Interview with mystery writer Yolanda Renee

Today is the sixth interview
in a series with the authors of
Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

the anthology:
clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s
cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48
minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city
ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing
gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of
time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark
corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner,
Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser,
J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary
Hand-picked by a panel of
agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into
jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time
is wasting…
“Each story is fast paced,
grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
– Readers’ Favorite, 5 stars
Founded by author Alex J.
Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and
authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly
blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly
So far, we’ve had C.D. Gallant-King (on
April 19), Gwen Gardner (on
April 26), Jemi Fraser (on
May 2),
(on May 11), Rebecca
M. Douglass
(on May 15) and now
Yolanda Renee is here to chat about her mystery short story called “Cypress, Like the
Looking for a new adventure, Renée moved to Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
A storyteller from a very early age, an avid reader, and with an education and
background in business and accounting, becoming a writer only made sense. And
writing mysteries pure logic.
That some of her stories mirror her life, only coincidence. Honest!
Welcome, Yolanda. What do you enjoy most
about writing short stories?
The speed at which the story can be told. I’m a flash
fiction junkie and to tell a complete story in a few words is an exciting
Can you give us a little insight into a
few of your short stories – perhaps some of your favorites?
In “Cypress, Like the Tree,” I wrote of an incident in my
own life. I turned it on its head by asking
the question, “what if a murder had happened instead’? In the first IWSG
Anthology, Parallels Felix Was and in my
story Ever-Ton, I wrote the story around a scene from a dream. Several of my
recent short stories were written around current events, again using the ‘what
if’ writing technique. Many of my stories are based on dreams, nightmares, and
scenes from my own life.
What genre are you inspired to write the
most? Why?
I love mysteries, romance, and horror. I like combining
all three. Why? Because it’s what I want to read.
What exciting story are you working on
I’m working on the draft of the 5th book in my
Detective Quaid series, Murder, Just
, about a serial killer who
sees murder as his artistic expression. Stowy Jenkins, the antagonist, appears in the Prequel to the
Detective Quaid Series, The Snowman.
He is arrested and sentenced to life, but in Murder, Just Because, he escapes and vengeance is his motive.
When did you first consider yourself a
After a poem was published in a newsletter. It was an
unbelievable feeling of accomplishment. I was hooked.
How do you research markets for your
work, perhaps as some advice for writers?
My advice is simple, stay on top of what’s selling and pay attention to what the literary agents
and publishers are looking for. Writer’s conferences are one of the best places
to get the skinny on the market.
Marketing is my most significant failing
especially as I write what I want to read. But
maybe mixing romance,
mystery, and horror is asking a lot from the readers. I know I’m not the only one out there that blends the genres, just that
some do it more successfully than others. Who knows maybe someday, I’ll be
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
My desk, room, even my life must all be organized before
I can concentrate on a new book project. Chaos throws off my muse.
As a
child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a history teacher but pursued accounting
because I also wanted to run my own business. I’ve done all it, even teaching,
but hands down, writing is the most satisfying.
additional you want to share with the readers?
Just how important it is to leave a review. One sentence is enough, and the author appreciates
it beyond measure, and yes, even the negative ones. Happy reading everyone!
Thanks for being here today, Yolanda!

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5 thoughts on “Interview with mystery writer Yolanda Renee

  1. Gwen Gardner says:

    Mixing three genres sounds like fun! But, heh, heh, I'd scare myself. It's the horror part. LOL.

    Great interview, Yolanda!

    Thanks for hosting, Lisa!

  2. Mary Aalgaard says:

    Great interview. I admire all your success. Mix away at the genres. It leaves room for the unexpected.

  3. Yolanda Renée says:

    Thanks, Lisa!

    These interviews are such fun.

    Thanks, Gwen and Mary – love the whole process! Thanks for being part of an amazing team, and, wow, didn't we produce a great anthology! 🙂

  4. Rebecca M. Douglass says:

    Another great interview! I like what you say about needing to contain the chaos–in your space and your life–before the writing will work. I have a strong tendency to chaos, but I think you're right–I work much better when it's all under control, and I don't have a mess in front of me.

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