Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Snowshoeing Can be Dangerous!


August 6: Judy is the randomly selected winner! Congratulations. And thanks to everyone for entering!

Lou Perlman here, from the Country Store Mysteries by Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell)

When I met Robbie Jordan, I was out on a thirty-mile bike ride with a few of my fellow grad
students from Indiana University. We stopped into Pans 'N Pancakes, her country store restaurant, and the rest is history. I helped her find her Italian dad, and in Maddie Day's next book, When the Grits Hit the Fan, she helps clear my name of murder! That's what friendship is all about.

It all started at one of our Sociology Department Friday night winter dinners in Robbie's store. A prof in the department is a pretty unpleasant guy, but when Robbie and I went snowshoeing the next morning, we sure as heck didn't expect to find him dead. And then...well, I'll let you read the story yourself next February.

But in the meantime, Maddie is giving away a copy of the first two books, Flipped for Murder and Grilled for Murder to one commenter here. Ask the author a question - any question! before August 5 at midnight, and you'll be entered in the drawing. Be sure to indicate your email address so she can find you.

And happy summer!

Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries and the Local Foods Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries (as Maddie Day), and award-winning short crime fiction. Her short story, “A Questionable Death,” was nominated for a 2016 Agatha Award for Best Short Story. 

Maxwell is Vice-President of Sisters in Crime New England and Clerk of Amesbury Friends Meeting. She lives north of Boston with her beau and three cats, and blogs with the other Wicked Cozy Authors. You can find her on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and at her web site, edithmaxwell.com.

173 comments:

  1. Well my question is one I keep asking. Am I allowed to enter to win your book even though I live in the UK please? If the answer is yes then my email is carolsmoky@gmail.com

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    1. Yes, you may, Carol. I didn't restrict the giveaway to US only. The postage is a little more, but I like to spread the love around!

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  2. Lou, there seems to be a pattern of going outdoors on an innocent outing (cycling, snowshoeing) and finding a body. Maybe you and Robbie should stay home to avoid finding body 3? Thanks for the chance to win! grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

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  3. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't writing? dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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    1. It's a tossup between cooking, gardening, and reading!

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  4. What made you decide to write your first book? I'm always interested in how authors got started. dbahn@iw.net

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    1. I was reading primarily cozy mysteries written by women with a female amateur sleuth. Decided to see if I could write one!

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  6. Maddie, I love the clever titles in this series. Is that something you have input on as an author? Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It definitely is. But I'm not that good at titles, so I tend to crowd-source them. Book four will be Biscuits and Slashed Browns!

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  7. How did you come up with the idea for this series? mcastor07@gmail.com

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    1. I blogged about it here: https://wickedcozyauthors.com/2014/08/21/ediths-got-some-news/

      Briefly, I used to live in that part of Indiana and had friends who had rehabbed an old general store into a bed and breakfast. Bingo! The idea was born.

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  8. Do you have any input into the cover design? Karen at weatherwax.co.uk

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    1. Only generally. My editor asks for my ideas. I tell him in prose what season it is and my ideas for the cover, and then I send him the link for the Pinterest board I set up for that book. For GRITS it's here: https://www.pinterest.com/edithmaxwell/when-the-grits-hit-the-fan/

      Sometimes the artists come through with my vision, sometimes they don't! But Kensington does not pass a draft by me.

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  9. First one was really good, very anxious to read the second and upcoming release - even if guys never do win these things! dsareboot (at) gmail!

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    1. I'm so pleased you liked FLIPPED! Hey, the drawing is random. Everybody has a chance. ;^)

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  10. Do you have a hard time deciding what your next book is going to be about?
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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    1. Not hard, really, Judy, although I do have to noodle it around some. Country Store #4 is anchored to the real National Maple Syrup Festival in Brown County, Indiana in March - so then I came up with a victim and suspects connected that!

