Molly MacRae Blog Hop Post

I’m busy getting ready for the 35 guests coming to my home tomorrow for Thanksgiving plus going to work at the library’s new Teen Place tonight, so Molly is doing a guest post for us today with her blog hop. This is a fun way to learn about some great mystery authors. Enjoy! -AA

Let’s Go to the Hop!

Connie Archer, author of the Soup Shop mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, invited me to take part in a Blog Hop – a sort of travelogue that leads readers to websites and introduces them to new authors or reacquaints them with old familiars. To participate, authors answers ten questions about their latest book or their work in progress. Some of the questions are easier than others. Here are my answers and you’ll notice that I had trouble with number four and if any of you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

What’s the working title of your book?

Dyeing Wishes. It’s the second book in my Haunted Yarn Shop mysteries and it comes out in July 2013.

Where did the idea for it come from?

When I was the director of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee, I came across an old photograph of a double-murder that took place in a field outside of town sometime in the late 1800s. The victims, a young man and woman, were laid out in the grass. They almost looked as though they were asleep, but they’d been shot. That photograph haunts me and Dyeing Wishes grew from it.

What genre does your book fall under?

Genre: cozy/traditional genre; Subset: humorous

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’m at a loss. If anyone has any thoughts, please, put them in a comment. I bet Meryl Streep would make a great Ardis, though. Meryl Streep can do anything!

 What’s the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A textile preservation specialist inherits her grandmother’s yarn shop in tiny Blue Plum, Tennessee, and ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands.

 Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I have an agent and the book is being published by NAL/Obsidian, which is part of Penguin Group.

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

215 days. Yes, I keep track.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It would be an honor if Dyeing Wishes were compared to any of Monica Ferris’s excellent needlecraft mysteries. For humor, my goal is to be compared to Dorothy Cannel or Charlotte Macleod.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The wonderful landscape and stories of east Tennessee. And sheep.
  What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If they read the first book in the series, Last Wool and Testament, they might wonder if they’ll learn more about the ghost or whether Kath will find her grandmother’s secret dye journals. Hmm, could be, could be. There will definitely be more recipes and another knitting pattern.

So those are my answers. Thanks for reading, and thank you to Connie Archer for inviting me to the Hop. Be sure to look for the first book in her series, A Spoonful of Murder. And have fun hopping on over to the next websites on Wednesday, November 28th. You’ll have the pleasure of meeting Maria Hudgins who writes wonderful travel mysteries and Sarah Wisseman who writes archaeological mysteries. Who knows? One of them might become your next favorite author.

And always, always, thank you to Amy Alessio for everything she does for authors and vintage food and crafts.





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