Showing posts from April, 2020

Karen Grose discusses The Dime Box

Welcome to first time author Karen Grose!   I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at a writing event before we went into self-isolation for Covid-19 and bought a copy of her novel. See my review at the end of the interview! Karen Grose was born in Canada and lives with her family in Toronto. After a long career in education, she turned her attention to writing. The Dime Box is her debut novel and she’s currently working on her second. When she isn't writing, she works in the EdTech sector and walks her high-strung French bulldog, Ruby, on the boardwalk of Lake Ontario. Connect with her online: @kgrose2 or at Tell us about your life outside of writing. I’m a mom, an educator and learner, and live here in Ontario. I enjoy sports and the outdoors, and split my time between Toronto and spending time at our cottage in the Kawarthas. I enjoy cooking, but I’m not very good at it. The same goes with gardening. Do you have a work in progress? I’

Judith Gonda talks about Murder in the Secret Maze

Escape with a Writer Sunday welcomes Judith Gonda! Judith Gonda is a mystery writer and a psychologist who grew up in Connecticut, London, England, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was trained as a developmental psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continued her education as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California where she also taught and worked as a research associate and met her husband, an architect and professor, there. They moved to Champaign-Urbana where she was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois. She moved back to LA to work as a jury consultant at a leading litigation consulting firm before opening her own jury consulting firm with a colleague. Her passion has always been figuring out what makes people tick, whether through conducting psychological research, applying psychology to legal issues, or examining motives and relationships in writing her mystery novels. She has two adult daughters, one

Round Robin Blog Fest April 18

      Welcome back to another Round Robin Blog Fest! I would wish you a happy spring but it's snowing here and seems much more like December! Spring seems to have passed by us for this week. On the upside, it makes sheltering in place (aka self-isolation) much easier. Like everyone else, I've struggled to keep a sense of humor through all of this. Gawking at the craziness of the world as we watch and wait to see what happens next. The only thing that can really get us through, is a sense of levity. Today's topic is:  How easy or difficult do you find including humor in your writing and/or have you ever incorporated a true life humorous event in your own life or the life of someone you know in a book you were writing? (Thanks to Skye Taylor for this one!) I'm funny. My acting teacher told me so. Actually, what she said was, "You're naturally funny. You don't have to act funny." Translation, I had to rein it in a bit. Just as I was

Happy Easter from Escape with a Writer Sunday!

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE!! I decided to do something a little different this weekend. Usually, I feature a single author for my readers to learn about. Today, I want to thank all of you.  To the authors for being a part of this blog. To the readers for hopefully checking out some new-to-you authors. My warmest wishes for a Happy Easter to you all! Buying our books and leaving us reviews is a part of what keeps us all writing. That and it's in our blood. We can't imagine a world without books, stories, and writers. As much as we love to hate reviews - especially those trolls who drop a one-star review loaded with negativity for no other reason than they can - those reviews are a necessary part of bringing our books to the attention of other readers. So is word of mouth! If you enjoy a book, tell your friends, tell your mom, heck tell the WORLD! We love to see posts and reviews from people who truly enjoy what we do. Even if we didn't write your all-tim

Katherine H. Brown talks about Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life and Pastries, Pies, and Poison

Escape with a Writer Sunday welcomes Katherine H Brown! Katherine Brown is a wife, mom, and Texas author, lover of books and weaver of words. Katherine fell in love with books as a child and started “making” her own out of paper stapled between cardboard for book covers. She has written children’s books, poetry, and currently enjoys planting clues for her characters and readers in her two cozy mystery series. Katherine’s favorite place to travel is the ocean and she will tell you that Blue Bell Chocolate Chip ice cream or a Haggen Daaz chocolate shake is hands-down the best ice cream ever. Her love of chocolate and desserts led to the characters in her first cozy series owning the Ooey Gooey Goodness Bakery. The questions: 1.     Tell us about your life outside of writing. When I’m not writing (or sometimes when I’m supposed to be writing), I enjoy reading and sewing. I’m not a skilled sewer, but thanks to YouTube I did teac