Breaking For Bodies by Duffy Brown came out earlier this month and this second in series I was so excited for. The cover is so very inviting don't you think?
I asked Duffy to share a bit about her motivation for writing this wonderful series and I am so thrilled she stopped by for tea!
KMOT: The characters are so funny in this series, how did you come to write such humor into each of them, it is like there is sarcasm in the fudge!
DB: Love the sarcasm in the fudge line! Terrific! Thank you for that. It’s going in a book!
The problem is I cannot not write humor. It just pops out in the book and in my real life as well. I used to write romance and the editors hated that I put in so much humor. Takes away from the falling in love they said. They said my books sounded more like a cozy mystery. So I took the hint, gave up writing romance and took up the cozies…best decision ever!!
KMOT: Do you have and ride your own bike? I love the idea of this Island get away.
DB: I do have a bike! And when I went to Mackinac Island my daughter and I took our bikes over on the ferry…that’s the only way to get there unless you fly a puddle-jumper from the mainland. For a week we rode all over the island. There are a ton of paths through the middle of the island and with no cars it’s bikers paradise. You have to watch out for the horses but there are no horns, no traffic jams, no traffic lights. You just park your bike at the curb and go eat or drink or shop. It was fantastic…and I was in the best shape of my life after peddling all those hills!
KMOT: How long was the writing process for breaking for bodies?
DB: It takes me about three months. I’m a slow writer but the humor does take time to work into the book. The way this book thing works is that an author is always working on three books at once…the books he/she is writing, the one that is out and needs to be promoted, and the book he/she is planning next. So much goes into this business. But the best part of writing is the readers!! They are the best. I’ve met some of my very best friends though writing. Readers rock!
KMOT: When you write is it lots of coffee, tea, soda or other you consume? Where does your energy come from?
DB: I eat. I’m totally a stress eater. When I’m trying to work out a plot point I gain five pounds. So sad. I think the munching soothes my brain. I’ve been known to down a whole box of Honey-nut Cheerios in one sitting. Oink. Somehow carrots don’t work as well. I can’t keep cookies in the house. I’d weigh five-hundred pounds if I kept cookies around.
KMOT: I love Irish Donna, is she based on anyone in real life?
DB:Not really, she just sort of came to me. I wanted a feisty gal and someone a wee bit superstitions seemed like fun. And her husband with the roving-eye seemed like a fit for more humor. I love the sarcastic humor and back humor is always a treat. We all need to laugh more.
Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of "Geared for the Grave." Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it s the best decision she s ever made. That s not to say she s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles. But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists including Evie s friend Fiona s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend s name..."
Breaking bodies is out now and should be on every table! Thank you to Duffy Brown for joining me for tea today and I hope you all get a chance to pick up this wonderful series!
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Thanks for posting the interview, it's awesome learning more about people. I can't wait to read the book.ReplyDelete
Hi, Mary. Enjoy Braking for Bodies and thanks for chatting. Hugs, DuffyDelete
What an enjoyable interview. Duffy's book sounds intriguing and special, especially with the wonderful locale. It does sounds great to ride bikes so safely and on those paths. Thanks for this great feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)comReplyDelete
With no cars Mackinac is fantastic for biking and it’s so pretty. And then there’s all that amazing fudge. LOLDelete
Mackinac Island is an ideal family vacation spot and putting a cozy mystery there is exciting. Thanks for including Duffy Brown's book in your blog. email@example.comReplyDelete
Hi, Robin. Mackinac is fun in so many ways and now there’s a murder at the Grand Hotel to top it all off. LOLDelete
That's what I love about cozies! When you can get a good plot and humor, you've got it all.ReplyDelete
Hi, Martha! Wonderful hearing from you. I agree, we all need to laugh more. Hugs, DuffyDelete
What a fun interview! I love the humor in Duffy's books! Thanks for the chance to win the cool tote!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words. Have a lovely Sunday. Hugs, DuffyDelete
Good Sunday morning Duffy. I so enjoy your writing. Your main characters are people that I would love to know. You are able to make me laugh and disappear into the story.ReplyDelete
Hi, Mary. Thanks so much. I love writing Evie and Fiona and Nate and all the Mackinac Island gang. It’s like a mini vacation with a few dead bodies along the way. LOL Hugs, DuffyReplyDelete