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  11. Have you based the killing of the sociology teacher in any of your ¨favourite¨ lecturers? Do you know my father in law? ;)
    nefret2000@gmail.com

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    1. Ha! No, no real characters, thank goodness, Maria. Funny...

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  12. What extreme sport are you going to take on next? centraleast2 at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm just trying to keep up with the extreme sport of writing three bestselling mysteries a year. That's enough for me.

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  13. What kind of research do you do?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Depends on the book, Debby. For this series I visit the area once a year and listen to the local dialect. I always am checking out new poisons, reading about breakfast foods, talking to small restaurant owners. But my historical Quaker Midwife Mysteries are another research department altogether!

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  14. Good day Edith. What is the oddest thing you have researched and included in one of your
    books? I love your Quaker Midwife Mysteries and I'm sure I will enjoy this series too.
    robeader53@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Robin. Not sure about odd, but scariest might be that two of those vials of liquid nicotine that you can buy ANYWHERE for vaping can kill an adult. Seriously!

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  15. What authors have influenced you and your writing? Thank you so much for the giveaway. Dmskrug3 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. I am always trying to deepen my story and characters in the way that Julia Spencer-Fleming and Louise Penny write. Gorgeous writing, incredible storytelling.

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  16. Do you outline or are you a pantzer? I am always trying to outline but I have a hard time in my own writing.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. Generally a pantser, but have been known to plot ahead a few scenes.

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  17. What is your all time favorite book? Thank you for this chance! areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  18. Where do you love to travel? saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I have lived all over the world: Brazil, Japan, France, Mali, Burkina Faso. Right now I'm looking forward to a vacation in Maine next week.

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  19. What author would you have liked to meet? elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  20. Have you done any snowshoeing yourself? I think it looks like fun, but I'm probably to uncoordinated to do it. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. I have, but you have to have strong thighs and flexible knees!

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  21. Are you from Indiana? I am. From a small town in Southern Indiana called Huntingburg.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. No, but my father and all his ancestors were, right back to the founder of Indiana University, my g-g-g grandfather - and I earned a PhD there in the early 80s!

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  22. Who is your favorite author? lkleback@hotmail.com

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  23. How do you come up with your titles?
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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    1. I'm not that good at titles, so I tend to crowd-source them. Book four will be Biscuits and Slashed Browns!

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  24. I love the series (borrowed from library) and would really like to own them.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  25. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I would like to ask if you like to put animals like cats or dogs into your stories? I noticed a cat on the cover on the book above. lclee59 at centurylink dot net.

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    1. Every series has a cat, and my real-life Birdy is the kittie in this series!

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  26. What do you think you would be doing today if you had not become a writer?
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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    1. I'd still be writing software manuals. I've always been a writer of some kind or another.

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  27. How did you decide to write Mystery books? Thanks for this generous giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  28. I always love books that have cats on the cover. Do you have any input on designing your covers? Thank you for this generous giveaway. pgenest57 at aol dot come

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    1. My editor asks for my ideas. I tell him in prose what season it is and my ideas for the cover, and then I send him the link for the Pinterest board I set up for that book. For GRITS it's here: https://www.pinterest.com/edithmaxwell/when-the-grits-hit-the-fan/

      Sometimes the artists come through with my vision, sometimes they don't! But Kensington does not pass a draft by me.

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  29. I'd love to read these books! I especially love the title of the new one--as a Southern girls, gotta love grits! eileen@eads.pro

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    1. Grateful readers, my imagination, my three multi-book contracts (that is, panic...).

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  31. I seriously love the title of this book!!! Thanks for the chance to win, I've not read your books yet.
    awilcox1182@gmail.com

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  32. I have grits on the brain, having just had some awesome cheese grits for brunch the other day. Do you like grits? It seems like there is no middle ground with them, people either really like them or really dislike them. Obviously I love the title of this book -- do you have a title in mind when you start writing it, or does that come later? bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I love them. Usually the title comes later.

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  33. I would love to read your books. They sound like something I would really like!
    lynneandco@comcast.net

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  34. Multiple series and author names.
    How do you keep it all straight?!

