SC: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I got the idea for writing “The Courtyard Corpse” when I saw a shadow flitter among the trees below my balcony. That image and the mystery behind it turned into a 168 page novel. I’m a UVA graduate and graduate of Boston University where I received a master’s degree in journalism. I used to write for many local newspapers in Boston, and even once worked for a state senator! Now I live in Bethesda, MD, which is the setting for “The Courtyard Corpse.”
SC: Was there a certain time in your life you knew you wanted to write?
I’ve been writing ever since I was young, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to write a full-length novel.
SC: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on “The Concierge Corpse,” which is the second book in the Cassie Hall Concierge Mystery series. I have finished writing the book and am now in the editing stage.
SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
The Courtyard Corpse because there is so much going on in the novel, and Cassie the concierge sleuth doesn’t miss a beat. It was the most fun to write, and I am still intrigued by the quirky characters.
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
Nancy Cohen’s “Writing the Cozy Mystery” and James Scott Bell’s “Write Your Novel From the Middle,” which really got me thinking in a unique way about how to structure my cozy mystery.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing?
And the most rewarding? The most challenging part of writing is not wanting to do anything else when I have so many book ideas bouncing around in my head, possible dialogue and character actions take priority. The most rewarding part is seeing it all come together.
SC: What book is on your nightstand?
“The Vicious Vet” by M.C. Beaton. It’s her second book in the Agatha Raisin series.
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Ready to go in the near future is the second book in the Cassie Hall Concierge Mystery series, “The Concierge Corpse.” I hope to have that completed for a Valentine’s Day 2017 release date. I have planned for three books in the Cassie Hall Concierge Mystery series, but since I am so attached to the characters I might write a fourth!
SC: Is there anything you’d like to share with your readers?
I would like to thank all of my readers for taking the time to read “The Courtyard Corpse” and provide feedback. I am writing with the readers in mind, and hope they are as engaged with the plot and characters as I am!
First chapter of “The Courtyard Corpse” if interested in downloading the first chapter. https://sherrylodge.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/the-courtyard-corpse-chapter-one.pdf
A short bio:
My name is Sherry Lodge and I am a writer and editor currently living in Bethesda, MD, which is the setting for the swanky Parkstone Apartment Building in “The Courtyard Corpse.” I have been writing for many years and even wrote for three different local newspapers in Boston where I was a graduate student at Boston University. Now, when I’m not editing for work, all of my writing is fiction!