#SpecialGuest – Zara Keane – Author of Deadline with Death (Time-Slip Mysteries) #Interview / #Giveaway
Deadline with Death
by Zara Keane
I am so happy to have Zara Keane drop by for a visit today!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I write Irish-set cozy mysteries. Before I became a full-time writer, I taught English and History. I’m Irish but currently live in Switzerland with my family.
What are three things most people don’t know about you?
- When I was a kid, I loved Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ and decided I wanted to become a nun. I think it’s safe to say I didn’t quite “get” the lyrics!
- I’m afraid of flames. I’ll go out of my way to avoid having to light a match.
- I took Norwegian as a minor in college.
What is the first book you remember reading?
I can’t recall the title but it was about a little girl and her alpaca.
What are you reading now?
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen. It’s the twelfth book in the Her Royal Spyness series.
What books have most inspired you?
So many! Several Agatha Christie mysteries. Mary Stewart’s romantic suspenses. Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Clare Fergusson series.
What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
It’s my favourite genre to read. I love books with a puzzle to solve, interesting characters, and a dash of romance.
Do you have a special place you like to write?
My red armchair.
Where do the ideas for your books come from?
Everywhere. I get ideas from books (fiction and non-fiction), TV, overheard snippets of conversation, newspaper articles, real-life stories people tell me. When an idea won’t go away, I brainstorm possibilities and see where that takes me.
Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
The first draft. I find it hard to switch off my inner editor and just get the words on the page.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters readers love (or love to hate), and a plot that’s driven by the characters’ actions, reactions, needs, and wants.
Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
I’d say all my main female characters share some of my interests and character traits, but they’re definitely not me.
What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?
The Irish setting for both my mystery series and the time travel angle in the Time-Slip Mysteries.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
I’m working on Some Like It Shot, the sixth book in the Movie Club Mysteries. Once that’s finished, I’ll write Fatal Front Page, the second story in the Time-Slip Mysteries. I also have an international spy idea percolating, but I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to write it!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Lori!
Thank you, Zara!
Keep reading to learn about Zara’s new book/series!
About the Book
Deadline with Death (Time-Slip Mysteries)
1st in Series
Beaverstone Press (June 21, 2019)
Number of Pages: ~ 394
Dee Flanagan loves Irish history, bad rom-coms, and red lipstick. Dead clowns, injured time travelers, and shootouts don’t make it onto the small town reporter’s Top Ten list. After the bullets stop flying in Dunleagh Castle’s courtyard, it’s up to Dee to convince people she didn’t imagine a gunfight played out between two centuries. With the body count rising, and no one willing to believe Dee’s time travel theory, she’s forced to team up with a man who’s either a bona fide fruit cake or a police officer from the year 1919. Using her expert knowledge of the Irish War of Independence, Dee sets out to solve a century-old crime, plus a modern-day murder.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg and Smuggler’s Cove.
She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.
Praise for Deadline with Death
by Zara Keane
This to me is a comedic tale of a crazy and dysfunctional family with a soupcon of paranormal mystery added in for additional fun!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
Deadline with Death by Zara Keane is a stellar story, with fabulous characters, a marvelous mystery or two, and a setting that I adored.
~Baroness’ Book Trove
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