Old Friends and New, Another Murder
(Sheridan Hendley Mystery)
by Christa Nardi
About Old Friends and New, Another Murder
Old Friends and New, Another Murder (Sheridan Hendley Mystery)
3rd in Series
Independently published (December 12, 2019)
Paperback: 206 pages
Digital ASIN: B08276QVPR
A touch of nostalgia, a murder, and good friends.
When a former colleague is implicated in his neighbor’s demise, Sheridan Hendley returns to Cold Creek to prove his innocence. Annoying as Max can be, she can’t imagine the quirky professor is capable of murder. Unfortunately, not everyone shares her opinion. Of course, it doesn’t help that Max threatened his neighbor in a public place soon before the man was murdered. Or that the victim’s drug shipments had a habit of turning up on Max’s doorstep.
Interview with the Author
Author Interview –Christa Nardi
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What initially got you interested in writing? That is hard to say. I have always liked to write, going back to elementary school. Cleaning out a closet recently, I found an envelope with stories I wrote in high school. It seems to come in spurts, though. I don’t remember writing much except poetry in college. Somewhere, lost on a floppy disk from the 80s, I remember starting a fantasy novel. I have no clue what happened to that disk with multiple moves since then. What got me started again in 2000 was a random comment to someone about all the cozy mysteries I was reading, and wanting to write one. So, I did.
What genres do you write in?
Mostly cozy mystery, though I co-author a teen/YA series with Cassidy Salem.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I am drawn to the cozy genre because the stories don’t have graphic violence or graphic sex. I like the amateur perspective. My protagonist is not a detective, police officer, or PI. She is smart and capable; she has a lot of curiosity that leads her to more involvement than the local police would like. The teen/YA series? I still have the original Nancy Drew and some of the Dana Girls on my bookshelves.
How did you break into the field?
When I commented about writing a cozy mystery, a friend introduced me to the local writers’ group and I attended a Writers League of Texas conference. Lots of information and then I did some research, joined groups on social media, and started writing.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? Hmm. That’s a hard one. My protagonists get mixed up in murders related to sexual harassment, drugs, gambling, adultery, domestic violence, abandoned pets, and other real life sticky situations. Hopefully, it increases their awareness of these problems, the value of friendships in dealing with them, and the need to be willing to reach out.
What do you find most rewarding about writing? The process of going from an initial main idea, to creating subplots and tension, and figuring out how to put it all together. Writing the mystery is as much putting the puzzle together as the mystery itself.
What do you find most challenging about writing? Editing is a big one. Not just for typos and overused words. Editing to make sure that all the story parts in my head made it to the paper. The story makes sense to me. Will it make sense to someone else?
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? Start writing. Talk to other authors. Go to writing workshops. Get feedback.
What type of books do you enjoy reading? Mystery – cozy, traditional, crime, and romantic suspense. My second choice (and the other half of my bookshelves) is fantasy, especially those with women as the driving force. One thing about the current COVID-19 crisis is all the books I am getting to binge read.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? I’m a professor and licensed psychologist, but will be retiring from that and writing full time as of August 2020. I love to travel and I love dogs. We currently have two – Sparky and Bailey. We had to say goodbye to Princess in February. I’m married and my husband and I spend a lot of free time (usually) with our three grand daughters, 4, 8, and 11 years. Oh, and Cassidy Salem, author of the Adina Donati Accidental Sleuth series, and co-author of Hannah and Tamar Mysteries, is my sister.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Readers can sign up for my newsletter at Christa’s newsletter
My blog is a combination of book reviews and my work https://christanardi.blogspot.com
About Christa Nardi
Christa Nardi is an accomplished writer and an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery crime authors over time, but she still loves a good mystery. Christa has authored the Cold Creek Cozy Mystery Series, the spinoff Sheridan Hendley Mystery Series, and the Stacie Maroni Mystery Series. She co-authors the Hannah and Tamar Mystery Series. When not reading or writing, Christa enjoys travel with her husband and playing with three dogs and three grand-daughters.
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