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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
This week, Midnight Ink presents Fifteen Fun Facts about Linda O. Johnston, author of the Superstition mysteries. Her latest, Knock on Wood, was released earlier this month.
1. I'm a cynophilist.
2. I'm addicted to Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
3. I met my first Cavalier on the London Underground on my first trip to London.
4. Unsurprisingly, my favorite mysteries to write, and to read, contain pets, particularly dogs.
5. I wrote two cozy mystery series starring dogs and other pets before I started the two series I write for Midnight Ink: the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter series, and its spinoff Pet Rescue Mysteries. The two series I write for Midnight Ink are the Superstition Mysteries and the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries.
6. I happily live in Los Angeles but considered myself a displaced Pittsburgher for years.
7. My current Midnight Ink release, KNOCK ON WOOD, is my forty-first published novel.
8. I also currently write romance novels--paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne and romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense.
9. I'm a happy wife, mother, grandma and dog mom.
1o. I'm a chocoholic. Dark chocolate? Yum!
11. J'ai étudié le français pendant douze ans quand j'étais une jeune fille, mais I don't really speak French now. (I almost got that correct on my own, although I did double check it.)
12. I used to really enjoy writing and negotiating contracts when I was a practicing real estate attorney and consider contracts another form of fiction.
13. I love to do crossword puzzles.
14. My first published novels were time travel romances.
15. My first published fiction was a short story in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Award for best first mystery short story of the year.
Knock on Wood is available online and in bookstores now!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
This week, Midnight Ink presents Fifteen Fun Facts about Kathleen Ernst, author of the Chloe Ellefson mysteries. Her latest, Death on the Prairie, was released earlier this month.
1. I wrote my first novel 20 years before I sold a novel to a publisher.
2. I’ve been a vegetarian for over 40 years.
3. I also know how to turn hog intestines inside-out with a knitting needle to make sausage casings.
4. My husband and I got married twice: once in my sister’s back yard, and once wearing 1860s attire in an old church, surrounded by reenacting friends.
5. Once I won a blue ribbon in a Jack-and-Jill crosscut saw competition.
6. After graduating from college, I went backpacking for 2 months on the Appalachian Trail.
7. I love amphibians.
8. My vegetable garden generally has a jungle-like appearance because I hate to thin or top anything.
9. I am a middle child, which explains a lot.
10. I do not Tweet. Ever.
11. Several times a year, I go on writing retreats with my cat. I once spent a week in a cabin with only a small woodstove for heat while the outside temp dipped to -20. And got a lot of writing done.
12. For ten years, before becoming a full-time book writer, I developed and scripted instructional video programs for public television.
13. I would rather drive from coast to coast than spend half an hour driving in a congested urban area.
14. Years ago, when my husband developed my first website, I refused to let him post a photograph of me. Yes, I got past that.
15. I’m a pretty good writer, but still cannot find the words to adequately express my gratitude to all of the readers, editors, family members, etc. who make it possible for me to do what I love!
Death on the Prairie is available online and in bookstores now!
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This week, Midnight Ink presents Fifteen Fun Facts about Sheila Webster Boneham, author of the Animals in Focus mysteries. Her latest, Shepherd's Crook, was released earlier this month.
1. Fiction, memoirs, poetry, essays—I love books of all kinds.
2. I entered my first dog show (obedience trial) with my Lab, Raja, in 1994. We didn’t qualify, but we had fun.
3. Before dog shows, there were horse shows.
4. I studied in Egypt and taught at universities in Tunisia and Kuwait in the 1970s & 80s. I brought a dog home from Tunisia.
5. Folklore and cultural anthropology—my PhD.
6. Since 2009, we’ve lived in Indiana, Nevada, and North Carolina. Where next?
7. Birds and flowers—some of my favorite photographic subjects.
8. Long walks. No ear buds.
9. Tea! Especially blackberry sage or ginger.
10. I paint (but not as much as I’d like to)—mostly watercolor, some colored pencil and oil.
11. Nectarines and cranberries. Not at the same time.
12. Dogs I’ve lived with—Chihuahuas, Labrador Retrievers, mixed breeds, Scottish Deerhound, Miniature Schnauzers, Irish Wolfhound, Golden Retriever, and, of course, Australian Shepherds.
