books because let’s face it, the industry changes every year.

Your depiction of Cindy’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Darcy, is accurate, but you have no daughters. How did you get Darcy’s extreme behavior spot on? Let’s just say that a long time ago, I was a 15-year-old girl too!

Jacques Forte, a star real estate agent, is gay and Cindy’s best friend. Jacques could have been a cliché character, but you gave him exceptional and unique skills. Gay doesn’t always mean effeminate, does it? Jacques is one of those characters that just clicked automatically in my brain. I never saw him as a cliché character. He’s actually a combination of several of my friends all rolled into one.

Cindy has a history of having male best friends. Why no girlfriends? There’s an old saying, “All you need is one good friend.” When you have a Jacques in your life, you really don’t need anyone else!

Cindy and her husband’s mother don’t have a harmonious relationship. Why do mothers and daughters-in-law hardly ever like each other? I don’t know if that’s true. I had a wonderful relationship with my own mother-in-law, who passed away eight years ago. I just liked the idea of Cindy having a snarky one, lol. I think the story is more entertaining that way. As you’ll see with Priced to Kill, Cindy starts to stand up to her more and Helen shows some (small) signs of humanity. Characters have to grow and develop over time through the series or else I feel that they become stagnant and uninteresting.

In Killer Transaction, Cindy’s horrible twenty-five-year-old memory of finding her best friend’s body after he killed himself leads into the plot of Priced To Kill. Have you plotted of your series? I do have a storyline in mind for Book #3 but don’t want to give away any details until my publisher approves it, sorry!

Are Cindy and Jacques addicted to coffee? Oh yes, I think that’s a given!

In Priced To Kill, Cindy solves the murder of her high school best friend, who was thought to have committed suicide. After twenty-five years, what convinced Cindy that his death was murder? When Cindy attends her 25th high school reunion, she finds a letter in a time capsule written to her by Paul, just before he died. After Cindy reads it, she becomes convinced that his death was not self-inflicted and vows to find justice for her friend.

Both books have elements of sibling rivalry. Is there anything in your real life you’d like to confess? Do you get along with your siblings? Yes. I don’t see them often, but I’m happy to say there’s no sibling rivalry between us. Now, my kids are a different story!

What’s next for Cindy and Jacques? Well, if you’ve read Priced to Kill, you know that Cindy’s life is about to change. My publisher and I are in talks about the third book in the series and I’m trying to figure out how I can work in the next one while writing my two other series!

In your other series, recipes are included. How hard is it to find recipes to publish that aren’t copyright protected? Do you experiment and create your own? I like to bake occasionally, but I don’t have the patience for experimenting. I am lucky to have several talented friends who have been more than generous to share their family recipes with me.

What attracted you to the mystery genre? I’ve always loved mysteries. I devoured Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys as a child then graduated to Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton and eventually Janet Evanovich. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember, so the genre was pretty much a given.

How did you become published by Gemma Halliday? I had queried a few publishers and gotten some interest, but when I discovered Gemma’s website, I instantly knew this was where I wanted to be. I sent her an email and asked when she might be open to accepting submissions and she told me to go ahead and send them along. I submitted Killer Transaction, the first book I ever wrote, and Tastes Like Murder. She got back to me within a couple of months and suggested some revisions. I complied and the rest, as they say, is history. Gemma is terrific to work for and one of the things that makes her so special is that since she is an author as well as a publisher, she understands exactly how you are feeling.

For vacation, would you choose beach or mountains? I’m definitely a beach girl. Give me my Kindle and a cold drink and I’ll sit there all day.                                                      


Margaret Turkevich said...

a great premise for a book. I look forward to reading it.

Sandy Cody said...

This sounds like a delightful series. I'll add it to my TBR list. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Best of luck, Catherine.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks for sharing on wwk.

vicki batman said...

So wonderful to get to know your work!! And I love your cartoon covers. Great you are working with Gemma.

KM Rockwood said...

These books sound like fun! Do you have any trouble keeping the various sets of characters straight in your mind, or does it all come together in individual worlds?

Gloria Alden said...

Welcome to WWK. This sounds like an interesting series. I'll have to add it to my TBR list.

Catherine Bruns said...

Thank you for the lovely comments and thank you, Elaine, for having me here today! I hope everyone has as much fun reading about Cindy as I do writing about her. She's a bit neurotic at times, lol, but such a fun character.

Catherine Bruns said...

Vicki, thank you so much! My cover artist is truly amazing, and Gemma is fantastic to work with. I'm very lucky.

KM, I hope you will enjoy them! In answer to your question, I keep a separate binder for each book/series. I also draft a character list whenever I start a new one which includes physical traits, employment, their role in the story, etc. It's extremely helpful.

Kim Striker said...

Sorry to chime in so late - crazy day at the day job.

This sounds like a delightful series. Definitely on my TBR list. I was hooked the second I read " When Cindy attends her 25th high school reunion, she finds a letter in a time capsule written to her by Paul, just before he died. After Cindy reads it, she becomes convinced that his death was not self-inflicted and vows to find justice for her friend." What a great premise for a story!

Catherine Bruns said...

Thanks, Kim! I hope you will enjoy it!

E. B. Davis said...

I loved reading your series. Cindy is a main character any woman can identify with. Kids, job, mother-in-law from hell--and murder. Your next series, set in Hawaii, will be on my TBR pile. Come back and visit us soon. Thanks for the interview.