I had a wonderful opportunity to ask my lovely guest, cozy mysteries author, Duffy Brown a few questions 🙂 And that’s how a little interview was born 🙂
Book Bug: If time travel were possible, what century would be your choice? and why?
Duffy Brown: The 22nd. I’d like to see where we wind up! Medicine and human rights are making great advances and I’d love to see where it all goes. I think the best is yet to come. I think the future will be very exciting indeed!! We have the brains and ability to fix a lot problems facing us today and we will do it. So many people out there trying to make things right. There are the nut-jobs to be sure but most of us are for the good.
Book Bug: What was the funniest school-time adventure/event?
Duffy Brown: I think it was with my daughter when taking sex ed class. This steamy romance, Hard Bargain, circulated the entire eighth grade class. I’m sure the kids learned more (for better or worse) from that romance than they did from any sex ed. And it was a good book…I read it too. What a hoot. All the good parts were dog-eared and underlined with Do you believe they did this! comments beside it. I should have framed it. Priceless!
Book Bug: You can’t leave home without…
Duffy Brown: My purse. I’ve been known to dash off in near PJs for a candy run or mail taxes. Sometimes shoes and sometimes not, makeup is hit or miss but my purse…got to have the purse slung over my arm.
Book Bug: What is the first thing that you do, when you start working on a new book?
Duffy Brown: Verbal Vomit. Don’t you love it. What it means is I just write down all the neat scenes I want to include in the book. No order or wrong answers just blue-sky it for a day and get my head into the head of the characters. It helps to get the story going and it’s the fun creative part of what the heck is this story about.
Book Bug: Your best vacation ever was…
Duffy Brown: Toss up between two. I did a white-water rafting trip for a week through the Grand Canyon. Once you are in the canyon there are no phones or communication. Sleep and eat under the starts and the Milky Way and class 5 rapids. It was truly spiritual. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
The other trip was through Glacier National Park. When God was having a very good day He created Glacier NP. It is beyond description. Truly God’s country.
And I was with my two daughters for both trips…that was the best part of all.
Book Bug: Imagine you are an inventor. Money is no issue and you are asked to invent something to make people laugh. What would it be?
Duffy Brown: A machine that you crawl into and it takes all their cares away. It is so hard to laugh sometimes as the word gets us down. I just want people to be happy.
Book Bug: While writing a mystery book do you always know “whodunit” from the beginning?
Duffy Brown: Yes, I do. Writing a mystery is like shooting an arrow…all the clues have to lead to the right conclusion…eventually. It’s the only way to play fair with the readers. Not to say there can’t be a few broken arrows along the way just to make things interesting 🙂
Book Bug: Do you ever argue with the characters in your books?
Duffy Brown: No, their book. When they take over all the good stuff happens! When I take over it’s just blah, blah, blah.
Book Bug: When was the first time you called yourself a writer?
Duffy Brown: Yesterday…maybe??? I always feel like I can do better. Writers are Hemingway and Dickens and Patterson. I’m just a storyteller who wants to have fun and let people escape for a few hours and think…Heck, my life’s not so bad. No alligator’s trying to eat me or killer stalking me or I’m not the one stranded in the swamp at night.
Book Bug: What would be your advice to someone that is thinking about writing a book, but does not quite have it in him to try?
Duffy Brown: Sit your butt in the chair and start typing…it will come to you. It’s magic…I swear it is. And you will have the time of your life!
Book Bug: Thank you so much Duffy!!!! 🙂
Duffy Brown: Thank You. This was a blast!!
Duffy Brown was on my blog with her lovely (and tasty!!!) guest post on Tuesday. It was so kind of her to offer her cool lunch totes to two of our readers 🙂 I’ve decided to do the draw in a little unconventional way… CLICK HERE to find out who and how picked out the winners… Congratulations Bettylouise31 & Mary Aalgaard!!!