Note: the winner of a copy of my novel DEATH LEGACY was selected and the book was mailed. Thank all of you for leaving such thoughtful comments on the blog. For those who did not win, the novel can be requested at hundreds of local libraries. I also plan to do more book giveaways.
And now let me introduce our guest author, veteran writer Dorothy Francis, whose novels are already well-known to many readers. Dorothy’s latest novel and my own Death Legacy were published by Five Star/Gale at the same time, and so I feel a special kinship.
Question: Dorothy, what is the title and genre of your latest novel?
Answer: DAIQUIRI DOCK MURDER is the title of my latest cozy mystery novel. I like cozy novels because they have few four-letter words. The word daiquiri came from research that told me the drink, daiquiri, was invented in
and that a beach there is named after the drink. For some reason that
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
Answer: When my husband and I started spending winters in the
I felt as if I might have been born there in another life. Much of my
research came from looking out my window. I started with a heroine who
wanted to write a novel and life overtook her while she was making other
plans. The strong Cuban influence drew me to write about Cuban
characters. I'd never known people like these before. They picked
our coconuts (with our permission) and they searched the sea bottom for
sponges. And they ran for prestigious offices in city government.
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your latest novel?
Answer: Herione Rafa Blue grew up in a family that owned a luxury hotel in paradise (the local name for
West.) As a young girl she ran away from home to
Miami and fell in with 'evil
companions.' She lived in the islands with a grandmother until the
scandal died down. She went abroad to college, returned to Key
West to work as a columnist for the local newspaper
where she met and fell in love with a shrimper living on his shrimp boat.
She wouldn't tell him she loved him until she revealed her runaway scandal,
fearing he would leave her. You'll have to read DAIQUIRI DOCK MURDER to
learn what happened to her and who murdered her Cuban friend and also
threatened her life.
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published novels?
Answer: DAIQUIRI DOCK MURDER is the 6th book in my Key West Mystery series. The first 5 have
West settings with various characters. In Key
West there are a lot of characters to choose
from. The first 4 of these novels (CONCH SHELL MURDER, PIER
PRESSURE, COLD CASE KILLER, and EDEN PALMS MURDER) can be found on
Before writing this series, I wrote children's novels because I loved to read as a child and wanted to please other children. I have a total of around 75 published books--both adult and juvenile, most fiction with a few nonfiction
(Seventy-five published books! Dorothy, that’s quite an accomplishment!)
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: I'm thinking about a new mystery novel, perhaps with a
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: I graduated from
with a bachelor's degree in music and a major in trumpet. I worked for a
while playing in a women's traveling dance band. Then I got a job
teaching middle grade music in University of Kansas .
After that I was married, and began raising a family. Being a stay-at-home mom,
I began learning to write, to submit my work to publishers, and to sign
contracts for short stories and books. Orange County, California
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?
Answer: Write. Write. Write. Read. Read. Read. And don't give up your day job.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to find DAIQUIRI DOCK MURDER?
Answer: It can be found in bookstores wherever fine books are sold, in public libraries, or on Amazon and B&N. For more information about my writing, see my website at www.dorothyfrancis.com
Thank you for letting me appear on your blog.
My pleasure, Dorothy!