Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Terrified Interview & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Carole Fowkes to the blog today. Carole pens the Terrified Detective Mystery series. PLATEFUL OF MURDER, the first book in the series, was released earlier this year.

Kathy: Claire DeNardo is afraid of everything. What about you? Do you have any particular fears?

CF: I’m scared of driving and getting lost, which I manage to do even using my GPS. Wasps, bees, and hornets terrify me. I’m also afraid of hurting other people’s feelings.

Kathy: When she can't find other work Claire takes a job with her Uncle Gino. Working for family certainly can be interesting. How does Claire cope?

CF: It helps that Claire cares deeply for her family and so has a high level of tolerance for their words and actions. She also copes by finding the humor in even the most outlandish things they do. Eating chocolate makes everything easier.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?

CF: I’ve always loved mysteries but didn’t like the gratuitous violence so prevalent in many of them. Plus I enjoy a few chuckles when I’m reading and cozy mysteries usually provide them.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

CF: I started out writing paranormal stories.

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

CF: The Terrified Detective is a fun series about Claire, a young PI who despite her faintheartedness is pulled into solving murders. A security guard, Claire’s family, and a handsome police detective are always around to either help or complicate matters.

Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?

CF: I love all my characters, but my favorite has to be Aunt Lena. I’ve imbued her with so many characteristics of the women in my family, especially my mother that it’s like coming home when she’s on the page.

Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?

CF: Yes, I did. I was talking with a friend of mine about being a private detective. She asked me how I’d feel if I became one. I told her, “I’d be terrified.”

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?

CF: A friend, who is also an author, convinced me to do it.

Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?

CF: This would probably make for a strange party but it’d be Neil Gaiman, Janet Evanovich, Rod Serling, and Edgar Allen Poe. P.D. James might crash the party too.

Kathy: What are you currently reading?

CF: THE NINTH GIRL, by Tami Hoag

Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?

CF: Of course. I do yoga and aerobic exercise regularly. Of course I love to read. Food is my passion, especially sweet stuff. Claire and I have that in common.

Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.

CF: There’s always chocolate. Lots of it. Pasta in various shapes, yogurt and fruit, especially grapes.

Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?

CF: I’m currently working on book number 4 in this series.

Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?

CF: I get to make up a whole new world. That’s exciting.

The author has graciously offered a copy of PLATEFUL OF MURDER to one lucky reader. The winner may choose either a print or e-copy if s/he has a US address, an e-copy prize for all other countries. Simply leave a comment on this post sharing one of your fears. Include your e-mail address and leave your comment no later than 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 for a chance to win. Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter as well!

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  1. Always fun to get to know a new to me author. Thankyou! Jill Broussard; minishoes@msn.com

    1. You're welcome. I love to meet readers new to me!

  2. Great interview today Kathy! New-to-me author also. Thank you for the chance to win!

  3. I am a bit afraid of heights--that means I can only go part way up the ladder! Thanks for the wonderful interview, intro to this series and chance to win!

    1. Halfway up the ladder still gets you higher than if you didn't climb it at all! Good luck!

  4. Driving scares me. Not my driving, but all the other cars on the road.

    1. Yes, if I was the only driver on the road, I'd never be afraid of driving.

  5. I am afraid of heights. You are a new to me author, would really enjoy reading your books.

    1. Thanks for responding. Being afraid of heights appears to be a big one.

  6. This sounds like a cute series that I would like, and another great interview. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

    1. Thanks. Other readers have been very positive about the books.

  7. Love the title, the premise. Would love to read about Claire and her PI business and her family. It looks a really great read. Thank you for the chance to read about them.
    Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

    1. Thanks for your comments, Della. Good luck with the giveaway. If you get a chance to read the books I hope you'll enjoy them.

  8. I enjoyed reading the interview with the author. It was great! As for my fears, I am afraid of other people's driving abilities (why can't they figure out how to use turn signals?).
    myrifraf (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Yes, I agree. Using turn signals seems for many people just too much trouble. Thank you. I'm glad you liked the interview.

  9. Congratulations holdenj! Random.org chose your comment to win. Be on the lookout for an e-mail from me!

  10. Sounds like a fun series that I would love to read