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Etched in Tears (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
by Cheryl Hollon
Etched in Tears (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery)
4th in Series
Kensington (November 28, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
E-Book ASIN: B06XFHHZJQ
When a famous glass artist is murdered at his own exhibit, deadly secrets are put on display, and it’s up to glass shop owner Savannah Webb to see through a killer’s cover.
Celebrated glass artist Dennis Lansing is returning to St. Petersburg, Florida, for an exhibit at the world-renowned Salvador Dali Museum. His unique style of embedding document images in his art is at the vanguard of contemporary glasswork. But as Savannah’s first boyfriend and a former apprentice to her father, Dennis’s return home has her reflecting on the past—a trip down memory lane that takes a dark turn when Dennis is found murdered at the museum with an old reference letter from her father in his pocket. A search through her father’s records sheds new light on Dennis’s history, but it seems his present life wasn’t so transparent either. Now, with a gallery of suspects to consider, it’s up to Savannah to figure out who fits the mold of a murderer.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:
What initially got you interested in writing? I’ve always been a reader – in fact I can’t remember not being able to read. My family used the public library extensively. I remember being very disappointed that I could only check-out ten picture books for the week. After I read most of the Young Adult books in our neighborhood branch, my dad would sneak me into the adult stacks and check out my selections on his card. The librarian knew exactly what he was doing, but turned a blind eye.
What genres do you write in? I currently write a cozy mystery series that features Savannah Webb, the new owner of a family-owned stained-glass shop in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition, I am working on an aviation series set in 1954 Marietta, Georgia. The main character is a recent graduate from Georgia Tech with a degree in physics. But Harriet Buchanan is unable to find an engineering job so she takes a secretarial position at Lockheed Martin where she discovers a fatal design flaw in the new military cargo aircraft, the C-130.
What drew you to writing these specific genres? The Webb’s Glass Shop Mysteries have been written with my mother in mind. She reads books for comfort, quirky characters and a cracking good mystery. As a spry 91-year-old, I’m happy to report that she enjoys them – believe me, she would say so if she didn’t. My two teen-aged nieces enjoy them too. The aviation series will be a little edgier with some colorful language and a few adult themes.
How did you break into the field? I broke into publication the old-fashioned way: 1) with an e-mailed query to an agent I had gotten to know through social media, 2) a lot of hard work on my cozy proposal, and 3) a huge chunk of plain old good luck.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? A strong sense of justice served and the feeling that you attended a reunion with dear friends and close family. The characters should ring true with hopes, dreams, failures, and successes that grow from book to book.
What do you find most enjoyable, about writing? Even in the midst of writing a chase scene, the act of writing calms my overactive brain. I’m completely addicted to my early morning session with the keyboard. I also adore meeting readers who have enjoyed their adventures with Savannah and her posse.
What do you find most challenging about writing? Oh my, without a doubt – that first draft. I struggle every time with getting the sparse, dialogue-driven, first cut at the story I want to tell down on paper. I naively thought that it would get easier with each book. Nope, it is nearly impossible every time.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? Read widely and study books in your chosen genre. Read them for structure, style, rules, and expectations. We’re taking our reader on a six-hour adventure. This is an entertainment we’re in. Be entertaining. Be clear. Don’t confuse your reader.
What type of books do you enjoy reading? I read widely – from Science Fiction, Biography, Noir, Golden Age Mysteries, and Young Adult. Most of my reading time is taken up by reading my friend’s books. Is that a thrill or what?
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? When my boys were small, I became a boy scout leader. As a member of the Council Training Staff, I participated in workshops that trained Scoutmasters to lead their troops. Some of the finest management training I’ve received were through those teaching workshops. They changed my life!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cheryl Hollon now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks. Visit her online at http://cherylhollon.com, on Facebook or on Twitter @CherylHollon.
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