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. I try to work on only one series at a time. And my characters are all so real to me, I really don't get confused.

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  35. Since you write more than one series, is the research hugely time consuming? Grits is not a favorite of everyone, do you like them? annettena (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Research is mostly time consuming with my historical series. And I love grits!

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  36. Do you sit around thinking of how to kill someone and get away with it? Seems like you have to in order to be a mystery writer... even if it is a cozy. Bieri.linda@yahoo.com

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    1. Um, yes! You should hear us when mystery writers get together...

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  39. When did you start reading cozies? Do you enjoy reading other genres as well? bskts4unme@hotmail.com

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    1. I started reading cozies in the eighties. I read suspense and traditional mysteries, including police procedurals, but not thrillers.

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  40. Have you ever gone snowshoeing? You are always welcome to visit Buffalo in the winter; I have an extra pair for you!

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    1. I have, but not in the last couple of years. Thanks for the offer!

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  41. Do you ever have more than one story in your mind? And do your stories have "a mind of their own" as you are writing them and go places that you didn't think they would? You are a new author to me, and I LOVE your covers! Can't wait to read these! lelandandbeckyatreagandotcom

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    1. I always have more than one story in my mind, and my favorite part of writing is when a character does something I had NO idea she was going to do, no idea why - and I wrote! I have to keep typing to discover what comes next.

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  42. Are you going to be writing any more different series I want to read them all debbiesherwood50@gmail.com

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    1. You could catch up on the two Lauren Rousseau mysteries, which I wrote as Tace Baker. Other than that, no shareable information as yet...

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  44. Oh my gosh I just love this series and this is a gotta read for me that is for sure! ptclayton2@aol.com I sure hope that it is in print.

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    1. The prize is in print - as are the books!

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  45. I have never read your books before..sorry..what is is it that makes your cozy different from others?

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    1. The Country Store mysteries are different in that they're set in southern Indiana in a country store breakfast and lunch restaurant. The stories are smart and funny and a good suspenseful read, according to reviewers!

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  46. What is your favorite genre to read (next to mysteries of course)?
    skforrest1957@gmail.com

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    1. I read some "women's fiction" - that basically are good stories with women at their core, but aren't necessarily mysteries.

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  47. 30 mile bike rides in Indiana make me think of the movie Breaking Away! Are you a cyclist? If so, do prefer leisurely bike rides or more of a fast-paced race? You're series sounds like a fun read, thanks for the chance! Nicole nicolev.girldetective@gmail.com

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    1. I'm totally a leisure on-the-flat rider. But my younger son thinks nothing of suiting up and going for a fifty-mile ride, so he was my consultant for the cycling part of these books.

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  48. do you have a favorite cozy author?..would love to read this series..looks so good..greeneyes2755@yahoo.com

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    1. Really, any of the Wicked Cozy Authors are my favorites: Julianne Holmes, Jessie Crockett, Barb Ross, Sherry Harris, and Liz Mugavero. Try them! And stop by our blog (https://wickedcozyauthors.com/) any weekday for mystery with a New England accent.

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  49. Do you prefer paper or digital books? brichardson0056@yahoo.com

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    1. Paper, but when I'm traveling, I'm grateful I can bring twenty books on my Kindle!

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  51. I just finished the first book in the series and I loved it. I have several cats so I really love stories with cats. The fundraiser in the book was so great because the townspeople really donated for it. Do you have any cats? Kristi Gilbert hannah03@bellsouth.net

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    1. Thanks! Yes, Birdy is my junior cat. Preston is our cat who stars in my Local Foods Mysteries. And Christabel is our girl, who will make her debut in the second Quaker Midwife mystery next April!

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  52. Do you have a favorite character from any of your series? Thank you for the chance to win.

    robbfan141729@yahoo.com

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    1. I'm quite fond of Aunt Adele in the Country Store Mysteries. She's tough, caring, and fun.

