Oh my, my good friend Martha Reynolds, author of CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST and the soon to be released CHOCOLATE FONDUE has tagged me in a blog hop. So I am foregoing hunting Easter Eggs today.

  • What is the working title of your book?

MEDITATED MURDER. It follows my just released SOCIAL INSECURITY.

  • Where did the idea come from for the book?

The main idea, or crime (other than the murder in an attempt to cover it up), came when a good friend got in trouble for embezzling client funds.

  • What genre does your book fall under?

It is a cozy mystery. Second in a series or as I blogged about previously, more accurately, the second installment in a serial.

  • Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

The character of Brigid is tough. There are not a lot of blond amputees running around Hollywood. But Damien would be Colin Farrell – or a younger look-a-like; Patricia would be Kathleen Turner; Madeline Mulqueen, a model from Limerick who was in The Rubberbandit’s video for Horse Outside, has the look to play Aisling; Earl would have to be played by Rick Fox since it is mentioned in the first book that he looks like him, but it would have to, once again, be a younger look-a-like. The rest would take more thought.

  • What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

George is finally found, or his body is, but was it his crimes that brought about his murder or will Brigid discover someone else close to her has something to hide? (Hey, you didn’t say declarative sentence and I write mysteries – can’t give it away!)

  • Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am self-publishing.

  • How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft was actually written quite a while ago in about a month. But the changes the new title brings and the revision will probably take me about three months at a guess.

  • What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’m not sure because I am trying something different in writing a serial as opposed to a series.

  • Who or What inspired you to write this book?

This specific book was originally inspired, sadly, by the crimes of a friend. But the turn it has taken was inspired by my sister, Teresa Cunningham. She was doing one of those 21 day Deepak/Oprah meditation things and she wanted me to do it with her. I was reluctant so she said I might learn something or get an idea for a story. She pointed out that someone in a deep state of meditation wouldn’t even know if someone came in the room and shot someone and I could call it Meditated Murder. Yup, she came up with the title and it was so good I have had to make some major changes to the original story.

  • What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The protagonist is an amputee who doesn’t recognize any limits.

Now I’m passing this along to…

Lyn Stanzione

Kate Kinsey

Juliet Kincaid

P. A. Deuson

Cherley Grogg


Published by Kate Eileen Shannon

Artist, Crafter, Writer, purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle

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