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Another Man’s Poison
by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa
• No explicit language and the only scene with any lack of clothing contains no actual sex.
Crime reporter Colleen Caruso has an appetite for romance…and trouble. When someone tries to poison Ken Rhodes (her handsome boss and boyfriend), Colleen vows to hunt down the culprit and serve them up to the police. She’s whisked away into the scrumptious world of restaurants and gourmet food as she tangles with four culinary divas from Ken’s past.
Trouble is, Colleen doesn’t know when to turn down the heat.
Is this Jersey Girl’s investigation a recipe for disaster?
Or will the poisoner get their just desserts?
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing? I honestly don’t remember back that far. I started writing short stories in the fourth grade and wrote periodically after that. Writing has always felt normal to me.
What genres do you write in? I write mostly mysteries, but have published in both sci-fi and horror. Presently I’m working on something far more literary – and it’s certainly a challenge after concentrating on cozy mysteries for the past five years.
What drew you to writing these specific genres? I love a good murder! Who doesn’t? As for horror, I also love being scared out of my wits and I like trying to scare other people out of theirs.
How did you break into the field? I broke in by sending out an endless stream of short stories to magazine editors. When a writer constantly sends out submissions, eventually she’ll get a lovely acceptance letter from some publication. I also joined several writing groups. Writers are generous with their contacts and happily share advice with other writers.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? There’s certainly nothing brilliant or earth-shattering in my published fiction so far! I’d rather create characters that readers can relate to and identify with. It does my heart good when someone reads one of my books and says, “the main character reminds me of my mother” or better still, “she’s just like me!”
What do you find most rewarding about writing? When someone reads my book and tells me she couldn’t put the book down until she finished the very last page. Then I know for sure I’ve done a good job.
What do you find most challenging about writing? White screen terror is the most challenging aspect for me! Facing a blank page and trying to start a new story is a scary proposition. I don’t have a real feel for the characters yet when I begin, and the storyline is just a vague notion until I’m at least twenty pages into the book.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field? Read as much as you can in your chosen genre. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from other authors’ fiction. Be consistent, persistent, and don’t self-edit while you’re writing a first draft. Chug along and bang it out. You can always go back and dress up the manuscript later on in the process.
What type of books do you enjoy reading? I enjoy bios and memoires, true crime, self-help books, mysteries, horror, and anything to do with American history.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? Sure. I am an avid skydiver and I’m wanted in fifteen states for poisoning a string of husbands – no, not really! Actually, I’m pretty boring. I’ve worked in a lot of different areas – appellate printing, the government, college admissions, a newspaper stringer (though that is writing, too), an arcade game manufacturer, and a PR office. I don’t know if anyone finds this interesting, but it’s certainly eclectic.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work? Visit my website at joannlamonreccoppa.com or shoot me an email at joannreccoppaauthor at gmail.com
About The Author
Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa is the creator of the Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery series, which includes New Math is Murder; Hide nor Hair, and the latest installment, Another Man’s Poison. Her short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Reccoppa worked as a stringer for Greater Media Newspapers for many years and wrote hundreds of articles, covering everything from serious medical stories to restaurant reviews. She draws on her past newspaper experience to create quirky characters and outlandish scenarios for the Jersey Girl Cozy Mystery series.
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