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The Last Note: A Miami Music Mystery
by Zaida Alfaro
About the Book
The Last Note: A Miami Music Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Cat Press (January 24, 2018)
Paperback: 268 pages
Digital ASIN: B079T5H45S
Killer songs and a killer voice, but a killer at her gig?
Vy has always found herself at the center of attention as the lead singer for one of Miami’s top cover bands, but when she finds herself at the center of a murder investigation, while performing at the Steel Horse Bar, that changes the tune of the night. Someone believes that Vy knows the truth behind the murder of the bar owner Ricky, and now that person is after her. Vy better figure out quickly who wanted Ricky dead, who is threatening her with her favorite band’s song lyrics, and why she’s falling for the handsome Detective Houston, before she too sings her last note. With a mixture of mystery, mayhem and comedy, you will find yourself immersed in Vy’s musical and murderous world.
Interview With the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
Since I can remember, I was always writing. I would write poems to my family. Then as I got older, my poems progressed to song lyrics. I then became an avid reader of cozy mysteries, and one day I had an epiphany, I should attempt to write my own cozy mystery, and here we are.
What genres do you write in?
Primarily, Cozy mysteries. Although, I am starting to dabble in writing a thriller.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
To be honest, my older sister. She bought me a book because of its cover. I ended reading the entire series of the author. I didn’t know the cozy genre existed before then.
How did you break into the field?
Being an avid reader of the Cozy genre, I thought I should attempt writing one myself. There are many amazing cozy mysteries pertaining to food (Lucy Burdette), tea (Laura Childs), psychics (Victoria Laurie), and flowers (Kate Collins), but there was not a mystery pertaining to music. And that became my main focus.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want my readers to laugh, to in love with a character, to relate to a character, but most importantly, I want to give the reader a few hours of an escape of the real world.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Having a reader say, “ I really enjoyed your first book. And I didn’t figure out who the murder was!” But the most rewarding feeling is knowing that I was able to make my dream of becoming an author, a reality.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
The formatting, believe it or not. The technicality of all the rules you have to follow before its final print.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
The best advice I can give is to not give up. I received so many rejection letters, that I was on the verge of not sending out any more query letters. Then I attended a book signing for one of my favorite authors. Fortunately for me, and unfortunately for her, I was the only person that attended the signing. I was able to sit with her for an hour and talk about my novel and the hardships. She said to me, “give yourself a deadline of a year before you resort to self-publishing. Do not give up just yet.” So when I left that signing, I calendared a year from that date. In six months, my book was picked up! So, do not give up. Give yourself a deadline, and send out as many query letters as you can. There will be one publisher that will believe in your work, but make sure that you believe in your work first.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love reading Cozy mysteries, psychological thrillers, and classic mysteries (Agatha Christie).
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
In high school, I had to take two years of a language. I speak Spanish, and I don’t have the accent to speak French, so I decided to take Sign Language. I enjoyed it so much so, that I took three years of Sign Language in high school. My intent was to become an interpreter, so I minored in Sign Language, and majored in English. Needleless to say, I didn’t became an interpreter, but I do know how to sign. And, I am a comic book nerd, so I have a great collection of comic books!
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
You can visit the following websites for find out more about my books:
About the Author
The Last Note’s main backdrop, the amazing city of Miami, Florida, is beloved and well-known to me. I was born and raised in Miami, and like the novel’s main character Vy, I am a singer/songwriter, as well as the lead singer to a self-proclaimed cover band. All things relating to music or literature are my passion. I keep a journal, and I am constantly writing poems, stories, and any thought that comes to mind. I have a fascination for black and white films, that have the element of mystery. As I have been told by many, I have a very creative imagination.
Website – www.zaidamusic.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/zaidaauthor
Twitter – www.twitter.com/zaidamusic
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/zaidamusic
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