Hello! Today I’m so excited to have mystery author Ellie Ashe here to answer a few questions about her writing process, her books, and what she does when she’s not at the keyboard. I hope you enjoy this Author Q&A.
Hi and thanks for having me! I’m so happy to introduce my latest release, A Novel Death! It’s a new series for me, set in the fictional town of Danger Cove—a small coastal town that is no stranger to mystery and murder. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Danger Cove series and the amazing authors who have created such a fun series.
A Novel Death is the first in the Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery series. Here’s the blurb:
When Meri Sinclair inherited Dangerous Reads, she inherited a legacy. It’s Danger Cove’s only bookstore, and her grandmother had made sure that it was a warm and friendly places for readers of all ages.
To get off on the right foot, Meri invites celebrity author Cal Montague, a Danger Cove native who grew up to become a solid B-list actor, to debut his tell-all memoirs, Tales I Shouldn’t Tell. Turns out someone else thought Cal shouldn’t be telling tales, too. Before the event can even start, Meri finds the guest of honor in the alley—shot dead.
With motive and opportunity, the police have Meri in their sights. To save her business and her own skin, Meri, sets out to help the Danger Cove police find the real killer—before the murderer returns for a sequel.
Tell us about your main character.
Meri Sinclair grew up in Danger Cove, but has lived in Seattle for the last decade. But after an ugly break-up that was far too public, she’s retreated to her hometown. She’s just inherited her grandmother’s bookstore and is basically starting over. Being suspected of murder is not the homecoming she was expecting!
How many books have you written? What are you writing now?
I’ve written three novels and two short stories in the Miranda Vaughn Mysteries series. I have also written a fun, light romantic suspense novel, A Good Kind of Trouble, the first book in the Trouble in Twin Rivers series (which I will get back to…eventually). And now I have the new Danger Cove series.
Currently, I’m working on book 4 in the Miranda Vaughn series, and I expect that it will be out in early 2017.
Do you listen to music when you write?
I like to listen to either background noise, like the sound of coffee shops or rain, or movie soundtracks. For background sounds, I go to either asoftmurmer.com or coffivity.com. I’ve also been using brain.fm, which has been interesting. It’s supposed to provide sounds that help you focus.
I’ve also recently discovered that video game soundtracks are good for writing. They’re designed to keep you focused and in flow while playing—a great state of mind for writing, too.
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?I write in Scrivener, which is the best writing program that I’ve found. Recently, I’ve also started using dictation software, but it’s so new yet, I’m not sure if it’s going to help me or not. I like it, but it does require a ton of editing later.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I know everyone says to finish your works in progress, and I both agree and disagree with that. I disagree because I have numerous half-finished manuscripts on my hard drives that I’ve abandoned. But I don’t regret moving on before they were done. In every case, I learned something important while writing them—and sometimes that lesson was that this story could not be saved.
But I also recommend that you do finish a manuscript because the first time you do, it’s absolutely the best feeling ever! And you will want to do it again. And again. Once you get a taste of that, you’re going to get addicted.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I love to cook and bake and try out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. Most are good! I love photography, reading (of course), knitting, sewing, and gardening.
What is your favorite motivational phrase.
“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” —Edward Abbey
Thanks for hosting me! It’s been fun!
A Novel Death
A Danger Cove Bookshop Mystery
By Ellie Ashe
Released July 12, 2016
Gemma Halliday Publishing
USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing fun romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.
When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.
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