Not all is what it seems in Pecan Valley and Bea can’t quite put her finger on what is wrong. She’s hoping Marge won’t become a permanent house guest and encourages her to look for a new home, but while they are scouting the neighborhood they end up looking for more than a house for Marge. What Bea wants to uncover is the unsavory dealings of a ruthless realtor and a murderer that might put Bea on the list of victims.
Q: Today my guest is Ann Summerville, author of Night and Day. Ann, can you describe your book in a little more detail for someone who’s a newcomer to your Pecan Valley series?
A: Night and Day is the third cozy mystery in the Pecan Valley series and features Bea who is at an age where she isn’t quite ready for retirement, but neither does she want to continue in her profession as a legal assistant. Her latest quest is to find out who killed a woman whose life hadn’t been as ideal and loving as first thought. While there isn’t a romance as such, there is a romantic interest. Each book is based on a quilt pattern.
Q: What do your readers love about the Pecan Valley mysteries?
A: The one comment I have consistently heard from readers is that they have a feel for where the story takes place and are immersed quickly into the location and the story.
Q: Pantser or plotter? Do you outline your books?
A: I start writing a chapter or two. I step back and take a look at where the story is going and then write a brief outline. I summarize each chapter as I go along. I find it helps when I need to change something in the plot or add a character.
Q: Czechoslovakian author Milan Kundera, when interviewed by Lois Oppenheim, said, “I understood one very simple thing: An author, once quoted by a journalist, is no longer master of his word.” At what point do you think a story no longer belongs to the author?
A: Once you have an agent and/or editor your story is no longer yours. That’s why I prefer to self-publish. I have many author friends whose books were changed so much by their agent/editor that they “lost” characters and ended up in an entirely different genre.
Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A: Spending time with my family, which continues to grow. I have three grandchildren under the age of four.
About The Author
Ann Summerville moved from her native England to California before arriving in the Lone Star State. Her publications can be found in Lutheran Digest, Long Story Short, The Shine Journal, Doorknobs & Bodypaint, Associated Content, Trinity Writers’ Workshop newsletters and also their collection of Christmas stories. Ann is currently working on the fifth book in the Lowenna series set in Cornwall.
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