Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake)
by D.E. Haggerty
I am very excited to welcome Dena Haggerty to Escape With Dollycas today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Although I’ve always loved to write, it took me a while to settle down and take writing seriously. I started out in the U.S. Army as a military policewoman where I met my Dutch husband while seconded with NATO in Germany. I followed him to the Netherlands where I spent more than a decade working as a lawyer. I fled Holland when I couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany wasn’t my thing either. When my husband got a job in Istanbul, I jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. I’m now back in Holland, working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on the next book.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
I speak four languages: 2 (English and Dutch) fluently, 1 (German) well enough to yell at the tax inspector, and 1 (French) well enough to order wine and flirt in a bar.
I’m addicted to coffee but allergic to caffeine.
I don’t care for reality television, but I’m obsessed with any show about house improvements or buying a house.
What is the first book you remember reading?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
What are you reading now?
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.
What books have most inspired you?
As far as writing inspiration is concerned, On Writing by Stephen King is on top of my list. Before I read it, I wasn’t sure if writing was a career I wanted to pursue.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I’m obsessed with murder mysteries! I inhaled Nancy Drew as a child. As an adult, I became addicted to BBC mysteries (Detective Lewis, Midsomer Murders, etc.). Between this and my background in the military police, writing mysteries seemed like the most natural choice.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
I wouldn’t call it a special place. But I’ve converted a spare bedroom into an office.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
Anywhere and everywhere. I’m an avid reader (some would say I’m addicted) of anything I can get my hands on (books, newspapers, blogs, etc.) which always provides great fodders for stories. I’m also not above eavesdropping on people in bars.
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
The saggy middle! The beginning and end of a story are usually fun to write, but the middle? It can be challenging.
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story is one that moves you, whether it be to tears to laughter or to heart-pounding fear.
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
I’d have to say Anna (the protagonist in the first novel of the Death by Cupcake series). Like her, I’m a bit chubby and insecure. I also love trivia. I like to think I don’t sprout trivia at awkward times, but my friends will tell you I’m wrong.
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
Although my cozy mysteries are series, each book in the series is told from a different character’s viewpoint. Each story has a different heroine, although the main characters don’t change. There’s also quite a bit of romance in each installment.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I’m currently finishing up a romantic comedy. After that, I have two more stories in the Death by Cupcake series planned – a Halloween story and a Valentine’s Day story.
Thank you Dena for visiting today!
About Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play
Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play
5th in Series
Number of Pages: approximately 200 (including recipes)
Digital ASIN: B0862DF52C
How do you plan the perfect July 4th wedding with the groom in jail for murder?
Anna is not about to find out. And no way is she getting married in the jail house. Not happening. Instead, she’s off to uncover the actual murderer, because there’s no way her fiancé Logan would hurt anyone. Yeah, sure, he looks kind of intimidating, but he’s a cop. He fights crime. He doesn’t commit it!
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes solve the mystery before Anna’s wedding is ruined?
Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.
More About D.E. Haggerty
D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown-up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home. Sorry, Mom.
Coming August 22, 2020
Great Escapes Praise for Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake)
by D.E. Haggerty
If you are looking for a mystery series that is a quick read (say over lunch) then check this series out. Not only is their a mystery to be solved, but the quick pace and humor will also keep you entertained. I know I was chuckling throughout the book.
I love this series. I have had the chance to read each fun, funny, and yummy read. Each book is written as a stand-alone and each one gets better.
~My Reading Journeys
This book is just too cute!! . . . I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
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