Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Silenced In Sequins Book Spotlight/Author Interview-Great Escapes Tour

About the book 
Former Manhattan fashion buyer Kelly Quinn is turning her grandmother’s outdated consignment shop into her quaint hometown’s hot spot for upscale style—until her second-hand couture makes the scene of an ice-cold crime . . .
With her bottom line looking a little threadbare, Kelly is going all out to promote the Lucky Cove Resale Boutique. She’s counting on Black Friday to recover her start-up expenses—including a website and an advertising blitz. But the publicity is overkill when two warring divas, and one sparkly evening dress, thrust Kelly and her fledgling business into a scandal she can’t afford.
The gorgeous garment came to Kelly from the walk-in closets of Wendy Johnson, one of reality TV’s Long Island Ladies. When Wendy’s former co-star, Diana Delacourte, graces a Christmas gala in the dress that was once her rival’s, a very public catfight ensues. But is Wendy to blame when sequin-clad Diana turns up dead? Dodging the show’s ever-present cameras—and a detective’s stern warnings—Kelly hunts for a killer before the powerful celebrity-suspect makes good on her threats and rips her to shreds . . .
An interview with the author

  Since we just got past the holidays I am still enjoying the annual Sausage Balls my neighbor makes I am curious if you have a favorite holiday food?
I love Christmas cookies. I look forward to baking at the holiday season and it’s all about cookies. The cookie I look forward to the most is my Rugelach. I only bake them at Christmas.

What is the nicest gift you received from a loved one?
That's a really hard question to answer because all of the gifts from my family, my husband and friends have been wonderful. I’ve been very fortunate over the years to receive thoughtful and generous gifts and there’s no way I can select just one.

Speaking of holidays.  What is your favorite? 
My favorite holiday is Christmas. It has always been a magical time of the year for me. Growing up in New York City, the city would transform into an amazing wonderland with the beautiful and festive store window displays, the tree at Rockefeller Center and the hustle and bustle with shopping bags and the aroma of roasting chestnuts on street corners. And now living outside of New York City in the suburbs, the town I live in has traditions. There are two tree lightings in two separate sections of the town and there are craft fairs and a local firehouse sells Christmas trees that came from Vermont. It’s also a really special time when you’re with friends and family get together dive back into your traditions. 

 If you could spend some quality writing time in a cozy cabin in the woods, Or on the beach which would you choose?
I would choose the cozy cabin in the woods because the beach might be too noisy. If I'm going to travel to someplace to spend some quality time writing I want it to be quiet.
What is your favorite or dream vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot so far has been Wyoming. It was breathtakingly beautiful. We had a great vacation there and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Let’s talk about the tour.  What is your favorite part of the Great Escapes Book tours?
Hands down, having the opportunity to get in front of new readers. It’s my hope that when a reader discovers me for the first time, she’ll connect with me either through my website/blog/newsletter, Facebook or Instagram and then we can have hangout online and talk all things books, fashion and food. Having the opportunity to meet new readers is one of the best things I enjoy about the blog tour.
Now let’s get into the book and talk a bit about Kelly.  I’m sure with All the drama and murder going on she is ready for a vacation.  Where would she go?
Kelly would go to a beach. She’d love to lay out on the sand, order a drink with a little umbrella in it and read one of her fashion magazines.
The cover of Silenced In Sequins was just so glittery and dreamy did you have any input In the cover design?
Yes. My editor asked me for cover ideas. I usually send him a few for ideas. For the cover of SILENCED IN SEQUINS I knew that I wanted a female silhouette like the cover of MURDER WEARS A LITTLE BLACK DRESS,  and have her dressed in a silver sequin dress. I sent some inspiration photos I found on websites and Pinterest. I also requested that Kelly’s cat, Howard, be on the cover. My editor takes my suggestions and passes them along to the art department. It takes a few months before I see the final cover. And I have to say that I have not been disappointed with any of my covers from either of my series.
In case some of our readers may have missed Murder In A Little Black Dress should they read it before getting into Silenced In Sequins?
No, they don't have to. SILENCED IN SEQUINS can be read as a standalone. But I think readers would enjoy the first book.

Does Kelly have sleuth side kicks?
She does! She has her best friend from childhood, Liv Moretti. Liv works at her family’s bakery and is often a sounding board and the voice of reason to Kelly. There’s also Ariel Barnes. She helps Kelly with her finely-tuned research skills.

Is Kelly intentionally a sleuth or does murder and dead bodies just happen to show up wherever she hangs out?
Kelly has not set out to be a detective. For lack of a better phrase, she has stumbled into murder. Though, she does have good reasons to begin sleuthing and inserting herself into the murder investigation. Those reasons are found in the book. 😊

Sometimes the reader and the ‘sleuths’ have a time figuring out ‘who dun nit” from your perspective as a writer how easy or difficult is it for you to figure out who to make the  villain(s) in your stories? 
I start with the victim. I need to know who the victim is, his/her lifestyle, career, backstory. I try to develop as much as I possibly can about this person. While I’m doing that work, I’m looking for reasons why this person would be murdered. And it’s usually the reason that leads me to the who the villain is. So, it’s not easy or difficult, it just takes work and time to decide who those two people will be.

I am sure there is much more come for us in this series.  Can you give us a sneak peek of what is on your mind for the series?
No, I’m sorry. I can’t. But I can let you know what’s coming up. In September there will be a novella, WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO A GRAVEYARD, released and it’s Halloween themed. Then in January 2021, the third full-length Resale Boutique book, HOW TO FRAME A FASHIONISTA, will be released. Also in October, my fourth Food Blogger book will be released, THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.

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