Kathy: Murder at Dolphin Bay is the first in a new series for you. Was there a specific inspiration for this series?
KD: I love Hawaii and I love writing about the area. I first wrote about the area in Maui Madness, A Zoe, and it was one of my most popular books in the series. I wrote Maui Madness while on location while I wrote Murder at Dolphin Bay during a snowstorm in Tahoe, but it was so nice to mentally take myself out of the storm and onto the beach.
Kathy: Have you spent any time in Hawaii?
KD: Yes. My husband and I love Hawaii and have been many times. Living on the west coast it is actually closer than going to eastern locals such as Florida. We usually stay on Maui but have also visited the big island and Oahu as well. We are going in April and plan to spend time on both Maui and Oahu.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite locale?
KD: We always stay in the same condo which is located north of Lahaina. It is located right on the beach and the view of Molokai in the distance is spectacular and there are a lot of fantastic restaurants in the area.
Kathy: What's your favorite way to pass the time in Hawaii?
KD: I really just like to relax when I go to Hawaii. I’ve been often enough that I don’t feel the need to sightsee so we usually just lie on the beach and read. I do plan to do some writing while I’m there. I love sitting on the lanai sipping my coffee while I create stories about life on the islands. It should work out that I can work on Book #2 in the Sand and Sea series while I am there. I find that these trips help me to describe the ‘feel’ of island life in more vivid detail.
Kathy: What do you prefer, the sand or the sea?
KD: I think the sand. I am a certified scuba diver and I do enjoy getting into the water while I am in Hawaii, but I find that more often than not I am lazy and just want to lounge around during my free time.
Kathy: You start a new series with the Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mysteries. How do you find time to write the many series you do?
KD: I write all the time wherever I am. I recently flew to Knoxville for Romancing the Smokies which required me to take a week away from my computer but I managed to write the first two chapters of the book I am currently working on while on the plane. I enjoy writing multiple series. I think I would become bored writing the same characters every time.
Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?
KD: I am currently working on Kitten Kaboodle – a Zoe – which will publish in May. The first book in my new Southern Seashore Mystery series – Barkley’s Treasure - publishes in April, and The Great Catsby – A Whales and Tails – publishes in June. After that I will publish book 2 in the Sand and Sea series which does not as of yet have a title.
Here are five facts about me that may be true or may be false. I will share the answers as to which are true and which are false on my Facebook page tomorrow. www.facebook.com/kathidaleybooks. In the meantime try to guess by giving your answers in the comments below.
1. I had a pig named Maxwell when I was a child.
2. I was a child model.
3. My middle name is Raquel after Raquel Welch.
4. I once stole an entire litter of kittens from my neighbor.
5. I am terrified of snakes.
Kathi is giving away a Murder at Dolphin Bay Tote and a book - paperback or kindle winners choice. NON US winner gets a kindle copy of the book and a $15 Amazon gift card in lieu of tote and paperback.