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SC: Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite and why?
Wow! That’s hard. I poured so much of myself into each of them. I guess I would have to say it’s LOWCOUNTRY BONFIRE, because I hope my writing is getting stronger with each book. I believe I’m writing tighter now than I did when I started out.
SC: What books have most influenced you as a writer?
Honestly, I think every book I read influences me. If a book resonates with me, I’m analyzing why. But if a book isn’t working for me, I do the same thing. It’s important for me to understand both sides of the equation.
SC: What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging thing for me is also the most rewarding. Coming up with an idea that excites me, and then tweaking it until I have it just the way I want it—that’s the good stuff. But it’s also really difficult. This is the part of writing that looks like lolling in the hammock or staring out a window.
SC: What book is on your nightstand?
Right now there’s a stack. Who am I kidding? There’s always a stack. Today the stack has Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris, Lookaway, Lookaway, by Wilton Barnhardt, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer, Everybody’s Fool, by Richard Russo, and Find Her by Lisa Gardner.
SC: What can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
Liz Talbot will have at least four more adventures—possibly more. And a new character is demanding that I tell her stories as well. She’s also an investigator, but I don’t know her well yet. As soon as I get her down on paper, I’ll introduce you to her!
The dead are not much given to hysteria. The morning Tammy Sue Lyerly piled her husband’s clothes into his Raven Black 1969 Mustang convertible and lit a match, my friend Colleen stayed oddly nonchalant. She’d been dead eighteen years and had seen a thing or two.
For her part, Tammy Sue was pitching an F5 hissy fit. She dug all ten fingers into her 1980s pile of long red hair, clutched her head, and bellowed, “Let it burn.”
Four Stella Maris volunteer firemen cast her worried looks but went about the business of hooking up the hose to the fire hydrant.
We stood in a loose huddle a safe distance from the burning car in the Lyerly driveway.
“I asked you what you were doing here,” said Blake.
My brother, Blake, was the Stella Maris Police Chief. My husband, Nate, and I were private investigators, and Blake purely hated it when we meddled in his business.
“I called her,” said Daddy. “I overheard at the flea market that your sister’d done some work for Tammy Sue recently. Thought maybe she’d want to know.” Daddy shrugged, looked innocent.
Mamma and Daddy lived across the street from the Lyerlys, so naturally Daddy was first on the scene. Mamma had come with him. She raised an eyebrow to let him know she had his number. It wasn’t yet eight o’clock. Daddy sipped coffee from a large insulated stainless steel travel mug, all nonchalant like.
“For cryin’ out loud, Dad. We don’t need the whole town out here this morning.” Blake gave his head a shake. He scanned the neighborhood we’d grown up in. Folks gathered in clumps under the shade of massive live oaks in bordering yards. They’d all come out to see the show. The audience was growing fast. It was early on a Tuesday in the middle of June. Some of those folks were missing work. Blake lifted his Red Sox cap, ran a hand through his hair, and resettled the cap.
Tammy Sue grabbed my arm with one hand and clutched her chest dramatically with the other. “Well, I want her here, and you don’t have a single thing to say about it. This is my property.”
“Yours and Zeke’s.” Blake kept his tone easy, casual. “Where did you say Zeke was again?”
“He’s with that cheap hussy, Crystal Chapman.” Tammy’s eyes glowed with crazy. She leaned forward and hurled the words at Blake. “And he’d better by God not come home unless he wants me to light his ass on fire too.”
Susan M. Boyer is the author of the USA TODAY bestselling Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil (Liz Talbot Mystery #1) won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and garnered several other award nominations, including the Macavity.
Lowcountry Boneyard, the third Liz Talbot mystery, was a Spring 2015 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick and was short-listed for the 2016 Pat Conroy Beach Music Mystery Prize.
Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot Mystery #5) was released July 5, 2016 and is a summer 2016 SIBA Okra Pick.
Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone has crazy relatives. You’ll find all of the above in her novels. She lives in Greenville, SC, with her husband and an inordinate number of houseplants.
For more information, please visit her official website: susanmboyerbooks.com