SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, Everyone! Wonderful being here!!
While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt I wanted to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. LOL
I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, have four kids, two grandkids and two spoiled rotten cats, Dr. Watson and Spooky. I love flower gardens and hiking and watching fun, mystery movies…nothing with a lot of blood and guts…and doing lunch with friends. If you get to Cincy, lunch is on me. I am a National Bestselling author and conjure up who-done-it stories for Berkley Prime Crime. I have two series, the Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries on Mackinac Island.
SC: How would you describe your books to readers?
Less horror…a lot more humor! I love a good mystery, I love true friendships, and I love to have fun. We all need to laugh more! My books are about getting carried away with a good mystery with characters who are clever, smart and often leap first to help a friend and think of the consequences later.
SC: What are you currently working on?
I’m working on Lethal in Old Lace, the sixth book in my Consignment Shop mysteries. It’s a take off of Arsenic and Old Lace except there are no basements in Savannah so where else can we hide those pesky bodies? And, Lord have mercy, those bodies seem to be showing up everywhere!
SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
My latest book out is always my favorite. I think it’s because I know the characters a little better each time I write their story and I love the crazy things they get into and out of. I swear sometimes I think they are real. I probably need therapy. J And with the books being set in Savannah and on Mackinac Island it’s a mini vacation to these two places and that is always a treat.
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
Nancy Drew when growing up! I just love Nancy. I’m sure she is a big reason I am who I am today. Back in the day it was a man’s world…think Mad Men. It was for real, men did all the cool stuff. Then there was Nancy Drew. She was smarter then the guys, figured out stuff on her own, went on adventures on her own, and drove a really cool car. My hero. I figured if Nancy could do all that stuff so could I.
Janet Evanovich is my hero. I simply love her Stephanie Plum books. I think she’s up to 21 in her series now and all are good but the first three…One for the Money, Two for the Dough and Three to Get Deadly are magic. They are funny and exciting and the characters are a hoot and unusual with tons of personality that make them real. After reading a S. Plum book you will want to become a bounty hunter and live in Jersey just for the fun of it all.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
The best part of writing is the readers!! I really mean that. Meeting the readers is so much fun. They love a mystery and they are exciting and chatting about mysteries and characters and settings and possible suspects is always a good time. The hardest part is writing fast. I don’t and I wish I did. L
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Lethal in Old Lace will come out this fall and then Tandem Demise…the third book in the Cycle Path series will be a spring release. I’d like to do a novella from Auntie KiKi’s point of view for Christmas. That would be a blast. Auntie KiKi is the auntie we all wish we had in our lives. She a Southern belle, the dance instructor in Savannah, has a gob of friends, knows the gossip and is always helping everyone with their troubles. If she found a dead body in her attic next to the Christmas ornaments we could have a lot of fun with that.
SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
I came to writing late in life. I started rewriting stores I read or watched on TV. I’d think…Gee that is the dumbest ending ever then I’d rewrite it. Writing my own stores followed. The point is that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. If you have a story to tell…do it. If there is something you’ve always wanted to do…do it. Start out slow, take some steps and go after what you want. I did and it’s been one heck of a ride. I wish you all the luck in the world. Hugs, Duffy