It’s my great pleasure to have the author of For Love or Money, Cathy Perkins here with us today at My Written Romance.
You will be able to read my review of For Love or Money shortly.
And now for the interview:
Hi, Cathy and welcome to My Written Romance!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m a transplanted Southerner, currently living in Washington, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with my husband, children, several dogs, and the resident deer herd. My books are predominantly financial-based mysteries, but I enjoy exploring the relationships in my characters’ lives. Inspiration comes from a financial day-job–I’ve learned firsthand the camouflage, hide in plain sight, skills employed by my villains.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America (Kiss of Death chapter) and International Thriller Writers, I help coordinate the Daphne du Maurier contest and manage the ITW Debut Authors program and blog, The Thrill Begins.
Can you give us the Cliff’s Notes version of what your book is about?
The back cover blurb sums it up!
When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.
To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.
What is it that you love about this book, and in particular your hero and heroine?
I love that Holly is a smart, take charge woman, but vulnerable underneath it. When her parents’ lives go off the rails, she steps in to keep the family business running. The last thing she expected to get involved with is a murder investigation, but as she looks into the life of her murdered friend, she finds parallels to her life, her parent’s pending divorce, and suggestions the victim wasn’t entirely blameless. Holly may be nosy and tenacious, but her heart is definitely in the right place.
Dealing with her ex-fiance, JC, is also on Holly’s Do Not Do list, but the sparks keep flying between them. Holly doesn’t know if JC really thinks she’s involved in the crime(s) or if he’s using it as an excuse to keep seeing her…and maybe start something new between them.
My favorite part to write was the dialogue for these two–RT Reviews called it ʺfunny, snappy dialogue.ʺ
What is your favourite part of the writing process? Is it creating characters, world-building or is it typing The End?
Is there a D, all of the above?
If I have to choose one, it’s the characters. While creating the plot is huge fun – I love twisty mysteries where so many people, I mean characters, have a motive for the crime – you’ll notice the characters and their motives snuck right in there! Adding layers of complexity to the characters draws me into the story. So far, readers agree!
Who is your writing superhero – the author or writer who inspires your own work? Why?
So many books and authors!
There’s a different list when I’m working on a darker book, but FOR LOVE OR MONEY is lighter in tone and more amateur sleuth than police procedural mystery. The relationship is more tightly woven into the story’s conflicts, so I’m calling it a romantic mystery.
For this book, I looked to authors such as Hank Phillippi Ryan, who writes about smart women drawn into solving mysteries; Sophie Littlefield, whose Bad Day series introduced an intriguing, crusty heroine with Stella Hardesty; and Toni McGee Causey’s Bobbie Faye series grabs you by the hand and whirls you through a hurricane worthy of south Louisiana.
The other thing that inspires me about each of these women is how professional, gracious and generous each one is, giving back to the writing community.
Outside of writing, what do you do to relax?
If anyone can figure out how to add a few hours to each day, I’d be so grateful!
Like many authors, I have a demanding day job that takes up a huge chunk of time. Most weekends, though, I’m at our place in the mountains. Lots of things to build there, but I enjoy the woods and river, playing with our dogs and kids, or spending time with friends on the deck, savoring a glass of wine. My daughter gave me scuba-diving lessons for Mother’s Day, so apparently there are new adventures on the horizon.
What’s next for you?
There are so many possibilities! Are you sure you can’t add an extra hour or two to the day?
Let’s see, my agent just put a dark mystery out on submission, so cross your fingers and think, lots of offers! I started the second, contracted book for Entangled, imaginatively titled Book2 (which so far features rock-crawlers, the llama, and lots of Holly & JC sparks) and my editor asked me to write a shorter story for the Flirt or Ever After line. And then there’s a book I really want to write about … oh, I should stop now.
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Here’s a little bit more about Cathy!
Cathy Perkins is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters’ lives. Her suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflaged, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with her work-a-holic husband, a 75-pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy and a Wirehair puppy’s who’s intent on digging her way to China.
You can learn more about Cathy on her website http://www.cperkinswrites.com.