Interview with mystery author Kaye George

A hearty welcome to today’s guest, mystery author Kaye George. She’s here to talk a bit about her multiple series and in particular, the newest Imogene Duckworthy mystery, an Agatha Nominee, Broke.
Bio:
Kaye George
is a short story writer and novelist who has been nominated for Agatha awards
twice. She is the author of three mystery series, the Imogene Duckworthy
humorous Texas series, the Cressa Carraway musical mystery series, and the FAT CAT
cozy series with Berkley Prime Crime. The last two will debut in 2013.
Her short
stories can be found in her collection, A PATCHWORK OF STORIES, as well as in FISH
TALES: The Guppy Anthology, ALL THINGS DARK AND DASTARDLY, GRIMM TALES and in
various online and print magazines. She reviews for “Suspense
Magazine”, writes for several newsletters and blogs, and gives workshops
on short story writing and promotion. Kaye is agented by Kim Lionetti at
BookEnds Literary and lives in Texas, near Waco.
Welcome, Kaye. Please tell us about
your current release, Broke.
Imogene
Duckworthy is twenty-two and has a job (PI assistant) and a new car (used). She
loves her mother, but it’s time she was on her own. The problem is her daughter
Nancy Drew Duckworthy’s pet potbelly. Not a lot of rentals in Wymee Falls will
permit a pig, even one as cute and charming as Marshmallow. Jersey Shorr
of Shorr Realty manages to find something but there are rumors that the house
is haunted. Immy tells herself she doesn’t believe in ghosts. She signs the
contract and plans to move in before Halloween. What she doesn’t plan on is the
very real, very dead body in the bathtub. And the fact that the most logical
murder suspect is her Uncle Dewey, fresh out of prison. Immy can’t allow her long-lost
relative to be railroaded for a crime he (possibly) didn’t commit, can she?
What inspired you to write this book?
It’s a
continuation of Immy’s adventures and was high time to get her out of Saltlick.
This gave me a chance to introduce some new characters, including a long-lost
uncle who was alluded to in an earlier book. Since I set it in October, both
Immy’s four-year-old daughter Drew (Nancy Drew Duckworthy) and Drew’s pet
potbelly pit, Marshmallow, had to have costumes. Thinking of costumes got me to
thinking about ghosts. Also, if Immy were trying to find a new place to live
for her and Drew and Marshmallow, I had to think about what kind of land lord
would want a pig in the rental house. October, ghosts–a haunted house, of
course!
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’m
presently working on two projects, one for Barking Rain Press (BRP) and one for
Berkley Prime Crime (BPC). For BRP, I’m doing final edits on Eine Kleine Murder . A
bit about that book: When aspiring conductor Cressa Carraway arrives at her
grandmother’s resort home, she finds Gram dead. When Gram’s best friend drowns
in the same place, Cressa knows something sinister is at work in this idyllic
setting.
I’m excited
to be getting this book published since the sleuth is a musician, like me, and
I was able to include material about the classical music world. If this series
continues, Cressa will become a conductor and I can do lots more with that
subject.
The project
for BPC is the first book of the FAT CAT series, set in Minneapolis, as yet
untitled, and still in first draft. This series will feature a pudgy, adorable,
clever cat named Quincy who is always trying to find more to eat, since his
owner has put him on a diet. When he escapes, he finds all sorts of things,
including dead bodies. His owner, Chastity (Chase) Oliver is the co-owner of a
dessert bar shop and the books will feature dessert bar and diet cat treat recipes.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
In public?
In 2005 when I got my first short story published in FMAM. However, I’ve made
up stories since before I could write. I’ve had publication ambitions since
high school, but the only thing that saw print then was a letter to the editor
in the local paper.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I was able
to retire from programming about 11 years ago and have been writing full time
since then. I usually clear emails, write blogs, and do other administrivia at
the beginning of the day, since I’m not a morning person. After lunch I
sometimes run errands, then write after that. But on good days, I’m able to
write after lunch. However, I do some of my best work after the 10:00 news.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
Hmm, I
don’t know that my writing is quirky, or would be that interesting to watch. I
do prefer absolute quiet, so I like a room with a door I can shut. I can’t work
at all if a neighbor dog is barking, so I got myself a Super Bark Free from the
Sky Mall catalog. It’s a life saver! I can aim that thing at a neighbor dog and
it emits a high-frequency noise, audible only to the dog. I’ll bet the
neighbors wonder why their dogs become so well-behaved everywhere we live.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I remember
wanted to be a garbage collector. We used to follow the truck up the alley, me
and the neighbor kids. We didn’t own a TV until I was 7, so we played outside a
lot. It seemed to be romantic and exciting, jumping on and off the truck,
hanging onto the rail while it drove all over the town. I now know that they
don’t make bad money and it’s a steady job and probably beats some of the jobs
I have had.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I’d like to
emphasize that, while I’m currently working on 3 series all of a sudden, and
may look like an overnight success from the outside, it has taken me years and
years of writing, improving my craft, studying other writers and taking
courses, networking and making connections, and hard work to get my babies into
the light of day.
Please
visit my webpage and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or at one
of the blogs I write for.
Thanks so
much for the interview, Lisa! Great questions.

You’re quite welcome. It’s been a pleasure hosting you. Happy writing!

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