Monday, April 9, 2012
S. Dionne Moore's books
Book #3 Your Goose is Cooked: When LaTisha Barnhart’s chief cook overhears a hitman being hired to take out the mayor, he tells the amateur sleuth right away. And when said hitman turns up dead, the plot thickens like pan of stale gravy. Lord knows there’s no shortage of suspicious activity around town—just keeping track is making LaTisha’s head spin. But when she is nearly run down in broad daylight, she realizes her goose might be cooked. Your Goose Is Cooked is a feast for mystery fans!
Book #2 Polly Dent Loses Grip (2010 Carol Award Silver)
While LaTisha Barnhart is helping her mother-in-law move into Bridgeton Towers Assisted Living and Nursing, Polly Dent loses grip on a facility treadmill and takes a fatal spill that's ruled an accident. The residents' gossip is revealing all kinds of motives for murder and LaTisha's nose smells trouble simmering. Can she stay on her achin' feet, and one step ahead of the villain, long enough to solve yet another crime?
Book #1 Murder on the Ol' Bunions(2008 Genesis Silver)
LaTisha Barnhart's bunions tell her something's afoot as she delves deeper into the murder of her former employer, Marion Peters. She's burping Mark Hamm's bad cooking to investigate his beef with Marion. . .getting her hair styled at a high falutin' beauty parlor to see what has Regina Rogane in a snarl. . .playing self-appointed matchmaker between the local chief and a prime suspect. . .and thinking Payton O'Mahney's music store lease might be the reason he's singing a sour note when discussion of Marion's murder arises. LaTisha's just might use the reward money to get her bunions surgically removed, but she's got to catch the crook first.
1. Where did you get the idea for your main character LaTisha Barnhart?
I had an agent tell me she loved my spunky, mature women characters. I decided to base a story around such a character and since Barbour was starting a new mystery line and I just happen to love mysteries, I gave it a shot. LaTisha’s height is based on one of my close friends, with Hardy’s based on her husband—they make quite the couple, just like Hardy and LaTisha.
2. What gave you the idea for the plot?
I love history. Old ghost towns and treasure hunts. . .pirates and cops and robbers. . .well, my imagination got so stirred up I decided to use a modern town whose businesses occupied old buildings. Then I spiked that with the town legend of the assayer stealing gold from Maple Gap citizens and getting shot for his deed.
3. Who chose the clever title?
Originally, LaTisha’s story was called Get Off My Bunions, but when it became a mystery, my editor and I decided Murder on the Ol’ Bunions would be a better fit.
4. What was the most difficult thing about writing this story?
Ugh, making sure all the clues tied in and that no thread of the plot had been dropped. Writing a mystery is TIGHT writing.
5. What was the most fun?
I love doing the scenes between Hardy and LaTisha. They are so much fun and so real to me. Hardy is LaTisha’s conscience when she gets carried away, and his softness plays well against her tough gal demeanor. Of course, LaTisha is really a teddy bear inside too.
6. What advice would you give to those desiring to write mystery?
Start with something else. Writing a mystery is much more difficult than writing a romance where there are only two main characters. Mysteries involve so many clues and red herrings, twists and turns. . .it’s pure craziness trying to keep everything straight.
7. What is your favorite thing about writing?
Doing the writing is my favorite part. I hate editing. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Once I’ve finished a story, I want to take a break from it. A LONG break, but I seldom get that opportunity since content edits and line edits are a reality of signing a contract.
8. Will we see more of LaTisha and Hardy?
Absolutely! Polly Dent Loses Grip, a 2010 Carol Award Finalist, will Release April 1 (no foolin'!) followed by Your Goose Is Cooked. I'm especially excited about the release of this ebook because it was the last in the series and never was printed. This is the last of the LaTisha Barnhart Mystery series. Anyone who loved (or hated) the Mayor in the first book will find out what happens to him in the third, when LaTisha investigates a hit on a hitman. When she almost gets run down in the road she knows she'd better solve the case before her goose is cooked!
9. Any words of wisdom for new writers?
Try your hand at writing in a completely different genre than you imagined. So many get stuck writing in one genre that they never stretch themselves. I wrote historicals for years. Murder on the Ol’ Bunions was my first try at a mystery. Can you believe that? If I hadn’t taken the plunge I would have never known I could do it.