Saturday, July 28, 2012

ParaCozyMysMo - Casey Daniels - Pepper Martin Mysteries

Please welcome Casey Daniels to The Qwillery! Casey writes the Pepper Martin Mysteries. Wild Wild Death, the 8th Pepper Martin Mystery, was published on January 3, 2012. Supernatural Born Killers (A Pepper Martin Mystery 9) will be published in September!

TQ:  Welcome back to The Qwillery!

Casey:  Always fun to be here. Thanks for inviting me!

TQ:  Writing quirks! What are some of yours?

Casey:  Quirks? Do I have any? Well, I set a clock for 45 minutes when I write. Then I get a 15-minute break after each writing session. Not sure that qualifies as a quirk. I'd like to say I have to drink champagne when I write, or I can only write when I'm wearing my purple caftan, but it's just not true. For me, writing is a business. It's work. I might not take myself very seriously, but I treat my writing like any other job.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers?

Casey:  Too many to list! But some favorite include Alan Bradley ("Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie"), Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody mysteries), Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Dunnett. The world is full of fabulous, talented writers who tell such good stories. The only pity is that there aren't more hours in the day for reading.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Casey:  Plotter. Most definitely. I generally spend 2-6 weeks plotting before I begin writing.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Casey:  You mean aside from every day and every sentence and every word? One of the hardest things for me is that now that I'm writing series (I started my career writing historical romance), I've always got to wonder how much to tell readers about the stories that came before the one I'm working on. Too much, and I'll bore them (and keep them from buying those earlier books). Too little and they're lost. It's a tricky tightrope to walk.

TQWild Wild Death is your eighth Pepper Martin Mystery. What inspired you to write mysteries with paranormal/supernatural elements?

Casey:  I started out with the idea of a cemetery tour guide as the heroine in the series, the ghosts just naturally followed. In fact, the first time "Don of the Dead" (book #1 in the series) was reviewed as paranormal mystery, I was honestly surprised. I just figured ghosts and cemeteries went together naturally!

TQ:  Do you base your paranormal/supernatural elements on existing lore, make things up or both?

Casey:  A little of each. I do believe in ghosts, and I'm sure in the real ghostly universe there are "rules," but sometimes, a writer needs to bend rules or just plain make them up to accommodate a plot. For instance in book #4 in the series ("Night of the Loving Dead"), I had a ghost steal Pepper's body and Pepper become a ghost for a while. But she still needed to investigate and darn, in book #1, I'd already said that ghosts couldn't touch things. That's why they needed people to do it for them. What's a writer to do? I simply invented a rule: ghosts can touch things after they're dead, until the first full moon after their deaths. It worked in book #4 and I was able to use that rule again in book #9 ("Supernatural Born Killers"). I also made up a new rule in that book about how ghosts can be dispatched so that they can never come back again. Such fun!

TQ:  What sorts of research have you done for the Pepper Martin Mysteries? What is the oddest bit of information that you’ve come across in your research?

Casey:  I love research. So I do a lot of it. Probably more than I need to. I've had great fun researching Cleveland history (that's where the books are set). So much so that I now volunteer at the County Archives where all the historical documents for the county are kept. Oddest information? Hmmm . . . I'm not sure I picked up any odd information there, but I was able to accompany a professional ghost hunting group on an investigation in a cemetery. It was the day after Halloween. There was a full moon. It was so much freakin' fun!

TQ:  Tell us about the upcoming Supernatural Born Killers (Pepper Martin 9) that is not in the book description.

Casey:  Well, here's a bit of trivia: Superman was created in Cleveland. And since as I mentioned before, I love research and Cleveland history, I was able to play with that fact in "Supernatural Born Killers." Readers who've followed Pepper's adventures know she's always been looking for a man of steel. This time, I think she's found him!

TQ:  In the the series so far who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Casey:  Pepper is the easiest, simply because her voice is so distinct. It's always easy for me to slip into her head. Hardest character is probably Quinn, Pepper's on again/off again boyfriend. He's a cop and pretty tight-lipped. He doesn't reveal much about himself, and that's made him pretty tough to get to know.

TQ:  Which character in the Pepper Martin Mysteries has surprised you the most?

Casey:  Pepper. Always. She started out pretty shallow and slowly, she's grown up. In "Supernatural Born Killers" she does some pretty amazing things, and one thing in particular that she doesn't take any credit for. The old Pepper never would have done that. She's growing up!

TQ:  What's next?

Casey:  Lots of things coming up. "Supernatural Born Killers" comes out on September 4. On December 31, the third book in my Button Box mystery series (I write this as Kylie Logan) comes out, and in June of next year, I've got a new series premiering that will be called the League of Literary Ladies. That one's a mystery series, too. I'm currently working on book #1 of another new series. Lots to do.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Casey:  Thank you. Always fun to visit.

Pepper Martin Mysteries

Wild Wild Death
A Pepper Martin Mystery 8
Berkley (Prime Crime), January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

Her job has been cut, she's low on cash, and her detective sometime- boyfriend refuses to even talk about her ability to see the dead and solve their murders. So Pepper is most certainly down for a vacation to get her spirits up. But when her cute scientist friend Dan is kidnapped, Pepper soon stumbles upon another deadly mystery that brings her to New Mexico. And she's after a clever murderer-one whose idea of Boot Hill has nothing to do with Jimmy Choo.

