Nov 262018
 

Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a cozy mystery author and have written The Pecan Bayou and Piney Woods Series. I love to write about little towns in Texas.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?
I used to be an English teacher, but for the last twenty years, I have enjoyed teaching preschoolers music on a part-time basis.

My dad was in the army, but after he retired our family moved to Colorado.

I love to play video games. Stardew Valley is my favorite.

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Bobbsey Twins

What are you reading now?

The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen.

What made you decide to write?
I always wanted to write, but like many people, it was one of those things that I was going to do someday. I didn’t get serious about it until my forties and then I couldn’t read enough about writing. From there, I just enjoyed writing and have done it ever since. Pecan Bayou mystery came out in 2011 that was when I got serious about writing.

Do you have a special place to write?
I write mostly in my office. I have to have quiet when I write. How else will I hear all those voices in my head? I could never write successfully in a coffee shop. Writers are observers, and there are just too many interesting things and people to observe in a place like that.

Where do you get ideas for your books?
I collect news clippings from interesting stories I see. Oh Holy Fright was inspired by a mailman in Italy. That’s all I’ll tell you.

What books have an inspired you most?
I love the book Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg. She inspires me both as a person and as a writer. Every time I finish one of her books I say to my husband, when I grow up, I want to write like that. She beautifully portrays an idealistic view of small town living with a hilarious dose of humor. I know I should have named a mystery writer here but for me the small-town figures prominently in storytelling. My books are not police procedurals. They are normal people you would meet anywhere who are dealing with a crisis.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
When I first started writing, I would get into that middle of the book slump. You have great ideas for the story in the first half and the ending, but in the middle, it’s hard to know how to connect the two pieces. I finally figured out I needed to develop my story more fully through outlining and planning.

What do you think makes a good story?
A story needs to have a mystery that is complex enough of a puzzle to be a challenge, but it also needs to have a heart. That heart comes from the town and the characters and the things they’re going through while the mystery unfolds.

Which of all your characters you think is most like you?
When I first started writing, I would have said, Betsy, the main character and a helpful hints columnist. My life was where she was and still is. Now that I’m older and my children are now adults, I identify with Aunt Maggie. Her son Danny is at home as I have my son Andrew. Danny goes to day habilitation during the day, and so does my son. In the beginning, Aunt Maggie was more, my mother and my aunt.

Why did you pick your particular genre?
Can I answer this with I’m no good at romance writing? It would be the truth. Seriously though, I have always enjoyed a good mystery, and a mystery can exist in anything from a western, to science fiction, to police procedural to what I write- cozies.

What makes your books different from all others out there in this genre?
I think my readers I have come to love my characters like family. Readers ask me if certain characters will have bigger roles in the next book. I also try to make sure there is an act of kindness in every book.

What’s next on the horizon for you?
I have another Piney Woods mystery, A Sneeze to Die For, coming out in January 2019 with Camel Press. This is the second book in my hotel series. A cat convention has come to the Tunie Hotel in Piney Woods, Texas and my main character, Nora, is allergic to cats.

About the Book


Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Self Published (October 31, 2018)
Number of Pages: 255
ASIN: B07JFNSC11

It’s Christmas in Pecan Bayou, Texas. Join Betsy (aka The Happy Hinter) for a good old small-town Christmas complete with Christmas carols, over the top light displays, delicious food, loving friends and…a Christmas Creeper. One of the residents of Pecan Bayou has a secret and you’d better lock the door because that isn’t Santa out there or even a stray elf. Enjoy spending Christmas with the town and family you’ve come to know in the Pecan Bayou Series.

Recipes and helpful hints included!

Praise for Oh Holy Fright (Pecan Bayou Mystery)
by Teresa Trent

I enjoyed meeting Betsy, the “Happy Hinter” and her family and friends living in Pecan Bayou.
~Carla Loves To Read

If you want a funny and cute holiday-themed mystery, this is your book! Trust me, you will be as excited as I was to visit this book and series. It is light-hearted, fun and mysterious, just in time for Christmas!
~Bibliophile Reviews

The Pecan Bayou Series brings cozy mysteries in the kind of town where readers wish they could live. Teresa Trent has a gentle writing style to keep her fans turning the pages in delight and intrigue.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

About the Author

Teresa Trent writes humorous cozy mysteries that take place in the small towns of Texas. Her Pecan Bayou series features Betsy, the town’s helpful hints columnist who seems to spend a lot of time getting out blood stains.   Teresa’s Piney Woods Series with Camel Press takes place in an East Texas hotel and features Nora, a redhead with an eye for crime.

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Jan 262018
 


I am wrapping up this tour today.


