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.
Name / Pen name:
Where are you from?
Green, Ohio, originally Barberton, Ohio
Tell us a little about yourself: (mini bio)
I’m a retired school teacher, and now, spend most of my days writing. I devour mystery novels and love chocolate, often indulging in both of those simultaneously. Lol. I recently became a grandparent and live the quiet life with my husband and pooch, Max. NCIS, The Catch, Big Band Theory, and Life in Pieces are a few of my favorite programs. I really miss Castle, though. Beach vacations are the best. Someday I’d love to visit the French Riviera, drink wine, and eat cheese.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
In my teens
What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre?
Mystery. I love reading them and I enjoy creating them – it’s like working a puzzle, finding all the pieces and how they go together.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Funny story – I didn’t complete a novel-length work until in my late forties. Why? Because I’d made myself a deal—if I hadn’t written a novel by fifty, I’d give up writing. Like that would ever happen!
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
Lots of places – news, observing events around me, stuff from my dreams are a few
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
3 to 6 months for initial draft, then another month to edit and revise
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’ve written and published eight, and have five others written and waiting. Love them all!
Do you have a favourite character from your books?
Aunt Fran from the Lilly M series is hilarious; Louise Picault from DYING TO DREAM; and Claire Peterson from A DEADLY DEED GROWS
What would you say is the hardest thing about writing?
Keeping on task without being distracted by social media, and I’d have to say trying to not repeat words or phrases of habit, like ‘in a few minutes’ or overuse of punctuation like ellipses …
What would you say is the easiest thing about writing?
Ideas. I have so many invading my brain and begging to be let out and become a part of my stories.
Do you ever suffer from writers block? How do you overcome it?
Often. I try to relax and watch a movie, binge watch a tv series, people watch. I get ideas and then I’m back on task!
Have you done any collaborations with other writers? No
If no -who would you love to collaborate with? No. I’m a loner. I also hate playing doubles in tennis. I tend to hog the court. ☺
Are you currently working on something right now? Yes
Can you tell us a little about what it is about?
Think Evanovich & Goldberg’s FOX AND O’HARE series or THE HEIST SOCIETY. It’s part con/heist adventure and part mystery. Light, contemporary fun with a Robin Hood twist.
What do you think of reviews
I enjoy giving readers an inside look. I know I appreciate reading about my favorite authors’ lives.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Only that I hope they enjoy reading my Lilly M series, and how much I appreciate all the support and feedback. Readers are what make this work.
How do you relax?
Watch a favorite movie. Anything Cary Grant will do. However, I really love all romantic comedies. I’m a total sap when it comes down to it.
What is your favourite quote?
“We walk away from our dreams afraid that we may fail or worse yet, afraid we may succeed.” William Forrester in FINDING FORRESTER
What is your favourite film and why?
Sorry, I just can’t. There are so very, very many favorites. I’m a movie junkie.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Ernest Hemmingway or John Steinbeck – I’d want to pick their brains and learn!
Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Writing my hundredth best seller!
About the Author
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.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/klongauthor @klongauthor