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Prestige, Privilege & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery)
by Christa Nardi
About the Book
Prestige, Privilege & Murder (A Stacie Maroni Mystery)Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Self Published (January 10, 2018)
Print Length: 182 pages
Money isn’t worth killing for, or is it?
When her estranged husband is murdered, Stacie Maroni Noth is quickly identified as the main suspect. With divorce papers not yet signed, she may get a substantial inheritance – a clear motive in the eyes of both Noth’s family and the police. His family and law firm strive to keep up the pretense that all is above reproach and idyllic. In her quest to prove her innocence, however, Stacie discovers she’s not the only one with a motive for murder. Could it be a colleague at the prestigious law firm where he worked? Or is it tied to the victim’s stance on domestic violence? Or maybe even his threats to reveal family secrets? Whatever the true motive may be, it soon becomes clear that Stacie might be the next victim.
About the Author
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What initially got you interested in writing? Not sure I even know the answer to that. I wrote stories as a teen, then poetry in high school and college. Some time after that I tried to write a novel, and gave up. That was many years ago. About 15 years ago, a friend and I were talking and joking about writing – she is in the local writer’s group. It got me going.
What genres do you write in? Other than textbooks and research articles (my full-time job), only cozy mystery – I think of it as cozy mystery because there’s an amateur sleuth, no graphic violence or sex, and no profanity, but I’ve gotten feedback that it’s on the edge.
What drew you to writing these specific genres? I have always loved mysteries and trying to solve them.
How did you break into the field? I went to the local writer’s group, and then the state conference. At first I thought about trying to find a publisher and agent. As I talked to people and read the pros and cons in various online groups, I decided to go ahead and self-publish. I think I’m still “breaking into the field” – I learn new things about writing and marketing all the time.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works? Hmm. I read mysteries for fun and an escape from everyday stress. I hope my readers like my characters and find something they can relate to, to help them de-stress a little – and maybe see some of the same conflicts and stresses they’re dealing with to know they’re not alone.
What do you find most rewarding about writing? I find it therapeutic to believe to solve the conflicts and woes of my characters in the stories even if I can’t always do the same in real life. In some ways, it helps me to think through how to resolve conflict or deal with those difficult “characters” in real life – and to see the positive in even the most annoying of them.
What do you find most challenging about writing? Most challenging? Once I’ve managed to find the time to write the story, relatively speaking the hardest part is writing the blurb. Or coming up with a catchy title – and if part of a series, one that fits with the rest of the books in the series.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
What type of books do you enjoy reading? Sometimes I like the more laid-back cozy mysteries. Occasionally, I enjoy something more hard-boiled. In either, a little romance keeps things interesting. I’m not sure why other than needing a break, I seem to binge read sweet romance from time to time. I’m a sucker for “happy ever after.”
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you? I’m a dog lover and all of my writing includes a dog, at least as a part of the family. We have three – two are rescues, the third we “inherited” when another family member couldn’t keep him any more. They are our “children” along with three human granddaughters.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work? I am on twitter (@ChristaN7777), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/christa.nardi.5 . I send out a newsletter about once per month with updates on works in progress and sales. If interested, readers can sign up at http://smarturl.it/NardiNewsletter . Readers can also follow me on Bookbub and Goodreads.
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today!
Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery along with romance are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to cozy mystery. She is the author of the Cold Creek Series and co-authors a young adult mystery series with Cassidy Salem.
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00G8SBCKK
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