I love interviewing authors, but let’s face it, authors are some of my very favorite people. Several years ago I went to a terrific writer’s conference in West Virginia and made two good friends. Today you’ll get to meet one of them, Joanna Campbell Slan, who since that conference has gone on to publish a brand new mystery series for Midnight Ink. Her latest, Photo, Snap, Shot is on bookshelves now. I’ll let Joanna introduce herself in detail. By the way, the other friend will make her author debut soon, and you’ll meet her here, as well.
Joanna will give away a copy of Photo, Snap, Shot to one reader who comments on this blog. We’ll let random.org choose a winner on the morning of Friday the 14th.
So, without further ado, here’s Joanna. . .
She’s flawed, and she knows it. I mean, perfection is so over-rated. She loves too much, she worries too much, and she eats too much. In other words, she’s Every Woman. I think my readers appreciate her because they see a bit of themselves in Kiki.
You are a scrapbooker yourself, plus the author of several scrapbooking how-to books. What made you decide to make Kiki a scrapbooker, and how does her craft flesh out the mysteries?
A smart friend of mine suggested I write about scrapbooking. Her name is Emilie Richards, and she was right on target. I’ve been involved in the craft for a decade. After you’ve been around the block that many times, you understand the lay of the land. Kiki cares about saving memories. Really, that’s all you have to do to be a scrapbooker…have a life worth remembering. All that other stuff is fluff.
Your covers and titles are fantastic. How much input did you have?
I suggested that Midnight Ink’s artist Kevin Brown go to a local scrapbook store and have a look-see. Bless his heart. He “got it.” Before he starts to work on a new cover, he asks me if I have any thoughts about colors or iconic images. But the genius is all Kevin. What a scrapbooker he would be!
Can you give us some hints about the storyline of Photo, Snap, Shot? Pique our interest please.
Kiki’s daughter Anya stumbles over the dead body of a flirtatious teacher who was involved in a mixed race relationship. The police think Anya might have seen the killer, so Kiki is forced to play amateur sleuth. Her snooping around leads her to suspect the murder has something to do with a 132-year-old secret society in St. Louis. Things go downhill rapidly after that! (Yes, the secret society is real! I’m hoping I live long enough to sign books!)
I know you’re a person with a variety of interests. You’ve been a motivational speaker and author, a scrapbooking author, and now a mystery author. What’s in store for your future? Do you have other projects you’re planning?
We’re negotiating for Kiki Lowenstein Book #5, and I just turned #4 in last week. Other than that, I’m hoping to get a Virginia Drivers License this afternoon. That might qualify as a good career move, don’t you think? I mean I moved here, what, nine months ago? I could have been pregnant and had the kid already. (Now that would be something to write a book about! Emilie, if they pick me up on the way to your house, would you post bail?)
I’m thinking a loaf of my homemade bread with a file baked inside. But don’t tell the authorities!