Help me welcome my friend Susan Bernhardt, (a fellow MuseItUp author) to Tuesday Author Chats. Her third cozy is out!
Thank you, Marsha for having me on Author Chats and for helping to celebrate my new mystery, Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3).
How many books/short stories do you have out right now? Did you work with the same publisher on all?
Murder by Fireworks (A Kay Driscoll Mystery Book 3) is my third full length novel. All three mysteries in the series were published by MuseItUp Publishing. I also have a short story October 31st published by Long Story Short, that I would like to expand into a full length novel.
Would you consider Indie Publishing?
Yes. I am currently writing A Manhattan Murder Mystery that I plan to self-publish hopefully next year.
What’s your latest release? Tell us a bit about it. Is it a part of a series?
Murder by Fireworks was published on November 24. It is the third in the Kay Driscoll mysteries.
An obnoxious member of Kay’s book club is found dead on the beach. When Kay investigates, she discovers that the death, covered-up to look like suicide, was in fact murder.
Because of Books 1 and 2 in the series The Ginseng Conspiracy and Murder Under the Tree having been chosen as book reads for the Cozy Mystery Book Society, they have been reduced for the first time to $3.95. This is a great opportunity for readers to find out what Kay Driscoll the protagonist has been up to before reading the third mystery.
Are all of your books stand-alones?
All of the Kay Driscoll mysteries are stand-alones, but as in all series, it is best to begin with Book 1 as the characters do evolve.
What can you say you’ve learned about the process between selling your first book and the most recent release? Has anything gotten easier?
Marketing never gets easier. Lol! What I’ve learned is that everything comes down to working hard. Writing, selling yourself, marketing is all persistence and perseverance.
How do you manage the time you have to spend on social media?
It seems like I am always on social media. I spend a lot of time on Facebook marketing. I belong to a number of cozy mystery groups. I enjoy Pinterest and have quite a few boards on there. When I begin writing in January on a regular basis, I’ll have to stay with a schedule of an hour of social media in the early morning and an hour in the evening.
What is next for you?
My WIP is A Manhattan Murder Mystery. I’m having a great time researching and writing this mystery. The main story is about Irina, a retired ballet dancer living in Manhattan who runs a ballet studio for young children. A normally healthy neighbor becomes ill over time, dies, and Irina sets out to prove it wasn’t from natural causes. There’s a bit about Lithuania in the Cold War, subplots include a lover from the Irina’s college years at NYU who suddenly reenters her life and a stranger obsessed with Irina who moves into her neighborhood on the Upper West Side.
This sounds delightful, Susan. I can hardly wait.
Now for the fun stuff.
What do you do when you aren’t writing?
My husband just said that I’m always writing…lol. I love to travel!!! My husband retired the end of October, so I hope we get to travel more. I walk 3 miles every morning weather permitting, otherwise in the winter, I walk on our treadmill. I enjoy going out with my friends and family. I have an adorable grandson I like to spend time with. I read, cook, bicycle, volunteer, work with stained-glass.
You are one busy lady!
If you could only eat three foods what would they be and why?
Pizza is my absolute favorite food. I could eat it everyday. Thai food. I love curries and most Thai dishes. Chocolate. I could never live without chocolate.
What would you like to do other than writing if talent/skill didn’t matter?
I would love to be able to play the piano well. I’ve taken lessons a couple times and quit for various reasons. I play guitar chords on our piano with my left hand and “finger pick” on my right. Lol!
Well, I’m impressed!
Where is your favorite vacation spot and why?
London, England. That is one of the places my husband and I are discussing right now. I love London. We’ve been there several times. There’s so much to see and do. It has an incredibly, comfortable feel and is easy to get around. My husband wants to go somewhere new.
If you go to London, maybe Helena Fairfax can come down and y’all can meet in person. It’s so fun to do that with an online friend.
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