Thank you for joining me in welcoming… Elizabeth Spann Craig!
I connected with Elizabeth through Twitter, and I urge any writer to follow her. Her fabulous blog, Mystery Writing is Murder, features clever, personal posts on writing and mind-blowing Twitter mash-ups full of blog links. Each installment is like a mini-conference! Elizabeth also founded the Writer's Knowledge Base--The Search Engine for Writers, which is continuously updated and a treasure box for writers. And, hooray, her new book (under the pseudonym Riley Adams) Finger Lickin' Dead is now available!
Let's get to it!
1. Beverage of choice?
In the morning, it's a dark coffee with a couple of heaping teaspoons of sugar. By afternoon, I'm gulping down ice water as I do aerobic housework (afternoons are for vacuuming and scrubbing) and write in my head. I'll have a glass of wine with my husband over supper (red, white, rose, any year, any vineyard.) :)
2. Any pets?
I have a somewhat overweight corgi, Chloe, who listens intently to everything I say, hoping to hear the words 'play,' 'ball, 'kibbles,' or 'leash.' I have a decidedly overweight cat, Mr. Shadow, who sometimes eats bits of my manuscript--usually character trait lists. And I have a cat, Mr. Smoke, with a fondness for padding across computer keyboards (or, as he thinks of it, helping me write.)
3. Dream vacation?
I'd love to visit any crumbling village in Europe. Sometimes I'd like to see something that's seriously old.
4. What are you listening to right now?
I listen mainly to 70s rock music when I'm not writing. When I write, I listen to lyric-free jazz or new age. And I listen to a lot of Radio Disney because of my 9 year old daughter. If we're in the car, Radio Disney is on. And I don't recognize any of the songs, because they all seem to blend together!
5. What's for dinner?
It's hot as the hinges here, so I'm planning not to turn on the oven. I'm thinking we'll have a tomato sandwich with a tomato from our garden, and some fruit since the berries at the store are so delicious right now. And a bowl of chocolate ice cream for dessert. With chocolate syrup on top. And maybe some sprinkles.
Thank you, Elizabeth, for being my guest today! A cat who "helps you write," a desire to see something seriously old, and double chocolate ice cream sundaes? (Let's not forget the wine!) Yes, I knew I liked you for a reason. I also enjoyed your description of aerobic housework. Kind of takes the guilt out of not formally exercising. You should really patent it and sell a DVD. "Ladies, grab your vacuum and back, forth, back, forth..."
Huge congrats on the latest in the Memphis Barbeque series!
Finger Lickin' Dead ~
When an anonymous food critic blasts several local restaurants—including Aunt Pat’s—Lulu Taylor and her customers are biting mad, especially when they learn that Eppie Currian is the pen name of their friend Evelyn’s cheating boyfriend. When “Eppie” gets his own fatal review, the list of suspects is longer than the list of specials at the best BBQ place in Memphis.
Elizabeth’s latest book, Finger Lickin’ Dead , released June 7th. Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink.
To learn more about Elizabeth, check out her blog, Mystery Writing Is Murder, and follow her on Twitter. Also, be sure to bookmark the Writer's Knowledge Base--the Search Engine for Writers.
What about you? Is it "hot as hinges" where you're at? Are you avoiding the oven too?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!