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  53. Is there any character in your books that you find yourself relating to more than others? I only started reading cozies less than a year ago, so I haven't gotten around to a lot of different series, but yours looks like one I would enjoy. Thank you for the chance to win.

    FloridaBum58@aol.com

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    1. You are welcome. All my protagonists have parts of me in them - but so do lots of other characters!

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  54. Have you ever come across someone reading your books unexpectedly? Or see them purchasing them in a bookstore?
    jenne.turner@unt.edu

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    1. I've had people I don't know send me pictures of my books from the New Arrivals table at their library, or the Barnes and Noble Cozy Mystery section. That's a big thrill.

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  56. You write three series, do you finish one book before you start one in a different series, or do you have other books being written at the same time? If so, how do you keep track of the storyline and the people? I Enjoy your books, thanks for the chance.

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    1. I try to work on one book at a time, but the characters are so real to me I don't get them mixed up.

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  57. Happily anticipating the next book, and now thinking about snowshoes. I believe I tried them once when I lived in Minnesota, and they were HARD, trickier than Nordic skiing even. How do you manage them?

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  58. Are any of your characters based on people you know in real life?

    Nancy Roessner - ncroessner @ comcast.net

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    1. Almost none - except Great Uncle Albert's new girlfriend in the Local Foods Mysteries (starting at Farmed and Dangerous) - she is my late mother, who died six months before my first book came out. I love remembering her in those stories.

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  59. From an old lady - I love your hair style! And your books!!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  60. Hi there Edith/Maddie! Love this series & I'm hungry for more! If you could stage a book series in any country other than the great U.S.A., what country would that be? Thanks for a chance at winning!
    sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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    1. I have lived in Brazil, Japan, France, Mali, and Burkina Faso, and visited Canada many times. So many ideas, so little time!

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  61. I love this series! Where do you come up with some of the crazy things the characters say? lil_munchiekin at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. Some come from phrases I've overheard, some from my Hoosier sister, and some from other Indiana friends, and some from a couple of online sites citing colorful southern phrases!

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  62. I didn't read all the other questions, but I've always wondered how much input an author has in her book title and cover. Keep writing!! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks. Title a lot, cover a little at the beginning, but no chance to change once it's done, at least with me at Kensington.

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  63. How do you pick the shops and "crafty" settings for your books?

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    1. I follow the old, "Write What You Know" adage!

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  64. Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Definitely not an easy activity. servedogmom(at)yahoo.com

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    1. I have, and I tried to capture that in the book!

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  65. What comes first; the story-line or the characters?


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  66. Looking forward to reading your latest release. Congratulations. I bought the first book in your LOCAL Foods mystery series and it was great. I also love the cover of this release which would definitely be a book that would catch my eye in a bookstore. Thank you for the giveaway. Will keep my fingers crossed.

    Cynthia B. ceblain{AT)tmlponline(DOT)net

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  67. My comment was posted but I forgot to ask my question. Do you or other authors design your own book covers?

    Thank you for the giveaway as I don't have either of those books.....

    Cynthia B
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  68. Why do you write your books under different names? I LOVED the last one of yours that I read in a different series, and the Country Store series sounds great too! Have a good day! Patty
    pk1977@zoominternet.net

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    1. Thanks, Patty. My publisher wanted two different names. So - voila!

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  69. Gosh what a great idea, loved reading the questions and your answers, like our own little session with you. Do you or someone in you publishing company ask for other authors or people to write comment on t eh covers and inside of book? Georgia
    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thanks! For the first book in a series, I usually solicit cover blurbs. But the publisher also gleans critical reviews and other glowing endorsements. I'm lucky to have a lot of them.

      Glad you liked this chat session. ;^)

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  70. I am always fascinated by how an author fell into writing as a career. Did you set out to be an author?
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. I've been writing my whole life, but didn't start writing fiction seriously until about 1994. And then, yes - my goal was to become a published author with reader who love my stories. It took a little while, but it worked!

