Friday, November 22, 2019


Today Suspense Sisters welcomes cozy mystery author, Abby L. Vandiver, who has a brand new book. Leave Abby a comment at end of interview for a chance to win a copy of Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies. Isn't that an intriguing title! First, the interview:

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say? “Here, let me help you.”

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies? I have no interesting hobbies! When I’m not writing, I’m usually watching murder mysteries or romantic comedy movies on Hallmark. But one thing that takes up a lot of my free time is googling. I googled everything! People who know me always say, “Go ahead and google it, I know you want to.” Um, maybe it’s more an addition than a hobby . . . 

What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
The Mirror by Marlys Millhiser. I think it started my fascination with time travel. That book has stayed with me through the years even though I only read it once . . . I think I might have to go back and read it again!

What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not? I think everything I write has a mystery element to it. My first book was sort of sci-fi-ish, but still the story was infused with puzzling unsettlement until the end.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? Compliment: I write good dialogue. Criticism: It’s hard to say. I don’t take criticism in a bad way, I use it as a learning experience, so it has all been useful and help me grow as a writer. I think though, if I had to choose something, I would say that it may be writing in my own voice—interjecting my culture, experience, colloquiums—and being denigrated for it.

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why? Rom-com! I want so much to write a romantic comedy, I think I could write a good story. The only problem is I blush just writing flirty scenes. I don’t know how I’d write the kissing parts!

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be? I fell into my career as a writer, it wasn’t a planned path and I really don’t have anything I’d do differently because, I was lucky, things just fell into place.

What is the most important piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors? Get an editor! 

Here's a little about Secrets, Lies & Crawfish Pies: Romaine Wilder, big-city medical examiner with a small-town past, has been downsized and evicted. With few other options, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Roble in East Texas, leaving behind the man she’s dating and the life she’s worked hard to build. Suzanne Babet Derbinay, Romaine’s Auntie Zanne and proprietor of the Ball Funeral Home, has long since traded her French Creole upbringing for Big Texas attitude. She’s a member in a number of ladies’ auxiliaries and clubs, including being in charge of the Tri-County Annual Crawfish Boil and Music Festival. Hanging on to the magic of her Louisiana roots, she’s cooked up a love potion or two—if she could only get Romaine to drink it. But her plans are derailed when the Ball Funeral Home, bursting at the seams with dead bodies, has a squatter stiff.

Dead Guy is a problem. Auntie Zanne can’t abide by a murderer using her funeral home as the dumping grounds for their crimes, and Romaine doesn’t want her newly elected cousin, Sheriff Pogue Folsom, to fail on his first murder case. Together, Romaine and Auntie Zanne set off to solve it.
With a dash of humor, a dollop of Southern charm, and a peek at current social issues in the mix, it’s a fun romp around East Texas to solve a murder mystery of the cozy kind.

Here's a little about Abby: WALL STREET JOURNAL AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Abby L. Vandiver has always enjoyed writing, combining that with her gift for telling stories and love of mystery she became an author. A hybrid, she has written as an indie as well as a traditionally published author. Abby has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. Additionally, Penguin Berkley will publish the first book in her new cozy mystery series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, beginning spring 2020. Abby has a bachelors in Economics, a master’s in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor. A former lawyer and visiting college professor of Economics, she resides in Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing classes at her local library.

Please leave Abby L. Vandiver a comment for a chance to win a print copy of Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies. You MUST leave your email address. Sorry, US only. 

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  1. A new to me author to check out! The book sounds great. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Can't wait to read more about Romaine & Auntie Zanne! Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!
    Robin in NC RW620 AT aol DOT com

  3. The story sounds delightful! And Abby sounds just as delightful. :-) I'd love to read this book.
    patchesdanny at yahoo dot com

  4. Sounds good, time to check out another new author. I like the cover!

    wfnren at aol dot com

  5. Thank you for the interview with Abby L. Vandiver. Love reading more about author's whose books are on my TBR list. Can't wait for the opportunity to read "Secrets, Lies, and Crawfish Pies". What a wonderful title and cute cover. Excited to read more about Romaine's adventures.
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  6. You are a new author to me, but this book sounds like so much fun! I am definitely going to check it out!

  7. nice interview
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  8. sounds right up my alley! Good review and thank you for the chance!

  9. This book sounds amazing. Love to read and to get to know a new author to me. joeym11atfrontierdotcom

  10. This book definitely sounds like one I'd enjoy.

  11. This book sounds like a very good read! I would love to read this book. Thank you so much for sharing about it and the author, she is a new author to me.

  12. Welcome Abby! I really enjoyed the description of your book. Sounds like my kind of read. Adding "Secrets, Lies and Crawfish Pies" to my TBR list. Happy Holidays!

  13. Hooked as soon as I heard the word crawfish! Can't wait to read it!

  14. Sounds like a great book, would love to win it!

  15. I truly enjoy reading cozy mysteries and look forward to checking out this author!!!!!

  16. Would love to win a print copy! Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! God bless! Lual Krautter My email: krautter12ATbresnanDOTnet

  17. This sounds like it will be fun to read. I'd love the chance.
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    1. Oh, and don't enter me in the drawing...I just hopped over to read a little of the story and was hooked...bought it. :-)

  19. On my! Sounds like Aunt Zanne has a problem on her hands and Romaine might be just the one to help solve the mystery.