Cozy Mystery Writer – Linda Weaver Clarke

Linda Weaver ClarkeWhat inspired you to write mysteries?

That’s a very good question. I used to write historical romance, but then felt the need to develop my talent in other areas and mystery seemed like a fun one to pursue. The writing process between romance and mystery is quite a change for me with a completely different mind set. With romance, you plan out the plot around the meeting of a couple. As you write, you develop some sort of charisma between the characters, making the reader feel excited that one day they’re going to fall in love. You, as the reader, know the outcome. But with a mystery, the reader is in the dark. The author has to come up with a plot that no one can figure out until towards the end of the story.

Describe the environment where you do your best writing? (Music? Café? Office? Library? Etc.)

I have several different spots, depending on what kind of mood I’m in. If I feel mellow, I’ll choose my bedroom where the light isn’t bright. Sometimes I’ll go outside with my laptop and sit on this lounge swing we have and type away. Other times, I’ll use the computer room and sit on a very comfortable loveseat with my laptop.

Are you a seat-of-the-pants or outlining writer?

I love to outline what I want in my book. That way I feel more organized and won’t forget something important. Many times I won’t use everything I’ve listed but I always add things as I write the story.

How would you describe the book series?

In the Amelia Moore Detective Series, Amelia Moore is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency and specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, the business is flourishing.

In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

What is your favorite saying?

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Cicero

Who is your favorite author?

One of my favorite authors is Serena Clarke. I absolutely love her fantasy romances. They are clean and refreshing stories and I feel as if I am right in the middle of a make-believe world because she describes everything so well, including the characters. I’m a pushover for clean romances! She has written The Treasure of Isian and The Alliance of Isian, and is working on the third book in this series. The fun thing is that each one can be read separately, too.

Where do your best ideas come from?

I’m not really sure. In The Shamrock Case, my great grandfather was my inspiration. Daniel Gamble was from Enniskeane, Ireland. His family disowned him because he joined a new religion that they did not approve of. So he decided to go to America. I imagined the broken hearts when they finally realized their mistake in disowning their son and brother, simply because of pride. I wondered if his mother and brother ever regretted what they had said and done. My great grandfather never saw them again. That was the inspiration for this story. I dedicated this book to Daniel Gamble who was born on October 2, 1825. I was born on the same month and day as Daniel, so I feel a special kinship to him.

Since the Amelia Moore Detective Series is a cozy mystery that involves missing persons, I try to create a story around a missing person and make it intriguing at the same time. I’m not sure where I get my ideas. I just think about an area that I would like to set my next story and then try to come up with a story that would fit that area. In The Mysterious Doll, Amelia and Rick end up at Estes Park, Colorado in the famous Stanley Hotel that is supposedly “haunted.” I stayed at this hotel once with my husband and daughter and it was such a fun experience. No, I didn’t see any ghosts while I was there. But I did see the famous Stanley Steamer Automobile.

Cats or Dogs? And why.

I have had a cat or dog throughout my life, ever since I was a kid. Just recently our dog passed away so we were given an adorable cat for Christmas by our daughter. It’s a cute mischievous little thing.

Are your books traditionally or indie published?

I enjoyed my traditional publisher and they did so much for me, but after publishing eight books I felt it was time to become an indie author. Why? The prices for my books were too high and they hadn’t even published them as an e-book. Because of this, I felt my books weren’t selling like they should. When I decided to become an independent author, my husband and I created our own little company, to not only help me and my daughter who is also an author, but to help those writing their family histories. Since my husband is a graphic designer and I have two daughters who are educated as an editor, cover designer, and formatter, then I was set. Believe me, everyone needs an editor no matter how good you are. They see things we don’t. I am so much happier being an indie. I have more control over my book prices and each book is available in e-book form.

What would you like for us to know about you or your writing?

You can visit me at www.lindaweaverclarke.com and read sample chapters.

My books are available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Check out all my e-books at Smashwords.

Thank you Linda.

Also, for additional interesting and fun blogs, visit Linda’s blog.


The Theft of an Antique Doll is Theme for New Cozy Mystery

The Mysterious Doll It’s time to get cozy! The Mysterious Doll is the newest mystery in the Amelia Moore Detective Series. Linda Weaver Clarke blends a nice balance of mystery, romance, and humor. “I love the sparks of romance — they spice things up and add much interest to the story.” – Susan Ortlieb, Suko’s Notebook

Most mysteries are a “who-done-it.” But in this cozy mystery series, Amelia Moore, who is the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons. Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but with the help of her partner, Rick Bonito, she always solves the case.

This was a fun read and I enjoyed it very much. I think you will enjoy the other books in this cozy mystery series, as well. Amelia and Rick seem to be getting closer as the series continue and some romance is definitely in the air.” – Sonja Nishimoto, Sunnie Reviews

In The Mysterious Doll, Pauline Jones is confused why her boyfriend took off without telling a soul where he was going. But that isn’t all. Sam Whitaker is accused of stealing a valuable porcelain doll from the museum. His disappearance makes him look guilty, but Pauline is convinced he is innocent. When Amelia finds Sam, she realizes they need to prove his innocence. Where is the antique doll and who has taken it?

“I am LOVING the Amelia Moore Detective Series!” wrote Shauna Wheelwright on her book review blog. “FUN! CLEAN! FUN! AMAZING! DID I MENTION FUN?! I recently reviewed The Bali Mystery and loved it so much that I quickly dove into this sequel.”

To read a Sample Chapter, visit http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com/mysteriousdoll.html

About the Author
Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the author of several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series.

The Mysterious Doll (ISBN-13: 978-1502929143, Red Mountain Shadows Publishing, 2014) can be found at local libraries or online bookstores. For more information, visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com

 


 

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As a young boy at family gatherings, I recall listening to the men after a meal. The opinions around the subjects of politics, car brands, hippies, and rock n roll filled the room with energy like aromatic smoke from a pipe. But, when the story telling began everyone found a seat or patch of floor. We sat for hours absorbing the stories, fact or fiction, that shaped who we became and it strengthened our imaginations. Fifty years later I know that a world without imagination would be pretty boring.

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