Resort to Murder #4
It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.
During a heat wave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder.
The victim is a high-profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.
Arrowed is the fourth book in Avery Daniel’s Resort to Murder series and is a contemporary cozy mystery. If you like Cleo Coyle, Maddy Hunter, Duffy Brown, Lynn Cahoon, and Annette Dashofy, then you’ll love this series with a strong intelligent sleuth, lavish settings, and tantalizing mysteries.
First, thank you for having me join you today. I’m delighted to be here.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I have a small desk in my bedroom that I’ve been using since Covid, or sometimes I’ll take my laptop to the dining table. But normally I love to write in a downtown restaurant that serves NY style pizza and artisan sandwiches. It is a college hangout and has attached a toy store, bookstore, and wine bar. You can walk from one through to the others, one after the other. I have my favorite table tucked away in a corner.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
The restaurant I mentioned in the last answer covers this too. The restaurant is eclectic and funky, creative and boisterous. You would think the noise would bother me, but it fades into the background. I miss it so much that I play YouTube videos of cafe noise to write. I can take a short 5-minute break and people watch. Which for a writer is gold.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I am a member of Sisters in Crime, a writing association founded in 1986 to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. There are many talented women in the organization, and I would love to write with any of them. I think my cozies are similar in style to Cleo Coyle, Maddy Hunter, Duffy Brown, Lynn Cahoon, and Annette Dashofy so anyone of them would be a good fit.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
Oh, good question – and surprisingly tough. Just for the fun of walking on the wild side, I’ll say the bad one. Never underestimate the power of a well-crafted villain.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
I would have liked to interview Mary Higgins Clark (Queen of Suspense), Lilian Jackson Braun (the Cat Who books), and Mary Stewart (The Moon Spinners and Crystal Cave trilogy). Each was amazing in their own way and blazed trails.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I read anywhere, in line at the grocery store or post office to on my elliptical. But I gear down from the day by reading in bed.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I have a few places in town. The first is a park with 1,300 acres of red sandstone formations with hiking trails. This is great for my amateur photography attempts. A craft store with a wide selection of art and paper craft supplies is a favorite, and dangerous for my wallet. Locally, we have a repurposed movie theater for live music performances on the weekends with inexpensive prices. There is the wine bar in the complex I mentioned earlier that has live music on the weekends as well. I like live music!
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
First, there is a sense of wonder at what I’ve created. Then there is the wishing and hoping that people will find it entertaining.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
My cozy mysteries have the title after the murder weapon: Iced was an ice sculpture, Nailed was a nail gun, Spiked was poison, Arrowed was an arrow.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
I found a fantastic illustrator that I work with. I tell her about the primary setting and murder, give a few ideas for the cover, and she sends me a couple of rough drawings. We define it from there. I absolutely love the covers for the Resort to Murder series.
Thank you, Avery Daniels and Pump Up Your Book
About the Author
Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.
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