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Author Q&A ft T.C. Wescott | SLAY BELLS by T.C. Wescott| GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents Cozy Mystery

Slay Bells (A Christmas Village Mystery) by T.C. Wescott is on book tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis w...

Slay Bells (A Christmas Village Mystery) by T.C. Wescott is on book tour with Great Escapes 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?

My intended audience are people who love classic mystery fiction as well as modern cozy mysteries. They should read Slay Bells because it’s a deft combination of the two. The traditions of the classic mystery are placed within the coziest world I could dream up – Christmas Village. I up the ante by constructing impossible or ‘locked room’ murders, so my protagonist, Maribel Claus, must first solve how the murders were committed before she can discover whodunit.

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

Once I imagined the world of Christmas Village and settled on Maribel Claus as my heroine, the series title just presented itself – A Christmas Village Mystery. For the book title, I wanted something that said ‘murder mystery’ and ‘Christmas’ in as few words as possible so that readers would know immediately what kind of book it is. I thought ‘Slay Bells’ delivered on that. Plus, I had a nifty idea of how bells would fit into the story.

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

One fun fact about Slay Bells is that I work actual fun facts about Christmas into the story. By creating a fictional world, I can do fun things with it. One thing that interests me when doing a holiday-oriented book is to work in little facts about Christmas and how it’s celebrated that have been lost to time. As the series progresses and other holidays are explored, I look forward to researching and working more little nuggets into the stories. As a reader I’ve always loved that so I enjoy implementing it as a writer.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

Sort of. I’ve published two non-fiction works on Jack the Ripper and am arguably a leading North American authority on that case. Also, I play guitar.

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

It’s funny you ask as I happen to have some links handy:

Twitter: @MousetrapBooks


What can we expect from you in the future?

In January I’ll be coming out with Running from Arrows, which is the second book in my Running Store Mystery series. The first, which was published in July, is Running from Scissors. If you enjoy Slay Bells it's a safe bet you will also enjoy my other series. You do not need to be a runner to appreciate it (I’m not a runner).

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

Write reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, and BookBub. Also, please follow me on these sites to see what new stuff is coming out! Authors need to know people like their work in order to keep creating it.

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

If you’re self-publishing, get an editor. Please. A good one. Pay for one if you have to. This is crucial. Also, save your pennies for good cover art. You won’t attract readers without a good cover and you won’t keep them if they’re constantly distracted by your typos!

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Yes! To anyone who made it to the end of this interview, I want to thank you for giving me your time. And if you’re so generous as to purchase and read Slay Bells, then bless you!

About the Book
Slay Bells (A Christmas Village Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Brand New Series
Better Mousetrap Books (November 23, 2018)
Print Length: 273 pages
Digital ASIN: B07HGG7ZFR

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the village, the night settled in over swirling-smoke chimneys; the air was alive with pine and holly, with sugar and cinnamon and cider, by golly!

Along snowy lanes and through shadows it crept, past windows behind which each villager slept, where sleeping dogs lie and cats rest a’purring—

Tonight, in Christmas Village, a killer is stirring.

Welcome to Christmas Village, a magical hamlet where even in December the roses hold their luster and bees buzz among the bluebells. You’re just in time for the week-long Christmas Festival, and nowhere is Christmas celebrated with such unrestrained merriment as the village which bears its name. Mayor Cobblestone and Sheriff Fell will be somewhere nearby, doing all they can to make sure you’re safe during your stay.

Provided you haven’t booked a room at Plum Cottage.

Nestled betwixt an opulent garden with meandering footpaths and an ancient grove of plum trees, Rose Willoughby’s boarding house is plum-full with lodgers. There are no vacancies, but just wait. Soon there will be one…and another…and another.

Presently lodging at the cottage are: the juggler, the acrobat, the magician, the psychic, the strongman, the manager, and the pretty assistant. In town as festival entertainment they’ve each brought their own bag of tricks. And a closetful of skeletons.

When the entertainers begin dying in inexplicable ways, some villagers believe a beast from old village lore is the culprit. The sheriff knows better, but he’s just as helpless to catch the invisible killer as are the town folk with their eyes to the sky in search of a flying creature. But our mysterious murderer hasn’t counted on yet another lodger coming to the cottage: Maribel Claus.

Short as a stump, round as a wheel, sweet as a candy cane, and a sharp as a whip, Maribel loves a good puzzle. But has she finally met her match at Plum Cottage?

Can you figure out whodunit before Maribel does? If you’re up to the challenge, here’s your first clue—the key to unlocking the secret of the murderer’s identity lies in figuring out how the murders were committed. Good luck!

About the Author
T.C. Wescott was born in Missouri but has lived in Oklahoma most of his life. Like pretty much every author who has ever breathed, he is an avid reader. His favorites are classic mysteries from the Golden Age, as well as just before or just after that period (which is widely considered the period between the two World Wars). His first mystery novel, Running from Scissors, was published in July 2018 and will be the first of at least three books in the Running Store Mystery series.

The Christmas Village Mystery series will launch in November of the same year with the debut title Slay Bells. The formula for his books is simple - mixing the classic, traditional detective fiction standards with all the trappings of the modern cozy mystery.

Wescott is also (under another name) the author of two award-winning non-fiction books as well as a slew of essays and articles.

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  1. Mayor Sonni! Thank you for having me as a guest today in Readeropolis. It is an honor and I'm greatly enjoying my stay. I hope your readers enjoy Slay Bells and that you'll have me back again sometime on a return visit.

    1. It's my pleasure! Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Sunday, Dec. 02, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: