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All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries) by Diane Bator #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @dibator

All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries)
by Diane Bator

I am so happy to welcome Diane Bator to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Diane, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a writer, playwright, and mom who works in theatre by day and writes every chance I get. I have four mystery series Im currently working on: Wild Blue Mysteries, Gilda Wright Mysteries, Glitter Bay Mysteries, and Sugarwood Mysteries.

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

I am a mom to three young men and two cats.

Ive written one play and am working on a second one.

I have also written a couple of fantasy novels that I have yet to publish.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember having lots of Little Golden books as a kid. Aside from every Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery I could get my hands on, I read a Sidney Sheldon novel, I think it was The Other Side of Midnight, that I was totally absorbed in until the ending. Someone had torn out the last few pages and I was livid!!

What are you reading now?

Kenora Reinvented by a Canadian author Hyacinthe M. Miller who I got to meet right before lockdown last year.

What books have most inspired you?

I grew up on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but Ive read so many books that Ive thought I could do this! such as Lillian Braun Jacksons The Cat Who books and Janet Evanovichs Stephanie Plum series. I loved their styles and the humor.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Ive always loved to read them but never actually thought about writing them until I took part in a contest called Mystery in Ink put on by a small publisher in North Bay, Ontario. We had to use a murder mystery party game and write 10 chapters, each from the perspective of a different character. I loved it! And I won! My very first published book was that little novella called Murder on Manitou, which I plan to re-release one day soon. I was hooked!

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I used to love to write in a local coffee shop but I have written practically everywhere! Trying to write with three kids around, I learned to summon the muse wherever I stopped for a minute. Even while I was cooking dinner!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. Ive had ideas come from dreams, from conversations, from seeing photographs or memes, you name it. My latest play idea hit me while I walked from my office ten feet down the hall to my living room. I had it outlined fifteen minutes later. It doesnt always happen that fast, but when inspiration hits it can be like a runaway train!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Im great with getting the story going but sometimes figuring out whodunit can be a bit tricky. Other times, Ill know the ending and have to work backward. For me, there is no formula. The story comes as it comes. I think my biggest challenge is in the details of bringing the setting to life. I enjoy writing dialogue which makes playwriting so much fun for me as well.

What do you think makes a good story?

To me what makes a good story are strong characters, a few great plot twists, and that the story is believable. I once read a book where the bad guy had his leg nearly bitten off by an alligator, yet he got back up and chased after the hero. A good story should draw a reader in and not let them go until the end.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I know its cliché, but theres always a bit of the author in every character, especially our protagonists. I most relate to two of my main characters:  Gilda in my Gilda Wright Mysteries and Sage Miller in the Glitter Bay series. Both have had heartbreak and struggles, yet they dont roll over and give up. In each book, Gilda finds a little more of the inner strength she needs to recreate her life, which is something Ive had to do over the past few years.

Meanwhile in All That Shines, Sage is slowly discovering that she has a lot more to offer the world than she knows. Thanks to her sister and her new best friend, shes becoming more confident and empowered. As for me, Im becoming more confident in my books and my writing ability and trusting in my dreams.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The great thing about writing is that there is always another book! Im currently editing a whole new mystery for a whole new series. Ive also written my first play. Since I work in a professional theatre, theres a good chance Ill be able to have it workshopped and possibly even performed. Fingers crossed!

Thank you, Diane, for visiting today.

Keep reading to find out all about Diane’s new book.

About All That Shines

All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (March 1, 2021)
Print Length: 250 pages
Digital ASIN: B08W2J3LBQ

When Sage Miller’s sister Laken decides to host a fashion show as a grand opening for the new location of Vintage Sage, she’s not amused. Even less so when she discovers her sister hired a Hollywood fashion designer to help. Not only does the designer show up in the middle of renovations, but he drags along his protégé.


Then she finds Sebastian Hayward III, dead in her store.


Suddenly it seems half of Los Angeles—all unwelcome guests from Laken’s past—appear in Vintage Sage seeking something Sebastian had in his possession. Sage has to deal with renovations, a fashion show, and a murder before she and Laken come unglued.


More About Diane Bator

Diane Bator is the author of several mystery novels—and series. She’s a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime Toronto, International Thriller Writers and the Writers Union of Canada. When she’s not writing, she works in a small, professional theatre which will one day be subjected to immortality in a whole new series.

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Kelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan – #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

by Eileen O’Finlan

About Kelegeen

Historical Fiction
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (March 1, 2018)
Paperback: 433 pages
ISBN-10: 0228600294
ISBN-13: 978-0228600299
Kindle ASIN: B07B52K2TB

Ireland 1846


Meg O’Connor, daughter of poor Irish cottiers, eagerly anticipates her wedding to Rory Quinn.  Her dreams of marriage and family vanish along with Ireland’s potato crop when Kelegeen’s inhabitants awaken one morning to find their sole source of food destroyed by blight.


At first Meg and Rory are able to use their skills, hers of sewing and his of wood carving, to provide for themselves and their families.  But tragedy and a costly mistake end those means of survival forcing them into more dangerous ventures.


As An Gorta Mór, the Great Hunger, continues to churn through Ireland ravaging the country’s peasantry with no let up in sight, Meg is compelled to make the most difficult decision of her life.  What she chooses could be the salvation of the O’Connor and Quinn families or it could separate her forever from all she knows and loves.


