FEATURED AUTHOR: HEATHER WEIDNER
ABOUT THE BOOKPrivate investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in The Tulip Shirt Murders. When a music producer hires the duo to find out who is bootlegging his artists’ CDs, Delanie uncovers more than just copyright thieves. And if chasing bootleggers isn’t bad enough, local strip club owner and resident sleaze, Chaz Smith, pops back into Delanie’s life with more requests. The police have their man in a gruesome murder, but the loud-mouthed strip club owner thinks there is more to the open and shut case. Delanie and Duncan link a series of killings with no common threads. And they must put the rest of the missing pieces together before someone else is murdered.
The Tulip Shirt Murders is a fast-paced mystery that appeals to readers who like a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations such as larping and trading elbow jabs with roller derby queens.
Title: The Tulip Shirt MurdersAuthor: Heather Weidner
Publisher: Sandpiper Productions
Genre: Mystery – Female Sleuth
Touring with: Pump Up Your Book
LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT INTERVIEW WITH HEATHER WEIDNER
A few of your favorite things: Books, chocolate, my two Jack Russell Terriers.
Things you need to throw out: Old clothes (I tend to keep stuff until it comes back in style).
Things you need in order to write: Chocolate, Paper/Pen or Laptop, Music (loud for writing; calmer for editing).
Things that hamper your writing: Distractions (Usually the Internet) – I’ll go to research something and get lost in the world wide web.
Hardest thing about being a writer: Balancing the writing life with all the other things life throws at you.
Easiest thing about being a writer: Getting in the zone and writing; plotting a new mystery.
Things you love about where you live: I love that we are central to just about everything in Virginia. I can be at the beach, mountains, or in Washington, DC in a few hours. I love taking day-trips. Virginia has so much history, beauty, cultural sites, and wonderful restaurants.
Things that make you want to move: We usually have moderate temperatures, but we do have a few cold snaps. And during winter, I always get the urge to move somewhere warm.
Things you never want to run out of: Chocolate, iced tea, electricity (I am not a ruffing-it kind of girl).
Things you wish you’d never bought: I have some clothes that have inspired buyers’ remorse. It looked good in the store…
Words that describe you: Creative, energetic, sassy.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: Tired (I try to cram a lot into twenty-four hours. I have to take a break once in a while).
Favorite foods: Pizza, cheese, apples, chocolate, french fries.
Things that make you want to throw up: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, carrot/raisin/mayonnaise salad, the smell of eggs.
Favorite beverage: Dr. Pepper (once in a while); iced tea, iced coffee.
Something that gives you a pickle face: Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, the smell of eggs.
Something you’re really good at: Scrabble and Yahtzee.
Something you’re really bad at: Cooking when multiple dishes have to come out hot and ready at the same time – Cooking stresses me out.
Last best thing you ate: Chocolate Fudge Pie.
Last thing you regret eating: Greasy tacos.
Things you’d walk a mile for: Caffeine.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Too much talk radio or TV; Golf on TV.
Things you always put in your books:Pets (usually dogs).
Things you never put in your books: People who hurt/endanger animals.
Things to say to an author: I liked your book, and I left you a review online.
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Here’s my idea for a book. You should write it. I don’t have time.
Things that make you happy: A fully edited/finished manuscript, when my husband finishes his latest classic car project, and my two crazy Jack Russell Terriers
Things that drive you crazy: Telemarketers, paper cuts, people who leave their grocery carts in parking spots instead of returning them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.
Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She blogs regularly with the Pens, Paws, and Claws authors.
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