Today’s guest is author Terri Austin, author of Diner Knockout and three previous Rose Strickland mysteries. If you’re a fan of greasy spoons and fight club goons, read on!
Q: Terri, can you tell us what the book is about?
A: I’d be happy to. And thanks so much for having me on today!
Rose Strickland’s life is complicated. Besides her waitressing gig, she works part-time for Andre Thomas, a PI with no faith in Rose’s ability to investigate, her love life with Sullivan has stalled, and her BFF, Roxy, has found a new bestie, leaving Rose out in the cold.
Determined to prove herself, Rose takes a case on the sly. As she searches for a missing MMA fighter, Rose discovers an illegal fight club, a group of ruthless businessmen, dead bodies, and a trail of drugs.
Hunting down clues that lead too close to home, Rose finds herself in the fight of her life. Can she beat the killer to the punch before she gets knocked out for good?
Q: What kind of research did you do for Rose’s PI job? Do you have any PI experience?
A: I have no PI experience, sadly. I find news articles and I also subscribe to a PI magazine that I find fascinating. I’m always surprised at the lengths to which criminals will go. If they’d just put all that initiative to good use!
Q: When I was younger, with a stronger stomach, I used to love going to diners– the sketchier, the better. Tell us about your favorite diner!
A: Unlike the fictional Ma’s Diner, my local greasy spoon is open for breakfast and lunch. The omelets are amazing and there’s always a wait time. The waitresses are tatted up, but super friendly. It’s homey and smells divine.
Q: Your series covers are fantastic–who designed them? Who came up with the idea?
A: Thank you! I love them, too. I have to give all the credit to my editor, Kendel, and the creative team at Henery Press. They’ve really branded their cozies with adorable covers.
Q: Your Amazon author page lists nine books, and the earliest publication date is 2012. What are your productivity tips for writing several books a year?
A: Life will try to horn in on your writing. Don’t let it! Make time to write. NaNoWriMo your way through each book if you have to. At the end of the year, that’s a lot of words on the page.
Q: Writing can be very solitary. How do you balance the need for solitude with the need to get out and be with people?
A: I’m an introvert, so I don’t mind holing up at home. I have a group of friends I see almost every Friday night for dinner and board games. They keep me from being a total hermit.
Q: What’s next for Rose?
A: More mysteries to solve. More family drama to wade through. And more time with the hottest crime lord in town, Sullivan!
As a girl, Terri L. Austin thought she’d outgrow dreaming up stories and creating imaginary friends. Instead, she’s made a career of it. She met her own Prince Charming and together they live in Missouri. She loves to hear from readers. Drop her a note at TerriLAustin.com.