Lynn Cahoon-author The Tourist Trap Mysteries.

Whimsical Wednesdays

a blog delving into the mystery of our guest author

Today I’m interviewing multi-talented author, Lynn Cahoon. Lynn is a member of my amazing goal setting group and is one of the few people left from our original group who still posts her goals.  And I think that may be one reason why she’s so successful! Lynn writes romance featuring everything from bull riders to the fae, and while she’s a fabulous romance author, she’s here today talking about her third book in the Tourist Trap cozy mystery series which comes out on Monday, November 10th! I’m a huge fan of cozy mysteries, nothing like a murder to keep me entertained for hours, and I loved Lynn’s first book GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER. Please welcome Lynn Cahoon to Jessica Aspen Writes!

Hi, I’m Lynn Cahoon, author of The Tourist Trap mysteries along with several romances that feature hot cowboys, warlocks, and surfer dudes, not in the same book. Yet. My third release in the mystery series hits e-readers on November 10th and is called If the Shoe Kills.

    • The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

 

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

  • Hi Lynn, what are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?
    • My husband and I have made 2014 the year of fun. We bought ATV’s for trail riding for our anniversary. And now, we just purchased a lot and trailer (which from now on is officially called The Cabin) in a recreational subdivision in Central Missouri. I love finding flowers and animals while I ride.
    • I used to play darts 2-3 times a week and I’m pretty good, for a girl.
  • What made you decide to write and furthermore what pushed you to be a published author?
    • I knew I had stories to tell, but thought I’d do it someday. When the kid was grown, when I retired, when I wasn’t busy with life. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I realized someday may never come. So I started writing and selling essays and short stories. Then I tried my hand at novel writing. One victory spurred another and on June 4th, 2012 – my first full length book was published.
  • Give two random thoughts, quotes, or surprising tidbits about yourself, something that might surprise your readers
    • Positive thinking creates a doorway through which opportunity loves to walk.
    • Never give up, never surrender.
  • I love that quote, it’s one of my favorites too! Do you have a writing mentor? Do you mentor anyone?
    • I have a writing mentor which now has turned into more of a friendship/accountability partner. Laura Bradford, the author –not the agent, writes cozy mysteries and romance. Her first bit of advice she ever gave me? Finish a book. Any book. At that time I had 4-5 chapters on 4-5 projects.  Now we set and report weekly goals, successes and opportunities.  I’m blessed to have her in my life for the friendship as well as the career guidance.
  • Have you faced big challenges in your writing?
    • I feel like I’m challenged every time I start a book or hit the saggy middle in the WIP. I learned a big lesson with my last book that I just turned in on September 30th. If I write daily or consistently, I do better with the story and the edits. I’m not a binge writer. I need to set down every day and just start writing, even if I’m convinced I don’t know where the story is going. Writing will lead me down the right path, and if it’s a dead end? That’s for editing time.
  • Describe your working environment. You can include things about your day/schedule.
    • I have a day job, so I have to be protective of my off work hours. I ‘read’ by listening to audio books during my commute. I work each morning for at least a ½ hour, then again at night when I get home (after I work out.) My goal is 10,000 words a week – which if I get 2K a day, I don’t have to work weekends. But I typically do.  Except for Sunday. Sunday is up to me if I write or not, even if I haven’t met my weekly goal. I call it No-Guilt Sunday.
  • Pantser/Plotter/or both? Tell us how you work.
    • I think you can see from my answers above, I’m a Pantser. But I do outline, in my own way. I have a notebook page with 25 chapters written out on one side. Chap 1, Chap 2…Etc. Then under each chapter heading, I put in what I think is going to happen. Like Dead Body under Chapter 3’s heading. Even if I don’t put that in the specific chapter, I make sure I work in it somewhere. And I keep track of page numbers as I want my chapters to be at least 10 pages. Which is about 2500 words. Crazy, but it works for me. About 1/3 of the way through the book I write up a new cleaner list with only the chapters I need to write. So that page might start on chapter 12 and be two columns instead of three. As I finish a chapter, I cross it off.  Makes me feel like I’m moving forward. Then I do it again, especially if I’m  procrastinating writing.
  • Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them? How did they push you?
    • I’ve come so close with Harlequin American I could scream. I get great revise and resubmit letters. Of course, I didn’t understand them when I got the letter, but I think I’m honing in on what works for them. My theory is if you get rejected, you find somewhere else to send the story to or you self-publish. I’ve also been writing shorts for Woman’s World. That’s a graduate level course in rejection. I have sold two stories in the last three years, but I get many rejections due to ‘implausible’ plot or actions. With WW shorts, when a rejection comes in the mail, I write and send a new story out. I’m determined to crack the code again.
  • I tried with Women’s World. Congrats on getting in, they’re tough! Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?
    • I’d love to give you the secret, but I think it depends. I believe in balance. I only have a bit of time every day that I can write, however, I love the days when I can put down 2K a day for a week or so. It really keeps me in the story. I’ve mentioned before I have a goal accountability partner. I’m also on two different goal groups. I hate it when I have to admit my time has been spent more in front of the television than the computer screen. Right now I’m writing (or editing) first thing in the morning when I’m fresh. I write a blog at lunch at work (IF I take lunch) and then I either write at night to hit my word goal or write another blog. I spend way too much time refreshing Facebook and my email.
  • Are you self-publishing? Why or why not?
    • I am and I will in a bigger way in 2015. I released a winter novella set in The Bull Rider’s world of Shawnee Idaho. I wanted Cash, who gets dumped in book one, to have his own HEA. Shawnee Holiday is available exclusively on Kindle (for now.)
  • What’s unique about this particular book.
    • If The Shoe Kills features a work experience program called Work Today. I attended one of these how to find a job programs when I was fresh out of college. Combine my gratitude for their experience with my own work experience in the social service field, I have a lot of knowledge and respect for the programs. I hope others spread the Christmas spirit this year with those less fortunate.
  • Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
    • I’m always surprised with the ending. J I typically know who the culprit is, but the why, that’s what I struggle with because I truly don’t think like a killer. At least on my good days.
  • Loved book number one, so let us know will there be any sequels to this book?
    • Yep, If the Shoe Kills is Book 3. Guidebook to Murder released in April and Mission to Murder in July. Both have hit the USA Today best seller list and Guidebook hit the NYT list at #21. I’ll release three more Tourist Trap Mysteries starting in March 2015.

 If The Shoe Kills

if the shoe kills by author lynn cahoonThe tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

IF THE SHOE KILLS

Cozy Mystery

ISBN-10: 1601833067

ISBN-13: 978-1601833068

214 pages

Amazon –  http://www.amazon.com/Shoe-Kills-Tourist-Trap-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00KM9O6SQ/ref=la_B0082PWOAO_1_3_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413423386&sr=1-3 

Nook –  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-the-shoe-kills-lynn-cahoon/1119633675?ean=9781601832405&itm=1    

November 10, 2014

 

BIO

lynn cahoon authorUSA Today and New York Times, best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web or Blog Site: http://www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com

Facebook: – https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

 

 

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2 responses to “Lynn Cahoon-author The Tourist Trap Mysteries.

  1. Thanks for having me over Jessica! I’ll be in and out – day job – but I’d love to chat with your readers.

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