Please join me in welcoming author Joyce Proell to the blog today to talk about her new cozy mystery Reading, Writing, and Murder which she co-authored with Brenda Whiteside!
READING, WRITING AND MURDER by Joyce Proell & Brenda Whiteside
SERIES: Chocolate Martini Sisters #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
RELEASE DATE: September 19, 2023
At the writers’ conference, murder tops the program.
Aspiring mystery author Emma Banefield and travel writer Nicole Earp are excited to attend a writers’ conference during their latest sisters’ getaway. Nic’s birthday should be all about relaxation, writing, and a chocolate martini to toast another trip around the sun, but the climate at the gathering rumbles like a sudden desert thunderstorm.
When sparks fly between the keynote speaker and her timid assistant over a handsome mystery author, the subtitle on this anticipated tranquil weekend spells drama. If a heated love triangle, bruised egos, and betrayal aren’t enough to upset the atmosphere, the conference banquet erupts into a drunken brawl and sends the place spinning. After a body is discovered, Nic and Em do what they do best—snoop—and become embroiled in a mystery that jumps off the pages of a true-crime bestseller.
With more than enough suspects and little time, the amateur sleuths have their hands full finding the killer. But can the competitive Chocolate Martini Sisters solve the crime before the prickly chief detective does, or will a murderer outwit them all?
Things to Know About Joyce
by Joyce Proell, author of Reading, Writing, and Murder
For some reason, readers like to know details about an author’s life. I know I do. It’s become routine for me to scan the author’s bio and photo located at the back of the book. Why is that? Curiosity, I suppose. Perhaps something in the author’s face or posture will reveal how they managed to write such a superb novel. Or I might find a clue about how the author, not yet twenty-five, became a NY Times best-seller. Maybe it’s just my particular quirk, a need to understand the person. What makes them tick? Why would they choose to tell this particular tale? I seldom find an answer, yet life events, whether major or minor, color the author’s creative decisions.
In the Chocolate Martini Sisters series, I write Emma’s perspective. The similarities between author and character are easy to spot. We are each a wife, mother, sister and a dog-owner. We studied psychology and social work in college and specialized in mental health care. We love mysteries, puzzles and words and read many of the same authors. Every day begins with a crossword puzzle. We are curious, kind, helpful and want to understand a person’s motivation particularly as it relates to aberrant behavior. We are realistic, analytical and careful—though I’m inclined to throw caution to the wind on occasion. A love of nature, color and beautiful objects is a necessity in our lives.
Where we differ.
Honesty is very important to me. It is for Emma, too, though when on the hunt to solve a mystery, she’ll hedge the truth to get an important piece of the puzzle.
We like food and sugary treats are a particular draw. I bake. Emma doesn’t. If Emma over-indulges, she frets and goes out for a run. I don’t.
Emma didn’t hesitate to begin her journey of writing. I laughed when my husband suggested I write a book. Me? What did I know about writing? But I needed a break so I quit my job and dug in full-time. Emma works at a mental health clinic and writes part-time. She is content to work alone. I like company. It was during my creative journey that I felt the need to connect with other writers. I joined a critique group where I met Brenda Whiteside, my co-author of Reading, Writing and Murder.
Friends and family describe me as nice, diplomatic and quick to laugh. Emma can be blunt and acerbic. She’s a justice seeker and her desire to set the world right often clashes with her need to play things safe.
I’m excited to flush out Emma’s personality in future books as I get to know her better. Who knows? Her love of justice and all things mystery will take her places I’ve never seen.
Joyce Proell is the award-winning author of Amaryllis, Eliza and the Cady Delafield mysteries: A Deadly Truth, A Burning Truth and A Wicked Truth. Along with her husband and little dog, Nellie, she lives in Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie. She loves to hear from readers. Connect with Joyce on her website.
Brenda Whiteside is the award-winning author of romantic suspense, romance, and cozy mystery. After living in six states and two countries—so far—she and her husband have settled in Central Arizona. They admit to being gypsies at heart and won’t discount the possibility of another move. They share their home with a rescue dog named Amigo. While FDW fishes, Brenda writes. Connect with Brenda on her website.
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