I'm happy to welcome Jodi Linton to Cozy Up With Kathy today. Jodi writes the Southwest Exposure Mystery series. THE KILLER OUTDOORS is the first book in the series and was released earlier this month.
Kathy: In THE KILLER OUTDOORS we meet Andie Sullivan. She's the owner of
Sullivan's Adventure Company. How did you choose this business for
JL: I wanted to write a series set in the New Mexico mountain region. It’s a favorite vacation spot for the family and the area itself is very fascinating. I knew it would make great location for a book. And naturally my sleuth had to own an adventure company. I wanted to have a MC who rafts, hikes, camps, rock climbs, etc. And what better way to create an outdoorsy MC in the mountains than to have her own an adventure tour company.
Kathy: Andie has survival training skills. Do you?
JL: I know how to use bugspray. Does that count?
Kathy: Do you enjoy rafting?
JL: Very much. Every summer my family goes to Red River and Taos, New Mexico to raft.
Kathy: What do you enjoy most about the great outdoors?
JL: If we're talking about Texas (my home state), nothing until the temperatures drop below 70 degrees. When it comes to the mountains, I love everything about it. The temps, the air, the smells, the ability to shut-off the world and just do whatever you want. There is no expectations when you’re outside hiking.
Kathy: What first drew you to cozy mysteries?
JL: Back in 2015, I published a mystery, romance series with a publisher. The series is similar to a cozy plot in which one MC solves clues as they piece together the breadcrumbs, but it was heavy on the romance. I enjoy writing both genres, but I find I love writing the mystery plot better, and venturing into cozies seemed natural.
Kathy: Do you write in any other genres?
JL: I do. Romance, Romantic Suspense and Romantic Comedy. I dabble a little bit in Thrillers, but have yet to release one.
Kathy: Tell us about your series.
JL: THE KILLER OUTDOORS is set in the fictionalized town of Bushwhack, New Mexico and follows Andie Sullivan, outdoors company owner, as she solves crimes in her mountain community. THE KILLER OUTDOORS, book 1 in Southwest Exposure Mystery series puts Andie’s sleuthing skills to work—she is the prime suspect in her ex-husband’s murder and must clear her name.
Kathy: Do you have a favorite character? If so, who and why?
JL: Sheriff Zac Mars. Hands down. He’s a flirt, but protective. And I enjoy writing the back and forth Zac Mars has with Andie Sullivan. Zac is five years younger than Andie, and her brother’s best friend. Andie used to babysit him when she was in High School. So their relationship is fun to write, and I love coming up with new reactions for Zac Mars regarding that relationship.
Kathy: Did you have a specific inspiration for your series?
JL: Red River and Taos, New Mexico.
Kathy: What made you decide to publish your work?
JL: I’ve been a published author since 2015. This is my 9th published book.
Kathy: If you could have a dinner party and invite 4 authors, living or dead, in any genre, who would you invite?
JL: My best writing buddy, Carmen Falcone. Carmen writes romance. Gillian Flynn. Kristen Higgins. Sandra Brown.
Kathy: What are you currently reading?
JL: I just finished reading LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE.
Kathy: Will you share any of your hobbies or interests with us?
JL: When I’m not writing, I like to cook.
Kathy: Name 4 items you always have in your fridge or pantry.
JL: Real Maple Syrup, Creamer, Milk and cheese.
Kathy: Do you have plans for future books either in your current series or a new series?
JL: Yes. A plan to have at least 12 books in the Southwest Exposure Series, with the next two books already up for presale. I also have three more cozy mystery series that I will be launching on my upcoming writing schedule.
Kathy: What's your favorite thing about being an author?
JL: Being able to get lost in the fictional world I create.
The Killer Outdoors (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
About The Killer Outdoors
Welcome to Bushwhack, New Mexico: home to tourists, the great outdoors, and murder...
Tourist season has hit Bushwhack and Andie Sullivan--owner of Sullivan's Adventure Company--is ready for her town to fill up with city slickers, snotty teens, and the dollars she needs to keep her business afloat after her messy divorce from Bucky Gunn--local celebrity rafting guide and Sullivan's main competition. With all her guided tours booked, it finally seems lady luck is on her side.
But then Bucky is found dead. Not great.
And she's the prime murder suspect. Double not great.
Being framed for murder sucks worse than a rabid chipmunk bite. Andie's determined to clear her name, and this time her survival training skills won't be used to fetch an ice pack. But how long can she stay one step ahead of a killer before she becomes the final victim?
About Jodi Linton
I’m just a girl from Texas, minus the big hair…and oh, yeah, a horse. My crew consists of two kiddos, one which inherited my makeup addiction, and a husband still living out his garage band dreams, but in our closet next to my shoe collection.
I love to hang out with my readers, discussing books, recipes and just everyday shenanigans. I got started in the romance community, which you might know a few of my books from there. Now, I’m all about the cozies…and the coffee. Yeah, can’t forget that.
I’d love for you to come join my reader group, Jodi’s Book Corner or come like me on Facebook to discover my books. And chat. Naturally.
Jodi's Book Corner: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JodiBookCorner/
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