Murder of a Good Man (A Piney Woods Mystery)
1st in Series
Setting – Texas
Camel Press (January 15, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603816359
E-Book ASIN: B076XVG8JP

 

 

When Nora Alexander drives into Piney Woods, Texas, to fulfill her dying mother’s last wish, she has no idea what awaits her. First she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she delivers turns out to be a scathing rebuke to the town’s most beloved citizen and favored candidate for Piney Woods Pioneer: Adam Brockwell. Next thing you know, Adam has been murdered in a nasty knife attack. Suspicion instantly falls on Nora, one of the last people to see him alive. After all, everyone in Piney Woods loved him. Or did they? Nora learns that her mother had a complicated past she never shared with her daughter. Told not to leave town by Tuck the flirty sheriff, Nora finds a job with Tuck’s Aunt Marty trying to get the rundown Tunie Hotel back in the black. The old hotel was Piney Woods’ heart and soul in its heyday as an oil boomtown. Now the secrets it harbors may be the key to getting Nora off the hook. She’s going to need to solve the mystery quickly to avoid arrest, or worse: becoming the killer’s next victim.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Secrets, lies, and a murder. Piney Woods is nothing like Nora Alexander ever imagined, but people thinking she killed Adam Brockwell is just plain crazy. Her mother seems to have had a past with the man, but she never mentioned the man to Nora. Why would she want him dead? Well, the plot thickens when the will is read and even the handsome police chief Tuck Watson thinks she may have done it and has told her not to leave town. To be able to stay she gets a job at the Tunie Hotel behind the desk. The owner turns out to be the chief’s aunt who hopes to renovate the place and bring it back to the glory it had not so many years ago. Nora meets several people and some secrets are revealed, but are they enough to prove her innocence?

The characters are what really made this mystery shine. Nora’s mother’s deathbed wish sends her to Piney Woods where first she meets Tatty and Ed, who own a B&B. Nora quickly moves in and the three become fast friends. They never doubt her innocence for one minute. She meets Marty, a woman driven to fulfill her dreams of making the Tunie Hotel a thriving business again. Max also works at the hotel. They also believe Nora had nothing to do with the murder. Chief Tuck Watson is easy on the eyes and he is sweet on Nora from the moment they met. If they could just get this murder mess straightened out. We are introduced to several more characters, like Adam Brockwell’s son, the Reverend Alton Siddons, and a woman from the bank who handled Adam’s investments. All the characters are all unique, memorable and pretty fleshed out for the first book in the series.

Ms. Trent takes these wonderful characters and swirls them together in quite a mystery. Seems not everyone thought Mr. Brockwell was a “good man”. He had secrets and enemies. This story is full of little twists and turns, but the final one just about gave me whiplash. Surprised, you bet I was. It is not a story I will soon forget. There is also a happy event at the end and Nora has a revelation I can’t wait to see play out in the next book.

I loved these characters and their story so far. I am excited to see what the author has in store for them next. My next trip to Piney Woods can’t happen too soon.

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Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer.  She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.

 

Praise for Murder of a Good Man (A Piney Woods Mystery)
by Teresa Trent

Family secrets abound in this small town novel. . . Not an easy mystery to figure out.
~Laura’s Interests

There is an amazing amount of secrets revealed that I never really saw coming making this a fascinating read, to say the least.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

The characters are fun, believable, charming and welcoming.
I can’t wait to read more about this little town.
~My Reading Journeys

An intriguing start to a new series set in the Piney Woods of East Texas. And since I have family in East Texas, I felt like I was right at home.
~Storeybook Reviews

. . . an interesting and well-paced start to a new cozy mystery series.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

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May 052017
 

Till Dirt Do Us Part
by Teresa Trent

A wonderful cozy read with lots more going on than just a murder investigation.
~Laura’s Interests

This book is why I read cozies. It is full of great character driven story. It is not so hung up on the mystery that it forgets to be about the people.
~I Read What You Write

This was a quick, enjoyable read. The characters are likable and well developed.
~Bookworm Cafe

A great read you will find yourself turning the pages faster and faster.
~Babs Book Bistro


Till Dirt Do Us Part by Teresa Trent
Cozy Mystery
Pecan Bayou #7
Self Published April 24, 2017
Print Length: 266 pages
ASIN: B071R2CT5W

Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor. Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!

Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer.  She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.

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Oct 312014
 

just for fun 2014
I made it, just by the skin of my teeth!
Thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours I found author Teresa Trent. This is a series I knew I had to read and A Dash of Murder (Pecan Bayou Series Book 1) takes place on Halloween so I knew it was the perfect book for today!


A Dash of Murder
(Pecan Bayou Series Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Tightwad Tess Press (September 14, 2011)
Paperback: 148 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1478113003
E-Book File Size: 349 KB
ASIN: B005NB1QSG
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A Mystery for Ghost Hunters!
When Betsy’s Aunt Maggie wants to drag her along on a ghost hunting excursion at the local abandoned tuberculosis hospital she isn’t sure if she quite believes in ghosts. When she comes upon a fresh spirit in the form of a body, she starts to rethink about what really is haunting the hospital.

Betsy must solve the murder in spite of her father, who is a lieutenant on the Pecan Bayou Police Force, town citizens worried about the effect of the occult on their children, and handsome stranger from Dallas. How do you get blood out of a silk blouse? Betsy Livingston can tell you in her newspaper column, “The Happy Hinter”. When she’s not writing, or taking care of her young son, she’s busy solving mysteries in the tiny Texas town of Pecan Bayou.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Being the first book in the series the author not only has to give us a mystery but also introduce us to the characters and give us a feel for the time and place. Teresa Trent does a great  job at this.