A Hard Day's Fright
A Pepper Martin Mystery 7
Berkley (Prime Crime), April 5, 2011
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

What happened to a teenager named Lucy one night in 1966 after a Beatles concert? She rushed the stage, kissed Paul, started home with her friends, and was never seen again-until cemetery guide and unintentional PI to the dead Pepper Martin sees her as a ghost. Lucy's spirit can't rest in peace until her body is found and buried. But how will Pepper track down a missing corpse after forty-five years?

Pepper Martin Mysteries 1 through 6

And coming in  September 2012:

Supernatural Born Killers
A Pepper Martin Mystery 9
Berkley (Prime Crime), September 4, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

As Garden View Cemetery's new community relations manager, Pepper is feeling overwhelmed with planning the annual party to attract new sponsors, especially when a murdered ghost starts leaving puddles all over the place. The dead man is her skeptical ex-boyfriend Quinn's former partner Jack Haggarty and he isn't going away until Pepper figures out the real reason behind his murder. Now, Pepper has to convince Quinn he's the real deal and investigate Jack's death, before someone else meets a unfortunate end in a watery grave.

The Button Box Mysteries as Kylie Logan

About Casey

Casey Daniels once applied for a job as a tour guide in a historic cemetery. She didn't get the job, but she did get the idea for her Pepper Martin mystery series. Pepper works in a cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there. Book #8, "Wild, Wild Death," was published in January and book #9, "Supernatural Born Killers" will be out on September 4. In addition, Casey writes the Button Box mysteries as Kylie Logan and will have a new series, the League of Literarary Ladies, premiering in June of 2013. Casey lives in a suburb of Cleveland loves to explore cemeteries.


Casey blogs on Wednesdays at:

Something Wicked

The Giveaways

There is a giveaway of Wild Wild Death (A Pepper Martin Mystery 8) with this interview. You can also enter to win the Grand Prize by using the Rafflecopter. The comment you leave to enter to win Wild Wild Death may also be used to enter to win the Grand Prize. Both Giveaways are open internationally.

To Enter to Win a Copy of Wild Wild Death

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Wild Wild Death (A Pepper Martin Mystery 8) by Casey Daniels. The novel is generously provided by Penguin.

How:  Leave a comment.

Please remember - if you don't leave a comment your entry will not be counted.  You must also leave a way to contact you. Entries without contact information will not be counted.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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2) The Grand Prize is separate from any giveaway associated with individual author visits during Paranormal Cozy Mystery Month.

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4) The Grand Prize Giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address.

5) Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. This is such a fun series. Casey Daniels is a local (for me) author, and it's great to see her around town!


  2. I'm really getting hooked on this para-cozy genre---I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  3. Hey, which rock have I been hiding under? How come I haven't heard about this series before?!

    Thanks for the heads up!! :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-spamme [at] yahoo [dot] com

  4. I always thought ghosts cemetries went together as well! This sounds like a lot of fun - I am so inspired to read more paranormal cosy mysteries now!


  5. Nice interview. Sounds like an intriguing series.


  6. Sounds like a great series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. (<< mumble, grumble >> Blogger ate my comment. Trying again...)

    Durn, I'm only up to #4. How'd I fall so far behind? Part of me is all "Yay! I have so much to read!", but the other part of me is all "WAAH! I have so much to read!" YKWIM?

    I'm gonna need crampons to scale Mount TBR at this rate! ;-)

  8. Thanks for the interview! This series is high on my "want" list!

  9. Great interview - I love the Pepper Martin books, but I'll have to check out the Button Box mysteries, since I haven't seen them before.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
    GFC: Barbara E.

  10. This sound like great series and i like cover book to. I must have it. Great interview, i enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing :)

    GFC as Filia Oktarina
    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

  11. I would love to read WILD WILD DEATH. It looks incredible.


  12. I have this awesome book, so I am not entering the contest,but I love this series and wanted to just say thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share with us today. I am really looking forward to Supernatural Born Killers! Congratulations on the new release :)

  13. Hi all! After a typically busy Saturday yesterday, I'm finally getting a chance to check in. Nice to see readers here who already know me and, of course, readers who have yet to discover my books. Thanks to The Qwillery for helping get the word out!

    How about all of you believe in ghosts? Any ghost stories to tell?

  14. I love this series!!! Pepper is great and I can't wait to see what she gets into next!!!

  15. Hi, Casey!
    To answer your question, I do believe in ghosts. Once when I'm sleeping, something hit my back hardly and its hurts! And I sleep alone. Creepy, I know.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  16. I completely believe you, Ren. I've seen too much proof that there are things that go bump in the night!

  17. Well, something walked the halls of our room in a old German
    hostel, the door knob rattle too. Were we ever happy to get out of
    there. But we did not see anything.
    WTG Casey on your writing skills. Thanks, for dropping by, and
    now I know about your amazing sounding books. thanks.
    dayle b at telus dot net

  18. I really enjoy this series. Please keep writing the Pepper Martin books.

  19. This series has been on my wishlist forever. I really must give it a try sometime soon.

  20. I am new to this series. Can't wait to read them. I love all types of cozy mysteries.


  21. I so love this series. I've read the first 4 books and just have to make the time to read the rest of them.