Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery
by Julie Chase
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Cat Got Your Secrets: A Kitty Couture Mystery
3rd in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 12, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B06XVWR8Q9
Lacy Marie Crocker has settled into a comfortable groove back home in New Orleans, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, she’s busier than ever running a thriving pet boutique, helping her mother organize the upcoming National Pet Pageant, and untangling her complicated love life. But when delivering a king-sized order of dreidel-shaped doggy biscuits for a Saint Berdoodle’s bark-mitzvah, Lacy stumbles into yet another murder scene—and the last person to see the victim alive was her own father.
It’s up to Lacy to clear her dad’s name from the suspect list before Detective Jack Oliver has to cage him for good. But just when she starts pawing at the truth, she receives a threatening letter from a mysterious blackmailer bent on silencing her with her own secrets. And Lacy’s not the only one with bones in her closet.
Interview With The Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I read a book that gave me an escape when I needed one most. When I put that book down, I knew I wanted to do the same thing for someone else. I’ve been trying ever since.
What genres do you write in?
I write cozy mystery as Julie Chase, and beginning in April 2018, my romantic suspense titles for Harlequin Intrigue will begin releasing. Those are written as Julie Anne Lindsey.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I love suspense and mystery. I’m a total tension junkie, but I’m also a chicken, so writing these genres lets me explore all sorts of unsettling situations while knowing there will be a happy ending for my characters.
How did you break into the field?
I answered a submission call from a now defunct press and was accepted. I worked with them on several projects while I looked for an agent. The editors at that press taught me about writing, exposed me to the industry and gave me the tools I needed to build a baby writing career. Currently, that career is somewhere beyond diapers but way before prom.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I just want readers to have fun. I write to provide an escape for folks who need a little break from the chaos of life.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I’m extremely shy, but I love people, and writing lets me reach people I never could have otherwise and give them a big smile.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Time. Currently, I have three very busy children, none of which have a driver’s license, so I’m not home as much as I need to be. Also, my oldest started a special high school 45 minutes away, which means I am in the car taking him back and forth to school for about 3 hours a day.
Right now, putting family first often means writing late into the night and getting up at 4:30 in the morning…. which is practically the same thing.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Just keep going. It’s too easy to quit. But you can’t give up. It only takes one yes, and that yes could be the next thing you hear. If you quit, you’ll never know if your big break was one submission away, but you let it go.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I read what I write, mostly, plus some YA. Cozies, romantic suspense, mystery and contemporary romance are my favorites.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Not really. I’m just the mom next door, escaping into books for adventure, laughs and sanity. Sometimes those books are ones I’m writing.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
You can find me online day or night, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book.
About The Author
Julie Chase is a mystery-loving pet enthusiast who hopes to make readers smile. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three spunky children. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.Julie also writes as Julie Anne Lindsey. Learn more about Julie Anne Lindsey here.
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