JHolden is the winner of Sara’s book! Thanks to all of you who entered!
I’m so happy to welcome back Sara Rosett! Mother’s Day, Muffins, and Murder is the TENTH book in her Ellie Avery Mystery series! I met Sara the same night I met Julie Hennrikus at the banquet at Malice Domestic in 2005. Sara had just sold her series to Kensington and we bonded over both being military wives.
Sara is giving away a copy of Mother’s Day, Muffins, and Murder! Leave a comment below by midnight Saturday EDT for a chance to win!
Dream vacation destination?
Anywhere in Europe. I’m not picky! I haven’t been to Prague and would loved to go there.
You’ve just won the lottery. What’s the first thing you do/buy?
This isn’t a physical thing, but I think I’d hire someone to clean my house. Having someone else clean for me would be true luxury.
Favorite mystery/thriller movie?
I love classic movies like North by Northwest and To Catch a Thief. A contemporary favorite is RED.
Favorite junk food? Chocolate. The darker, the better.
What’s one food you absolutely can’t stand? Cooked spinach. Raw spinach is great. Love it in salads, I just don’t like the soggy mess that it turns into when it’s cooked.
What’s one talent you wish you had?
I wish I could sing. I’m tone-deaf and clueless about most musical things.
M&Ms or Godiva?
Both please. I never set limits where chocolate is concerned.
Favorite time of Day?
I’m a night owl. I love curling up with a good book and reading past my bedtime.
Tell us a little about your book. Did an event or idea inspire the book?
Mother’s Day, Muffins, and Murder came about because I wanted to write a story set at an elementary school. I’d already explored many aspects of my main character’s life. Ellie is a military spouse, a professional organizer, and a mom. Other books in the series have focused on the military spouse and organizing angles, so I thought it would be fun to center the book on the school. When your kids are in elementary school, there is a high level of involvement—classroom parties, Field Day, and volunteering in the classroom. I wanted to write about those things and weave a mystery into the setting.
What’s your writing style? Outline or no outline?
Writing without an outline of sorts would be terrifying! I always have a plan with the major points the story will hit. Sometimes it stays the same; sometimes it changes a lot. When I’m writing a book, I write every weekday morning for a couple of hours. I start at the beginning and write through to the end before I go back and revise.
What do you wish you’d known about either the craft of writing or the business of publishing when you first started writing?
I wish I’d known how much publishing was going to change! If I’d had a crystal ball I would have been scribbling away, stock-piling stories for when the ebook revolution hit. I’ve learned a lot about being nimble and keeping an eye on the horizon in the last few years.
What’s up next for you? What are you working on now?
I’m working on the draft of the seventh Murder on Location mystery, Death at an English Wedding, which is another series that I write. It’s set in England–(obviously!)– and I have the best time escaping to the misty green countryside in my mind when it’s blazing hot and humid where I live. It also gives me a reason to travel—research!
Sara Rosett is a bestselling mystery author. She writes the Ellie Avery series, the On The Run series, and the Murder on Location series. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books “satisfying,” “well-executed,” and “sparkling.”
Sara teaches what she knows through the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery course. She loves to get new stamps in her passport and considers dark chocolate a daily requirement. Find out more at SaraRosett.com and sign up to get a free ebook from Sara.
Readers: If you won the lottery what is the first thing you would do/buy?