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Author Q&A ft M.L. Hamilton | Murder in the Painted Lady Book Tour & #Giveaway | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents #Mystery

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? I love dolphins. I love their playful nature, their intell...

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I love dolphins. I love their playful nature, their intelligence and their almost human-like capacity to be imperfect. I’ve worked closely with dolphins in the past and I can say they are exceptionally profound creatures. I guess if I had to pick, a dolphin would be my spirit animal. Or a Golden Retriever. I have two and I will have more before I am done. My Goldens, Cricket and Comet, are the most loyal, gentle companions I could imagine having. While I don’t pretend to be as selfless as my two Goldens, I hope a few of their amazing qualities have rubbed off on me.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

The character of Marco D’Angelo in the book, Peyton’s partner, was supposed to die in Murder on Treasure Island. I had the scene all worked out for maximum gut-punching effect. Then people began falling in love with him and I realized that if I killed him off, I’d likely lose a lot of fans. Because of my readers, Marco D’Angelo’s life was saved.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

Dr. Abraham Jefferson, hands down. He would be a blast to hangout with. He’s outgoing, unafraid to be himself, and I know he’d make some insane drink for us to party with, before he talked me into trying some weird food dish. I think a day with Abe would be about perfect, riding around in his Mini, getting matching beads in our hair, or deciding what our latest style trend will be.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I guess I can see the the Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries being made into a movie. The characters are so rich and three-dimensional, the setting is iconic, and I think (being ever so biased) that the crimes will touch people’s hearts and minds. Besides, it would be awesome to see such a kick-ass character as Peyton come to life in a movie theatre.

I’ve toyed with the idea in my mind and even selected actors to play the various roles. I can even think of music I’d want in the soundtrack. Yep, a movie of the Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries would be a whole lot of fun to see made.

Murder in the Painted Lady
A Peyton Brooks' Mystery Novella Prequel
by M.L. Hamilton
Genre: Mystery

Please note: This is a novella, not a full length work.

Peyton and Marco have solved more cases than many senior members of the San Francisco PD, but this case (the death of a high end real estate agent) is proving more difficult than the others.

With no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Peyton fears they won't get a break in the case before the killer strikes again.

In the multi-million dollar San Francisco real estate market, realtors are literally dying for a sale.

**FREE 2/26 – 3/2 , then only .99 cents!**

ML Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in Central California for the last 25 years. Teaching students to appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she always dreamed of publishing her own novel. 

That dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the Peyton Brooks' series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks, FBI launched in 2014. In 2016, she ventured into the cozy mystery craze with her cozy mystery series, Zion Sawyer Cozy Mysteries.

Between teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden Retrievers and reading.

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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

  2. This sound like a nice short read to fit in the day :)

  3. I was wondering what the author is working on next?

  4. Lacey, it definitely can be read in one day.

  5. Cindy, I just finished the first book in a trilogy called the Moon Thief. It'll be a Kindle Scout entry any day now.

  6. How many books are in the Peyton series?

  7. HOw many books are in your Zion Sawyer Cozy Mysteries?

  8. What's your writing process/routine like?

  9. Out of all the characters you have created, which one is your favorite and why?

  10. Who are some of your favorite authors?


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