I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Janet Finsilver, and her new release Murder at the Marina. This is the fifth book in her A Kelly Jackson Mystery series.
Murder at the Marina (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
5th in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 2, 2019)
Print Length: ~200 Pages
She’s got to solve this—or her friends are sunk . . .
Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, is fond of the Doblinsky brothers, Ivan and Rudy, members of the Silver Sentinels, a crew of crime-solving senior citizens in their Northern California seaside hamlet. After she discovers a jewel-encrusted dagger—with what appears to be dried blood on the blade—on their fishing boat, they share their family history with Kelly, and she learns that the knife may be part of a set from their long-ago childhood in Russia. Its sudden reappearance is eerie, but the mystery grows much more serious when a body is found on the boat. The victim was staying at Kelly’s inn, in town for a Russian Heritage Festival, and some of the organizers were clearly harboring some bitterness. But the story behind this murder seems as layered as a nesting doll—and Kelly’s feeling completely at sea . . .
Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016. Book 3, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE was released on March 14, 2017.
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When did you know that you wanted to be an author? What things, if any, influenced that decision?
I have loved to read all my life. A number of years ago I wondered if I could write a book. That started my journey as an author and the creator of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. My first book, Murder at Redwood Cove, came out in 2015.
With so many cozies being written today, what makes your books stand out from the crowd?
I have a wonderful group of crime-solving senior citizens known as the Silver Sentinels. They use their combined wisdom and community connections to deal with problems in Redwood Cove.
I also have dogs in the series with special abilities that contribute to people’s lives in different ways. They vary from book to book. I have hearing assistance dogs, a diabetic alert dog, termite finders, and a police bloodhound to name a few.
Redwood Cove is based on Mendocino, California. This beautiful but remote tourist town puts on many activities during the year to attract visitors. Each book has a festival or event woven into it. The first book has a chocolate and wine tasting while the fifth and latest one, Murder at the Marina, includes the Russian Heritage Festival.
Do you work from an outline or plot or do you just see where the characters take you?
I’ve done all three. In the first book the characters took me along for the ride. I outlined the second one for the publisher and found myself referring to it on a regular basis. While there was an outline for the third one, the characters “spoke up” quite a bit. Now I feel it’s a combination of outline and follow the flow.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you do anything special to get those reviews?
Yes, I read my reviews. If there’s anything that someone says that can help me to improve my work, I want to know about it. I don’t do anything special to get reviews.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Follow your dreams.
Do you think that the cover plays an important part in someone buying your book(s)? Who designs your book covers?
Yes, I feel the cover plays a part in people buying the book. I’ve gotten a lot of positive comments on my covers. They are very eye- catching and well done. They are created by people at Kensington Publishing Corporation.
Please give us an insight into your main characters. What do you think makes them special?
Kelly is a very caring individual. She is loyal to her friends and will work hard to help them in any way she can.
The crime-solving group of seniors, the Silver Sentinels, are dedicated to keeping their community safe.
What have you learned about yourself since becoming an author?
I’m good at stepping into the fictional world of Redwood Cove. I can put myself there and watch the story unfold.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I don’t write eight hours a day if that’s the definition of full-time. When I’m writing a book, it’s with me almost all the time. I’m often making notes as I go through the day. The amount of actual time I write varies. I generally can feel when I’ve reached the place I want to stop for the day.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Right now I’m wrapping up book six, so that’s where my mind is. I don’t want to start working on future projects until the current book is complete.
What do you think the hardest part of writing is? What is the easiest?
The hardest part is carving out the time from the always long “to do” list.
The easiest and most fun part is getting back into being with my characters and visiting Redwood Cove.
What type of books do you like to read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
Mysteries are my first love.
A few of my favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, and Dorothy Sayers.
What is the one thing you would like your readers to know about you?
I work hard to make my books the best they can be.
Do you have anything specific you would like to say to your readers?
Please come and visit the beautiful town of Redwood Cove. Kelly Jackson and the Silver Sentinels would be happy to have you join them as they solve the most current crime!
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Janet-Finsilver/e/B01BOJJXD0
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