Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Heather Weidner & Twinkle Twinkle Au Revoir

Posted January 26, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, clean, contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Heather Weidner, mystery/suspense / 4 Comments

Heather Weidner guest post

Please join me in welcoming Twinkle Twinkle Au Revoir author Heather Weidner to the blog to talk about how important reading is to her research as a writer!

Twinkle Twinkle Au Revoir by Heather WeidnerTWINKLE TWINKLE AU REVOIR by Heather Weidner
Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Level Best Books
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2024
PAGES: 252

Love is in the air when Hollywood arrives in Mermaid Bay, and the town may never be the same.

Fans will do almost anything to get a glimpse of the actors or a chance to be an extra in the Love Channel’s “My Coastal Valentine.” Crowds flock to the cozy beach town from all over and business is booming for Christmas shop owner, Jade Hicks until the body of a testy reporter is found in one of the actors rooms. And if murder isn’t bad enough, someone tries to kill the show’s star, hunky Raphael Allard.

The cozy little beach town feels cursed, as the Love Channel threatens to pull out of the project. Jade and the gang, Lorelei, Peppermint Patti, Bernie, Chloe, and Neville the Devil Cat, have to solve the crimes before it ruins the town’s reputation and breaks the hearts of fans across the country.


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by Heather Weidner, author of Twinkle Twinkle Au Revoir

I have always loved books and reading. Yes, this is my first library card from 1972. It opened hundreds of worlds to me. I’m always sad when people say that they don’t like to read. Reading is entertainment, an escape, a journey to new places, a portal to new worlds, and research. Writers must read.

Stephen King said it best, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” By reading other authors, you learn vocabulary, literary techniques, and genre conventions. Look at the way the words flow in a work that you like. The author creates the story and moves the plot along. It’s not a play-by-play of every detail that happened in someone’s ordinary day. Look at the dialogue. It’s not mundane chitchat. Good authors don’t tell their readers things. They show them. They are artists who paint a verbal picture.

Stephen King’s On Writing is one of the best “how to” books for writers. When I started writing, I read every book about writing that I could get my hands on. I spent more time reading those than I did writing. Over the years, I kept a few. On Writing is one of those. It’s good to learn new things about mechanics, but I think reading books in your genre teaches you more about the conventions (e.g. cozy mysteries don’t usually have graphic scenes or language; mysteries usually have a dead body in the first few chapters). You learn how to use language, describe things, and which point of view to write from.

Are you on Goodreads? I like the annual book challenge and how the site keeps track of my totals for me. It also helps me to remember to leave a review. If you like a book, write a review. It’ll make the author’s day.

Heather Weidner

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She writes the Pearly Girls Mysteries, the Delanie Fitzgerald Mysteries, The Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries, and The Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and she has non-fiction pieces in Promophobia and The Secret Ingredient: A Mystery Writers’ Cookbook.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime: National, Central Virginia, Chessie, Guppies, and Grand Canyon Writers, International Thriller Writers, and James River Writers, and she blogs regularly with the Writers Who Kill.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers. Connect with Heather at her website.

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4 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Heather Weidner & Twinkle Twinkle Au Revoir

  1. Lori Smanski

    oh but this sounds so wonderful. I have recently started to read cozies a few years ago. And recently started reading Christmas cozies. Thanks for sharing your passion

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