Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Meet the Author: Duffy Brown, Author of Tandem Demise

Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She is a National Bestselling author and now conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own. She has two series the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah along with rescue pup Bruce Willis and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island with judgmental cats Cleveland and Bambino.

Her latest book is the cozy mystery, Tandem Demise.

Website Address: www.DuffyBrown.com
Facebook Address: https://www.facebook.com/authorduffybrown

Smugglers on the hunt, a police chief on the run, lost loot and a dead wedding planner have the Mackinac Island regulars riding in circles

After solving two murders, bike shop owner Evie Bloomfield thought life on Mackinac Island would settle into boredom until she finds out Nate Sutter, island police chief and once-upon-a-time under cover cop is on the run. Some badass guys from Nate’s Detroit days think he stole money from them in a champagne smuggling operation and now they’re headed to the island to get their loot. Evie is determined to help Nate because he’s a good cop. Nate is determined to keep interfering Evie and island locals out of harms way, and the crooks are determined to get their money.



What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

Nancy Drew!! I bet almost all women authors over 40 mention Nancy as those who have  inspired them to write mystery stores with women as the hero. Back in the day women were pretty much second-class citizens. Mad Men is for real and not just a TV show. LOL. Nancy Drew was smart, did things her way and outsmarted the guys. I loved it! I wanted to be Nancy. We all wanted to be Nancy. 

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Probably around 35. I was a late-bloomer. I always made up stores in my head and after reading some really bad books I decided what the heck, I can do that and do it better. I just love telling stories that make people laugh. Taking life with a smile helps us all get through.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

No, I just soak it all in like a big sponge. I take in the atmosphere, the characters, the setting and how it works all together to make the story. Besides, that story I’m watching has already been done, now it’s my turn to tell my story my way.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

Later. I had 4 kids and that took up my life for years. When I finally got a few moments to put two thoughts together I started writing.

Do you have a day job? What do you do?

I taught, had kids then taught again and started to write. With four kids and four grandkids that is pretty much my day job. LOL

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Never give up. Write what you love. Do not do critique groups as that gives you books by committee. Write every day.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Life is important but you need to make time in your day to write. The best is to get up early and write before the day intervenes and you find yourself behind before the day’s even started. The early hours of the day are the golden hours…use them wisely.

What hours do you write best?

Morning when I’m fresh and the day hasn’t intruded on my brain and eaten away all my creativity.

How often do you write?

Every day but I do take breaks between books. You need to get into the groove of writing the story you’re working on so you don’t lose the momentum of the book.

Are you an avid reader?

Not as much as I’d like to be. Writing eats my life along with promo for books. I spend as much time promoting my books as writing them.

What are you reading now?

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. It’s what life is all about. You can pick it up and put it down not read it all at once. This keeps me focused on what is important in life.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I’ve always loved a good story! Do you remember the first time you read The Christmas Carol or Murder on the Orient Express. What a total blast. Reading great stories like that made me what to be a writer and tell stories too.

What are you currently working on?

Book seven in my Consignment Shop series set in Savannah. Wedding Day and Foul Play. I love this title. The two main characters are finally getting married. No wedding day has ever been like this one. LOL

Thanks tons for the interview. I truly enjoyed chatting.

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