Today we’re talking with my friend and critique partner, Debra Sennefelder! Debra’s debut mystery, The Uninvited Corpse, was released this week and I am so excited for her. I’ve been waiting for this day for just about a month less than Debra because I had the good fortune to have read this book as she was writing it. The Uninvited Corpse is a great start to Debra’s cozy mystery series, which features food blogger Hope Early.
Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer…
Read through the interview to get to the part where you could win a copy of Deb’s book!
Welcome, Debra. Congratulation on the release of The Uninvited Corpse! Let’s get started with the obvious question: Who are you planning to murder next?
If I tell you I would be ruining the surprise and I wouldn’t want to do that. But I can give a little hint of what’s to come. For the second book, The Hidden Corpse (out April 2019), I was inspired by Gone Girl (retrofitted for a cozy, of course) and real-life cases of wives who go missing and the cloud of suspicion over their spouses.
Do you ever see people out in the world and mentally cast them as villains or victims? (Because I do and I need reassurance this is normal.)
Absolutely! This is totally normal for mystery writers. Honestly, some days there are more victims than villains.
Who would win in a fight—Ethan Cahill or Jake Barnes?
Both men are very fit and strong. To be honest I don’t think they’d let anything get to them that much where it resulted in a knock-down-drag-out fight. I think they’d instead go get a beer and turn on a sports game.
Okay, but what about our heroines—Hope Early or Miranda Vaughn?
The image of Hope and Miranda? That’s hilarious. Though, I instantly thought of Sarah and Claire piling on in the fight. Probably before anyone was crowned the winner, they’d all break down in laughter and head to the spa for a mani/pedi.
I think Hope has the advantage. Miranda is easily distracted by food and Hope’s a great cook. Moving on. Do any of your story ideas come from real life?
Absolutely. I honestly think the reason the first crime scene in The Uninvited Corpse is at a garden tour is because I dislike gardening very much. An unexpected visit from a neighbor inspired a situation in my second book, The Hidden Corpse. So I do draw on real-life experiences and tweak them. Trust me, my garden has never been a crime scene. At least not that I know of.
There’s a meteor heading straight for Hope’s adorable farmhouse. She’s got her animals ready to go. What household item does she run back in to grab?
Great question! No doubt about it, her stand mixer. She loves that thing.
Last question—what is your theme song?
Is it odd I don’t have one? I have three. Catch My Breath by Kelly Clarkson, Material Girl by Madonna, and Bitch by Meredith Brooks. Depends on my mood.
Thanks for visiting and sharing a little about yourself!
Want to check out The Uninvited Corpse? Well, I’m giving you a chance to win a FREE copy. Click here and follow me on Amazon. Three winners will be chosen on April 8th. Good luck!