Friday, March 22, 2013

Beach Chat with Cindy Blackburn

I’m not trying to brag, but I’m pretty plugged into the cozy mystery writing world.  That means I spend a lot of time surfing facebook pages and websites to see what OTHER mystery writers are writing.  And when one author and one series of books is appearing on every news feed, well, a girl’s gotta sit up and take notice, right?  So I did, and clicked on over to Cindy Blackburn’s website (linked at the end of this post.)  And what did I see in the headline?  “Murder meets menopause.  Take a guess which wins.” I was hooked.  Searching a little more I discovered we both like Champagne, and dislike--ooh, caught myself.  I almost gave away the ending of the post!  As a mystery writer I should know better!  So you’ll have to read all the way through Cindy’s bio to see what dislikes-in-life we share.  But right now, pull up a beach chair and join us for a chat! 

Today we’re chatting with:  Cindy Blackburn

Most cherished beach memory:  Hubby and I got a chance to vacation in Nevis one Christmas! I had never seen the Caribbean before, and I had never seen hubby swim (He can swim--just doesn't really like to) But Christmas? And the Caribbean? Yep. We went swimming. Afterwards we ate lobster sandwiches and drank Ting at the beach pavilion and watched the yachts out on the horizon. 

Recommend a Beach Read:  Dog On It by Spencer Quinn. Don't tell my cat, but I'm a dog lover, too. Mr. Quinn's Chet and Bernie series is so charming and funny! And I am sure Chet the Dog loves romping on the beach and swimming in the ocean.

One author, living or dead, with whom you’d like to sip Mai Tais with on Waikiki BeachJoan Hess. She is just too funny! I love her Arly Hanks series, and the Clair Malloy book also. Waikiki Beach is a long way from Maggody!

Worst non-writing job you've ever had:  My first job out of college was as a bookkeeper for a property management company. Please, let's move on.

Favorite quote or saying: “No matter how much patience I have, it is never enough.” I remind myself of this ten or twenty times a day. It's my motto.

Song that you dance to (when no one is watching): Anything from the Beatles. Love good old-fashioned Rock and Roll. (editor’s note:  dare ya NOT to dance along with this one….)

Three of your favorite things: Champagne, just like my character Jessie. Canoeing with hubby--we have a lakeside shack up in Vermont. Time to write every morning, with coffee cup and cat close by.

Two secret vices: Reruns of "Monk," the absolute best TV show ever. Bacon, extra crispy

One pet peeve: People who drive slowly in the left lane. (Please see my favorite saying above)

More about Cindy: 

Cindy Blackburn has a confession to make–she does not play pool. It’s that whole eye-hand coordination thing. What Cindy does do well is school. So when she’s not writing silly stories she’s teaching serious history. European history is her favorite subject, and the ancient stuff is best of all. The deader the better! A native Vermonter who hates cold weather, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. During the school year you’ll find her in South Carolina, but come summer she’ll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. Cindy has a fat cat named Betty and a cute husband named John. Betty the muse meows constantly while Cindy tries to type. John provides the technical support. Both are extremely lovable.

       When Cindy isn’t writing, grading papers, or feeding the cat, she likes to take long walks or paddle her kayak around the lake. Her favorite travel destinations are all in Europe, her favorite TV show is NCIS, her favorite movie is Moonstruck, her favorite color is orange, and her favorite authors (if she must choose) are Joan Hess and Spencer Quinn. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.

Playing with Poison

Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isn't sure what will happen next. Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.

       Jessie Hewitt thought her pool-hustling days were long gone. But when uber-hunky cop Wilson Rye asks her to go undercover to catch a killer, she jumps at the chance to return to a sleazy poolroom. Jessie is confident she can handle a double homicide, but the doubly-annoying Wilson Rye is another matter altogether. What's he doing flirting with a woman half his age? Will Jessie have what it takes to deal with Tiffany La-Dee-Doo-Da Sass and solve the murders? Take a guess. 

Three Odd Balls
          A romantic vacation for…five? This wasn’t exactly what Jessie and Wilson had in mind when they planned their trip to the tropics. But when Jessie’s delightfully spry mother, Wilson’s surfer dude son, and Jessie’s rabidly hyperactive New York agent decide to tag along the fun begins. What kind of trouble can these three oddest of odd balls possibly get into? Take a guess.

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Barbara T. said...

Love her cue ball mysteries. I read all three is quick sucession and am eager for number four. Great characters. Fun stories.

marja said...

Love the post and love your books. You're a talented lady. : )
Marja McGraw

Cindy Blackburn said...

Gee, thanks y'all. I am working on book 4 "Four Play" and hope to have it out this fall. Jessie will find herself in a pool-playing slump and Adele Nightingale is in a sex scene slump. How will it get resolved?? Stay tuned. So happy you like my books. Happy Friday!
Cindy B.