Sunday, March 29, 2015
I'd like to welcome Cassidy Salem to the blog today. Cassidy writes the Adina Donati Mystery series.
Kathy: Setting plays such an important role in a mystery. How did you choose Washington DC as the setting for Think Murder?
CS: I wanted to choose a location with an international and metropolitan flavor. Besides, Washington D.C is one of my favorite cities. I spent a few years there immediately after college, and remember it well.
Kathy: You enjoy historical fiction. Do you have a favorite time period?
CS: That’s a tough question. If we are talking about American history, then the Civil War period. But I also like books set in 18th century Europe – A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is one of my absolute favorites.
Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?
CS: I enjoy all kinds of crime fiction, including traditional mysteries, police procedurals, and cozies. Cozies are fun and usually entertaining. I enjoy trying to follow the plots set forth by other writers in hopes of identifying the culprit.
Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?
CS: Not yet.
Kathy: Tell us about your series.
CS: Think Murder is the first novel in the Adina Donati Mystery Series, a series of standalone mysteries featuring a young college graduate and her experiences living alone in Washington, D.C.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
CS: I guess Adina would be my favorite character – she is independent and determined. I also really like her supportive friends, Bruce and Michelle. (They will be back in the second book.)
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
CS: The decision to write a novel was my way of challenging myself. After I had completed it, publishing was the natural next step for me.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
CS: Maya Angelou, Agatha Christie, Mark Twain, and John Grisham.
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
CS: My son complains that I read too many mysteries so in a departure from my cozy mystery addiction, I am reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
CS: I love music – almost all genres – and I sing in an a cappella ensemble.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
CS: I probably shouldn’t admit it – Diet Coke, chocolate, peanut butter, and ice cream. Now you know where Adina’s terrible eating habits come from.
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?
CS: I have just started working on the second book in the Adina Donati Mystery Series.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
CS: The immense sense of accomplishment as I hold the final published version of the book in my hand.