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Author Q&A ft L.A. Chandlar | THE GOLD PAWN Book Tour | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

The Gold Pawn (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The cozy mystery stops at Reade...

The Gold Pawn (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar is on virtual book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The cozy mystery stops at Readeropolis with an author interview and giveaway. Enjoy!

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Author Interview

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

  • People who like mysteries and adventure, but also story. If you like just thrills, there certainly are good chase scenes and sometimes bombs and such. BUT it’s also about the passion of the city, the artfulness and laughter of life, with characters who become friends.

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

  • The books, so far, have been named after a key element of the book that is the cornerstone to the plot. The series title is something my editor and I researched and gave a lot of thought. The Art Deco Mystery Series has a lot of panache over other choices that we looked at such as, “A 1930s New York Mystery.” Art deco brings specific images and certainly an era to mind. Plus, I always have a piece of art in the background of every story that comes and walks along with a character, helping them navigate the mystery. So this series title really brings home the heart of the stories.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

  • Well I adore Lane for her gumption and ability to face her own faults, which is a big theme in The Gold Pawn. And of course, Fiorello is a fun, passionate, interesting character (as he was in real life!). But my favorite – and I truly love my whole cast of Regulars – is Aunt Evelyn. She’s the person I aim to be one day. I love the fact that because of her artful nature, she sees the people around her as diamonds whether they’re in the rough or not. She isn’t swayed by money, ethnicity, talent…she sees and loves the people. Which is why she has friends in all places. She’s very colorful and I admire that she took in Lane when Lane had nowhere to go. I love her and Kirkland, their relationship. They’re so great.

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

  • Characters are a funny thing. They really do have a mind of their own, which is so weird. In The Silver Gun, I wasn’t too thrilled with Roxy, but she’s really grown on me. The villains I love to hate and they do what they’re supposed to do, so I actually them even if they’re terrible. So the ones I truly despise, are two people I’m leading up to for book 3, The Pearl Dagger. They’re Finn’s parents. I really hate them, especially his mother. I’ve always hated them for disowning their son, which has been alluded to in both the first two books. I can never understand parents turning on their own kids. And the mother…Ugh! She’s not evil, she’s worse. She’s a word that Lane loathes: hapless. It’s that lukewarm nature that I can’t stand.

What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?

  • The fun fact is that I have art in the background of the stories, like I mentioned earlier. That era was known for incredible adversity, yet so much beauty, innovation, and art that was created despite the hard times. I wanted to have a deep level to the story that shows art’s capacity to heal and even redeem. The other fun fact, is that I really enjoy showing the nuances of history. So I love showing what else was going on in an era that can easily be pigeon-holed into The Depression only. A great way to do that is with cameo appearances. I bring in all sorts of people who really could have crossed paths with Lane. Sometimes I just give you clues as to who they are, you need to read my Author Notes to find out what scenes were actual events (especially where Fiorello is concerned) and who’s who in the cameos. But I can tell you a few fun ones: Sam Battle, our first black NYPD officer, Bob Hope, Albert Einstein, and OH way until you see who’s in book 3! Ooh hoo hoo! It’s delicious.
  • Books that are similar to mine… For the fun approach on historical mystery, I’d say like R.J. Koreto’s Alice Roosevelt series, Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs series. The series that’s like mine that’s historical, but has an artful bent, I’d say anything by Rachel McMillan. And for the humorous parts of the characters that are like mine, probably Elizabeth Peters. And a small bit of Janet Evanovich. How’s that for variety?

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

What can we expect from you in the future?

  • I have a three book contract for the Art Deco Mystery series, with THE PEARL DAGGER coming out in 2019. This time I still have the main mystery in NYC, but I take Lane and Finn to London where Finn faces the ghosts of his past. It’s FUN. I hope to increase the length of the series, i.e. it’s not a trilogy. I have big plans for Lane involving Whiskeytown (Detroit’s nickname during Prohibition), the Savoy, jazz and Coney Island…  Another project, is a favorite holiday traditions book that I wrote for a talk I did for a holiday tea for women at the United Nations. It’s a historical fiction novel that’s like Mitch Albom meets Sophie Kinsella, about a modern day journalist who travels to New York to get the human interest stories about the people behind beloved -and often unknown- holiday traditions. It’s called The Christmas Journalist and has stories about the first Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center; the first radio transmission Christmas Eve 1906; how the end of the Civil war, the beautiful Jewish response to Lincoln’s assassination, and a disheartened pastor all came together to pen a beloved carol; the WWI Christmas Truce, and lots more delicious stories. I also hope to write a YA series that has Morgan from the Art Deco Series as the main characters, where the stories weave in and out of the other Deco series. And lastly, I’ve been toying with a coming of age thriller based in the Eighties that’s like Stand by Me meets Big Little Lies.

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

  • The best thing someone can do for any author is to write reviews at GoodReads and Amazon, then share it with specific friend who might also like that sort of thing. Just putting it on Facebook and tagging friends who are readers can really help!

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

  • Keep your mind on your love of writing and then keep writing. I just tweeted an article from Career Authors (a great tool), where it talked about “dismissing the No.” Most of us face a lot of rejection in this extremely subjective industry. It’s just part of it. But keep pressing on, grow as a writer, and keep writing. If you’re really a writer, the No will hurt, but it won’t curtail your love. And when you face adversity, remember the joy, the heart of why you like telling stories.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

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About the Book
The Gold Pawn (An Art Deco Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (September 25, 2018)
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713435
ISBN-13: 978-1496713438
Digital ASIN: B078QSRGRY
November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .

Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

About the Author
L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.

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