I am thrilled to welcome Eileen O’Finlan to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Eileen!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a native New Englander, born and raised in Massachusetts, though my favorite state is Vermont. Both of my parents are from Vermont, most of my relatives live there, and my  best childhood memories are of times spent with family in Vermont. Someday I’d love to make it my home, not just my home-away-from-home.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in Catholic Pastoral Ministry. I work full-time for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester. I also facilitate online courses in Catholic studies for the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Writing is my greatest passion along with reading. I adore cats. Currently, an adorable calico Maine Coon named Autumn Amelia allows me to live with her. I also shared living quarters with a gorgeous Russian Blue named Smokey, but sadly she passed away at the beginning of May. She was nearly 20 years old and, though I miss her terribly, I am glad I was able to give her a happy life.

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

  1. I would love to learn to ride a horse.
  2. When I’m alone in the car, I crank the music up high and sing along while fantasizing about being a rock star (lead singer and/or lead guitarist – can’t sing worth nickle and don’t know how to play guitar, so I guess that won’t be happening any time soon!)
  3. I would love to try acting, but doubt I could remember my lines.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I don’t know which was the first book I ever read, but I do know that the first book to have a huge impact on me was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  I also spent a lot of childhood hours devouring the Nancy Drew Mystery series.

What are you reading now?

At the moment, I am reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino, and Never Done: A History of American Housework by Susan Strasser.

What books have most inspired you?

As mentioned above, Little Women was probably my biggest inspiration. I completely identified with Jo March. Another great favorite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I have always loved 19th-century classics.

What made you decide you wanted to write historical stories?

I love history. My undergrad degree is in history. I come from a family of history lovers. My family discusses historical events like most people discuss current events. I’m especially interested in everyday life in other time periods as well as little known occurrences.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

The place doesn’t seem to matter. What matters is what’s going on around me. I find it very hard to focus if there is a TV or radio on nearby or if people are talking. I think it competes with the words in my head. Instrumental music, white noise, nature sounds – anything non-human vocal is fine.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Lots of places. Often from reading non-fiction history books or from something I watched on PBS. Other times a picture will inspire a story. I can be flipping through a magazine, catalog,  newspaper, or pretty much anything that has photographs and a picture will catch my eye. I usually can’t explain what it is about it that draws me, but I know when it happens because I just can’t stop looking at it. Before I know it a story is forming in my mind. This happens most with pictures of people. It could be from paintings or drawings, too. I doesn’t have to be photographs.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Finding enough time to write is my biggest challenge. My goal is to reach the point where I can make a living writing so that I can do it full-time. Right now I have to work a full-time job as well as do some online teaching on the side. I love both of them, but they do take up a lot of time I’d rather spend writing.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think it’s a combination of things. Usually, I need to like the protagonist to enjoy the story. I love well crafted characters. I want to feel as though I know them. An interesting plot is also essential. There has to be something at stake.  I need a reason to root for a character. Plot is about what happens and I want to care about what happens to the characters. So, for me, I guess characters are most important, but what’s going on in the lives of the characters matters a great deal.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

That is a very hard question to answer. I don’t think any of my characters are much like me. On the other hand, there is probably a little bit of me in all of them. If I have to choose one, I’d say Kathleen O’Connor in Kelegeen is probably the most like me.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

So far, I only have one book out, my debut novel, Kelegeen, but I have plans for several more, enough that I think I can answer this question. As I mentioned earlier, I love the little known events in history. That’s what I want to write about. With Kelegeen, it was Ireland’s Great Hunger (aka the Irish Potato Famine). It seems most people have heard of it, but don’t really know much about it. It’s barely a footnote in history classes. So many people who’ve read Kelegeen have told me that they’d heard of it, but they had no idea how devastating it was, nor did they understand anything about the political motivations that prevented any real assistance from reaching Ireland for many years.

I love to set stories in the midst of little or unknown events or focus on little known aspects of great events. For example, I have a story in mind that will be set in Vermont in the 1830s with the New England Vampire Panic as the backdrop. Most people are pretty familiar with the Salem Witch Trials, but how many people have even heard of the New England Vampire Panic? That said, I also want to write a novel set during the Salem Witch Trials, but told from an unusual angle.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

Next up is Erin’s Children, the sequel to Kelegeen. I’ve greatly enjoyed writing it because I set it in the city where I work – Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s been fun researching the history of Worcester in the 1850s. I now look at the city in a whole new way. Erin’s Children is due to be released in early December of 2020.

After that, I plan to get to work on that New England Vampire Panic novel. As a point of clarification, there will be no vampires in it and it will not be a horror. Though necessarily a bit on the dark side, it will be pure historical fiction. If you’re intrigued, google New England Vampire Panic to find out what actually happened and how it got that name.

Thank you, Eileen, so much for visiting today. 


MoreAbout Eileen O’Finlan

Eileen O’Finlan calls her writing “history with a twist” because she is intrigued by the unusual and little known aspects of history – the stories on history’s margins, the things rarely taught in the classroom. For her, that’s where history really gets fun.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, her family moved to Worcester when she was two.  Four years later they moved to Holden where Eileen grew up and where she now resides with her 93 year old mother and two cats.

Eileen holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry.  She works full time for the Diocese of Worcester and teaches online courses in Catholic studies for the University of Dayton, Ohio.  She is proud to say that Pope Francis owns a copy of her debut novel, KelegeenErin’s Children, the sequel to Kelegeen, will be released by BWL Publishing, Inc. in December of 2020.

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by Eileen O’Finlan

The level of writing in this book is exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed every story and the emotions run the entire gamut of human feelings. The characters are three-dimensional and relatable.
~My Devotional Thoughts

I love the cover, the premise, and always a good historical novel . . . .For the sensitive, the conclusion is emotional, wringing out all the poignant issues of pushing off to the unknown . . .
~Rosepoint Publishing

Truly a masterpiece of historical representation! Prepare to love the characters and pray for the souls lost in this tragedy.
~C.E. Williams

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