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Author Q&A ft Marty Wingate | Farewell, My Cuckoo: A Birds of a Feather #Mystery | Great Escapes Book Tours Presents Cozy Mystery

Farewell, My Cuckoo: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis today with an author i...

Farewell, My Cuckoo: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview. Enjoy!

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Author Interview

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

*I am hit-and-miss when it comes to thinking up my own titles – often I rely on the editorial department, my agent, my readers. But Farewell, My Cuckoo, I’m proud to say, is all mine. Cuckoos generally get a bad rap – laying eggs in another bird’s nest and all – but they are a vital part of our natural world. As I consider topics for a book in the Birds of a Feather series, I like to read about what’s going on, and I discovered that cuckoo numbers in the UK have dropped considerably in the last few years. Although much of this has to do with what happens to them when they migrate to Africa, some of it is under our control – providing the habitat they need. A bird in crisis – that was my inspiration.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

*I’m so excited to say that the fabulous art department at Alibi used my own photo for the cover. It’s the exact view you get from standing out at the pond and looking back to the church. The Fotheringill estate, Smeaton-under-Lyme, and St. Swithun’s church in my Birds of a Feather books may be ficticious, but they are based on real places. So the cover artist morphed the photo a bit so that it wouldn’t be totally obvious. Still, I’m chuffed.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

*Here’s the thing about authors – we love all our characters. Sometimes we love the obnoxious ones even more than we love the cute ones. The easy target for “least favorite character” in Farewell, My Cuckoo is probably Pammy, Michael’s sister who arrives on their doorstep and won’t leave. But it looks like Pammy will also be the most popular character. I can’t tell you how many people have already identified her as being just like someone they know.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

*Nuala Darke, the fantastic baker who runs the tea shop, is based on a dear friend of mine. I’ve describe her so that I recognize her immediately, but when I told my friend about it (“You’re Nuala!”) she was baffled. This is the way it goes when authors base a character on a real person – the real person never sees him or herself.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

*I love to stay in touch. On my author page (, readers can sign up for my occasional newsletter. I manage to get one out every few months – it includes news about my books, books I like, garden tours I lead to England, Scotland, and Ireland, and where I’ll be appearing. I’m on Facebook (Marty Wingate Author) and Twitter (@martywingate). Look me up!

What can we expect from you in the future?

*Hard to believe, but number seven in my Potting Shed mysteries – Midsummer Mayhem – will be out in the fall. There’s always a story to tell!

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

*Readers are so gracious – it’s always heartening to get a “like” on Facebook or a heart on Twitter when an author posts something about a book. Reviews on any and all sites – even just a line or two – can make all the difference in whether potential readers who are browsing for a book see one of my covers. Thank you!

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

*Besides the usual “Write!” I would strongly suggest you find your people. Join (or start) a critique group. Join organizations – knowing other writers and meeting readers can lead to agents’ and editors’ radar. I’m a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers Association in Britain, and the community of writers is a wonderful, supportive one.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

*Thanks to all the readers who love to share in Julia’s own little corner of Suffolk – full of birds, and chocolate cake and cups of tea!

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
4th in Series 
Alibi (April 10, 2018) 
Print Length: Approximately 300 pages 

Julia Lanchester must defend her love nest from an invasive species: her boyfriend’s sister. And then there’s the little matter of murder . . . “The cuckoo comes in April and sings its song in May. In June it changes tune and July it flies away.” Wedding bells are ringing in the small British village of Smeaton-under-Lyme. Julia Lanchester’s second-in-command at the local tourist center is finally getting married, and the lovebirds are giving Julia and her live-in boyfriend, Michael Sedgwick, ideas about their own future. But before anyone can say “Will you,” Michael’s flighty older sister, Pammy, crashes the party, fresh off a breakup and lugging all her worldly possessions around with her in a tangle of plastic bags. Before long, Julia’s cozy cottage starts feeling more like Pammy’s bachelorette pad. To keep herself from going cuckoo, Julia throws herself into her pet projects at work—until death disrupts her plans. First a body is found on the estate. Then the police discover that Pammy was the last one to see the man alive. And soon Julia gets the feeling that if she ever wants her home—or her boyfriend—back, she’ll have to get to the bottom of this mystery, even if it means breaking a few eggs.

About the Author

Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker who shares her love of Britain in her two mystery series. The Potting Shed books feature Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted from Texas to England, and Birds of a Feather follows Julia Lanchester, bird lover, who runs a tourist office in a Suffolk village. Marty writes garden articles for magazines including Country Gardens and the American Gardener. She is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Crime Writers Association. She leads garden tours to England, Scotland, and Ireland, spending free moments deep in research for her books. Or in pubs. Marty Wingate’s captivating mysteries can be enjoyed together or separately, in any order:



Author Links:

Facebook: hor
Goodreads: author/show/453259.Marty_Wingate
Amazon author page: Wingate/e/B001JS1AIS

Purchase Links: Amazon |  B&N |  Kobo | Google Play 

Tour Participants:

April 9 – Babs Book Bistro – GUEST POST
April 9 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
April 10 – Blogger Nicole Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 11 – Reading Reality – REVIEW
April 12 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 13 – Teresa Trent Author Blog - SPOTLIGHT
April 14 – Maureen's Musings – SPOTLIGHT
April 15 – Varietats – REVIEW April 16 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
April 17 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 18 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW
  April 19 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
April 20 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
April 21- Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
April 22 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST  

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1 comment

  1. Cool news about your photo on the cover! And delighted to hear about "Midsummer Mayhem" coming out later in the year!


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