A Soccer Playing Mom Who Solves Mysteries with Judith Arnold

Romance author Judith Arnold has given writing mysteries a try and she likes it so much that happily for readers like us she’s going to keep doing it.

Judith ArnoldI was going to use a line about kicking balls in the title of this episode but thought better of it. 😉

Judith’s amateur sleuth, Lainey Lovett, is a middle-aged teacher, a widow, a mom, and a ball-kicking soccer player.

Literally.

She uses her soccer skills to remain a member of her beloved Rockettes team, and also to take down the bad guys in these cozy mysteries.

In the intro, I mention that It’s A Mystery Podcast will be on hiatus for a few weeks while I pick up my microphone and move across Canada, back to my home province of BC. I plan to be back with the show in early November. Until then please enjoy this interview with the lovely Judith Arnold.

And happy reading!

You can find out more about today’s guest, Judith Arnold, and all her books on her website JudithArnold.com. You can also find her on Twitter @Judith_Arnold.

Click on any of the book covers to go to Judith’s books on Amazon

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Call the Midwife to Solve the Mystery with Victoria Thompson

Edgar nominated mystery author Victoria Thompson has written twenty (!) books in her Gaslight Mystery series set at the end of the 19th century in New York City.

58 Victoria ThompsonThis is an author who knows her history! I was slightly intimidated to talk to Vicky, because I’m very new to the historical mystery genre. But she was a joy to chat with. You’ll hear us discuss, among other thing, the parallels between the historical period we both write in and the present era we’re all living in and experiencing today.

If you’re wanting to sink your teeth into a series that will provide you weeks of reading pleasure, you’ve come to the right podcast today. 😉 And even better news, Vicky has a new mystery series that recently launched with City of Lies.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Victoria Thompson, and all her books on her website VictoriaThompson.com. You can also find her on Twitter @gaslightvt.

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Paying Homage to Sue Grafton with Bevan Atkinson

Bevan Atkinson is a mystery author who has made a huge, and exciting, commitment to the mystery genre.

57 Bevan AtkinsonListen to my interview with Bevan to find out how she was inspired by the great Sue Grafton and how she’s come to model her Tarot mysteries after Grafton’s Alphabet series. Bevan has put an interesting twist on the idea of using an alphabetical structure to guide the process of writing a mystery series.

During our conversation, we even touch on the subject of cults (something I’ve written a memoir about) because Bevan’s third book in this series involves a cult.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Bevan Atkinson, and all her books on her website TheTarotMysteries.com. You can also find her on Facebook.

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Finding the Mystery Genre with the Help of Greek Gods with Shannon Baker

Shannon Baker has written two very different female sleuths for her mystery novels.

56 Shannon BakerIn this episode she introduces us to both solitude-loving Kate Fox, and rolling stone Nora Abbott.

We touch on the way that the landscape around a character can be a metaphor for their state of mind, and also on history and geography in this wide-ranging conversation.

The day I spoke to Shannon, she had just arrived back home from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ conference where, for the second time (!), she received the writer of the year award. If you’re looking for strong, confident female heroines in your mystery novels, you’ve come to the right place when you sit down with a Shannon Baker book. 😉

You can find out more about today’s guest, Shannon Baker, and all her books on her website Shannon-Baker.com. You can also find her on Twitter @sbakerwriter.

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Co-writing Police Procedurals with Frank Zafiro and Lawrence Kelter

Writing a book is hard enough. Writing one with someone you’ve never met? I would have said that was impossible, until I met Lawrence Kelter and Frank Zafrio.

55 Frank Zafiro and Lawrence KelterTwo very experienced and prolific writers have come together to write a gritty, New York City police procedural that one fan says, “…has it all: a solid mystery, action, suspense, humor, sex appeal, gripping drama.”

You’ll hear me ask Frank and Larry how they managed to make this collaboration work, because collaborative creative projects are something that fascinate me. They mention that one key to their success for The Last Collar was worshiping at the alter of the creative project rather than bringing a lot of ego to the project. In other words, they always did what was right for the project itself.

I think you’ll enjoy hearing from these two lovely gentlemen about the book they’ve brought to life together. Luckily for their readers, they enjoyed working together so much that they’re doing it again! Stay tuned for the next Kelter / Zafrio collaboration in 2019.

Today we talk almost entirely about Larry and Frank’s co-written book, but both authors have other mysteries available. Below are the links to their websites where you’ll find more information about those books.

