been a fan of author Debra Sennefelder since I read her first book. She has
never disappointed and that includes this wonderful book, THE CORPSE IN THE
GAZEBO. This fifth book in the series is just as tasty as the four titles that
came before. Actually, is has even more flavor!
CORPSE IN THE GAZEBO held me prisoner with every page. What seemed to be an
open and shut case of our protagonist committing murder, evolved into a twisty
turny who-really-dunit that had me second and third guessing myself right up
until the heart racing end. In fact, it
was so hard to put down it went with me to the kitchen for food and drink, and
(Warning: TMI Alert) to the potty. J
of the Food Blogger Mysteries and of Debra Sennefelder, will not be
disappointed with this newest installment. Those who aren’t fans . . . that
translate to “those who have never read a book by this author” . . . THE CORPSE
IN THE GAZEBO will change that.
I mention the amazing recipes?
LKBR: Thank you for joining us today, Debra!
DS: Thank you! I’m so happy to be here.
Please tell us a bit about your new book.
blogger Hope Early finds herself involved in the murder investigation of a
persnickety neighbor. Birdie Donovan likes things a certain way, and it seems
that few of her neighbors live up to her standards, including Hope. After a
very public argument, Hope finds Birdie dead – murdered. Evidence quickly
mounts up against Hope, and she has to find the real killer and clear her
many hours a week do you work in order to meet your deadline(s)?
DS: I work about forty
hours a week for my writing business. That time includes admin work, social
media, and promotion. Some days, my workload is lighter. Other days, it’s all I
can do to get one thing crossed off my to-do list. I write my novels in several
drafts, so I may be editing one manuscript while writing the first draft of
another manuscript. It’s a constant juggling act.
you working on any new projects?
DS: I am
currently writing the first draft of a Resale Boutique mystery, which is due to
my editor next spring. I’m also working on something that I can’t discuss at
this time. Though, I can share that it’s so much fun!
many books do put out annually (if more than one)?
DS: Typically two a year.
is your brainstorming process like? Do you have a certain order you use when
starting a new story? Such as, main character development, do you already have
a murder in mind, the location it takes place?
I get an idea for a story, I first think about if that idea can carry a whole
book. Some ideas can’t, and those get filed away to use perhaps as a secondary
plot in the future. Once I get an idea for a story like I did for the
manuscript I’m writing now, I start fleshing out the victim and the murderer.
First, I need to know their history, what brought the two of them to this
point, and I need to know what happened during the murder. Then I begin
creating suspects and their relationships with the victim and the murderer (if
there is one). Then I start plotting the story, and from there, I write my
outline. The outline I sent to my editor for the Resale Boutique book I’m
currently writing was 28 pages long. Actually, my working outline was closer to
35. In that outline I include snippets of dialogue, description, anything that
comes to mind as I’m plotting that I don’t want to forget.
Where’s the strangest place inspiration has hit?
DS: I can’t think of the
strangest place. Inspiration hits all the time, but as I said earlier, not all
ideas can be used.
What publishing decisions are made by you, and what are made by the publisher?
Such as, cover design, paperback/hardcover, publishing date, pricing, and so
publisher decides all those things. However, I do have input into the cover
design. My editor asks for my ideas, and I provide him with a document with
images. If the cover depicts the murder scene, I’ll include descriptions of the
scene in that document.
Have you done both self-publishing and traditional publishing? If yes, how do
they differ? And do you as the author have to promote them equally, or does a
publisher handle a lot of the promoting?
DS: I haven’t done self-publishing.
Multiple questions here. Have you ever thought about giving up on writing? If
yes, why? What kept you going? What would you see yourself doing instead? If
no, YAY! J
DS: Yes, the
thought of packing up my index cards, my plotting sheets, and my thick idea
file has crossed my mind more than once. But, the truth is I love what I do,
and at this point in my life, I can’t see myself doing anything else. But, if I
did stop writing, I’d probably go back to food blogging.
you could make one request of a reader, what would that be?
would love readers to share what they are reading with their friends and family.
think when you share what you are
reading, you’re offering a wonderful gift to everyone around you.
Thank you for joining us here today, Debra!
DS: It’s been my pleasure. I hope your friends will
connect with me on social media so I can get to know them. Thank you!