Sandra Orchard—winner of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, among others—leaps off the garden trails of her herbal-researcher-turned-amateur-sleuth (Port Aster Secrets) series, to the museum corridors of her plucky FBI art crime agent Serena Jones, in A Fool and His Monet, Another Day Another Dali and Over Maya Dead Body. When not plotting crimes, Sandra plays make-believe with her young grandchildren or hikes with her hubby and husky near their home in Ontario, Canada.Connect at: www.sandraorchard.com http://www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard
FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha’s Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn’t take a vacation, and she’s soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring. When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications–and even a secret or two?
When a valuable Salvador Dali painting belonging to her grandmother’s friend is mysteriously replaced by a forgery, FBI Special Agent Serena Jones is called in to investigate. Serena hopes finding the thief will also mean finally measuring up to Nana’s expectations. But when the evidence points to members of the owner’s own household, it becomes increasingly clear that Serena won’t be winning any popularity contests. The Dali isn’t the only painting that’s fallen prey to the forgery-replacing thief, raising the specter of a sophisticated theft ring–one with links to dirty cops, an aspiring young artist, and the unsolved murder of Serena’s grandfather.
Serena Jones has a passion for uncovering lost and stolen art—one that’s only surpassed by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She’s joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother’s pleas to do something safer—like get married and give her grandkids—Serena’s learning how to go undercover to catch thieves and black market traders. When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones goes into action. The clues point in different directions and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case, and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather’s case, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger.
What drew you to write mystery and suspense?
I enjoy reading fast-paced mysteries, with a dash of romance, that keep me guessing whodunit. And I love plotting twists and turns that do the same to my readers.
When I first started writing fiction, I thought I was writing romance with a goal to publish with Love Inspired, but when they opened their Love Inspired Suspense line, I realized my novels were really romantic suspense. Writing for LIS naturally evolved into writing mysteries for Revell, when I wanted to write a series with the same heroine sleuth.
I came up with the idea of using the artists’ names in a play on words, but my publisher’s team came up with the winning titles for A Fool and His Monet and Another Day Another Dali. Over Maya Dead Body, in which Maya refers to the antiquities being smuggled is my original title for the final book.
How did you get published and how has being published changed your life?
Who is your favorite or most memorable character in one of your books? If you could, would you want to meet that character in real life?
Ooh, I’d love to meet every hero I write. J In my current series, Serena’s adventurous Great Aunt Martha is probably the most memorable. More than one reader has told me they want to be just like her when they grown up.
I am currently working on a cozy mystery for an ongoing multi-author series. I’ve come to the conclusion that two writing days are rarely alike. With my last two books, which were fully plotted before I started—a task that took me 6+ weeks—I was able to write fast drafts for the first time ever and wrote 3000 words a day. But in both cases my overall word count fell short more than 10,000 words, and from that point, eking out an additional 1000 words/day was challenging. Prior to those two books, 1000 edited words/day was an average day.
Oh yes, I did a lot of exploring for the Serena Jones Mysteries. I visited all kinds of places and neighborhoods in St. Louis, including the FBI headquarters where Serena works. I also visited the Gardner Museum in Boston, the location of the most famous unsolved art robbery. And I made two trip to Martha’s Vineyard to nail down all the details for the setting of Over Maya Dead Body.
Name one of your all-time favorite mystery books or authors.
Tell us about the featured ebook, the one you’ll be giving away to one lucky reader!
Over Maya Dead Body is third and final book in my Serena Jones Mysteries series from Revell Publishing, featuring a plucky FBI agent who specializes in art crime. In this novel, she’s supposed to be on vacation in the beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, but instead stumbles onto an antiquities case, connected to the death of a close friend of the family. Each book in the series is a standalone mystery, with a fun, eclectic group of secondary characters who continue to reappear. But in the first book, A Fool and His Monet, I invited readers to vote for the man in Serena’s life with whom they’d like to see her eventually start a relationship. And Over Maya Dead Body fulfills my readers’ wishes…or at least the majority of them. For the rest, I’ve started a private FB group where they can commiserate over her choice without fear of spoilers.
And even though this novel takes place far from Serena’s St. Louis home, most of my readers’ favorite supporting cast members fly in to help her, and maybe win her heart, making for a potentially fun romp in the sun and sand…if they survive. <wink>
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