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ABOUT THE BOOK
When Marley McKinney’s aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured it—and the surly chef is a wizard with crêpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.
After she stumbles across evidence of stolen goods in Jimmy’s workshop, Marley is determined to find out what’s really going on in the not-so-quiet town of Wildwood Cove. With help from her childhood crush and her adopted cat, Flapjack, Marley sinks her teeth into the investigation. But if she’s not careful, she’s going to get burned by a killer who’s only interested in serving up trouble.
What initially got you interested in writing?
I dabbled in writing my whole life, writing short stories from a young age, but it wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I knew for certain that I wanted to pursue writing seriously. I had a couple of ideas for television shows, so I wrote them in script format. Then one day I decided to turn one of my scripts into a novel, and after that I wanted to keep writing books.
What genres do you write in?
Cozy mysteries are my main focus but I’m also working on a young adult thriller.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I’ve loved mysteries for as long as I can remember and I became hooked on reading cozies about a decade ago, so it was only natural that I gravitated to that genre once I started writing novels.
How did you break into the field?
My first novels were sci-fi and fantasy stories, but then I decided to try writing a mystery and pretty much right away that just felt right. Once I’d written and polished my first cozy mystery (Dead Ringer), I queried literary agents who represented my favorite cozy authors. After I signed with my agent, she submitted the manuscript to publishers and a few months later I got my first book deal.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want my readers to be entertained, to enjoy the fictional world, and to want to spend more time with my characters in future books in the series. Writing mysteries makes me happy, so I hope that my books will make readers happy too.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is having the chance to bring my characters to life on the page and sharing my stories with others.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I often struggle with reaching my target word count. Most of my first drafts end up short of my target, and it can be a challenge for me to add new scenes during revisions without sending the plot dominoes toppling over. I’m getting better with practice, but it’s still the aspect of writing that I find most challenging.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Keep working hard and persevering. Your path to publication might have more twists and obstacles than you’d hoped, but that doesn’t mean it’s not taking you somewhere great.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading a wide range of genres, from historical fiction to young adult. I love mysteries of all types, but the cozy mystery genre is my favorite and I can never go very long without reading a good cozy.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I graduated from law school and work as a legal writer for my day job. I enjoy photography, cross-stitching, swimming, and snowshoeing. My dog, Fergus, and my cat, Nazzy, sometimes keep me company while I write, and other times they try to get me to stop writing so I’ll feed them or take them outside!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
My author page (www.authorsarahfox.com) is a good place to find out more about my work, and people can connect with me on Twitter (@thewritefox), Facebook (www.facebook.com/authorsarahfox), and Instagram (www.instagram.com/thewritefox).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Fox was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.