I recently got to review the first two books in the Lighthouse Library Mystery series and I have really enjoyed listening to them. So I was really excited when Eva said she wouldn’t mind being on my blog. 🙂 I can’t wait for her newest book to become available to review on audio! Eva is going to giveaway one copy of By Book or By Crook which is Book one of this series so don’t forget to enter below!
Interview with Eva Gates
Tell me something about yourself not on your author bio.
I don’t own a TV and I do a lot of jig-zaw puzzles.
What is it about the cozy genre do you love?
I just love finding the funny and the ridiculous in people’s lives. Cozies are, of course, murder mysteries, but beneath that they are about ordinary people, living ordinary lives. Ordinary people who find themselves in extra-ordinary circumstances (i.e. the dead guy on the floor of the library) and rise to the occasion. Usually dragging behind them a cast of eccentric, infuriating, odd characters. Which is where the real fun is.
Who are your favorite authors/series?
I have so many. But If I have to choose, and you are twisting my arm here, I’ll mention the Book Collector mysteries by Victoria Abbott, the Ashton Corners series from Erika Chase, the bibliophile series by Kate Carlisle and the cupcake bakery mysteries by Jenn McKinley.
When you decide to start a cozy series, what kind of preparations do you do? I know a lot of them have themes, etc. Do you plan out a whole series?
I don’t plan out the series, in the sense of what happens in upcoming books except in a limited sense. But the location and the characters are planned carefully. The protagonist’s family and friends, her co-workers, even her enemies. All are important to setting the scene, and all are carefully chosen.
Tell us a little about your newest book Reading Up a Storm?
Reading Up A Storm the third Lighthouse Library book, written under my pen name of Eva Gates, will be released on April 5th. The series is set in a library in a lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In this book, the classic novel reading club at the library are discussing Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stephenson, and that night Lucy looks out her window to the ocean, as a big storm comes up, and sees lights where there should not be lights.
You have a cat in your series. So are you partial to cats or do you like dogs as well? I’m a dog lover myself, but noticed a lot of cats in cozies.
I love cats, but I am more of a dog person. The Lighthouse Library series features Charles, the library cat. For obvious reasons a cat suited the library more than a dog would have. Merry, the protagonist of The Year Round Christmas mysteries (written under my real name of Vicki Delany) has a St. Bernard puppy named Matterhorn.
Loved learning a little bit about you today! Thanks for being on my blog!
About the Author:
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Under the pen name Eva Gatesshe is writing the Lighthouse Library cozy mystery series from Penguin Random House, set in a historic lighthouse on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The second in the series, Booked for Trouble was released in September 2015. Look for Reading up a Storm in April 2016.
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen, the first book in the Year Round Christmas series isVicki’s 20th published book.
Book Three in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series