The place happens to be the abandoned Johnson Tuberculosis Hospital which would be a  spooky place to me no matter what time of year it is. The idea that there may be spirits lurking enough to bring ghost hunters to investigate adds to the haunted feeling. I was nervous about any hallway Betsy ventured into and one of the surprises she did find made me drop the book for just a moment. I don’t want a spoiler here but I am not talking about a ghost or even a dead body.  Something that would have made me run screaming to the nearest exit.

The characters are very engaging. I love Betsy, The Happy Hinter. She seems very down to earth and someone I could probably be friends with. Her father has his hands full with a certain person creating havoc about the ghost hunters, the Scout troop on an overnight camp out, the drama at the old hospital, a murder to solve and of course the normal Halloween hijinks. I like the way all the characters rally together and helped out however they could.

The mystery was a good one too. Plenty of the expected twists and turns. I was totally surprised by the ending.

Trent does all this in less than 150 pages which I couldn’t believe. It was a very fast read and I really enjoyed it. She has left plenty of room for the characters to grow. I am late to this party though. The 6th book in the Pecan Bayou Series, Murder for a Rainy Day was just released so I have some catching up to do.

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About This Author

Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas.  With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado.  Living in Texas for the last 19 years she loves the people and even the weather.  Murder for a Rainy Day includes a hurricane, and having endured Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita with her family, Teresa would much rather write about them than evacuate from them.   Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD.  Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her.  This book is the last one in the Pecan Bayou Series taking Betsy from single mom to mother of three.  Teresa is now working on her next series that will take place in the Piney Woods of Texas.

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Oct 152014
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so pleased to welcome author Teresa Trent to Escape with Dollycas!!

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Writing the Pecan Bayou Series-
A Little Texas,
Some Helpful Hints and Recipes, and Murder

by Teresa Trent

A few years ago, I started writing first book of my Pecan Bayou series, A Dash of Murder. I am a big fan of ghost hunting series on television, and so I wanted to tell a story about a ghost hunt. From that story emerged my amateur sleuth, her family and all of the wacky characters in the town of Pecan Bayou. Are any of these people real or at least patterned after real people? Not really. Many of the characters, like Danny, who has Down Syndrome are composites of many people real and fictional. Betsy is a little bit me, but there are risks she takes that I wouldn’t dream of trying. Aunt Maggie is a little me, a little of my mother and the all the aunts I’ve been blessed with in my life. Rocky the newspaper editor, is purely fictional. Although, if Hallmark ever calls me to tell me they want to use my books as a series, I would love to get Sam Shepherd to play him.

From the first book a romance developed between Betsy and Leo, and their story continued through five more mysteries. It was a slow simmering romance that wasn’t even consummated until the second book, but isn’t that the best kind of falling love?

In the series Betsy has to find killers in the library, in a Fourth of July parade, at her own wedding, and while she endures a terrible case of flu that won’t seem to go away. (Hmmm newly married with a terrible case of stomach flu–what could it be?)

My favorite scenes and characters to write were the fun ones like the exploding port-o-potty, the run through the haunted hospital, Miss Caroline chasing Betsy around with a baby quilt and Ruby Green, the beautician from the Best Little Hairhouse in Texas, stealing the megaphMURDERFORARAINYDAY_COVERone from the Pecan Bayou Police and shouting for the killer to “get her crazy-ass out”. I love Miss Ruby so much, sometimes I think she needs her own book.

Still though, I’m coming to the end of this series. We are on the final edits of my sixth novel for Pecan Bayou, Murder for a Rainy Day. I continue peeking into the lives of Betsy and her family as she is about to give birth to her second child…in a hurricane…with a mystery to solve. If you want to find out when this book will be available visit my website at teresatrent.com to sign up for my mailing list. If you have never read a book in the series, A Dash of Murder, a Halloween mystery, is on sale this month at Smashwords for 99 cents. Just use coupon code XW38Q when you check out. Smashwords has the book available in many ereader formats.

Even though I’m loading up the car and driving out of Pecan Bayou, not to worry. I’m working on my next series right now. We’re heading to the Piney Woods of Texas. Time for some gumbo, the smell of fresh pine and of course, murder.

~Teresa

About This Author

Teresa Trent writes her Pecan Bayou Mystery Series from Houston, Texas.  With a father in the army, her family moved often finally settling in Colorado.  Living in Texas for the last 19 years she loves the people and even the weather.  Murder for a Rainy Day includes a hurricane, and having endured Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita with her family, Teresa would much rather write about them than evacuate from them.   Teresa includes Danny, a character with Down Syndrome in her Pecan Bayou family and in real life is the mother of an adult son with Down Syndrome/PDD.  Creating the character of Danny and all of the other inhabitants of Pecan Bayou has been a joy for her.  This book is the last one in the Pecan Bayou Series taking Betsy from single mom to mother of three.  Teresa is now working on her next series.

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I am playing catch up on this wonderful series. I was thrilled to meet Teresa through Great Escapes Book Tours. She will be touring with us again November 24 – December 5 with Murder For A Rainy Day. What for my review of A Dash of Murder on Halloween!

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