Hi, Sara. Thanks for joining our MMC interviews.
Mystery Most Cozy is celebrating their tenth anniversary. What is your favorite thing about the group: reader interaction, fan support, being able to connect with fellow authors or what and why?
I love interacting with other mystery readers–sharing new titles and discovering new authors.
When and how did you discover the Mystery Most Cozy group?
I joined during the Yahoo phase and I was thrilled to find a group dedicated to cozies!
What fascinates you about mysteries?
I love the puzzle aspect of mysteries, the figuring out who did it and why. I also love returning to favorite characters and settings.
What is the most challenging facet of writing for you?
I’m always nervous when I start a new book. During the writing process I’m always terrified that it won’t be long enough, but it always works out about right, thank goodness!
Which authors have influenced you?
I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon then moved on to Phyllis Whitney, Elizabeth Peters, and Mary Stewart. The first modern cozies I read were by Carolyn Hart and they had a big influence on me.
How much of a story do you have in mind when you begin a new book?
I know the beginning, the main characters, the murderer, the victim, and the suspects. The middle is always a little hazy. I have to get into the book to sort out the middle.
Part of the magic of writing is creating memorable characters. Who are your favorite characters, why, and which of your mysteries feature them?
My latest favorite character is Gabrielle in MISTLETOE, MERRIMENT, AND MURDER. She’s a rival professional organizer and a thorn in Ellie’s side. I’d never explored a rival for Ellie and the interaction between them was fun to write.
What would you like to say to your readers & fans?
Thank you so much for reading my books and supporting me. I appreciate every email, tweet, and review so much!
What advice would you offer a beginning writer?
Read, read, read! Things are changing fast in publishing, so stay on top of what’s happening. Go to writer’s conferences to meet other writers and refine your writing.
What do you enjoy most about being an author & what drives you crazy?
I love having written. I don’t like the first draft. Great sigh of relief when that’s over.
Do you like a touch of romance woven into your mysteries? Do you add it into your own stories?
I don’t have much romance in the Ellie books, just a bit here and there, because Ellie is married so there’s not going to be a huge emphasis on it, but in my new series, the On The Run books, there is more romance. I’d classify it as “sweet” or romance at a low simmer. That’s about all I can handle as a writer!
What are you writing now?
I’ve just finished Ellie #8, which takes place during a family beach vacation. I’ve started the second book in the On The Run series, Secretive.
Tell us about your newest mystery:
Super organizer Ellie Avery could really use some Christmas cheer when Gabrielle Matheson, a grinchy professional rival, sets up shop in the same small Georgia town. But before the halls are even halfway decked with holly, someone uses Ellie’s terrifically tasteless white elephant swap gift as a murder weapon! Ellie’s now a suspect. Besides playing Mrs. Santa for her Air Force pilot husband and their two kids, shielding her eyes from the garishly over-decorated house down the street, and helping a client who’s a hardcore hoarder, Ellie also has to solve this ho-ho-homicide and find a killer who wishes her a very deadly Christmas.
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
You can find me at http://www.SaraRosett.com, Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads, and Pinterest.
Mistletoe, Merriment, and Murder:
Elusive (Book #1 in the On The Run series)
A native Texan, Sara is the author of the Ellie Avery mystery series and the On The Run travel thrillers. As a military spouse, Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest travel thrillers. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.”
Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement, and is on a quest for the best bruschetta. Connect with Sara at www.SaraRosett.com or sign up for her newsletter list here. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.
- ▪ Social Media:
- ▪ Website: http://www.SaraRosett.com and http://www.DeadlyDivas.com
- ▪ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SaraWriter
- ▪ Twitter: @SaraRosett http://twitter.com/#!/sararosett
- ▪ Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/srosett/
- ▪ GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/256977.Sara_Rosett
- ▪ LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/SaraRosett
- ▪ Tumbler: Living The Writing Life http://sararosett.tumblr.com/
- ▪ Scoop.it: All Things Bookish http://www.scoop.it/t/all-things-bookish
- ▪ Group Blog: Girlfriends Book Club http://girlfriendbooks.blogspot.com/
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