You can find out more about today’s guests, Frank Zafrio and Lawrence Kelter, and all their books on their websites FrankZafiro.com for Frank, and My-Cousin-Vinny.com for Lawrence. On Twitter, Frank is @Frank_Zafiro and Larry is @LarryKelter

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Minnesota Mysteries and Writing as a Form of Healing with Jessica Lourey

Jessica Lourey is my first guest who is a writer and a full-time writing teacher.

54 Jessica loureyIn this episode of the podcast we talk about her Murder by Month mysteries, and also about her non-fiction book, Rewrite Your Life, an amazing book, which I am currently pouring through.

I use writing every day to keep myself sane. I journal each morning, which helps me to work though some of my garbage, and it also sometimes helps me to know what I’m thinking. I wrote a memoir about ten years I spent in a cult in the 1990s, and writing that book was incredibly healing. And, of course, I also write fiction, which makes me happy, keeps me sane, and hopefully brings a little more light into the world.

If you have any interest in writing at all, I encourage you to listen to my chat with Jessica. We have a lovely time discussing writing, reading, healing and more.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Jessica Lourey, and all her books on her website JessicaLourey.com. You can also find her on Twitter @JessLourey.

Links and resources mentioned in this episode

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Japanese Mysteries and Self-Discovery for Amateur Sleuths with S.J. Pajonas

This was the first cozy mystery series I’d ever heard of that’s set in Japan.

SJ PajonasI had to talk to Stephanie (SJ) Pajonas about her Daydreamer Detective, Mei Yamagawa. Mei has moved back home to the rural community where her mother lives, after failing at life in the big city. But, as so often with life, that’s probably for the best because Mei’s daydreaming ways make her an instinctive and insightful amateur sleuth.

Stephanie and I chat about what led to her fascination with Japan, learning Japanese, and practicing her language skills on her visits to that island nation.

You can find out more about today’s guest, S.J. Pajonas, and all her books on her website SPajonas.com. You can also find her on Twitter @SPajonas.

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  • Stephanie also writes Science Fiction with a Japanese twist. You can learn more here.

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Cozy Mysteries with a Western Twist with Alexandra Amor

This is what happens when the podcast host becomes a podcast guest. 😉

52 Alexandra AmorToday I’m delighted to share an interview from Alan Petersen’s Meet the Thriller Author podcast. The subject of the interview is me! Your host, Alexandra Amor, becomes the guest for this week.

Alan and I talk about my cozy mystery novels set in frontier British Columbia. And we also touch on my children’s novels, as well as the first book I wrote a memoir about 10 years I spent in a meditation cult in Vancouver in the 1990s.

This interview was originally posted on Alan Petersen’s podcast, Meet the Thriller author. Many thanks to Alan for letting me share it here as well.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Alexandra Amor, and all her books on her website AlexandraAmor.com. You can also find her on Twitter @artconnectsus.

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Louisiana Legal Thrillers with Global Themes with Michael H. Rubin

Not every author can combine history, mystery and legal issues in one book.

Michael H. Rubin, and his co-author Ayan Rubin, accomplish just that with their Bayou Thrillers set in the historical melting pot of South Louisiana.

Michael and I discuss how he and his wife manage to share the task of writing compelling, page-turning legal thrillers, which seems to include no small number of very early morning walks.

You can find out more about today’s guest, Michael H. Rubin, and all his books on his website MRubinBooks.com. You can also find him on Twitter @MichaelHRubin.

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Solving Mysteries and Dodging Bullets Way Off Broadway with Cindy Brown

Cozy mystery author Cindy Brown is slightly silly, but also very serious about writing stories that matter to her.

50 Cindy BrownIn this wide-ranging interview, Cindy mentions some great writing advice she got from a Star Wars screenwriter and how that has informed her Ivy Meadows mysteries.

She also shares some fascinating facts about Annie Oakley. When Cindy was researching her latest book, Ivy Get Your Gun, she discovered that Annie was not only a cracker-jack shot, she was a determined and brave business-woman who was reportedly kind and generous despite her fame in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

This reminded me of how much fun it is for writers like Cindy (and me) to weave real life events, people and places into our fictional stories. And of course, we sincerely hope it is as much fun for our readers when they get our books in their hands!

You can find out more about today’s guest, Cindy Brown, and all her books on her website CindyBrownWriter.com. You can also find her on Twitter @friendlybrown.

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