Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn (Grime Pays Mysteries)
by Tricia L. Sanders

Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn (Grime Pays Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Soul Mate Publishing, Inc.
Release Date – October 24, 2018
Approximately 254 pages
An unwelcome visitor, an unrequited love, and a dead body create chaos in a middle-aged woman’s plan for a productive summer.
Despite a looming divorce, an empty checkbook, and a struggling cleaning business, Cece Cavanaugh is determined to land on her own two feet. Adamant about staying a safe distance from the handsome detective who has her fantasizing about violating the morals clause in her prenuptial agreement, Cece dives headlong into her work.
Even though she has no free time to spare, Cece finds herself guilted into cleaning a hoarder’s home. Her discoveries in the condemned house are too shocking to ignore. Diamond-laden pachyderms, a secret cache of money, and a dead body lure Cece into launching an investigation that places her in direct contact with the one person she’s desperate to avoid–hunky Detective Case Alder.
With clues in hand, Cece runs down leads and eliminates suspects one by one. Her conclusion and brave accusation put a friend’s life in peril forcing Cece to hatch a plan to outsmart the killer. A daring move could either save Cece and her friend or lead to their demise.

 Why did you decide to make your heroine of ''a certain age?'' 

Though Cece, my main character, isn’t actually a baby boomer, she was when I started writing the series.
I decided not to age her into the baby boom generation, but she was still of the age where women start dealing with “older” issues. Their children are grown or almost grown.
Empty-nest syndrome, chin hairs, menopause, and middle-age crazy are all issues for women of a certain-age.
I wanted my character to deal with spousal infidelity and the fear of being alone as a result to show that women are strong and resilient and can land on their feet.

We know she has attraction feelings for the hunky detective.  He can also aggravate her at times.
Is it more fun to write them butting heads or her imagining them doing another sort of bump? 

Ha! I certainly am imagining the other kind, but I love writing the head-butting.
I think it defines their characters and makes the imagination so much more fun.
They are both strong-willed, and I love pushing their buttons.

How do you decide how many viable suspects to add to a plot? 
Usually I pick 2-3 and invariably as I write another 1 or 2 will surface. I may or may not keep all of them. But the organic ones typically tend to be the best. 

How do you come up with the secondary characters in your books?  
Are they based on people you know in real life or perhaps on traits you wish you had? 

Good question! Most of the characters are mash-ups of people I know. I’ll take a trait from one acquaintance and one from another and combine to create a unique character.
The one thing I can say for certain is that the mother-in-law, Hazel, is NOT in any way based on my late mother-in-law. 

Do you already have an idea how many books could be in this series? 

No idea at all. I have book 3 in first draft, book 4 in outline form, and a general idea for book 5.
As long as I can come up with fresh plots and keep my characters interesting, I’ll keep the series going.

YAY- we are all happy to hear this.

What one thing do you wish you had known as a younger writer or wish you had begun doing sooner? 

I wish I had not waited so long to publish a novel, I’ve been writing my whole life in some form or another, and I’ve had success with creative non-fiction, but I kept dragging my feet in the fiction area. So, my advice is do not wait until you think you are good enough. Write Now!
Which other writers in your genre do you admire? 

Susan Wittag Albert, the late Anne George, Mary Kay Andrews aka Kathy Hogan Trocheck, Ellery Adams, Agatha Christie, Diane Mott Davidson, J A Jance, Mary Daheim

Do you have any favorite series to read? 

The China Bayles Mysteries, The Sullivan Sisters and Ryli Sinclair Mysteries by Jenna St. James, The Joanna Brady series by J A Jance, Mary Daheim’s Bed and Breakfast series

Thank you Tricia for giving us some insight into your writing world and inspiration to follow our own writing dreams.

About the Author

Tricia L. Sanders writes cozy mysteries and women’s fiction. She adds a dash of romance and a sprinkling of snark to raise the stakes. Her heroines are humorous women embarking on journeys of self-discovery all the while doing so with class, sass, and a touch of kickass.
Tricia is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently, she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women’s fiction road trip adventure.
A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.
Author Links
Purchase Link – Amazon 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for much for having Death, Diamonds, and Freezer Burn and me on your blog today. I enjoyed your questions so much. Cheers!


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