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January 2017

Interview with Award-winning Mystery Author Kathryn Lively


What inspired you to write mystery books?

The first books I remember reading and enjoying were mystery stories. I read Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown, but before that I loved Elizabeth Levy’s “Something Queer” picture book series in elementary school. My father read mystery novels often, so I suppose I picked it up from him. It seemed natural when I decided to write fiction I start with this genre.

What style of mystery novel is your favorite (police procedural, cozy, etc.)?

I read pretty much anything, but I tend to gravitate toward stories with amateur sleuths. I wouldn’t consider all of them cozies, but any story where an ordinary citizen gets involved in a caper is bound to hook me. To date, all the mysteries I’ve written featured non-law enforcement sleuths.

What are you working on now?

Recently I finished a romance, the second story in a trilogy I’m working on for Totally Bound Publishing. My next work, however, is a thriller set in the 1970s about a young woman taking desperate measures to save a friend’s business. I’m still sketching the outline for that one.

Do you prefer to write mystery series books or stand-alones?

I would like to write a series (The Rock and Roll series I have out is two books long), but I find I am interested in telling so many stories. I am probably better suited to standalone novels. Perhaps if one takes off and sells well I’ll consider expanding that world.

What’s the last mystery book you read that you really loved and would recommend?

I’ve recently discovered Mary Kubica. Her style is more suspense and thriller than straight procedural, but she writes compelling stories. Her most recent one, Don’t You Cry, has kind of a “Single White Female” vibe to it. I’d recommend all of her books so far.

Where do you get your ideas for the mysteries in your books?

Some ideas I’ve had were inspired by current (or then current) events, or stories in history. My first suspense story, Little Flowers, touches on faith and the pro-life/pro-choice debate, which is always current. My book Pithed (which will be reprinted in 2017) started as an idea by my father who, like the sleuth, is a retired science teacher.

I have followed the rock group Rush for years, too, and belonged to an active fan group online and attended a fan convention. Rock Deadly and Rock Til You Drop, were inspired by my association with other fans.

When you start a new book, do you always know whodunit or does it sometimes come as a surprise to you?

I have a general idea, but even though I outline my mysteries I make changes as the story progresses. With Little Flowers, I knew the character right away. In the case of Rock Til You Drop, I had two possible suspects before I settled on one.



About the Book


Rock Deadly by Kathryn Lively

Music tutor by day and tribute band guitarist by night, Matt “Lerxst” Johnston doesn’t have an enemy in the world…so he thinks. One night a pretty young woman tries to smother him in his sleep, and it’s not for the usual reasons a woman would have for wanting to inflict harm upon him! The dream he enjoyed at the time quickly spirals into a nightmare of mistaken identities and nosy investigators who threaten Lerxst’s freedom, to say nothing of coming close to discovering his grandmother’s secret “herb garden.”

Armed only with a guitar and endless questions, Lerxst escapes the discomfort of his beach home and hides out in New York City to learn the true identity of his would-be assailant. Instead he learns more about himself and what he needs to do to survive the next attempt on his life.

And what a long, strange trip it is…





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About the Author

Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor, Slytherin, Whovian, and Rush (the band) fan. She loves chocolate and British crisps and is still searching for a good US dealer of Japanese Kit Kat bars.

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