Interview with mystery author Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell)

Cozy
mystery author Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) joins me today to chat about the first novel
in a new series, Murder on Cape Cod.
Bio:
Agatha- and
Macavity-nominated Edith Maxwell writes the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Local
Foods Mysteries, and award-winning short crime fiction. As Maddie Day she
writes the Country Store Mysteries and the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries.
Maxwell lives north of Boston with her beau and two elderly cats, and gardens
and cooks when she isn’t wasting time on Facebook.
Welcome, Maddie! Please tell us about
your current release.
Murder on Cape Cod is the
first in the Cozy Capers Book Group Mysteries from Kensington Publishing. Here’s
the blurb:
Summer is busy season for Mackenzie “Mac”
Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham,
Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead
she discovers the body of Jake Lacey, and her brother soon becomes a suspect.
Mac’s only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cozy
mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cozy Capers. So to clear her
brother’s name, Mac has to summon help from her book group co-investigators.
For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one
mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending.
The book releases tomorrow (December 18) in a
paperback exclusive from Barnes & Noble. It will rerelease a year later in
all formats on all platforms.
What inspired you to write this book?
I
spend solo writing time in a retreat cottage in West Falmouth on Cape Cod a
couple of times a year and love the Cape in all seasons. Setting a cozy series
in a fictional town in that area appealed to me and my editor alike. And with
the miles of bike trails, it made sense to have a bike shop proprietor as the
protagonist. Her participation in a book group that only reads cozy mysteries
was icing on the cake.
Excerpt from Murder on Cape Cod:
Now
I found the turn from the bike trail to the pathway that cut up to Main Street.
Near the end of the path a hedge of scrubby coastal Rosa Rugosa separated the walkway from my postage stamp of a yard.
The fragrant scent from the just-blooming native shrub mixed with the salt air
and reminded me of my childhood here on the Cape. I slowed as I rounded a bend.
I was scanning through the mist for the opening that would let me through the
wall of roses when I tripped.
The obstacle in my path,
oddly both soft and solid, was a sizable one. I yelled, arms windmilling like
in a vintage cartoon. The air gave me nothing to grab hold of and I landed on
my hands and elbows. I glanced down and back to see my knees resting on . . .
Jake.
“Gah!” I shrieked and
scrambled forward off of him. I crouched in place, my heart beating like the
timpani in the Cape Symphony. Jake lay on his front with his head half-turned
toward me, lips pulled back in a grimace, eyes unblinking.
“Jake!” I called. “Jake,
are you all right?”
He didn’t respond. I
inched closer and couldn’t detect any signs of breathing. I touched his temple
but I didn’t feel a pulse under his too-cool skin. His skinny legs were splayed
at an odd angle, and his back was still, too still. No breaths moved it up and
down. He was never going to enjoy another free spaghetti dinner—or anything
else. Jake Lacey was dead.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Next
up is my seventh Country Store Mystery. Chef Robbie Jordan is going to leave
southern Indiana to attend her tenth high school reunion in Santa Barbara, California.
While there, a friend of her late mother’s hints that Mom’s death might not
have been from natural causes, after all.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
My
first paid publication was a short story when I was nine. I entered “Viking
Girl” in a contest run by the local newspaper – the Pasadena Star News
and was paid two dollars. I have been writing in non-fiction of various kinds
my entire adult life, but I got back to fiction – and specifically crime
fiction – about twenty five years ago. I started writing mystery novels in
earnest in 2009.
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?
Writing
has been my full-time job for over six years. I am at my desk and working by
seven every morning but Sunday. I usually write (or revise) until about eleven,
then I go for my power walk, eat lunch, and do other authorly things in the
afternoons. I am under contract to write three books a year, so I’d better
treat it seriously.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I
often talk out loud to myself on my daily walk. I plot the next day’s writing,
then dictate a text to myself so I don’t forget. I think I’m known around my
town as that crazy author lady who talks to herself. I don’t care. I like my
plotting walks!
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I
don’t remember! I recall wanting to be a teenager, but other than that? Not a
clue.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Thanks
so much for interviewing me, Lisa! I hope readers will visit my group blog, the
Wicked Authors, and find me on my web site and on social media.
Links:
Thanks for being here today! Happy book
launch tomorrow!

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