SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
First of all…thank you for having me here today! I consider any day I get to interact with other book lovers a very good day.
I originally went to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to be a broadcast journalist, ala Connie Chung. But once there, I took a creative writing class and those plans went up in pouf of smoke.
I moved back West after graduating, where I freelanced for newspapers like the L.A. Times and took every creative writing course I could find. Now I live in Texas, where I write for the Houston Chronicle and spend time with my husband, two daughters and one very sweet wiener dog.
SC: How would you describe your books to readers?
The Missy DuBois Mystery Series is light and fun, but it also reveals a bit about Southern history. If you’ve ever visited the Great River Road in Louisiana, you know it’s home to these amazing antebellum mansions people have restored. The homes provide a glimpse into the South’s past—both the good and the bad—which I find fascinating.
SC: What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m hard at work on book three in the series. There are some twists and turns in this one, which has made it especially fun to write.
SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
I don’t want to sound coy, but the second book in this series holds a special place in my heart. That’s because Missy decides to buy an old Southern mansion and restore it, which is a secret dream of mine. She gets to live out my fantasy…until things go wrong, of course.
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
Growing up, my favorite writer was Jack London, because he wrote such vivid, action-packed tales. His books are wonderful examples of how to hold a reader’s attention. Later, I became enamored with Ernest Hemingway, who taught me the beauty of a simple sentence.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging part for me is making my lead character believable. Most of us don’t sniff around for clues when we hear someone’s been murdered. I have to make sure Missy’s motivation and her reactions to the other characters are realistic.
The most rewarding part for me is getting to meet readers…people who love books as much as I do.
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
The second book in the Missy DuBois Mystery Series is already available for pre-order (it debuts in December), and the third one comes out next May. After that, we’ll have to see. I’d love to continue writing the series for as long as my publisher will have me, since I have so much fun with Missy and her friends.
SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
I’d like to tell everyone “thank you” for supporting these books! I’ve already received so many nice notes and book reviews over the past month that I’ve been blown away. I really have the very best readers in the world!
Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract at the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.
Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.sandrabretting.com and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting.