How did you come up with the idea of your book?
There is a community theater in the area and we enjoy going to the productions of popular plays/shows in the community atmosphere, sometimes even with people we know in the cast. What better venue for a murder?
Could you give me a short synopsis on the story for my readers?
It’d be the season to be jolly if only someone hadn’t set the stage for murder. The drama program has never been so dramatic. When a student is arrested for the crime, Professor Sheridan Hendley is cast in the role of amateur sleuth.
Tensions run high, friendships are strained, and the college administration is beginning to panic. As the plot thickens Sheridan is yet again drawn deeper into danger. Will she find the truth before the final curtain call?
What made you decide to do a Thanksgiving themed book?
Murder in the Theater is the fourth in a five-book cozy mystery series. The mysteries are stand-alone stories, however, the relationship between Sheridan Hendley and Brett McMann progresses gradually with each book.
They've reached the point where it's time for Brett to meet Sheridan's family. Only all her family lives a distance away and finding a time to meet both their work schedules, her siblings' schedule, and her parents is a challenge. Thanksgiving made it work.
What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?
Getting together with family and too much food?
The Cold Creek Series finished up with Murder and a Wedding. Sheridan and Brett moved closer to his job and so the future includes acclimating her to her new home, her role as a step-mom and wife, and of course, more mysteries. It will be interesting and challenging to see how the Sheridan Hendley series progresses.
What’s the best writing tip you’ve learned or been given that you’d like to share?
Write, write, rewrite and edit. Write down the ideas as they come and let it come together over time.
What do you know now about writing and publishing you wish you had learned sooner?
You just have to keep with it and there are a lot of groups and other authors to lend support. The marketing is probably the one thing I never gave enough thought to in the beginning.
Any last words or tips?
Find support groups and the tools that work best for you.
That’s all for today’s interview. If you’d like to get started reading Christa’s series, here are a couple of links to get you started. If you’d like to share some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions, I’d love to hear them.