Thank you so much for having here! I’m a college librarian living in Ohio who spends every free second writing murder mysteries.
What is your new book, A Plain Scandal, about?
In A Plain Scandal, the Amish in the quiet Appleseed Creek community are under attack. An unknown assailant is cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men. Computer specialist, Chloe Humphrey, is alarmed over the crimes against the Amish and worries over how the events will impact the Troyer family, especially her housemate Becky and Becky’s older brother Timothy. Her anxiety increases when she discovers the body of an Amish businessman, who had been stabbed in the back and his beard cut off. Now, Chloe and her friends must find the culprit behind the hair-cutting before someone else pays the ultimate price.
What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?
I’d love to live by the ocean, but I probably never will. It would be too hard to leave Ohio.
I knew I want to be a writer when I read a story I wrote to my sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with my description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. At that moment, I knew I’d found my calling of making people laugh with my words.
How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?
I have published four books and have written four more that will be published in the next year or so. It’s hard to pick my favorite novel, but of all the series I write, The Appleseed Creek Series is my favorite. I’m so invested in the characters.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I rewrite the end of each novel at least twice. I mean completely rewrite it. I don’t salvage a single word. I have a lot of alternative endings saved on my computer.
In a big red armchair.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Reading, making jewelry, and being outside when the weather is nice.
What is your favorite genre to read and why?
Mystery. I love to try to solve the crime before the protagonist.
Me too! Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet?
France. I’ve been to Europe six times, but never to France. Doesn’t that seem weird?
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Psalm 37:4. “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of you heart.”
My favorite song while writing the Appleseed Creek Series is “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. I listen to it a lot while writing those books. I view it as Chloe and Timothy’s song.
Movie: To Kill a Mockingbird.
A few this-or-that questions:
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate candy but vanilla cupcakes
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Call or Text? Text
Early-bird or Night-owl? Night-owl
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?
Currently, I’m writing the second mystery of my Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series, which I write as Isabella Alan. The first book will release the first week of September 2013. A Plain Disappearance, #3 in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, and my first children’s mystery, Andi Unexpected, will release the same week. That’s three books in the same week. I’m so excited about it!
Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?
This was a really fun interview! Thanks again!
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