New interview with mystery author Wendy Tyson

I’m happy to
welcome mystery author
Wendy Tyson
back to Reviews and Interviews. Today we’re chatting about her new cozy,
Rooted in Deceit: A Greenhouse Mystery
(#4).
You can check
out her November 2017 interview, here,
if you like.
Bio:
Wendy Tyson
is an author, lawyer, and former therapist who writes the bestselling Greenhouse
Mystery Series and the Allison Campbell Mystery Series. Her short fiction has
appeared in literary journals and in the short story anthologies Betrayed: Powerful Stories of Kick-Ass
Crime Survivors
and The Night of the
Flood
, and her novel A Dark Homage
was recently accepted for publication in January 2020. Wendy is a contributing
editor and columnist for International Thriller Writers’ e-zines The Big Thrill and The Thrill Begins. She and her husband recently moved their
micro-farm from Pennsylvania to the Green Mountains of Vermont. For more
information about Wendy, visit her at www.wendytyson.com.
Welcome back to Reviews and Interviews,
Wendy. Please tell us about your newest release.
It’s
summertime in Winsome. Washington Acres is abloom, Megan is preparing for the
grand opening of ther wood-fired pizza farm, and things with Megan’s beau,
handsome Dr. “Denver” Finn, are getting as hot as the August temperatures.
But when
Megan’s ne’er-do-well father arrives in Pennsylvania with his high-maintenance
Italian wife, Sylvia, and announces they’re staying at the new yoga retreat
center a town away, a sweet occasion sours.
Eager to
secure pieces for her Milan boutique, Sylvia finagles a meeting with
up-and-coming artist Thana Moore, whose work is showing at the retreat center.
After their explosive encounter, Thana is murdered and Sylvia becomes the prime
suspect. Only Sylvia isn’t the only one with ties to the artist—once upon a
time, Thana Moore had been Megan’s best friend.
As Megan
delves into Thana’s past, piecing together the years since their falling out,
she realizes that something sinister is afoot in Bucks County. Unless Megan can
find the killer, this idyllic summer will turn nightmarish. Innocent people may
be imprisoned—and even more could die.
What inspired you to write this book?
At its core, Rooted in Deceit is about family and the
impact family members and old friends can have on one another. This subject has
been top of mind for me. I recently moved from Pennsylvania, where I lived most
of my life, to Vermont. It was a big change for my immediate family as well as
for the extended family I left behind. I think this move, which we’d been
contemplating for some time, caused me to think about the ways people weave in
and out of the fabric of our lives. It made me consider the concept of family,
of “home,” and the fact that some people can affect the trajectory of our
personal journey even if we only knew them for a short period. These themes
percolated in the back of my mind, ultimately contributing to the storyline for
Rooted.
What’s the next writing project?
I’m working
on the fifth Greenhouse mystery now, Ripe
for Vengeance
, which is scheduled to be released in 2019.
What is your biggest challenge when
writing a new book? (or the biggest challenge with this book)
I love writing
the first draft. It’s a little like falling in love: everything is new,
interesting, and seemingly perfect. And then it’s time to read that first draft—and edit it. The first real round of
revisions is always painful. The euphoria has passed and it’s down to the
painstaking job of reworking four hundred pages of manuscript. Subsequent
revisions get easier, but I don’t know that I will ever enjoy the first round
of edits.
If your novels require research – please
talk about the process. Do you do the research first and then write, while
you’re writing, after the novel is complete and you need to fill in the gaps?
As a rule, I
tend to write first and fill in the gaps as I go. I think research can be a
real trap for writers, keeping us from the hard work of creating—if we let it.
For me, the one exception is if the research might drive the plot or an
important element of the story, such as the setting.
For example, Fatal Façade, the fourth book in my Allison Campbell mystery series, takes place
in South Tyrol, Italy, in the beautiful and haunting Dolomite Mountains. I
wanted the setting—with its dominating peaks and looming castles—to be almost a
character in the novel. I found it best to visit South Tyrol and perform
research on location before writing the book; I needed the details, some of
which drove the plot, to be right.
What’s your writing space like? Do you
have a particular spot to write where the muse is more active? Please tell us
about it.
I generally
write anywhere and anytime, a necessity born of my crazy schedule. I work
full-time as an ERISA consultant and have three kids, and since our move my job
entails traveling from Vermont to Pennsylvania every few weeks. As a result, I
bring my laptop with me and write whenever I have the chance.
All that
said, I prefer to write somewhere with a great view. One of my favorite spots to
write is in a ski lodge. My husband and kids are avid skiers; I am not. I go
with them, though, and find a spot in the midst of the resort activity,
preferably near a window (with a view of the mountains) and an outlet. The background
noise helps me focus, and the fact that I’m sort of captive keeps me seated and
working.
What authors do you enjoy reading within
or outside of your genre?
While I’m an
eclectic reader, many of my favorite books are mysteries and thrillers. I love
the works of Elizabeth George, Tess Gerritsen, and Jonathan Kellerman, just to
name a few. I’m also a huge Stephen King fan, and I think I learned a great
deal about craft just from reading his novels. Sometimes when I need to clear
my mind, I stick to reading nonfiction, especially books about science and
ecology/nature.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers today?
If you enjoy
my work, I hope you’ll check out my Allison Campbell mysteries (Henery Press)
and my short stories in The Night of the
Flood
(“Anything Worth Saving,” March 2018) and Betrayed (“Soap,” November 2017). The proceeds of Betrayed are donated to an organization
that helps crime survivors move on with their lives.
Thank you for coming back to Reviews and
Interviews!
Thank you so
much for having me! I love your site; it’s an honor to be included.

2 thoughts on “New interview with mystery author Wendy Tyson

  1. Cynthia says:

    What a wonderful interview. I began reading Ms.Tyson's Allison Campbell stories and was delighted that she then created the fabulous Greenhouse Mystery series which I find to be amazing. For anyone who has yet to get to read these two series and her other books, I hope that they will take the time to check them out. Hoping that Ms. Tyson can continue her writing despite her extremely hectic schedule and family commitments. I will always be a fan of her writing. Sincerely,
    Cynthia B.

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