February 14, 2016

Drawing Blood by Deidre Verne - Spotlight, Interview and Giveaway

Published: February 8, 2016
Number of pages: 336
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Sketch in Crime #2

CeCe Prentice returns with her band of Dumpster-diving pals in this fast-paced mystery that puts the eco-friendly heroine back on top—of a pile of trash.

When Big Bob, manager of the town dump, goes missing, CeCe is worried about more than where she’ll score her next salvaged car. First at the scene when Bob’s body is recovered from under the weekly recycling haul, CeCe is quick to identify potential witnesses and provide crucial scene sketches. But when CeCe is uncharacteristically startled by an unidentified woman at Bob’s abandoned house, her artistic talents are challenged, and her drawings, much to her frustration, come up short.

With CeCe’s observational talents on the fritz, Detective Frank DeRosa, CeCe, and her network of Freegans are forced to recreate Big Bob’s life from the garbage up. The team is soon thrust into the underworld of recycling where what appears to be junk could actually be the clue that saves a life.

About the author:
Deirdre Verne (Lower Westchester, NY) is a mystery writer, college professor, and an active college blogger. Deirdre’s interest in green living inspired her to create an off-the-grid character who Dumpster dives her way through the “Sketch in Crime” mystery series. Verne’s second book, Drawing Blood, is available in February 2016. “A dysfunctional functional family to die for…[CeCe Prentice’s] second case is every bit as twisty and surprising.”-Kirkus Reviews.

A member of Sisters in Crime, Deirdre’s short stories appear in all three New York chapter anthologies – Murder New York Style, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices and Family Matters. Visit her online at DeirdreVerne.com.
Author Links
Webpage – www.deirdreverne.com
Blog – www.deirdreverne.com/blog/
Twitter – @deirdreverne
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8276614.Deirdre_Verne

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1. Who or what inspired you to start writing?
I started to write when my children were little to relieve the monotony of motherhood. One day I sat down with a pile of mystery books I loved and said – “I can do this.”

2. What do you do to help you get over writer's block?

Writing mysteries is essentially like working out a puzzle. When I get stuck, I sketch out the scenes in my journal. It doesn’t look like much, lots of arrows and squiggles, but it helps me visualize where I’ve taken a wrong turn.

3. Do you have scheduled writing time or a certain amount of words you write each day?
I map out a six month writing schedule. I break it down into words per month, per week and then I budget for the unexpected or just plain exhaustion!

4. Where do you get your ideas for your books?
I enjoy sitting in my public library and binge reading every magazine on the shelf. I also read the newspaper regularly and I watch an embarrassing amount of television. With this much stimulation, something eventually pops into my head.

5. When you are not writing what do you like to do?
There’s nothing I like more than spending my free time in Montauk, NY. My books take place on Long Island so I can always find a good excuse to head east – to the beach.

6. What one piece of advice would you like to give to aspiring writers?
I don’t have a writing background. I like to say that I learned to write ‘on the job.’ I knew when I started that I’d be competing with plenty of authors who had majored in English or Journalism. To keep up, I have always been open to criticism. It’s so important to listen to feedback – even when it’s negative.

7. Who is your favorite author or book that you would like to recommend to your readers?
I adore Nelson DeMille’s Plum Island. The main character, John Corey, spoke to me. He was smart, irreverent and fearless and I thought it might be fun to adapt these qualities for a female character. And now I’d like to introduce you to CeCe Prentice, my protagonist. She’s a handful.

8. If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you like to visit?
I guess I can check this off my bucket list as I just booked a family vacation to Ireland. After a summer fling with Ancestry.com, I decided it was time for the entire extended clan to explore our roots.

9. Five interesting facts about yourself
I can write with both hands
I am missing two ribs
I collect Department 56 Snow Angels
I don’t keep a calendar – it’s all in my head.
I have something in common with my protagonist that is important to the storyline. I guess you’ll have to do some reading and digging to figure it out!

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