1--What is the title of your latest release?
MURDER AT THE WEDDING, Modern Midwife Mysteries book #1
2--What's the "elevator pitch" for your new book?
A modern-day nurse-midwife living in coastal New England witnesses the death of the chief obstetrician at his daughter's lavish wedding and races against time to clear the name of an old family friend.
3--How did you decide where your book was going to take place?
Where's a better place for a murder mystery? A coastal New England town with rocky shores, a magnificent oceanfront, and a mix of old and new citizens is ripe for murder.
4--Would you hang out with your sleuth in real life?
Absolutely! Maeve O’Reilly Kensington has the qualities I would want in a friend, and life would never be boring.
5--What are three words that describe your sleuth?
Intelligent, compassionate, family-oriented
6--What's something you learned while writing this book?
Write an outline but be prepared that your characters may decide to veer off course.
7--Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?
I write the first draft entirely without editing, but I note things I want to add.
8--What's your favorite foodie indulgence?
Ice cream. Everyday/ any season/most flavors. Can you ever beat a vanilla soft serve cone with chocolate dip?
9--Describe your writing space/office!
My writing area overlooks my front porch and a garden of hydrangea bushes. My oversized, upholstered chair is covered in a lovely fabric with a French script design. My nearby table holds pens, paper, and an ever-present and often cold cup of tea.
10--Who is an author you admire?
Dame Agatha Christie. She was a prolific author, and her works still stand the test of time.
11--Is there a book that changed your life?
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It's about love and compassion and the belief that life is miraculous.
"If you care about something, you have to protect it-If you're lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." A Prayer for Owen Meany
12--Tell us about when you got "the call." (when you found out your book was going to be published)
I was writing in my usual space and saw an unknown area code on my cell. My phenomenal agent, Dawn Dowdle, told me that Gemma Halliday Publishing would publish my modern midwife mystery series. It felt like a dream. It was thrilling.
13--What's your favorite genre to read?
I read everything, and I do mean everything. My fiction list is extensive and includes mysteries, science fiction, and graphic novels. For non-fiction, I enjoy history, memoirs, cookbooks, inspirational books, and even children's books if I see something interesting. The New York Times Book Review section is my go-to every Sunday.
14--What's your favorite movie?
I rarely watch a movie twice, but I have watched The Shawshank Redemption numerous times. Based on a novella by the incomparable Stephen King, it's a story of friendship and hope, but one that doesn't sugarcoat the harsh realities of prison.
"I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope."
The Shawshank Redemption
15--What is your favorite season?
I love autumn, especially autumn in New England. The colors of the trees, the crisp air, apple picking, and the promise of football are just the best.
16--How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
Quietly. Some cards and a few calls are lovely, but I must have a white layer cake with raspberry filling and vanilla icing with purple roses. I mean, really.
17--What's a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?
There are two: 'Julia,' which tells the life of Julia Child as played by the fabulous Sarah Lancashire, and 'Call the Midwife,' which depicts the story of the amazing midwives of the East End of London.
18--What's your favorite type of cuisine?
American/New England with a heavy emphasis on seafood. Fish and chips, swordfish, and scallops with coleslaw are all favorites.
19--What do you do when you have free time?
Walking with dogs, reading, traveling, knitting.
20--What can readers expect from you next?
MURDER ON THE WIDOW'S WALK
Birth, death, mayhem, and murder…..
Maeve O’Reilly Kensington loves her job as a nurse-midwife at Creighton Memorial Hospital in the quintessential New England seaside town of Langford. Nothing could bring her more pleasure than helping women usher new life into the world... except possibly having a child of her own with her husband, Will. In the meantime, she's happy to celebrate the families of those she treats, and content to support her husband in his newly formed catering business.
However when Creighton Memorial's Chief Obstetrician suddenly drops dead at his daughter’s extravagant wedding reception, catered by Will, Maeve's two worlds collide in the worst possible way. Suddenly murder is on the menu, and Maeve is desperate to help her husband and find out who killed the doctor.
With the help of her wealthy, acerbic sister Meg and quick-witted Boston Irish mother, Maeve sets out to solve a murder and clear her husband's name. Can she stay one step ahead of the killer? Or will they strike again... this time closer to home?
Mystery Cozy [Gemma Halliday Publishing, On Sale: June 21, 2022, e-Book, / eISBN: 9798835432134]
Christine Knapp practiced as a nurse-midwife for many years. A writer of texts and journal articles, she is now thrilled to combine her love of midwifery and mysteries as a debut author. Christine currently narrates books for the visually impaired. A dog lover, she lives near Boston.
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