Afternoon lovelies. Hope you’re all doing well and enjoying the lovely sunshine! Today I have another Meet the Author interview for you. Today I’m talking with Tricia L. Sanders about Nancy Drew, who you’d pick between your best friend and a hot guy (?!), where her ideas come from and her most recent book, Pensions, Tensions, and Homicide…….
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I write cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. My stories contain a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. My heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.
I’m a recent transplant to Texas, but I’m still an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, so don’t get between me and the television when a game is on. Currently I’m working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford. Another project in the works is cozy road trip adventure featuring husband and wife Mattie and Mo Modesky.
A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, I’ve traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because I hate bullet points and love to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden—mystery has always been in my blood. When I eventually married a cop, it seemed inevitable I’d write mysteries. Most of my ideas are from headlines I’ve read, then I add a twist to alter it from the actual news article.
How many books have you written and published?
I’m working on my 4th novel in my Grime Pays Mystery series and the first novel in my Maddie and Mo Mystery series. I also have two prequels in print.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Way too long. My debut novel took over ten years. I had to gain confidence in myself before I was able to put it out into the world. The second book took five years. The third book took less than two years, and number four will be less than a year. Since writing my first book, I’ve surrounded myself with a great writing community, and I give them all the credit for keeping me on track and writing.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
Murder is a Dirty Business, the first in my Grime Pays Mystery series will always be my favorite. It’s my first, took me the longest, so it’s close to my heart. I dearly love the character and love her journey.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
That’s a toss up. While I love Cece Cavanaugh and think she is truly best friend material, Detective Alder is sizzling hot. So tell me, who would you rather be standed with, your best friend or a sizzling, hot guy?
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
My passion has always been writing, but I somehow saw myself as a journalist rather than a novelist. Today, that idea is absurd to me as I am such an introvert. There is absolutely no way I could have had a career interviewing people to write stories about.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
Oh, no question about it –April 12, 1861—the beginning of the American Civil War. That time period is fascinating to me, the politics, brother against brother, etc. As a young adult, I devoured book written about that time period.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
Besides writing, I’m a photographer and a traveller, and if I can do all three together my dreams are complete.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Before this year, I would have said coming face to face with a Cape Buffalo in Tanzania with nothing but split rail fence between us. But now, I have to say being under stay-at-home orders during a pandemic.
Do any family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, etc. end up showing up in your work or are your characters all truly fictional?
My characters are made up, but I use a lot of familiar traits from friends and family and combine them, so they really aren’t a true reflection of someone I know.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Pensions, Tensions, and Homicide is my most recent release. It’s the 3rd in My Grime Pays Mystery series, featuring middle-aged Cece Cavanaugh.
A former friend, a runaway mother, and a dead body threaten to spoil a middle-aged woman’s plan for a low-key family Thanksgiving.
Cece Cavanaugh’s latest job recommendation comes from a former friend—a woman who turned her back when Cece needed her friendship most. Cleaning a flooded school is a big job, and Cece needs money for Thanksgiving dinner.
But when she finds herself ankle-deep in mud, checking the pulse of her friend’s ex-husband, the job takes an unexpected turn and ensures the arrival of hunky Detective Case Alder. With her divorce from her trust-fund husband just days away, Cece is determined to keep her emotions in check. That’s hard when tensions are high, and Alder is determined to keep Cece out of harm’s way.
As Cece cleans the school, she learns more about the suspects, teachers and staff present the day of the murder. As she gathers evidence, the killer closes in on his next target. To compound her problems, Cece’s elderly mother arrives in Wickford—baggage in hand, and still Cece isn’t ready for Thanksgiving dinner.
Despite a threatening note, a series of false leads, and wrangling her runaway mother, Cece narrows down the suspects, but will the killer seal her fate before Cece can solve the case?
Buy Pensions, Tensions, and Homicide here
Links to the first two books in the Grime Pays Mystery series
final words from chelle…
Thanks Tricia for coming over to Curled Up with a Good Book! In answer to your question, I would definitely choose my best friend – men can be a pain in the bum but I know I’d have the best time with my bestie!! These times are certainly strange and I think we’ll all be noting it down as one of the strangest experiences that we ever have! I love a cozy mystery so will be checking out your books soon for sure!
If anyone has any questions/comments for Tricia then get in touch or comment below.
Stay safe and have a good day