SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an officially inactive attorney, which means that these days I’m an officially full-time writer! I live in Los Angeles with my husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, and I’m a dog nut. In fact, all of my mysteries feature dogs. That’s been four series so far: the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter Mysteries and its spinoff the Pet Rescue Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and my current two series for Midnight Ink: The Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries and the Superstition Mysteries.
SC: How would you describe your books to readers?
That depends on which books, since I also write romances for two Harlequin series: paranormal romance consisting of the Alpha Force miniseries about a covert military unit of shapeshifters for their Nocturne line, and other books for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. And then there are those mystery series, all cozy mysteries. In general, all my romances contain some suspense or mystery, and all my mysteries contain some romantic interests. And, yes, my love of dogs comes through in those mysteries… And also to some extent in the Alpha Force Nocturnes. Many of the shapeshifters morph into wolves, and they all have cover dogs in case someone sees them while shifted.
SC: What are you currently working on?
My latest release is TO CATCH A TREAT, the second Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, and I’m currently working on the third–title to come. And after that I have another Alpha Force paranormal romance to write for Harlequin Nocturne.
SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
That’s hard to answer, since I tend to love whatever I’m working on best. My favorites do tend to be the mysteries, though. Why? Because they have dogs in them!
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
I enjoyed Jack London’s CALL OF THE WILD. I also loved cozy mysteries when I started reading them, including Carolyn Hart’s. These days, I particularly enjoy reading other cozies that have dogs in them, such as Tracy Weber’s and Sparkle Abbey’s.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging part of writing these days is allowing my train of thought to be distracted when my dogs tell me every few minutes that they want attention, but we all work with that, them included. Not that they like it when I fail to hop to attention the second they bark. They have me very well trained, but not vice versa.
The most rewarding is seeing my books out there–and hearing from readers who enjoy them!
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future? More mysteries with dogs! And hopefully more romances, too.
SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
Yes. The obvious is: Thank you for reading! It’s so much fun for authors to share their creative materials, and to know that others are reading their work and hopefully enjoying it is delightful. It helps give us the incentive to go on.
When a Dog-Snatching Scheme Leads to Murder, Carrie Must Sniff Out the Truth
Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of the Barkery and Biscuits bake shop, agrees to a day of hiking with her brother Neal—mostly because she wants to meet and critique his latest romantic interest, Janelle Blaystone. But instead of judging her, Carrie feels only sympathy for Janelle, whose beloved black Labrador, Go, was recently dognapped.
Janelle thinks the culprit is Ada Arnist, a wealthy homeowner spotted at the dog park where Go was stolen. Soon after Janelle confronts Ada, though, the woman is found dead. With Janelle and Neal on the suspect list, Carrie must solve the mystery before the police bark up the wrong tree.
Linda O. Johnston, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, currently writes two mystery series for Midnight Ink involving dogs: the Superstition Mysteries, where her protagonist runs a pet boutique, and the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries where the protagonist, a veterinary technician, also owns a barkery and a bakery. She has also written the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime and also currently writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries about shapeshifters for Harlequin Nocturne. Her latest releases, the second Superstition Mystery, KNOCK ON WOOD, and the second Barkery & Biscuits Mystery, TO CATCH A TREAT, are her forty-first and forty-second published novels..
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