14. And cats! Long hair, short hair, a rainbow of colors.
15. Busy cafes and music through my earphones—best writing environment for me.
Shepherd's Crook is available online and in bookstores now!
Shepherd's Crook is available online and in bookstores now!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Don't miss Midnight Ink's latest releases!
"Fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder will savor the facts . . . Ernst does an exceptional job of sharing the kinds of character details that cozy readers relish."
—Booklist on Death on the Prairie
—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband
"Features likable characters and an immersive plot to keep cozy fans turning the pages."
—Library Journal on Knock on Wood
"A woolly tale sure to delight both animal lovers and mystery fans."
—Sparkle Abbey, author of the Pampered Pet Mysteries, on Shepherd's Crook
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
This week, Midnight Ink presents Fifteen Fun Facts about Jeff Cohen (otherwise known as E.J. Copperman), author of the Asperger's Mysteries. His latest, The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, will be out tomorrow!
1. I am an unapologetic New York Yankees fan.
2. I have owned three rescue dogs. The current one is a beagle named Gizmo.
3. I can play an almost-decent version of “Here Comes the Sun.”
4. One of my children teaches algebra in the Bronx.
5. I once sold a pretzel to Yogi Berra.
6. I spent 20 years writing screenplays with various degrees of no success.
7. I will not eat fish. No. Not even that one.
8. I played Barnaby Tucker in “The Matchmaker” in high school. Killed.
9. I’m not fat. I’m just the wrong height.
10. I am a feminist. In fact, I might be two feminists.
11. I spend hours playing Mac Brickout but I’m really writing.
12. I drive two Priuses (Prii?). Not at the same time.
13. My town has a Kosher Dunkin Donuts.
14. I’m allergic to rabbits.
15. Currently I’m listening to Circe Link. But Paul Melancon and A.J. Croce are great, too.
Purchase The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband online and in bookstores everywhere!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
This week, Midnight Ink presents Fifteen Fun Facts about Mark Stevens, author of the Allison Coil mysteries. His latest, Lake of Fire, was released earlier this month.
1. I think any meal that involves jalapenos is a good one.
2. I write my first drafts by hand. In old-school notebooks. With a pen.
3. I’m the son of two librarians. (There are very few of us, based on my sampling of the generation population. We are a lucky bunch. Anyone who grows up learning to love to read is lucky.)
4. I covered the devastating 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. I got there in time to ride out a magnitude 7.5 aftershock. I will never forget the sensation.
5. I used to play bass in a band that opened for Styx at the corn festival in western Colorado.
6. I know one really good card trick. I’ve known it since I was about eight years old. I don’t know any others. It’s really easy to learn and it works.
7. I am a big fan of Patricia Highsmith and have read both biographies plus all of Highsmith’s fiction. I’m glad she’s getting her due. Read Suspension of Mercy if you get a chance.
8. I’m a big fan of John Updike and read the terrific biography last year by Adam Begley. True, Patricia Highsmith and John Updike don’t have much in common. Except that they both make you want to keep reading. Read the “Rabbit” books if you get a chance.
9. I was married in a double wedding.
10. I’ve visited every state. It’s a fluke. It wasn’t a “thing.”
11. I still root for The Colorado Rockies. It doesn’t get much sadder or pathetic than that. I mean, I watch games in September when it hasn’t mattered for a long, long time.
12. I like Project Runway and Top Chef. I’m a sucker. Face Off is really good, too.
13. Give me any reality TV show about survival and I’m there. A friend just turned me on to Alone. The old show Survivorman inspired one of my characters, Devo. Devo plays a big role in my new book, Lake of Fire.
14. Cracker is my all-time favorite band. I will travel a long, long way to see that band. But in late August, they played in Nederland, Colorado. (Here’s a pic I took at that show.) I think David Lowery, the guy on the right, knows the secret to the universe. He's just not telling us.
15. I once was the babysitter for two brothers in the town where I grew up (Lincoln, Mass.) One of the brothers was a 7-year-old. His name was John Flansburgh. John went on to form a terrific band, They Might be Giants. I was a fan of the band’s first album long before I figured out, “hey, I know that guy.” John and his pal John Linnell opened up rock and roll in a whole new lyrical and tuneful way, to my way of thinking. Check out “Birdhouse in My Soul” or, an early one, “Don’t Let’s Start.” They are still making great, great music and they post free songs here every week.
Lake of Fire is available online and in bookstores now!