Hey Everyone!! :-)
Trisha Sugarek is joining us here today to talk about her new book. Trisha, can you tell us about yourself and how many books you have written?
Trisha: I have enjoyed a twenty year career writing stage plays, fiction, children’s books and poetry. In addition to a half a dozen full length plays, I expanded my body of work to include four children’s books, ten novels, of which seven are a series of true crime mysteries. I has written a collection of ten minute plays for the classroom. Most recently I created four journal/handbooks (instructional) for writers. My active blog encourages and helps other writers. I live in Savannah, Georgia with a ridgeback hound, Miss Molly and her little sister, Gracie, and their two cats, Fiona and Barcode. All were rescued and adopted.
Me: Sounds like you've been busy! ;-) What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Trisha: Video of Murder. Inspired by the other six books in the series of mine; World of Murder.
Me: Cool! What are you working on now?
Trisha: As I just published Video of Murder, I am taking a small break until the next idea comes.
Me: Ah, vacations. Always a fun time. ;-) What authors, or books, have influenced you?
Trisha: In poetry, my idols are Charles Bukowski and Robert Service. In fiction: Robyn Carr, JD Robb, Dean Koontz,Janet Macleod-Trotter (to name a few)
Me: Some great authors on that list! :-) What are you reading now?
Trisha: I am reading several books for review purposes. I have built up a stable of authors who request my reviews.
Me: That's awesome! Reviews are an author's life's blood, so I'm sure they appreciate your reviews. :-) For those who might consider reading your book, what would you tell them to expect?
Trisha: A murder occurs every day in the Big Apple. It follows that homicide detectives carry a caseload of three to seven cases, at all times. In this new thriller, Video of Murder, NYPD Homicide Detectives O’Roarke and Garcia investigate seven killings. They must enter the unknown world of the Tongs, the Chinese Mafia, when one of its members is beaten to death, sparking a string of retaliation-type homicides. At the same time they investigate the random murder of a cross country trucker only to be interrupted by a domestic disturbance case gone horribly wrong. A normal day in the life of a murder cop.
Me: Sounds exciting! What is your favorite part of being an author?
Trisha: Re-writes and fans who give me feedback.
Me: Yes! Feedback from fans is awesome. Do you have a day job as well?
Me: Lucky you! :-) What are the hardest and easiest parts about being a writer?
Trisha: Easiest: The concept for the story. It comes to me and for that I am grateful. The World of Murder series started as a short stage play and has developed into a series of cozies that I am so proud of. Hardest: My saga, Song of the Yukon, was my most challenging and demanding story to tell. Set in Alaska in the 1920's, EVERYTHING had to be researched to be true to the times.
Me: Yes, research can definitely take you down the rabbit hole. ;-) What genre do you place your book in?
Trisha: True crime, contemporary, the City of New York
Trisha: Aside from my writing, I (and my blog) are dedicated to encouraging other writers. I have written 30 tips on how to write Creatively (http://www.writeratplay.com/category/a-writers-take/) and created journals that include more tips on how to write.
Me: That's wonderful! :-) And so these fine folks here with us can find your writing, are there any links you'd like me to post?
Me: Perfect! :-) Thank you so much for stopping by today, Trisha. And thanks to all the rest of you amazing people for joining us! Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the latest in Mistral Dawn's Musings! ;-)