Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop - following Carrie Padget

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I’m following in the blogsteps of the fabulous Carrie Padgett, who posted about Against the Peace last week.

Today, I’d like to share a bit about my new mystery coming out in 2013, for which I just received a front cover design:


What is the working title of your book?
Meow Mayhem

Where did the idea come from for the book?
As I was writing my Buried Treasure cozy mystery series, I started researching cats and stumbled across this really intriguing breed of ancient cats, Egyptian Mau, literally domesticated by the Egyptians. Coffee, books, cats all just came together and I went from there.

What genre does your book fall under?
Cozy mystery

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Yeah…tough one for me, as I have a picture in my head of what my characters are like, but I don’t usually base them on people/characters I’ve seen. I think Ivy is much like a not-serious Juliana Margulies and True, her boyfriend, is on the wounded-Billy-Burke type.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Ivy Preston keeps other people’s secrets for a living.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
It was contracted by Whimsical Publications.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I tend to write pretty quickly once I have all the research in place, though this book underwent a few re-writes. I think I spent about ten weeks on it.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Cozy mysteries by definition take place in smaller, intimate communities and have sleuths who are not professional law-enforcement or trained people. Meow Mayhem is somewhat like Deb Baker’s Doll Collector mysteries, and a bit like Mignon Ballard’s books.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I love little quaint coffee and book shops, and cats, and small towns, so it was fun to come up with a story that used all of those elements.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The breed of cat, Egyptian Mau, is unique, so people who like cats might enjoy the antics of these cats. Apple Grove is a small town trying to come back to life and filled with fun people who like what they know and have a bit of suspicion about anything new.

For your reading pleasure, please go visit my fabulous faithful friend next week, December 12:

Susan Baganz:

and new Whimsical writer friend,
Brieanna Denton at:

1 comment:

  1. This looks a fun book, I can't wait!! Thanks for participating!