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(A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
by Kathleen Valenti
About the Book
As Directed (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
3rd in Series
Henery Press (March 12, 2019)
Hardcover: 286 pages
Digital ASIN: B07LB6N22B
In the shadow of a past fraught with danger and tainted by loss, former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is rebuilding her life, trading test tubes for pill bottles as she embarks on a new career at the corner drugstore.
But as she spreads her wings, things begin to go terribly wrong. A customer falls ill in the store. Followed by another. And then more.
The specter of poisoning arises, conjuring old grudges, past sins, buried secrets and new suspicions from which no one is immune.
As Maggie and her best friend Constantine begin to investigate, they discover that some of the deadliest doses come from the most unexpected places.
About the Author
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve been writing for almost as long as I can remember. In fact, one of my clearest memories is writing a magazine with my best friend in second grade. Now I write for a living, both as an advertising copywriter and as a mystery novelist. I guess it’s in my blood.
What genres do you write in?
I write traditional mystery with a medical angle.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I love mysteries and thrillers! They are by far my favorite genre, so choosing to write the books I love to read was a gimme.
How did you break into the field?
It’s not easy to get published. For me, the most difficult part was securing an agent. It’s a long, tedious process in which you “query” prospective agents with your book’s concept or opening pages. The rejection rate for these queries is 99%. Fortunately, with a lot of work and perseverance, I landed an agent and not long after, negotiated a multi-book deal with Henery Press. The rest, as they say, is history!
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
First and foremost, I hope that readers will come away entertained. I read for escape and write books that I believe will provide that getaway from the every day. I also hope they’ll gain new understanding about issues that affect our lives.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I love creating characters who come alive on the page, but I think the most one of the gratifying parts of writing is hearing that a book has affected a reader. When I hear that someone loves my characters or couldn’t put my book down, it’s the best feeling ever!
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Writing a book has so many inherent challenges, and it’s easy for me to distract myself to avoid facing them. The marketing aspect is also incredibly hard. You can write the best book in the world, but if it’s unknown to readers, it’s like the proverbial tree that falls in the woods with no one around to hear it.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Keep reading and keep writing! If you believe in your book, work hard, hone your craft, then find someone who believes in your book, too.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
Mystery, thriller and suspense top my list. I love reading Ruth Ware, Tana French, Jonathan Kellerman, Hank Phillippi Ryan and so many more.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I can play The Eye of the Tiger on my flute, and I love to snowmobile. Not at the same time, though.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Please come visit me on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kathleenvalentiauthor
I’d love to say hello.
Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, which includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. She lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running. Learn more at www.kathleenvalenti.com.
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