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Catherine Chant

Catherine Chant is the author of a young time travel series available at and other online retailers, and two installments in the Vampire Diaries franchise via Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. She teaches several online classes for writers throughout the year, and her popular workshop GROW A BOOK: TURNING YOUR STORY IDEA INTO A WORKABLE PLOT is now available as an eBook, exclusively at

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May 2017

Interview With Best-selling Mystery Author Lynn Cahoon

Mystery Author Lynn Cahoon


What inspired you to write mystery books?

I write romance too, but I’ve always been interested in the why things happen. Good and bad, and mystery gives me that ability to delve in a little deeper into my characters.

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

I’m a cozy girl. I really love being able to build a community of people who can come back book after book.  And I’m all about figuring out the whys behind things. I like the lower gore factor in cozy’s too.

What are you working on now?

New series – Farm to Fork – Angie Turner is opening a new restaurant in the little town where she grew up in Southwestern Idaho, River Vista. The first book is titled Who Moved My Goat Cheese and will release early 2018.  I love going home with Angie.

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

Series, definitely. I like learning more about my characters, book after book. While I’m writing my tourist trap series, it’s like coming home and seeing what the gang’s doing since I’ve been gone.

What is your typical day like?

Since I work a day job, I get words down in chunks. Five in the am, I start. Then I tend to write at lunch, and then finish up the words when I get home. If I’m on deadline, I write weekend mornings. That can give me 4-5k words.

Who were your literary heroes growing up?

Stephen King, Tolkien, Robert Jordon. I love fantasy, especially when everyday people fall into an alternate universe.

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

I never know who the killer is until the book is done. I might think I do, but sometimes, that’s the too easy answer. I want to discover it at the same time as my amateur sleuth.  😊 I’m not a plotter, more of a gardener, where I plant seeds and see where the story takes me.




Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon

Hospitality and Homicide

A visit to the serene coastal town of South Cove, California, could make anybody feel refreshed and inspired. But as Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—discovers, some folks won’t live to tell about it . . .
Mystery author Nathan Pike checked into South Cove Bed & Breakfast to compose a compelling novel, not commit murder. But things get real when a rival B&B owner ends up exactly like the victim in his draft—undeniably dead. As Nathan prepares to complete his magnum opus behind bars, Jill’s the only one who can prove his innocence and deconstruct the plot of a twisted killer!

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About the Author

Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER, book 1 of the series, won the Reader's Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She also pens the Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, and FATALITY IN FIRELIGHT are available in mass market paperback. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at .

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