Friday, September 6, 2019

A Means to an End - An Interview

I'm so happy to welcome Lissa Marie Redmond back to Cozy Up With Kathy. Lissa writes the Cold Case Investigation Mystery series. A MEANS TO AN END is the third book in the series and will be released this Sunday!

Kathy: In A MEANS TO AN END Detective Riley has to pursue a man who got away with murder. How does knowing he escaped justice before affect her pursuit of him?

LMR: Lauren definitely feels responsible for the fact that he is out on the street. Her guilt is very a much a driving factor in the book. And she feels a sense of urgency to put him behind bars before he can hurt more people.

Kathy: Was there a specific inspiration for this story?

LMR: There wasn’t a specific thing that inspired this story. At the start of every book I ask myself, what are the worst things that can happen to my characters and how would they respond to those things? It’s interesting, as a writer, to see how the different characters handle the situations. Just like real people, they have their own motivations for doing the things they do.

Kathy: Setting plays such an important role in a mystery. How has Buffalo influenced your series?

LMR: The city of Buffalo plays such an important role in my series. From the weather, to the architecture, to the politics, I try to bring as much of the city as I can into the stories. The city itself is changing and reinventing itself so fast even I have trouble keeping up with it. After I retired from the police department four years ago Police Headquarters moved and I had to set up a guided tour of the new police headquarters because I’d never been inside of it!

Kathy: Are you able to share any future plans for Detective Lauren Riley?

LMR: All I can say is A MEANS TO AN END is not the last time you’ll see Lauren Riley.

Kathy: How has your journey as an author changed since your first Cold Case Investigation was published?

LMR: I think I’d like to branch out at some point into other genres besides mystery. I’ve always had a soft spot for science fiction, and I’d love to try to write something along those lines.

Kathy: Authors are required to do a lot of their own marketing, especially for a new release. What's your favorite part of marketing your work? What do you dislike about marketing?

LMR: I love going to libraries and book clubs. I’ve met so many fantastic people and made a lot of new friends. Also, I’m always on the hunt for character names, so if I meet you and like your first or last name it could end up in my next manuscript!

There’s really not anything I dislike about marketing, because most of it has to do with connecting with people, which is what being a writer is all about anyway.

Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?

LMR: Crooked Lane Books is publishing a stand-alone novel of mine called THE SECRETS THEY LEFT BEHIND in April of 2020. This book features a brand-new cast of characters and a different setting than my Cold Case Investigation series. I’m very lucky and excited to be working with Crooked Lane on this project.


You can keep up with Lissa using these links:

Twitter: @Lissa_Marie_Redmond 


Be sure to come back to the blog tomorrow, Saturday, September 8, 2019, to read my review of A MEANS TO AN END. In the meantime check out this cover of Lissa's next book!