Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Today I'll be answering 10 interview questions about my current work in progress. At the end of the article, I'll tag 5 other blogs for you to check out and possibly follow. Thank you so much Tina Klinesmith for the opportunity to spread the word on my next book as well as share links to other great authors.


           1.  What is the working title of your book?
So far, it’s MURDER ON FOLLY BEACH. Of course, that will probably change. It will also take place in Cyprus Hollow. That much I know for sure.

2     2.   Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is the second book in the Hattie Blitch series. I’d have to say the idea came from the first book and my plan for a new setting. The idea for the first novel in the series came from my desire to write a contemporary Christian novel using a SC plantation as my setting. I plan most of my setting for this second novel to be on Folly Beach.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
My book falls under the mystery genre, however it is a contemporary Christian mystery.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would choose Rachel Weisz  to play my amateur sleuth, Hattie Blitch, and Russell Crowe to play Sheriff Skyler Blitch.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
To state it boldly; this novel is about Christians behaving badly.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
All my novels are print-on-demand through  I once thought that was the same as self-publishing but have learned otherwise. Print on demand means a copy of the novel isn't printed until a buyer requests it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I’m still working on the first draft of the manuscript. It usually takes about 3 to 6 months to write a first draft, so this novel will probably take the same amount of time.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 
I would say it comes closest to Terri Blackstock’s, Cape Refuge Series.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve had a desire to write for most of my life. I’ve already written three novels of psychological suspense when I felt the pull (the Lord) lead me to write the Hattie Blitch series. This series started out as a psychological thriller, when all of sudden I noticed the characters were taking over and it was developing into a mystery. So, I prayed and let the characters have their way.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, let’s see. We have a murder which means we have a whodunit puzzle to be solved. Add to that the book is appropriate for young adult as well as mature readers. Oh, and we have some Christian characters facing real-life contemporary problems, whose lives are changed by their faith.

I'd love to hear your comments.

Now, check out these links and let's see what the Next Big Thing will be.

Tina Klinesmith:  
Carol Riggs:       
Andrew E. Kaufman:
Stephen Ormsby:
Madeline Sloane 


  1. Ha, a novel about Christians behaving badly. Well,
    Christians are people who make mistakes too! Thanks for the blog mention, Mary! Hope you're having a super Labor Day weekend. :D

  2. So far, I'm having a great Labor Day weekend. How about you? Will you be working on the house this weekend or taking some time off? How are sales going for that first novel you had published?