Welcome back, Rebecca. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
My first person voice is a good fit for cozy mysteries. And I enjoy writing stories set in small towns with everyday people with human foibles. Big Bend Country in far West Texas is my favorite part of
Texas, and I love
sharing it with my readers.
Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The happiest days of my life had to be the days that my boys were born, all three of them.
How has being published changed your life?
Now that I write the Taste of Texas Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, I write on a very tight schedule—especially when I combine my writing with teaching theatre to middle school students every day. And it's a blessing to hear from people who enjoy my books.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished A Traitor to Memory in the Inspector Lyndley series by Elizabeth George. Definitely not cozy, but complex and superbly plotted.
What is your current work in progress?
I'm working on the third book in this series, currently entitled Cinco de Murder.
What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be to visit
Italy and Greece—so much history,
architecture, and delicious cuisine.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I like to choose settings that mean something to me. My first novel was set in
New York City
where I lived for eight years after college. This series is set in my favorite
region of Texas.
I try to do my best to bring my love for these settings to my readers.
If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I'd like to spend an evening with Emma Thompson. She's such a brilliant writer and actress and so witty.
What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Hmm. I enjoy teaching; but it's not exactly a hobby. In the past, I have sung on different worship teams at church. I look forward to doing so again.
What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time is my most difficult writing obstacle. It can be overwhelming balancing all the many responsibilities that are on my plate. I depend on writing sprints with friends, a planner I check and update daily, and setting daily writing goals.
What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write every day. Write when you don't know what you're writing. Don't wait until you have time. There's never enough time.
Tell us about the featured book.
Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.
Tourists are pouring into the town of
Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days
Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is
smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best
friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark
woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame,
Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer’s
To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her
Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to
Patti’s house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark face down in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied
guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her
reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder—before the killer
Please give us the first page of the book.
“Ride ’em cowgirl!”
Diablo lurched, twirled a half turn, bucked his rider, and reeled the opposite way.
“Shut your mouth before I jump off this contraption and belt you one across the kisser,” hollered Patti Perez, her jet-black hair flying in all directions.
We might not be real cowgirls, but living in far
West Texas meant we could play the part when the occasion
warranted. And there was no better time to talk like characters from an old
Western than when riding the mechanical bull at Two Boots on the first night of
Broken Boot’s Homestead Days Music Festival.
Patti is the sole proprietor of the Feed and Supply, the only Goth princess in our town of plus, and my best friend. With eyes wide, she rode that bull as if she planned to ride it all the way to the weekly livestock show in
Without warning, Diablo shuddered to a halt, causing Patti to slide from the saddle to her feet in the blink of an eye. The crowd near the padded arena burst into applause with a few appreciative whoops from the menfolk. I joined in though I couldn’t miss the fact she’d barely escaped hitting the mat face first.
“Come along, Grace,” I said, raising my voice above the wail of an electric guitar. “You don’t want to show up the band.” The festival’s first act was in full swing.
“Just you wait,” she muttered. “You’re up next.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing this new book with us. I love the setting, since I'm also a Texan.
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