Author Interview ~ Eva Gates

Posted February 9, 2016 by Stormi in Author Interviews / 10 Comments

cozy eventI 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:

Eva GatesVicki 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.


Vicki can be found at, Eva at, on Twitter @vickidelany and Facebook: evagatesauthor

Book Three in the Lighthouse Library Mystery Series


The national bestselling author of Booked for Trouble returns with another charming mystery set in the most literary lighthouse in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
Misfortune blows into North Carolina’s Outer Banks when a dead body in a boat on the shore leaves local librarian Lucy Richardson racing to solve a strange new mystery….

After a successful party at Bodie Island’s Lighthouse Library, librarian Lucy Richardson is ready to curl up with her cat, Charles, and a good book. But her R and R is cut short when she notices some mysterious lights leading a small boat to crash into the coast.

The two shipwrecked seafarers survive the ordeal—but one of them shows up dead ashore a few days later. Lucy finds herself again roped into a murder investigation and navigating a sea of suspects, all of whom had motives to deep-six the deceased. And this time, she has a sinking feeling that finding the real killer won’t be so easy…

by book or by crook booked

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10 responses to “Author Interview ~ Eva Gates

    • Stormi

      I haven’t read any of her books as Vicki Delaney so I didn’t know about them till the interview….lol. 🙂

    • Stormi

      Yeah, I am in a genre rabbit hole….lol. In a big mystery kick whether cozy or detective types…lol. This month is my Getting Cozy with a Mystery reading month. 🙂

  1. Great interview… and I didn’t realize this was the same author as Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen either! I’ve had my eye on these books for a while, mainly due to the setting, and I like that description of the third book a lot. Lights where there shouldn’t be any… I’m in! I think with the third one coming out I’ll get these and binge read them. 🙂

  2. What a fun interview! I was surprised you are more of a dog lover. I wonder how many other authors feature cats in their series because it works better. Interesting. And cozies are my addiction. The small towns, quirky characters, fun titles and colorful covers, love all of it. LOL
    I’ll check out this series, Stormi. And I’ll start at the beginning. LOL

  3. By Book or by Crook will be my next read! Stormi recommended the book to me and I am looing forward to reading it. I do own a tv, but we don’t really use it, we only have one so I can still use my playstation. I lvoe jigsaw puzzles, but don’t make enough time to do them.
    What I like about cozies is that combination of normal people, learning more about their job or hobby, the fun cats of characetrs and ofcourse the murder mystery. I didn’t realize The Year Round Christmas mysteries was also by this author, I have the first book on my to-read list! Great interview!

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