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SUMMER OF MYSTERY BLOG TOUR – SMORE MURDERS

Welcome to the “Summer of Mystery Reads” happening July 9th to August 17, 2018, at THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF!

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S’more Murders (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan

About the Book

S’more Murders (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496709196
Digital ASIN: B0776HN51M

Managing a fitness club café and collaborating on a cookbook with her grandfather are Val Deniston’s usual specialties, but she’s about to set sail into nearby Chesapeake Bay—straight into a murder case . . .

Since catering themed events is a good way to make extra cash, Val agrees to board the Titanic—or at least cater a re-creation of the doomed journey on a yacht. The owner of the yacht, who collects memorabilia related to the disaster, wants Val to serve the last meal the Titanic passengers ate . . . while his guests play a murder-mystery game. But it is the final feast for one passenger who disappears from the ship. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Now Val has to reel in a killer before s’more murders go down . . .

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

I was an avid reader and visited two different libraries each week in search of books. Inspired by them, I wrote my first novel when I was 13 years old, pounding it out on a manual typewriter and gave it to my best friend chapter by chapter. I enjoyed watching her smile as she read what I’d written and decided to be a writer who would make readers smile.

 

What genres do you write in?

I write mostly mysteries, both novels and short stories. I used to write academic articles about modern drama, but trust me, the mysteries are more interesting to all but a few students and scholars.

 

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

My mother brought home stacks of mysteries from the library each week, and my 4th grade teacher gifted me her Nancy Drew books. They hooked me on the mystery genre. I kept reading mysteries as an adult. When I was working on my Ph.D in English, the reading was often long and dry, so I read mysteries for fun. Eventually, I even taught a course on the Literature of Mystery and Detection at Georgetown University.

 

How did you break into the field?

I took workshops taught by published writers of mysteries to learn the craft, attended conferences on the mystery genre, and joined Sisters in Crime. Through that organization I heard of an agent willing to represent first-time writers based on cozy-mystery proposal. The agent accepted my proposal and found the right publisher for my series.

 

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

Primarily, I want to entertain readers. In writing about crime, though, I’m dealing with a serious subject. A common thread in all my books is how crimes that go unpunished, even so-called victimless crimes, can lead to murder.

 

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

Typing “The End.” Writing a book is a long, hard process. Having a finished product gives me a huge high.

 

What do you find most challenging about writing?

I’m slow writer because I want each sentence to be perfect before I move on to the next one. My greatest challenge is getting past my internal editor.

 

What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

The difference between an unpublished writer and a published one is persistence. Never give up and keep learning how to write better.

 

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

If I’m working on a book, I don’t read mysteries similar to it, but I read fiction and nonfiction related to the book’s subject matter. For example, I studied works by and about Edgar Allan Poe when I was working on THE TELL-TALE TARTE. While writing S’MORE MURDERS, I read up on the Titanic. I also usually reread at least one novel by Jane Austen every year.

 

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

Though writing fiction was what I wanted to do from the time I was a teen, I collected too many degrees and tried on too many jobs for size—ESL teacher, professor of writing and literature, computer programmer, technical writer, software trainer, and instructional designer. None of them fit. Now I’m finally doing what I wanted to do all along. Despite a variety of careers, I’ve had the same interests for years: cooking and eating, crosswords, theater, travel, and trivia.

 

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

Website: https://www.mayacorrigan.com

Blog: https://www.mayacorrigan.com/smorgasblog

Newsletter: https://www.mayacorrigan.com/newscontact.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayacorriganbooks

Amazon Author Page: https://tinyurl.com/yakfszxo

Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/y84uzloa

About the Author

Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. It was followed by Scam Chowder in 2015, Final Fondue in 2016, and The Tell-Tale Tarte in 2017.

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries.

Author Links

WebPage: mayacorrigan.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maya-CorriganBooks/305167769636032

 

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July 31 – Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

July 31 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

August 1 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

August 1 – Texas Book-aholic – REVIEW

August 2 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

August 2 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

August 3 – Cozy Up With Kathy – GUEST POST

August 3 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT

August 4 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

August 4 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

August 5 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

August 6 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 6 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

August 7 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

August 8 – Readeropolis – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 9 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 9 – Mysteries with Character – SPOTLIGHT

August 10 – My Reading Journeys – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW

August 10 – Queen of All She Reads – REVIEW

August 11 – A Blue Million Books – GUEST POST

August 12 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

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3 Comments

  1. Kathleen Kendler

    Great book.

  2. Mary Ann Corrigan

    Hi Shannon,
    Thank you for featuring S’More Murders on your blog and for interviewing me. I enjoyed answering the questions!
    ~ Maya

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the interview with Maya Corrigan and for being part of the book tour. I always love to learn more about author whose books I have on my TBR list. I would love the opportunity to read “S’more Murders” which sounds like a great book and one that I would greatly enjoy.

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