I’m pleased to have author Linda Hope Lee from Edmonds, Washington to chat about her writing and her cozy mystery, Murder Between the Pages, that’s on blog tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.
Nice to have you here, Nina How long have you been published? What titles and/or series have you published and with which publisher? Have you self-published any titles? Please give details.
I’ve published 28 books of contemporary, romantic suspense, and mystery. One is these, Treasures of the Heart, is self-published. Murder Between the Pages is my first cozy mystery.
Wow! That’s quite a writing career.
Tell us a little bit about your books.
Early books were written as Hope Goodwin. Now I’m using my legal name, Linda Hope Lee. Murder Between the Pages, the Nina Foster Mystery Series, Book 1, was released in Dec. 2018. Book 2, Secrets to Die For is in production but no pub date yet.
Something to look forward to.
Describe your goals as a writer. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
I want to write more books in the Nina Foster series. I am currently working on Book 3.
What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
Readers who like cozy mysteries.
Those are very popular today.
What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Not original advice but I can think of nothing better than to keep writing and sending out your work.
That can’t be emphasized enough.
What particular challenges and struggles did you face before first becoming published?
Juggling a full-time job with writing.
I think most writers struggle with that. I know I do.
Do you belong to any writing groups? Which ones?
I belong to RWA, Greater Seattle, Evergreen, and Faith, Hope and Love Chapters; Sisters in Crime.
I also belong to Sisters in Crime. It’s a great group.
What are your hobbies and interests besides writing?
Watercolor painting and photography.
Other creative pursuits.
What do you like most and least about being an author?
Like the most: making up stories. Like the least: Marketing. What is your toughest challenge? Marketing
Most authors dislike marketing. It’s one of my least favorite parts of publishing, too.
What do you like about writing cozy mysteries?
Working along with the amateur sleuth while she puts together the puzzle pieces and solves the crime.
That certainly is fun.
Can you share a short excerpt from your latest title or upcoming release?
From Murder Between the Pages, P. 116. Nina visits the murder victim’s bookstore, Bergman Books:
Next to the reading area, a wrought iron spiral staircase led to the second level, where…a domed skylight allowed light to beam on the lower level…. The skylight was the main reason Wildeen chose this building for her bookstore. She wanted customers to sit and enjoy the books under the dome’s natural light.
“Aren’t you afraid people will only read and not buy?” Nina had asked.
“Not at all,” Wildeen replied. “Books are like clothes. You have to try them on to see if they fit.”
Very nice excerpt. Thanks for sharing it.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about you or your books?
I love writing stories and feel so lucky and privileged to have had my books published.
I feel the same. It was a pleasure to have you here on Ruff Drafts, and I wish you success with your new cozy mystery series. I’m sharing your blog tour below.
Murder Between the Pages
(The Nina Foster Mystery Series)
by Linda Hope Lee
About the Book
Murder Between the Pages (The Nina Foster Mystery Series)
1st in Series
The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Crimson Rose) (December 19, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
Digital Print Length: 190 pages
It’s a sad day for librarian Nina Foster when she discovers her good friend, bookstore owner Wildeen Bergman, dead on her office floor. Worse yet, another friend, romance writer Zelma Duke, becomes the police’s prime suspect. Nina knows Wildeen had something on Zelma. Was it enough to warrant murder? Handsome Stephen Kraslow, owner of the local newspaper, joins forces with Nina to find out the truth. The quest takes them on a dangerous journey of twists and turns before they reach the final outcome.
About the Author
Linda Hope Lee had written contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and mysteries. Other pursuits include watercolor painting, photography, collecting children’s books and anything to do with wire-haired fox terriers. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.
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