Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…
Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.
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Could you please tell us a little about your book?
Dressed to Kill is the fourth book in The Tourist Trap Mysteries. With Greg and Jill’s relationship heating up in book 3, I wanted to deal with the fashionista in the closet, Greg’s ex-wife Sherry. So this is Sherry’s introduction to South Cove. Unfortunately, her new rich boyfriend is killed, and Sherry’s a suspect.
What are you currently working on?
The Cat Latimer series, book one, is called A Story to Kill (working title.) I love building a new town where new imaginary friends can live. The house Cat’s remodeling into a writer’s retreat, bed and breakfast is based after an old mansion in Boise. I loved riding my bike past the house and dreaming of what it might be like to live there.
What are some of your long-term goals?
Currently the long-term plans are around building a writing career and saving for retirement. That’s what happens when you reach a certain age. J
But in a file on my computer desktop is the beginning of a woman’s fiction novel that I keep playing around with and hope to get written sooner than later.
If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?
As I look back on my life, there are days that I wish I had been kinder. Days that I wish I’d been stronger. And days that I wish I’d spent with others who are no longer here. But all of these days made me the person I am today. And I’m kind of happy with this person. The heartache we feel, makes us ready for the love that comes later.
Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what ways?
2010 I was just starting to take my writing seriously. I’m a great starter. And I have amazing ideas. It’s just in the execution where I have problems. So, I’ve learned some hard lessons along the way. It’s better to be done than be perfect. A little bit a day adds up to a lot when you’re staring at a deadline. And writing a book takes a community. (God bless editors.)
What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?
I guess not to take myself or my problems so seriously. I’m a worrier and I know when things are getting out of control because I start to have stress dreams. Usually they surround me trying to herd kittens. And failing.
What is your favorite past-time?
It is and always has been, reading. I love getting lost in a story or revisiting old friends when I pick up a book to read again. Currently, most of my ‘reading’ is audio books during my commute. But when we go south to the cabin, I’ve got a few paperbacks in hand and I set in front of the fire pit and transport myself to another world.
That’s what I hope people take away from reading my books. I want them to want to visit South Cove and wonder what’s going on with the characters.
Thanks for having me over.
I love happy endings. My stories are all about life in small town America and building the family that you deserve. You know, the people who love you unconditionally – even when you’re less than perfect.
Personal stuff? I’m a seven-year breast cancer survivor. I’m married to my own hero who shaved his shoulder length hair when I lost mine during chemo. I’m the proud mom of a computer engineer (although I don’t know what that means.) And I have four fur babies.
I’m an active member of MORWA, my local RWA chapter.
My debut was THE BULL RIDER’S BROTHER released June 4th, 2012 from Crimson Romance. Cowboys aren’t easy to love—but they sure are easy on the eyes. I bet you’ve felt the same way my heroine Lizzie has, at least once or twice. Since that time, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER, came to your favorite digital store. If flying was hell, waiting to fly was purgatory. Both are available in print as well as digital. And the long awaited bull rider story is finally out and available. Check out THE BULL RIDER’S KEEPER!
For those of you who like a little magic in your stories — The Council Series starts with A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL. A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world. The second book, RETURN OF THE FAE, continues Parris and Ty’s adventures, and is a 2014 RONE finalist.
2013 brought MARRIAGE NOT INCLUDED, a organic farmer’s daughter meets corporate seed executive. Set in Idaho, this story takes me home.
2014 sees more big news – e-Kensington released The Tourist Trap Series – with GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER kicking the fun off in April. MISSION TO MURDER arrived July 31st, and a third book, IF THE SHOE KILLS, November 10th. Set in a small coastal California town, I love these who dun it’s with a touch of romance.
Summer of 2015 – DRESSED TO KILL and KILLER RUN will be arriving.
I’ve come a long way from the little girl on the school bus who used to cut out pictures from Teen Beat to illustrate my tales of love and loss. And yet, not so far.
So pull up a chair, pour a cup of coffee, and let’s chat about writing, love, life, and the pesky things that get in the way of our goals and dreams.
I’m glad you found me.
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