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Murder Over Medium (Jade Blackwell Mystery Series) is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview featuring Gilian Baker

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Murder Over Medium: Jade Blackwell Mystery Series 

by Gilian Baker


Author Interview



Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?


My books are written for all cozy mystery readers, though I did have a particular group in mind when I first came up with the concept of a blogger-as-amateur-sleuth. The idea for the characters and plot came to me when I was a struggling, burnt-out blogger. My college-age daughter, also a writer, talked me into joining NaNoWriMo 2015 with her, even though I had no time for fun and games.

This was the first time I’d dipped my toes into the waters of fiction writing, and I loved it! It was such a catharsis! I got to touch upon some of the hardships we “solopreneurs” deal with on a daily basis while designing a whodunit! Before deciding to publish that first book, I cut around 40,000 words from the NaNo manuscript. Too. Much. Catharsis.

Online entrepreneurs work too much and can feel isolated. I wanted to give them a way to step away from their to-do lists and laugh. And so, the Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery Series was born. I hope the books are a fun read for everyone, especially for those bloggers and freelancers who need to take more breaks and relax.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

I must give full credit to my husband for the title Murder Over Medium. I couldn’t come up with anything I loved. Time was running out—I needed to get the cover concept to my graphic designer, but still didn’t have a title. One day my hubby and I were sitting on the front porch and since he knew the plot, I asked him to throw out some title ideas. Murder Over Medium was the first thing he came up with. I immediately loved it! The play on words is perfect because one of Jade’s, my protagonist, flaws is her lack of cooking skills.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Of course, I love Jade, but that’s too easy. So, I’d have to say Phyllis Buckley. She’s an 80-something woman with lots of energy and is more curious than Jade. (Well, maybe.) When we first meet her, she’s wearing a housecoat, tube socks and shower shoes. Her hair is a gray, fuzzy halo that looks like she entered a wind tunnel after her shower. She never worries about what anyone else thinks—she’s past all that. Phyllis does Pilates, loves social media, has a new boyfriend, and of course helps Jade figure out clues. My fans love her!

She’s such a fun character to write. In fact, I rarely have to stop and think about what Phyllis would say or do. She came to me in a flash, fully formed, which in itself is miraculous. I can see her in my mind’s eye easier than any other character. She and Jade met in Book 1 Blogging is Murder, and I immediately knew I wanted to continue the character. She’s a pip. You never know what she’s going to say or do next. Even I’m surprised sometimes!

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

I almost changed the ending. I love the current ending, don’t get me wrong, but after I’d sent the manuscript off to my editor, a different ending popped into my head. I vacillated for a while about whether to change it. But in the end, I decided to write the alternative ending and give it away to my readers. I can’t wait to hear back from them about which one they prefer. The link for the free download is in the back of the book so your readers can easily access it.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I must admit that even though the book pokes fun at the metaphysical, I’m really into that stuff. Have been for many years—certainly before it came into vogue! Maybe that’s why I was able to write it the way I did…because I’ve been called all kinds of names for believing in spirit guides, crystal energy and whatnot. And like Gwendolyn Hexby, the psychic medium in the book, I use tarot cards as the tool to seek guidance.

Along those same lines, I am a Reiki Master-Teacher. Reiki is an ancient Japanese form of energy work that is passed down from student to teacher. It’s helpful in healing on all levels—physical, mental, emotional and energetic.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’ve already started Book 4 in the Jade Blackwell series, and have ideas for several plot lines/settings that I’m eager to write about. I plan on continuing to write this series until it no longer thrills me. I also have some ideas for other series brewing. At least one will be set in a totally different setting and time. I’m not prepared to say more than that about them right now though.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Oh, I’d be so grateful if readers would leave a review at Amazon and/or Goodreads! Reviews much a huge difference in getting books in front of other cozy fans. It’s like giving a gift of a great story to other book lovers. You can review the book here:



Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

If you’ve always wanted to write, do it. There’s been no better time in the history of publishing to make it happen. The trick is making it a priority. Just like anything else, you have to make time for it if it’s important to you. When I took the plunge to publish my first book, I decided I’d go through the process once, and if I loved it, I keep going. If not, I’d pat myself on the back for giving it a go and then move on. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it. If you want to be an author, you’re going to have to treat it like a job. Schedule writing time and don’t let anything keep you from planting your bum in that chair to write.

 


Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series 
Misterio Press (December 31, 2017) 
Print Length: 216 pages 
ASIN: B077T9D6Q5 
GoodReads Link Coming Soon

Former English professor turned blogger, Jade Blackwell, is enjoying her predictable routine when trouble comes knocking in the form of an old friend and colleague. Unbeknownst to Jade, Gwendolyn Hexby is no longer the successful academic she once knew and trusted—she is now following a new calling as a psychic medium, a contentious career that flies in the face of the logic and deductive reasoning Jade values.

At first, Jade welcomes the visit, but things soon turn bizarre as Gwendolyn brings only disorder danger and disruption. When a murder is prophesied, and a beloved pillar of the Aspen Falls’ community winds up dead, Gwendolyn becomes Sheriff Ross Lawson’s prime suspect.

To get Gwendolyn out of hot water, and more importantly, out of her house, Jade attempts to prove her friend’s innocence. Jade believes she’s finally discovered the truth, but is soon brought back to reality when she learns all is not as it seems in the realm of the metaphysical. Not even murder.

Return to the Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery Series in Murder Over Medium, as Jade jumps into the fray of a territory not governed by logic or reason—in either this world or the next.


 
Gilian Baker is a former English professor who has gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger, ghostwriter and cozy mystery author to her C.V. She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain murder mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder for her Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggling with her husband watching British TV or discussing literary theory with her daughter.

Gilian lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines. In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder. 

Author Links: 
Webpage - http://gilianbaker.com/blogging-murder-first-chapter/ 
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GilianBakerAuthor/ 
Amazon - http://amazon.com/author/gilian-baker 
GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16252646.Gilian_Baker 


Purchase Links Amazon 



TOUR PARTICIPANTS: 
January 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – GUEST POST 
January 16 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW 
January 16 – Queen of All She Reads - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
January 16 – Island Confidential – INTERVIEW 
January 17 – Dee-Scoveries - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
January 17 – Readsalot – SPOTLIGHT 
January 18 – StoreyBook Reviews - GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY 
January 18 – Babs Book Bistro - SPOTLIGHT 
January 19 – Brooke Blogs - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
January 20 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews - CHARACTER GUEST POST, GIVEAWAY 
January 20 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
January 21 – Readeropolis - INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
January 21 – Laura's Interests - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
January 22 – Pulp and Mystery Shelf - CHARACTER GUEST POST 
January 23 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
January 24 – A Blue Million Books - CHARACTER INTERVIEW   



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1 comments:

  1. Mayor, just wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for hosting me on my latest book tour! It's an honor to be here!
    ~Gilian

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