Callie is finally getting her dream wedding. On St. Valentine’s Day no less. Only a vandal is determined to destroy her bakery before the wedding can occur. Anna, self-proclaimed best cupcake baker this side of the Mississippi, is not letting anything happen to the cupcake bakery. No way. Barista extraordinaire Kristie jumps at the chance to help as well. Together the three women launch a mission to find the jerk who thinks it’s okay to attack the bakery.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the vandal and save the cupcake bakery before Callie’s dream wedding is ruined?
Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.
LKBR: Thank you for joining us today, D.E. Haggerty.
DE: Thanks for having me! Please, call me Dena.
LKBR: Dena, please tell us a bit about Saint Vandal’s Day.
DE: Saint Vandal’s Day is a culinary cozy mystery featuring the gals from Callie’s Cakes, a cupcake bakery where murders and mysteries seem to pop up on a semi-regular basis. Maybe it’s something in the water? Callie is the owner of the bakery and she’s planning her dream wedding. On St. Valentine’s Day no less. Unfortunately, a vandal is determined to destroy her bakery. The ladies of Callie’s Cakes must uncover the vandal and save the bakery before Callie’s dream wedding is destroyed.
LKBR: What are you plans for this series?
DE: Unfortunately – sniff – this is the final book in the series. Although I do admit the ladies are pushing me to write more holiday-themed stories. We’ll see. Currently, I have no plans to continue the series.
LKBR: Are you working on any new projects?
DE: I’m working on some novellas in another one of my cozy mystery series, The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives. I currently plan to write three novellas.
LKBR: When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
DE: Oh gosh. I always wanted to be a writer. I just didn’t think it was a viable option for a career. But after I’d exhausted several other career choices – military policewoman, lawyer, B&B owner – I decided to give it a try.
LKBR: Was getting your first book published everything you thought it would be? The feelings? The process?
DE: *Snorts* Not at all. It was a huge disappointment. I put the book out in the universe thinking the universe would take care of me. The universe doesn’t take care of you. You take care of the universe.
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.
DE: It gets easier. Initially, I was pretty upset and even tried switching editors. Big mistake. Turns out my editor is very nice. I know now if she says something needs changing I should listen. It helps she’s a big fan of the genres I write in and knows what readers expect.
LKBR: What is your favorite part of being a writer?
DE: When you first get an idea and you can’t wait to write it down. I’ve been known to giggle to myself while writing those initial scenes.
LKBR: Why are reviews, good or bad, so important to authors?
DE: Reviews can help an author in several ways. For me, the most important thing is validation. In other words, someone besides my editor and super fans telling me my book doesn’t suck. Another way I use reviews is when I notice the same comment about a story coming back again and again. I’ve used this feedback to help develop my writing and sometimes I’ve even gone back and edited the story.
LKBR: On what sites do you recommend readers leave their reviews?
DE: Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub
LKBR: If you could spend one hour with a reader, what would you want to talk about?
DE: I’d probably throw book ideas at her to see which ones she likes until she was sick of me and told me to leave!
LKBR: Thank you so much, Dena for letting us get to know you better!
DE: Thanks for having me. It’s been fun!
About D.E. Haggerty
D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home. Sorry, Mom.