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Author Q&A ft. Maya Corrigan | S'MORE MURDERS Book Tour | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

S'MORE MURDERS (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan is on book tour with Great Escape Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropo...

S'MORE MURDERS (A Five-Ingredient Mystery) by Maya Corrigan is on book tour with Great Escape Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis with an author interview. Enjoy!

Author Interview

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

People who enjoy traditional mysteries with a strong puzzle element, as I do, are my intended audience. I play fair with readers, putting on the page all the clues needed to figure out who-dun-it, but I also try to outwit readers by hiding the clues amid other details.
Many scenes in my books involve food, and who doesn't like food? Scenes in which the suspects have a meal together are a rich source of insights into character and motive. So, you can read my books for clues, food, and the combination of the two in food clues.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
My Five-Ingredient Mysteries have five suspects, five clues, and five-ingredient recipes. I’ve read many hundreds of mysteries and noticed that the number of likely suspects is often around five in whodunits. Four and six suspects are also common. As a reader, I find it hard to keep track of a larger number of suspects, so I decided to do myself and readers a favor by limiting the number. It may look as if my mysteries contain more than five clues, but some of them are red herrings. Readers have to figure out which are the significant clues and interpret them.

Now for the recipes . . . I’m not a professional cook, but I love eating good food. As a mom with two young children, two jobs, and an aversion to processed food and fast food restaurants, I collected easy recipes with few ingredients so I could put dinner on the table quickly. My main character, Val, runs a café at an athletic club and focuses on quick, healthy food to serve her customers. Her grandfather, who takes up cooking in his 70s, avoids complicated recipes. The five-ingredient recipes were his idea.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?
Thank you for asking that question. Cover designers are the unsung heroes of book publishing. Dan Craig is the cover artist my publisher chose. I love all the covers Dan designed for my books. My editor asks me for cover ideas for each book. For the first book in the series, I suggested various different types of images. The publisher chose one of my suggestions—to depict the ingredients of a dish on the cover. That decision established the look of  all the books in the series. Since then, I've come up with titles that include the name of a dish that plays a role in the book, and the cover includes the ingredients for the title dish (e.g., Scam Chowder, Final Fondue, and S’more Murders).

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Val’s widowed grandfather is a favorite character of mine and many readers. Sometimes ornery, he’s a confidante and a foil for Val. He has spent his whole life in Bayport, the Chesapeake Bay town where the two of them now share a house. Though Val visited her grandparents often as a child, she didn’t grow up in Bayport. She relies on Granddad’s insights into the town and its people to help her solve crimes. They have different values, challenge each other, and arrive at conclusions neither would reach alone. They make a good team though they rarely agree with each other. They have typical male-female and generational conflicts. Yet they are more alike than they realize—independent, dogged, and sometimes impetuous.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Amazon Author Page:

What can we expect from you in the future?
S’more Murders is the fifth book in the series. Two more Five-Ingredient Mysteries are in the works, one with a Halloween theme in 2019, and one with a Christmas theme in 2020.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
1. Write a short review. If you enjoy the book, please leave a comment on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or a blog. Books need lots of reviews to attract attention. Just a line or two mentioning the title and what you liked about the story would mean a lot. Thank you.

2. Preorder a book if you’re planning to read it. The number of preorders affects how many readers see the book featured online and how many copies booksellers order. Bookshops are more likely to order extra copies of a book if they know it has fans waiting for it. With more books on the shelf, more readers will see the book and buy it.  

3. Request your local library stock the book.  
Writers love libraries, which introduce books to a wide audience. Even if you have your own copy of a book, put in a request for it at your local library. Thanks.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice  for other writers trying to get published?
The difference between an unpublished writer and a published one is persistence. Never give up and keep learning how to write better. Sign up for writing conferences and workshops. Join a mystery-related group like Sisters in Crime (also open to misters in crime) and MWA (Mystery Writers of America). The contacts you make in those groups can lead to publication. I know many writers, and I’m one of them, who got their first publishing contract by following leads suggested by members of those groups.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Yes, I'd like to say thank you to all the readers who enjoy mysteries and keep our death-related fictions alive and well.

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 
5th in Series 
Kensington (July 31, 2018) 
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496709196 
Digital ASIN: B0776HN51M

Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on a cookbook with her grandfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, but she’s about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay—straight into a murder case ...

Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic—or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic passengers ate . . . while his guests play a murder-mystery game. But it is the final feast for one passenger who disappears from the ship. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Now Val has to reel in a killer before s’more murders go down . . .

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

About the Author 

Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. It was followed by Scam Chowder in 2015, Final Fondue in 2016, and The Tell-Tale Tarte in 2017.  

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies. When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries. 

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  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog and for asking great interview questions. I enjoyed answering them and I appreciate your featuring my book on your blog.
    ~ Maya

  2. Thank you for the interview with Maya Corrigan and for being part of the "S'MORE MURDERS" book tour with Great Escape Virtual Book Tours. I'd love the opportunity to read this book which is on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Enjoy #NationalSmoresDay y'all! Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Wednesday, Aug. 08, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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