Special Guest – Winnie Archer Author of Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery) #Author Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
by Winnie Archer

I am thrilled to welcome Winnie Archer to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Winnie, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m the mother of five. My oldest turns 30 this month, and my youngest just turned 20. It is sometimes so hard to believe that my kids are getting so old!

Bread Over Troubled Water is my 29th novel! That is also hard to believe. It has been quite an amazing career.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

  1. Most people in my personal life know me as Misa. The nickname came from the Taiwanese cooks at a restaurant where I worked in college. They couldn’t say my name well, so it always came out closer to Misa. That is how my husband met me, and the name stuck.
  2. I have lived in four states: California, Texas, Colorado, and North Carolina.
  3. A day is not complete unless I read before bed. It’s essential!

What books/authors have most inspired you?

As a mystery writer, I have to say Agatha Christie. I grew up loving them and I have read all of her books. Her longevity and skill as a writer has always been inspiring.

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, are two of my favorites. Different elements in each have been inspiring. More recently, Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus, is inspiring. Garmus created a compelling character in Elizabeth Zatt with deftness and skill.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

The amount of research I do differs from book to book. It is completely dependent upon elements of the story. My Book Magic series has a ton of Irish history about the Tuatha dé Danann, the ancient Irish deities. That series required a lot of research. Most happened during the writing process, and I had a lot of aha! moments along the way.

Bread Over Troubled Water required less research.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Not usually. I write my novels out of order, so if I am stuck in some way, first, I know I’ve gone off track somewhere along the way, which means I need to give myself time to work through it. And second, I take that opportunity to dive into a different scene.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

I am very much a pay it forward kind of person. Because of that, I created WriterSpark Academy (http://writersparkacademy.com), a blog, podcast, and online learning platform where I offer content to help aspiring and all authors. I want to provide for aspiring authors, in particular, what I didn’t have access to when I was first starting out. My advice, then, is to keep learning and keep growing as a writer, whether it is through courses, craft articles, community, or in some other way.

When you are not writing what do you like to do?

WriterSpark Academy is a labor of love. It takes a lot of time! When I’m not writing, I work on craft articles, I interview authors for the podcast, I create content for the online course I offer. A better question might be: What do you do when you’re not working on WriterSpark Academy? I write!

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Wow, that is a tough question. I haven’t had the opportunity to travel very much in my life (yet!), so there are many places I’d love to go. If I have to choose one place right now, I think I’d choose Europe as a whole, so I could really dig into the history and culture of all the countries that make up the EU.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have a brand new project that is a blend of women’s fiction/magical realism with some mystery elements. I’m very excited about it! I’m also continuing my Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and have new installments coming out in 2023 of that series, along with the Trouble in Tumbleweed, Book Magic, and Foxy Ladies series.

Thank you Misa/Winnie for visiting today!

Keep reading for info about Winnie’s new book!

About Bread Over Troubled Water 

Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – California
Kensington Cozies (November 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496733568
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496733566
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TX2QMZY

Rising cozy mystery author Winnie Archer cooks up her latest installment in her delightful and delicious Bread Shop Mystery series.

Photographer Ivy Culpepper is soon to make a home with her husband-to-be in the California beach town of Santa Sofia—but the Yeast of Eden bakery remains her second home. It’s not just a place to work, but a community. And now one member of the community has been murdered . . .

A regular who used Yeast of Eden as a workspace, Josh Prentiss always turned heads with his startlingly good looks and thousand-watt smile. But Ivy can’t help noticing one morning that he seems distracted and off his game. Later, during a visit to the park where she and Miguel plan to hold their engagement party—with plenty of baked goods on the menu—her rescue pug, Agatha, sniffs out Josh lying in a bed of poppies…scone cold dead.

There’s no reason for Ivy to get involved. She’s busy enough holding down the fort as the shop’s owner, Olaya, cares for her recently orphaned niece, not to mention the stress when a new employee is fired and storms out in a rage. Then a band of rabble-rousers starts picketing the bakery, claiming that Olaya’s sourdough roll is what killed Josh—and Ivy hears some salacious gossip about her beloved boss. She doesn’t think there’s a grain of truth to the seedy rumors—but to prove it, she’ll have to start sleuthing . . .

More About Winnie Archer

Winnie Archer is the nationally bestselling author of the Bread Shop Mystery series, as well as the Lola Cruz Mysteries and the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series written as Melissa Bourbon. A former middle school English teacher, lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and the youngest of their five children. Visit Winnie Archer online at www.MelissaBourbon.com!

Author Links

Purchase Links: KensingtonAmazonB&NKoboIndieBound

Written as Melissa Bourbon

Great Escapes Praise for Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery)
by Winnie Archer

BREAD OVER TROUBLED WATER skillfully blends misdirection, red herrings, and surprising twists into a cleverly written character-driven mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

If you are looking for an interesting cozy mystery, with a great story and characters, I recommend you pick up Bread Over Troubled Water, or better yet, start with Kneaded With Death, the first book in this great series.
~Carla Loves To Read

This series just keeps getting better and better with each new installment we get. Makes for a satisfying read that is sure to delight cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews


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