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  71. Apologies if someone already asked this, but I can't scroll through all these questions at work.
    Did you live in Indiana? I used to live in Northwest Indiana and my cousin went to IU. I'll have to add this to my TBR pile.
    kkcochran(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yes. My father and all his ancestors were, right back to the founder of Indiana University, my g-g-g grandfather - and I earned a PhD in Blomington in the early 80s!

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  72. Can't get enough cozy mystery reads
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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    1. Judy, you are the randomly selected winner! Congratulations. Check your email for a message from me. And thanks for entering!

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  73. Which authors do you like to read?

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I'd recommend all of the Wicked Cozy Authors! https://wickedcozyauthors.com/

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  74. I'm always looking for new authors and series to read.
    mccarthy491@gmail.com

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  75. I know that you love to cook and I'm just learning how to cook because my mother never really taught me. Most of the recipes come from the cozy mysteries that I read ( my Husband is always excited when I get a new book). What are some tips and tricks that you can offer for a beginning cook? Thanks for the change to win. utaker555@gmail.com

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    1. That's a big question, Brittany. I'd say start with a recipe you like, and then vary it. Use local produce in season, or change up the seasonings. It's a start!

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  76. What are your favorite cozy series? I was also going to ask about your hobbies, but I see you mentioned cooking, reading, and gardening. Any others?
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'd recommend all of the Wicked Cozy Authors! https://wickedcozyauthors.com/

      I wish I had time to get back to quilting, which I've done some of. My mom was a master quilter!

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  77. I love your Quaker Midwife Series! I put Flipped and Grilled on my goodreads must read list. Have you ever been sleeping when in your dreams you see a new plot but when you wake up in the morning it is gone. But it seems so good while you dreamed it? Merry
    Northstarvance@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks! I have had such vivid dreams (like the murder of the princess of Norway) I think I should write them down into stories- but they are never set in my books.

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  78. I love cozy mysteries! I'm curious about the setting in the Country Store mysteries. Why are they set in Bloomington? I want to read them because my parents and sister graduated from IU. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Sue, they are set in fictional South Lick in Brown County, just to the east of Bloomington. I got a PhD from IU - and my g-g-g grandfather founded the school! So the area was an easy choice.

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  79. What is the most exotic place you have used as a background for you one of your stories.?
    Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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    1. Part of my short story "Yatsuhashi for Lance" is set in Japan, so I guess that wins! https://www.amazon.com/Yatsuhashi-for-Lance-ebook/dp/B00AYPWOXM

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  80. I was wondering how in the world you keep all your characters (and writing names) straight? Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. They are all so real to me it really isn't a problem, Kay.

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  81. Do you find it easier to write contemporary stories or historicals?

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. They both seem to come fairly easily to me.

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  82. How did you come up with the name for the book iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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  83. What is more challenging for you-- writing or editing your first draft?

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    1. I love editing, but making the whole plot work, especially when I'm halfway or two-thirds the way through a first draft is always tricky.

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  84. Edith, How long have you been writing, professionally?
    agavigan@cox.net

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    1. Trick question! I've been paid for my non-fiction writing since about 1992 but was writing pieces before that, and lots of academic articles even prior. I sold my first short story for a very small sum in 2004 (I won a local fiction contest when I was 9 and was paid $2!), and my first four mystery novels in 2012, so I guess you can say four years. I left the day job three years ago.

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  85. All of your series seem different, but somehow enjoyable in the same way. Is one of them your favorite? Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Sally. I really can't say - I like them all in their own way!

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  86. Wow! 157 comments! Looks like I'm in good company. I'd love copies of your books.

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  87. I have been wanting to try this series out, thanks for the give away

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  88. What made you want to write about a country store mystery?
    xzjh04 @gmail.com

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    1. I thought it would appeal to a wide audience, Kiki - and it has!

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  89. Judy Tucker is our the randomly selected winner! Congratulations. And thanks to everyone for entering!

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