Date Published: APRIL 18, 2017
It’s wedding bell blues and disaster when murder comes to the Paulmona Winery and Villa. Mystery author and part time snoop, Lilly Millenovanovich is the unlucky bride-to-be, but she gladly exchanges her wedding dress for gumshoes and brushes off her bag of spy tricks to solve the crime. After all, family obligation takes priority. Lilly and her zany trio of elderly aunties, must do their part to prove Cousin Mona didn’t kill groomsman Lenny Brioli with a corkscrew wine opener. Trouble is, the evidence keeps pointing in one direction with Mona as murder suspect number one. Detective Grezzo has his sleuthing hands full while handling the case on his own. Jake Kline, Lilly’s fiancé, obviously can’t work the case since Lenny is his best friend. That is, until Lilly convinces him to join her and snoop on the sly. Mona’s life and happiness depends on it. Will it be happily never after for the unlucky couple? Or can Lilly save the date and her wedding dress for another day? It’s a murderous and crazy adventure in this fourth and final episode of the Lilly M Mysteries.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
One of those is momentum. I often find that when I come back to the MS I need to gear back up – like warm-ups or stretches you do before a workout. And it’s so easy to find excuses to keep from digging in, like check email, Facebook, take the dog for a walk, rearrange my office … ANYTHING but write! LOL. Eventually, I get to it, back in the zone, and then I don’t want to quit! It’s how I work.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I can tell you my favorite artists… Zero 7 (FYI – Sia was a former member of this group, you know the one who sang Chandelier?), Coldplay, Vaults, Alabama Shakes to name a few. And when I’m feeling nostalgic I play the Stones or some Motown greats like Otis Redding or the Temptations. I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to music genres.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
One of my besties and also SinC sister is a sharp lady who can catch most any plot glitches or grammar/punctuation errors. And she’s killer when it comes to writing query letters. I told her she should do this for a living, but she’s already a star when it comes to her novels. Love my friend and partner in crime, Julie Lindsey, aka Julie Chase. You all should check out her cozy mysteries!
What book are you reading now?
I just finished Rachel Caine’s latest, STILLHOUSE LAKE. I’m still feeling the adrenaline rush – fantastic thriller. Before that, I read THE HATE YOU GIVE by Angie Thomas. Trust me, it’s an eye opener, very real and a must read. Now, for the cozy, humorous side, I’m starting CURIOUS MINDS by Evanovich and Sutton. I love all her S. Plum mysteries and the Fox and O’Hare series with her and Lee Goldberg teaming up. Lots of great reads out there!
How did you start your writing career?
Like most writers, I’ve always loved writing… stories, poems, song lyrics were my beginning. It wasn’t until decades later when I decided to tackle a novel-length work. It was messy and really not very good, but I got through it and kept going. Escaping into a world where I control what happens is the best part of writing for me. Anyway, when self-publishing became such an easy endeavor, I decided to try my hand at it and see what would happen. The next step: I sent other work to small presses and managed to snag a couple contracts. I keep upping the game, taking it to the next level.
I’m in the midst of getting a new agent for a contemporary con artist series (think: Fox and O’Hare or the Heist Society Series by Ally Carter), and for another mystery series, I’ve been submitting to independent presses on my own. I wait, and wait, but hopefully something will happen soon.
Kathryn Long’s passion is writing mysteries, creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime. Many of her works include Native American elements and hints of the paranormal. She loves a scary ghost story!
Her writing inspiration began with reading about Nancy Drew and the heroines of romantic suspense authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Her first creations were short stories meant to entertain anyone who’d listen or read. Playing the guitar led to song lyrics, which she insists taught her the rhythm and pace of writing prose.
Writing took a serious turn several years ago when she had her first book published. To date readers can find her self-published cozy Lilly M Mysteries, and her traditionally published work: paranormal mystery, Dying to Dream, and latest, a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows at online retailers and in bookstores.
When writing and the creative muse take a break, this author loves to travel, watch Castle, and of course, read mysteries. Oh, and there’s always an author event or two she will attend in order to – you got it – talk about mystery. Kathryn lives in the City of Green located in northeast Ohio with her husband and little pooch, Max.