Today Cricket McRae is my 5 questions victim. Her most recent Home Crafting Mystery, Wined and Died, is already shipping. If you haven't stopped by your local store, or placed your online order, now is a perfect time!! Cricket has a great blog. I am so jealous and inspired when I read what she is cooking, making or growing!
Was there an author or a book that inspired you to write?
I read so much as a child that I can't name just one. It was more like the accumulation of all the authors and their stories. However once I decided to be a writer, Starting from Scratch by Rita Mae Brown and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott were influential and inspirational.
Your books revolve around home crafting – soap making, canning, cheese making – did you already know how to do those things, or do you learn a new craft for each book?
When I started the first Home Crafting Mystery I wanted to write about something I already knew about rather than doing a lot of research. I had a soap making business for a while, and gave that occupation to my main character, Sophie Mae Reynolds. Besides writing, I also pickle and can, garden, make cheese and butter, spin yarn, knit and crochet. However, I did have to research mead making for my latest, Wined and Died, which I understand is already shipping from Amazon. ; )
Do you have a favorite movie, book or artist?
The Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I go back to them over and over, amazed at how they're such accurate tutorials for colonial skills. As for movies, I confess to watching Dirty Dancing and Tremors far too often.
You have several books in your series – is it getting harder or easier with each book?
Both. It's easier in that the world building is largely done. The primary characters are like family, so keeping them consistent is no problem. But can be challenging to keep things fresh, and since the series is set in a small town I have to avoid the "Jessica Fletcher" syndrome -- there are only so many dead bodies that can keep turning up.
If you needed to bribe your editor, what you make/buy her?
I wonder if she likes molasses-oatmeal cookies ...? (I believe she may...*big grin*)