Actually, years ago, my agent wanted me to try to write romance for a certain publishing company. I wrote three books, but they never went anywhere. A few months ago, one of my editors asked me to give them something new.
I dug out these three books as is and suggested them–but as mysteries. She was delighted. I went to work editing and rewriting them to fit under the label: Romantic Mysteries. Book one I re-titled Sabotaged Christmas. I kept the second book’s title: Knight in Shining Apron, and book three was changed to Undiscovered Treasures.
By changing them from romance to mysteries, I adopted a preferred genre and also increased their interest and depth. I’m thrilled with how they are turning out now.
2. The story takes places in Appleton, West Virginia. What made you chose this for the setting and is Appleton a real place?
I’d previously decided to have one of the characters love apple blossoms as a favorite flower and thus created a make-believe small town (with surrounding real towns and sites) with interesting characters that pop up here or there in the different books of this series.
3. Starli Cameron is a concert pianist turn restaurant owner. Do you have any experiences in either profession?
Lol. Only as a non-professional. I worked as a part-time employee in a few restaurants in my younger years, and I’ve had a piano few lessons and have played quite a bit. I’m in no way professionally skilled though.
I will say, I adore listening to those who are truly gifted as pianists. Makes for some beautiful listening. BTW: Starli also ice skates, and though she’s not Olympic material, she is very skilled. I, on the other hand, enjoyed ice skating when younger and love watching others, but, like Starli, never pursued it as a career.
4. What’s next for you on the writing front?
I’m hoping Book Two of my WWII Spies Romantic Suspenses will release at the end of this year. It’s titled: A Flute in the Willows and deals with the second Rayner daughter–the rebellious one who eloped in book one. She and her husband have some hard lessons to learn and a spy to catch!
5. Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?
Sure! I’d love to share a very special and favorite salad hubby and I enjoy:
Papaya Chutney Salad:
Tear lettuce into bite sized pieces
Sprinkle pin nuts on top
Sprinkle a little alfalfa sprouts on top
Edge the sides of salad plate with a few chunks of cantaloupe
Drizzle top with Papaya Chutney Dressing
About the Book
“Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.
Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?
And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?”
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