Phee's mother Harriet is going to be a star! At least, that's how the Sun City West retiree describes her chance to host a live radio program of her book club's Booked 4 Murder Mystery Hour on Arizona's KSCW. But instead of chatting about charming cozies, Harriet ends up screaming bloody murder over the airwaves after discovering the body of Howard Buell, the station's programming director, in a closet--with a pair of sewing shears shoved into his chest.
The number one suspect is Howard's ex-girlfriend Sylvia Strattlemeyer who believed she was going to host a sewing talk show before Harriet was offered the spot. But not only do the fingerprints found on the scissors not match Sylvia's, they belong to a woman who passed away twenty years ago at the age of ninety-seven. Now, with the whole town on pins and needles, it's up to Phee to stitch together enough clues from the past to uncover the identity of a killer in the present...
LKBR: Thank you for joining us today, J.C. Please tell us a bit about Broadcast 4 Murder.
JC: This is the seventh novel in the Sophie Kimball Mysteries set in the senior retirement community of Sun City West, Arizona. When Harriet Plunkett, the mother of our amateur sleuth Sophie (Phee), gets her own radio talk show to promote cozy mysteries, she winds up discovering a corpse in the closet and announces it over the air. Terrified the killer will hunt her down, Harriet cajoles Phee into solving the murder but little does Phee know, that the fingerprints on the murder weapon, a pair of scissors, belong to a woman who has been dead for decades.
LKBR: What are you plans for this series?
JC: We plan to continue the series with more escapades for Phee and an introduction to the ever-growing cast of quirky characters who reside in Sun City West.
LKBR: Are you working on any new projects?
JC: Yes, the series continuation. Look forward to: Railroaded 4 Murder.
LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
JC: Ann always enjoyed writing in her career as a teacher and school principal. She started writing articles for trade journals and then took the leap to write YA time travel mysteries before teaming up with husband Jim to write cozy mysteries.
Jim never knew he would enjoy writing but wanted to share the quirky situations in his retirement community. He convinced Ann to give it a try with their first novel, Booked 4 Murder. Prior to that, he stuck with non-fiction informational brochures in his prior position working for a winery.
LKBR: Was getting your first book published everything you thought it would be? The feelings? The process?
JC: It was an exhausting process! Landing an agent took us years and then getting a contract with a publisher, a nail-biting event. Still, worth every edit, revision, and long, long nights.
LKBR: How did you handle it when changes were made to your first manuscript? I don’t have a thick skin, so I know how I would have felt.
JC: We expected changes and in our case, they made all the difference. Our first novel did not have a pet and the editor suggested we add a dog for the sleuth’s mother. We looked at our own Chiweenie and thought, “Why not?” We created Streetman, the neurotic Chiweenie, and could not imagine our books without him. :
LKBR: What is your favorite part of being a writer?
JC: Coming up with quirky characters, twisty plots and the back and forth writing process that drives us crazy but gives us a reason to get up at the crack of dawn.
LKBR: Have you ever read a book that has stayed with you long after reading it?
JC: Jim feels that way about all of C.J. Box’s books. For Ann, it’s the characters that stay with her, like Scarlett O’Hara and the sea captain in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
LKBR: Why are reviews, good or bad, so important to authors?
JC: They help to get our books noticed, talked about, and promoted. Constructive criticism is important for authors. Readers notice things that we may not (i.e. overused words, too much or too little description, etc.)
LKBR: On what sites do you recommend readers leave their reviews?
JC: Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
LKBR: If you could spend one hour with a reader, what would you want to talk about?
JC: What makes them decide to read a particular book or genre. What characters they’ve enjoyed or detested and why. What plot twists stand out.
LKBR: Thank you so much, J. C. Eaton for letting us get to know you better!