Humorous Chick Lit with a Dash of Murder/Mystery
Date Published: March 1, 2015
My name is Izzy. I drink too much, am clumsier than a newborn foal, and my brain-to-mouth filter often malfunctions. My daredevil husband killed himself in a parachuting accident five years ago and my best friend Jack has decided it’s time I jump back in the dating pool. He’s perfectly happy to throw me in if I don’t listen. Just when things in the dating world start to heat up, my grandma dies. Only her knitting group of Jessica Fletcher wannabes is sure it’s murder. I’m not convinced but I’m always up for a bit of excitement as long as it doesn’t lead to a night in jail. Well, more than one night anyway. Will I miss my chance at love because I’m chasing imaginary killers? Did someone really kill grandma or am I and my merry band of geriatric thieves imagining things?
Is There a Message in Your Novel That You Want Readers to Grasp?
Not in this novel. I just want readers to have a good laugh and escape from the world for a while.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
There comes a point in each novel when I think – I can’t do this! I can’t finish. OMG! What are the characters doing? Unfortunately, the only solution to this stage of writing is to just keep going. Eventually, the characters will let me know what they want.
How many books have you written and which is your favorite?
I’ve written four books. Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem was the most fun to write, but I think I’m most proud of Buried Appearances. It took a lot of research to write and the story is relevant in today’s society. It was one of those projects that while you’re doing it, you’re so involved and wrapped up in it that you completely lose yourself.
If You had the chance to cast your main character from
who would you pick and why? Hollywood
Demi Moore could definitely play Izzy although she would have to gain a bit of weight.
When did you begin writing?
I’ve always been writing. Even as a small girl, I wrote stories in my notebook on the bus to school.
How long did it take to complete your first book?
The first book I published, Unforeseen Consequences, initially took me 4 months to write. When I decided to self-publish, I edited for a month before releasing it. I probably should have spent a few more months editing!
Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?
I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing and reading everything I could get my hands on (in those days you actually had to go to the library to get a book!). So it’s a bit hard to think of a writer besides Laura Ingalls Wilder or Edward Stratemeyer (author of the Nancy Drew books) that could have inspired me to get going with writing.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
I love, love, love the moment you finish a manuscript and it’s all surprising like “Wow! I did it again. How did I manage that?”
Describe your latest book in 4 words.
Murder, mystery with humor.
Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?
I’m working on two books at the moment. The first is a bit of a follow-up to Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem in which the heroine’s best friend Jack gets his own story. The second is a historical thriller set in
during the Second World War. This one
is taking me a lot of time to research as there aren’t many research materials
available in English. Istanbul
I was born and raised in Wisconsin, but think I’m a European. After spending my senior year of high school in Germany, I developed a bad case of wanderlust that is yet to be cured. My flying Dutch husband and I have lived in Ohio, Virginia, the Netherlands, Germany and now Istanbul. We still haven’t decided if we want to settle down somewhere – let alone where. Although I’ve been a military policewoman, a commercial lawyer, and a B&B owner, I think with writing I may have finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s assuming I ever grow up, of course. Between tennis, running, traveling, singing off tune, drinking entirely too many adult beverages, and reading books like they are going out of style, I write articles for a local expat magazine and various websites, review other indie authors’ books, write a blog about whatever comes to mind and am working on my fifth book.