SC:Interview with the lovely Betty HechtmanCan you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in Chicago and have a degree in Fine Arts. I had always wanted to be a writer from the time I wrote my first story when I was eleven. I have also been into handicraft since I was a kid. My father was a writer, though non fiction. He showed me the ropes of how to submit things and most of all taught me how to deal with rejection. It was an important lesson for writing, but probably for life as well.
SC: How would you describe your books to readers?
I like to say that while there are dead bodies in my books, everybody has a good time. The best compliment I get is when somebody writes to me and says that one of my books took their mind off of things when they had health issues or were going through a rough time. I hope my books leave my readers with a satisfied smile.
SC: What are you currently working on?
I am working on an idea for a new series and I am beginning the next book in the Yarn Retreat series.
SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
It is so hard to pick. I love them all, but I suppose the first book I had published stands out the most. It was originally called Blue Schwartz and Nefertiti’s Necklace and is a mystery about a thirteen year old babysitter who likes to cook. It takes place in the Chicago neighborhood where I grew up and was a thirteen year old babysitter. I included some of Blue’s favorite recipes. It is now available as an e-book and been renamed Stolen Treasure.
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
The first mysteries I read were Nancy Drews, but I think Agatha Christie’s book influenced me the most.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
The biggest challenge is writing the synopsis I send to my editor. Over time it has gotten a little easier, but it hard to pull together the flow of the plot. The biggest reward is hearing from a reader that one of my books lifted their spirit.
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future? I have three books coming out this year – Seams Like Murder, Gone with the Wool, and Hooking for Trouble.
SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
It is like a dream come true for me to be able to mix yarn craft and mystery.
The national bestselling author of Wound Up in Murder spins a deadly yarn of knitting bees, butterflies, and beauty queens.
Every October, thousands of monarch butterflies flock to California’s Monterey Peninsula to spend the winter there. To welcome their colorful guests, Cadbury by the Sea holds a weeklong festival complete with a butterfly queen and her court.
Eager to show some town spirit, Casey Feldstein finds herself fluttering back and forth between setting up a yarn retreat, baking and helping out at the festival. But when a former butterfly queen is found dead with a knife in her back after a Bless the Butterflies service, Casey must set her loom aside to hook a killer with a score to settle.
Includes knitting patterns and a recipe!
Molly Pink can’t help seeing a pattern of trouble in the latest mystery from the national bestselling author of Seams Like Murder.
The Tarzana Hookers’ Yarn University has been a big success, and the classes have drawn in a slew of new crochet devotees. A less welcome arrival is the boxy monstrosity in the yard behind Molly’s house. She hasn’t met her new neighbors, but when she sees a couple struggling on the balcony and later spies what looks like someone lying on the ground, Molly wastes no time calling in her ex, homicide detective Barry Greenberg.
To Molly’s shock, Barry reports that nothing is amiss with her neighbors and asks her to lay off with the amateur detecting. Molly knows she wasn’t just seeing things, but with no body to prove her case she’ll have to unravel the evidence on her own—because someone in Tarzana is tangled up in murder…
Betty Hechtman has turned her love of yarn craft and mystery into two national best selling series. She has also written short stories, newspaper and magazine pieces, as well as several screenplays. She splits her time between Southern California and Chicago.
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