If you haven't been around the Inkwell yet this week, then I'm pleased to announce a new release by our own DeAnna Julie Dodson. Today I have some questions about the book to whet your interest.
The book is called The Key in the Attic: An Annie’s Attic Mystery. It’s a contemporary mystery published by DRG. All the information about buying the book is on their website at http://www.anniesmysteries.com/
Is this a stand alone book or part of a series?
Key is Book Sixteen in the Annie’s Attic Mystery series. I also wrote Book Four, Letters in the Attic, and just signed on for Book Twenty-Five, The Diary in the Attic. Even though these books are part of a series, readers will have no trouble following the story or getting to know the characters no matter where they start.
What inspired you to write this book?
I love historical fiction. Even though Key is a contemporary mystery, there is also a historical element to it. The clues Annie and her friends have to solve were left during the Civil War, 150 years before they are finally found.
How did writing this book compare to other writing experiences you’ve had?
All of my books have been very different to write. The first one, In Honor Bound, took me 11 ½ years. Key took a little over three months. I guess I’ve learned something about efficiency over the last eight books. Key has several puzzle-type clues that have to be solved, which is something I haven’t done before. Those were a lot of fun. It’s also very different to write about characters and situations that someone else has created.
This book is different in just about every way from my medieval novels. It’s down to earth and contemporary and a really light read, a world away from the angsty heartache, passion and pageantry of my Chastelayne Trilogy. Key is more of a fun, puzzle-solving type book. There really isn’t much romance in it at all, though Annie’s relationship with the town mayor is starting to build.
Tell us a little about your main character?
Annie Dawson is a young widow who has moved from Texas to Maine to settle her grandmother’s estate and clean out the attic in her old Victorian house. She always manages to find something intriguing up in the attic, uncovering mysteries that she and her needlework group get together to solve.
What is the basic storyline of the book?
Annie finds a little key in her attic that leads to a series of clues left during the Civil War, clues that lead to an unexpected treasure.
What theme or message do you hope readers will walk away with?
The main message in Key is that God provides for those who trust in Him and foils those who try to get what is not due them.
Any last thoughts on this book and why we should read it?
I think Key is a fun book, a book you could share with your daughter or mom or grandmother. If you want a light summer read with an enjoyable, puzzle-type mystery, this is the book for you!
What do you have coming up next?
As I mentioned, I just signed the contract for another Annie’s Attic Mystery, The Diary in the Attic, due out in the Spring of 2013. And I’m finishing up a proposal for another book in the series, The Legacy in the Attic. We’ll see what happens with that one!
I’m also working on an original mystery series set in 1930s England, the Drew Farthering Mysteries. The first book is scheduled to be released by Bethany House in the Summer of 2013. I’m very excited!
Do you have any questions for DeAnna? Do you enjoy puzzle style mysteries? Be sure to leave your questions and thoughts in the comments below.