Friday, September 29, 2017

Beware the Interview & Giveaway

I'm pleased to welcome Cynthia Hickey to the blog today. Cynthia writes the Shady Acres Mystery series. Beware the Orchids is the first book in the series.

Kathy: After being ditched at the altar Shelby Hart quits her job and becomes gardener and event coordinator. Do you enjoy gardening?

CH: No, I don't garden. Everything I try to grow ends up dying.

Kathy: Do you like orchids? 

CH: I think orchids are gorgeous!

Kathy: Are you a party planner? Do you enjoy arranging events or do you prefer to let Shelby do the only organizing?

CH: I am definitely a planner, but a professional would do a much better job. I tend to overstress the situation.

Kathy: What makes an upscale retirement community the perfect setting for your mystery series? 

CH: There are plenty of fun characters to get involved.

Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries? 

CH: A dare actually. A friend of mine dared me to write one. I had no idea what a cozy was so I looked up the definition, wrote the book, won a contest, and acquired an agent. I haven't stopped since.

Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?

CH: I write Romantic Suspense and Historical Romance

Kathy: Tell us about your series.

CH: Shady Acres Mysteries: Jilted by love, Shelby is hired as a gardener at an upscale retirement community. The perfect job...except dead bodies show up whereever she goes.

The Nosy Neighbor series: An author is told to get out more to prevent her characters from becoming cardboard. She forms a neighborhood watch and ends up hiding in a doghouse her first night on patrol.

The River Valley series: Marsha, a widowed mother, returns to her home town to work in her mother's craft store and must find a killer to clear her daughter's name.

The Summer Meadows series: Summer wants only to grow a prize winning rose bush. She didn't intend to stumble across theft and murder.

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

CH: I love Shelby's grandmother, Ida. Who wouldn't want an over the top, loving, adventurous grandma?

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

CH: Not really. Ideas are sparked from everywhere.

Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work? 

CH: The traditional line I wrote for closed down. My agent handed me a new line he had started and I took off from there and formed my own publishing company, Winged Publications

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

CH: Margaret Mitchell, Diana Gabaldon, Robert Patterson, and J.K. Rowling

Kathy: What are you currently reading? 

CH: a romantic suspense by Mary Alford

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

CH: I have discovered I love oil painting and I'm not too bad at it.

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

CH: Almond milk, diet coke, eggs, and a vodka drink. Weird combination, right?

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

CH: I'm working on a new series where the main character is a paparazzi in Hollywood.

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

CH: Creating characters that make me laugh and cry.

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  1. Enjoyed your interview. I enjoy books with
    active grandparents,
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carol Smith

  2. Great interview, I love the title of the book. I'm obsessed with orchids, too.
    Thank you for the great giveaway offer.
    Sheryl Jeffries
    sheryljeffries63 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Sounds like a really fun read. Looking forward to reading.

  4. Sounds like a really fun read. Looking forward to reading.

  5. Enjoyed the interview and discovered several new series I didn't know about. Thanks!

  6. Great interview. I've discovered some new to me series, thank you!

  7. I really enjoy reading cozies. Thanks for this opportunity.

  8. Don't enter me for the kindle, I already have one.

  9. Enjoyed the post. Thank you for the intro to a new author and read. Appreciate the chance to get a kindle. Only way I would ever be able to get one. So hoping.
    Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com