Denise Swanson Interview
LKBR: Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
DS: I actually can't remember a time when I didn't want to write. I was an only child growing up in the country, so I spent almost all my time reading and living in my imagination, which then became stories that I shared with my cousins. It was sort of a natural progression to writing those stories down.
LKBR: How do you come up with your witty titles?
DS: My editor came up with the very first title, Murder of a Small-Town Honey. I was calling the book the Catfish Days Murder, which was definitely not as catchy. After I realized what she was looking for, the titles came fairly naturally. There were a few books I had a hard time coming up with titles and a few books that the titles came to me before the plots. My new book, Murder of a Stacked Librarian was one of those.
LKBR: Why did you decide to give each chapter a name? (cool idea by the way)
DS: I'm not sure why I decided to use chapter titles. I think for the first book (Death Of A Small-Town Honey) , the songs I used just popped into my head as I was writing the chapters.
Denise with husband David
LKBR: Where do you get the ideas for your characters? Are any of them based on people you know?
DS: Most of my characters are inspired by real life people, but generally there is more than one person that inspires each character.
LKBR: Of all the books you've written, which is your favorite?
DS: My favorite is always the one that I'm currently writing.
LKBR: Do you ever experience writers block? If so, how do you work through it?
DS: Not exactly writers block, but more like a stumbling block. I'll get to a part in the book that stops me cold, and until I figure out where I took a wrong turn, it's very hard to move ahead in the story. Most often, I'll brainstorm with either my husband or BFF until something clicks. Sometimes, I think about the problem just before I go to sleep and dream the answer.
Devereaux's Dime Store
LKBR: What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you as an author?
DS: It's hard to pick just one as I seem to be a weird magnet, but I guess it was a signing at a Borders Express in a mall fairly early in my career. I was sitting near the front door behind a table stacked with my books and a middle aged guy kept walking round and round me. Finally, I asked him if he enjoyed mysteries. He said, "Oh. No. I don't read." Before I could stop myself, I said, "Then what are you doing in a book store?" He shrugged and said, "My wife told me to meet her here. She says it's the only place I don't get into trouble."
LKBR: Please tell us about any upcoming projects.
DS: I just finished writing the seventeenth Scumble River book, and I'm taking a couple of months to work on a romance called Can't Buy Me Love.
LKBR: Is there anything else you would like to add?
DS: Murder of a Stacked Librarian comes out Sept. 3
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