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Flea Market Felony (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
by Tricia L. Sanders
I reviewed this book back on April 6 and was chair dancing when the author asked for a Great Escapes Book Tour. She also agreed to be my guest today for an Author Interview!
Hi Tricia! Welcome to Escape With Dollycas.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ll let my bio speak to that. Tricia L. Sanders lives in the Austin, Texas area and writes about women with class, sass, and a touch of kickass. A former instructional designer and corporate trainer, she traded in curriculum writing for novel writing, because she hates bullet points and loves to make stuff up. And fiction is more fun than training guides and lesson plans.
When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she’s concentrating on foreign interests. She’s an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don’t get between her and the television when a game is on.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
I’m pretty much an open book. If there’s anything people don’t know about me, it’s because I don’t want them to know. I hope that doesn’t sound snobby. It’s not meant that way. Some secrets are meant to be kept. Ha!
What is the first book you remember reading?
It probably sounds cliché, but it would be a Dick and Jane book when I first started school. I loved those books. The illustrations made me happy and kept me turning the pages.
What are you reading now?
Just downloaded Win by Harlan Coben.
Oh, I enjoyed that one!
What books have most inspired you?
As a child, the Donna Parker books. (Look them up.) As a student, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. As a young adult, Pocahontas by Susan Donnell, and more recently Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I’ve always loved mysteries, starting with Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I wrote down clues and created suspect lists as I read. So, it just made sense that I would graduate to writing my own mysteries.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
Used to be my desk in my office, but I’ve recently moved, and my office is mostly a storage room until I find a place for everything. For now, I write on my patio when the weather cooperates or in my comfy chair in the living room. Before Covid, I spent 2 hours a day writing at a local coffee shop. I look forward to being able to do that again soon.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
Mostly from crime reports. I try to find unique cases, then put on spin on them and find a way to inject a bit of humor into a very serious topic.
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
The initial plotting is always difficult for me. I really would prefer to write without an outline, but my mind doesn’t work that way. I’ve tried and I usually write myself into a corner, then spend way too much time trying to get the story back on track.
What do you think makes a good story?
I want my readers to come away from a book feeling like they’ve made a new friend and want to continue the journey with my protagonist.
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
Probably Mattie Modesky in my latest series, The Mattie and Mo Mysteries. She’s spunky but not foo full of herself.
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
I hope it’s the friendship aspect of each story. My characters have long term friendships that mean the world to them, but they also continue to cultivate relationships, sometimes challenging ones like Cece and Nancy in my Grime Pays Mystery series. Nothing about either of their backgrounds indicates they would ever in a thousand years become friends, but they slowly do.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I’m still getting The Mattie and Mo Mysteries launched and will continue the Grime Pays Mystery series. Next on the agenda is a tropical cozy series which features a mother and daughter pair and explores their relationship as well as their mystery-solving skills while balancing financial difficulties.
Thank you Tricia so much for visiting today!
Keep reading to find out about Flea Market Felony!
About Flea Market Felony
Flea Market Felony (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Independently published (April 1, 2021)
Paperback: 190 pages
Digital ASIN: B08ZMBTQ8B
These new retirees have just hit the road. Will their first campsite’s shenanigans land them both in handcuffs?
Mattie Modesky’s been hankering to start retirement right. Even if it’s in an RV. The sassy senior believes there’s no time like the present after her policeman husband hangs up his badge and they hit the road.
When they reach their first RV park, the yoga instructor hitting on Mattie’s man turns her peaceful vacation sour. In an effort to stand her ground and confront the sneaky resident, Mattie finds a new friend, a stiff corpse, and her husband as the prime suspect.
She is shocked to her core when her man’s newly purchased pocketknife is the murder weapon. But when the real killer makes the fatal mistake of dognapping her beloved pooch, the silver-haired sleuth sets her sights on solving the crime herself and proving her lawman’s innocence.
Can Mattie clear her hubby’s name and reclaim their pup before the villain turns their golden years into iron bars? Or will the killer roll away in a motor home with Mattie’s dog in the passenger seat?
Flea Market Felony is the adventure-packed first book in The Mattie and Mo Mysteries series. If you like irresistible characters, fun surprises, and captivating whodunits, then you’ll love Tricia L. Sanders’s clever read.
Buy Flea Market Felony to catch a dastardly devil today!
Dollycas’s Thoughts – Click Here to Read My Review.
More About Tricia L. Sanders
Her essays have appeared in Sasee, ByLine, The Cuivre River Anthology, and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction.
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