I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Cheryl Hollon and her new book Shattered at Sea. This is the fifth book in her A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Cozy series.
Shattered at Sea (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
5th in Series
Kensington (August 28, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B077WY2SRQ
A Mediterranean cruise gives glass shop owner Savannah Webb a chance to demonstrate her expertise—and fire up her skills when it comes to foul play . . .
When Savannah signs on to perform glassblowing on a ship, part of the appeal is that she’ll get a chance to reconnect with her boyfriend Edward’s family. An added bonus is that Edward’s cousin, Ian, will be joining them on board. But when Ian disappears at the beginning of the cruise, the ship’s authorities initially consider it suicide.
Savannah tries to balance her growing suspicions with work on her shows, but her relationship with the other glass artists begins to crack. And she can’t let love color her judgment when Edward suddenly jumps to the top of the suspect list. His fate is in Savannah’s hands, and she’ll do everything she can—on land and sea—to clear his name . . .
Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.
When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
As I was climbing up the corporate ladder as an software programmer, project engineer and finally program manager, I knew at some point I would want to do something else. Then I boarded a long-haul flight to Sidney, Australia, with a new mystery all set to enjoy the 14-hour flight with a new-to-me author. The book was terrible, horrible, simply unreadable. Then I said those deadly innocent words, “I can do better than this! How hard can it be?” That’s when I started writing and shortly after that I discovered just exactly how hard it could be. REALLY HARD! That’s what I love about writing – not that it can be hard – but that it is ALWAYS hard.
With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
In the somewhat crowded category of craft cozies, there are only a few that target the glass arts – and within that short list, I stand out because I have been working in glass for over twenty-five years. Each book in the series features a different type of glass work and I’ve taken classes in everything I right about. I walk the walk and talk the talk.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
I’m a bit of a hybrid.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
I read them even though sage advice is to ignore them completely. I use them to see if there are any craft areas I can study to make the next book better. I’m always taking an on-line class of some sort. My publicist at Kensington sends out Advanced Review Copies and they also post on NetGalley to get those import launch day reviews.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start writing NOW! You’re going to want to be good at it.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
I really don’t think there’s anything more critical than an effective cover. It’s EVERYTHING to an unknown newbie. Kensington Publishing Corp. has a cadre of talented contract artists that have nailed the theme on each of my books. I’m grateful.
Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?
I concentrate on giving my characters a solid life to live. They experience irritations, challenges, good days, bad days, friendships and enemies. All have flaws, and traits to admire. They keep me interesting in getting to know them better – I hop you feel the same.
What have you learned about yourselves since becoming an author?
I’ve learned that I’m a good deal more introverted than I thought. I can sit in my office and play with my imaginary friends for extensive periods of time. I still have a large part of me that is extroverted to call upon, but I need more restoration time than before I started writing full time.
Do you write full-time or part-time? Do you enjoy your day job?
I’m so lucky to be able to write as a full-time job. I took early retirement from an engineering career designing and installing military flight simulators in England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India.
What do your plans for future projects include?
A few more Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries, of course. But also, I’m thrilled to be writing the first book in a new series for Kensington. The main character is Miranda Trent, who inherits her uncle’s farmhouse in Wolfe County, Kentucky. She starts up a new business that takes tourists on short hikes to paint trail stunning mountain vistas in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Afterwards, she takes them to her farmhouse for a traditionally prepared southern meal cooled by the local church ladies. Each course is paired with a sampling of moonshine. The name of her business is Paint ‘n’ Shine. The first book in the series should release sometime in 2020
What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?
The hardest part for me is to carve out that first rough draft. I find revisions fairly easy and immensely enjoyable.
What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I read across the entire spectrum of fiction / non-fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller, science fiction, fantasy, YA, and westerns. I also ready many, many, many cozy mysteries – mostly by friends I’ve met in the industry.
What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
I’m grateful – very grateful for the opportunity to write books. It’s a give that not all writers get to experience. I’m keenly aware of how lucky I am.
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Read, just read – in any form – in any venue – all the time. Just read.
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00SQGDNL8
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