Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
by Avery Daniels
I am so happy to welcome Avery Daniels to Escape with Dollycas today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Colorado native who loves the mountains and low bug population but hates the snow and cold. I have been a bookworm since second grade. Around that time, I ended up having to get glasses (a social nightmare at the time) and my mother was old-school. She got me cat-eye-shaped glasses when the aviator style was the trend. I ended up busting them and claiming it was an accident. I still feel guilty about that.
I was raised by a single mother and a live-in grandmother. They were both voracious readers of mostly historical fiction. We discussed the books we were reading at the dinner table. I learned a lot about history and was the oddball third grader who could recite Henry VIII’s wives and how they died. I still love history and read a lot of historical mysteries.
I paint in watercolor or acrylics and am an amateur photographer. I also do scrapbooking and card making. I must have a thousand sheets of colorful crafting paper and around two hundred rubber stamps! I volunteer at a cat shelter, which is where I adopted my two black cats. They are brothers who are bonded and never parted. I spoil them and love them to bits.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
1) According to Myers Briggs, I am an off-the-charts introvert. Which made being a corporate adult trainer a challenge!
2) I was turned down to join a convent! Long story (I was just out of high school) and seems sooo long ago. The mother superior was very nice about it, but she was correct that it wasn’t for me.
3) I had kidney stones when I was just eleven years old. The doctors were shocked someone so young had gotten them. That’s me, a medical wonder!
What is the first book you remember reading?
Oh my, that is very difficult. I think it was a Dr Seuss, but I can’t remember which one. I was reading by myself at that point. I love Dr. Seuss, but then who doesn’t? Seriously?
What are you reading now?
Steve Berry’s The Kaiser’s Web and Dianne Freeman’s A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder. I read multiple books at a time. At one point in high school, my record was eight books simultaneously without confusing them. I finished all of them. It depends on what I’m in the mood for at that moment.
What books have most inspired you?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Celestine Prophecy have inspired me on a deep level. As for inspiration as an author, there are so many. But I have been a long-time fan of Mary Stewart, from her YA mysteries, her adult suspense novels, to her genius Merlin trilogy. I loved her gutsy female characters before that was a thing, and she made the setting a character too.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
They say to write in the genre you read most often, and that is mysteries. I read the occasional high fantasy (Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Paolini) or science fiction (Star Trek or Star Wars type books), but mysteries of all sub-genres I enjoy most. Initially, I started writing a suspense thriller, after finishing three cozy mysteries I finally finished the thriller (under the pen name C.G. Abbot).
Do you have a special place you like to write?
Other than during Covid, I have a coffee shop downtown where I live. It is a college hangout but draws an eclectic crowd. I love it there; I even have my favorite table to sit at and set up my laptop. I love the background noise, plus it is great to people watch and pick up gestures or nuances that come in handy for characters.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
Pretty much anywhere. Arrowed I got the idea for a major part of it from a business magazine on Venture Capital Firms. I find tidbits in the news, current or past. I find myself in discussion with others and I’ll say, “Oh, I have to use that in a book!” Of course, remembering that tidbit is the hard part. I have to email or text myself!
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
Hahaha, the marketing! For an extreme introvert, this is a challenge right here. Book signings are harder. I keep hoping when I do a book signing that I will meet somebody I know from my newsletter subscribers or Goodreads (I’m pretty active there) so I’ll feel like I kind of know them already. If you get the chance to meet me at a book signing, give me a hug. It makes a big difference and I feel more comfortable with a person after a hug.
What do you think makes a good story?
Of course, a tight plot, well-developed characters, spot-on pacing, and I personally love the setting being another character because it is so integral to the story. For murder mysteries, I love a harrowing killer reveal, gets the blood pumping!
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
At this point, Julienne. She is the main character in the Resort to Murder series. She plays Clarinet and that is the only instrument I ever learned to play. We both want to travel a lot and enjoy learning about other cultures. We both love Santa Fe!
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
Besides a luxury resort in every book? I don’t have a few of the standard tropes. I want Julienne to have a pet, but about every other book I set at a different resort (away from her home resort). With the traveling, I have a hard time with her having a pet. I think I’ll just have a cat adopt her and work around her being gone. So, stay tuned for how Julienne gets a pet!!! I also don’t have a policeman as her boyfriend. Mason is former military, works as a bodyguard for hire, is building his professional photography business, and plays high-stakes poker for fun. I do have Julienne’s best friend dating a policeman, though. Julienne lives in a community with several quirky mature residents who are busy body’s when it comes to her love life.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I am developing the plot for a new cozy paranormal series (Accidental Vampire PI) that will feature a self-help reading newbie vampire. I am looking forward to this new series. I’m already putting ideas down for the next Resort to Murder novel, Stoned, that will take place in a New England historic luxury resort. And I’m slowly working on plotting the second Elizabeth Grant thriller, The Legacy, under the C.G. Abbot pen name. I don’t know how much I will get done this year. I had set a goal of four books this year, but I may have set that bar too high. We will see how many I manage.
Thank you, Avery, for stopping by today.
Keep reading to find out about Avery’s latest release!
Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
4th in Series
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (March 1, 2021)
Paperback: 266 pages
Digital ASIN: B08T8GBDBP
It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.
During a heatwave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.
More About Avery Daniels
Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.
Great Escapes Praise for Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
by Avery Daniels
The plot was well-developed with a cast of intriguing supporting characters and a cleverly layered murder mystery to solve.
~Reading Is My SuperPower
I was turning the pages and enjoying every minute . . . It was refreshing to read a book where the Sleuthing Main Character wasn’t downed at every turn by the boyfriend and law enforcement!
~My Reading Journeys
Filled with lots of excitement, you will not be disappointed with this one. It’s a fairly quick read and loaded with mystery!
“Arrowed” was a quick, easy read and a fun way to spend several hours . . . Looking for a light, easy cozy with a little romance? This is your book. 🙂
~Bea’s Book Nook
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