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Dead Air and Double Dares
by Janis Thornton
Dead Air and Double Dares by Janis Thornton
Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (June 18, 2017)
Number of Pages 310
E-BOOK ASIN: B071L28F34
Crystal Cropper, editor of the Elmwood Gazette, has added incentive in finding out who killed Horace Q. Ogilvie, owner of the local radio station and the most reviled man in town. Horace turns up dead minutes before he is supposed to broadcast his next malicious editorial, designed to destroy yet another Elmwood luminary. Fortunately for the police department, Horace’s list of future targets provides an abundant pool of suspects. Unfortunately for Crystal, her name is at the top!
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I thought about that question for several minutes, but I honestly couldn’t remember the impetus that got me interested in writing. It’s just something I’ve always done. My mother always claimed I was born gripping a pencil.
What genres do you write in?
I think I found my niche in cozy mysteries, although I also enjoy writing more hard-boiled mysteries, and there is even a paranormal mystery waiting in the wings.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I’ve always loved reading mysteries. For decades, I gobbled up everything by Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Lawrence Block, and Michael Connelly. So, when I decided to take a plunge into writing a full-length novel, mystery was the only genre that floated my boat.
How did you break into the field?
When I finally felt my first mystery was ready for the world, I picked PageSpring from a long list I had compiled of potential publishers. Per their submission guidelines, I emailed them a synopsis and the book’s first thirty pages. Imagine my shock when, within a month, I received a reply asking for the entire manuscript! Three weeks after that, they sent me a contract. I was over the moon! How often does a new author hit a homerun their first time at bat?
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
My series protagonist, Crystal Cropper, is a small-town newspaper editor in her mid-sixties. Through her, I want my readers to understand that Boomer-aged women are no less vital and relevant than they were at half their age. I hope readers can focus on the essence of Crystal’s personality, rather than her age. If she makes them laugh, I want them to know it’s not because she’s old; it’s because she is funny.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I feel immensely rewarded when a reader tells me my book brought them some enjoyment, and I feel even more rewarded if they tell me it made them laugh.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Besides thinking up new synonyms for “said,” I am most challenged by the notion of weaving a novel together from nothing but strands of my imagination.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
I tell them to stop talking about it and write. I also urge them to take classes, attend writers’ conferences, join a writers’ group, and never ever underestimate how hard it is.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Of course, I enjoy mysteries, but I also enjoy biographies, historical nonfiction, and everything by Elizabeth Berg.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
People are usually amused that I can recite every word to “Trouble in River City,” that I once went on a triple date with the Everly Brothers, and that I graduated from finishing school — not necessarily in that order
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Please “Like” me on Facebook (facebook.com/janisthorntonauthor), visit my website (www.janis-thornton.com), follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/JanisThornton check out my books on Goodreads.com, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. My books are available on Amazon.com.
Thank you for this opportunity to connect with your readers!
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About This Author
Janis Thornton is a freelance writer, personal historian, and award-winning journalist. She is the author of two local history books, Images of America: Tipton County and Images of America: Frankfort. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Indiana Writers Center, Association of Personal Historians, and the Midwest Writers Workshop Planning Committee. She lives in a small Indiana town not unlike Elmwood. Dust Bunnies and Dead Bodies is her debut cozy mystery.
Purchase Link – Amazon
Webpage – http://www.janis-thornton.com
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