Interviews by Catherine Chant

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“Geniuses can be scintillating and geniuses can be somber, but it’s that inescapable sorrowful depth that shines through—originality.”
—Jack Kerouac



Catherine Chant

Catherine Chant is the author of a young time travel series available at and other online retailers, and two installments in the Vampire Diaries franchise via Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. She teaches several online classes for writers throughout the year, and her popular workshop GROW A BOOK: TURNING YOUR STORY IDEA INTO A WORKABLE PLOT is now available as an eBook, exclusively at

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September 2016

Interview with Author Shéa MacLeod

Shéa MacLeod



What inspired you to write mystery books?

I’ve been reading mysteries for as long as I can remember. Once I cleaned out the library of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I was introduced to Agatha Christie. I’ve dreamed of writing mysteries ever since.

What style of mystery novel is your favorite (police procedural, cozy, etc.)?

Cozy Mystery. Hands down.

When you start a new mystery, do you plot it all out from the start (all the clues and red herrings) or does the story evolve as you write it?

Yes. LOL! It’s a little of both. I plot, but then things often take a left turn from there. In my current WIP, I still don’t know who the killer is!

What are you working on now?

The latest Viola Roberts Cozy Mystery. I’m also working on a new cozy mystery with one of my favorite characters, Branwen the Cupcake Goddess.

Do you prefer to write mystery series books or stand-alones?

Series. I love to revisit characters and settings. They’re like old friends.

What’s the most interesting or unusual research you’ve done for a book you’re writing?

I don’t know about “unusual,” but recently I needed a poison. I wanted something non-lethal that would make people ill and was easy to come by. I had to research various plant based poisons. Plants that were common to a particular area, what part of the plants were poisonous, and then what the symptoms were. Once I’d decided on the plant, I had to figure out the best way to administer it and how a regular person might extract the poison. I really hope the authorities never ask to look at my search history…


Coming soon...

Body in the Bathtub: A Viola Roberts Cozy Mystery
Shéa MacLeod's new Viola Roberts Cozy Mystery
Book 3


Sassy, snarky writer Viola Roberts seems to have become a magnet for murder. With a little help from her wine-swilling, wise-cracking best friend she's determined to find out who dunnit before the killers get away with murder.

The Corpse in the Cabana - book 1 The Stiff in the Study - book 2



To see more books by Shéa MacLeod visit her website at

Twitter: @Shea_MacLeod




Shéa MacLeod writes urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary romances.  And also cozy mysteries. Mostly because she can’t make up her mind which genre she likes best so she decided to write them all. 

After six years living in an Edwardian town house in London just a stone’s throw from the local cemetery, Shéa headed back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She plans to live out her days eating mushroom pizza, drinking too many caramel lattes, exploring exotic locales, and avoiding spiders.

Shéa is the author of the Dragon Wars series and the bestselling Sunwalker Saga series as well as the Viola Roberts Cozy Mystery series.