Today I am delighted to share with you an interview with Kathryn Jones, author of the Susan Cramer mysteries.
Photo courtesy Trisha Gold Photography.
Tell us about you the person. What do you do when you are not writing? Hobbies? Pastimes? Guilty Pleasures?
I have always enjoyed reading and working in my garden. Now that I have a new home (in the process of renovation) I’m even more excited to work in the yard and around the flowers. I do enjoy chocolate on almost a daily basis and find it difficult to go too many days in the future without a bite or two.
How long have you been writing? When did you first realize that you wanted to share your stories with the world?
I have been seriously writing since 1980; my first piece of writing was published in 1987, and I have been publishing ever since. I started out as a journalist, writing for newspapers in my area. Later, in my 40s I attended and graduated from college. Today, I own Idea Creations Press. What I know is that you’re never to old to go back to school, and never too ancient to start your own business.
Before 1980 I spent years reading and writing short stories for my own benefit. In the first grade I penned my first short story about a dog found in a garbage can, and how a little girl (me) loved him enough to take him out and bring him home.
What genre do you write? Can you give an insight into why you chose that genre?
I write primarily Christian fiction. I think this is because of my interest in C.S. Lewis, and his command of spiritual things brought clearer to the eyes of his readers. I also like cozy mysteries. This love comes from my early love of Nancy Drew Mystery books as a teen. I also like helping other writers with writing and publishing. I have my own blog and have published an easy go-to book on marketing.
What is the hardest part of a story to write? Beginning, middle or end?
For me, the hardest part of writing a story is keeping the middle going. I usually have a grand beginning, and the right ending usually comes to me during the journey of putting the story down, but keeping things alive in the middle continues to be a struggle; though a struggle I love. It’s amazing what my characters will tell me to write next if I listen to them.
If you could have dinner with one of your characters, who would it be and what would you serve?
Fantastic question. Let’s see, I think I would invite Susan Cramer over. She’s my amateur detective in my cozy mystery series. I would more than likely serve breakfast, because most of the time she likes eggs, and the idea of breakfast and talking about her latest pursuits would be even more fun than eating chocolate.
When you sit down to write, what is the setting? Describe the room around you. Is there music, silence, food?
When I sit down to write it’s usually in my office. The room has its own outdoor entrance, and sports two windows and three large ceiling fans; my home doesn’t cool this room too well and so the fans are a life saver in summer. I have all of my books displayed on a large, built in table, and a large fish tank that takes care of some of the stress in my life. We are also remodelling the kitchen, my husband has left a table of tools to the direct left of my desk (sheetrock is currently leaning against the table). I have sweet dreams about the room being cleaned out totally so that it can truly be my office one hundred percent.
Grab your iPod and hit shuffle. What song comes up? Does it have any significance or is it just an awesome tune?
Don’t have an iPod. Instead, I googled the words, “ultimate joy” on my computer. The first entry read: Jesus: The Ultimate Joy of Life – Strength For The Journey. I believe that’s a correct statement.
What are you working right now? Give us the sales pitch.
Working through the final edit of Sunny Side-Up. Here’s the sales pitch:
“Susan Cramer was desperately in need of a vacation, but not at the expense of another dead man.”
A leisurely vacation turns deadly when an old man falls dead at Susan’s feet on the cruise ship Aloha.
Was she some sort of death magnet?
Maybe so. Maybe not.
One thing was for sure. Through the lies, secrets, and surprises to be discovered on board and off, Susan will learn at least one important thing, and this thing called “love” will be something she wished had never followed her out to the high seas.
Where can we find you? Post your links.
Business site: http://www.ariverofstones.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/kathrynelizabethjones.author
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/joneskathryn
Many thanks to Kathryn for taking the time to answer my questions. If you enjoy a cozy mystery, make sure you follow the links and check out the Susan Cramer stories.