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Monday, November 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing?

Today I’m participating in a fun little Blog Hop!

And it’s all about what all of us writers are working on right now. The posts are scheduled for Wednesdays, but since I don’t normally post on that day, I figured I’d better post on Monday. My post follows after The Cuffe Sisters’ Post from last Wednesday, October 31. Please click and visit!

So, here are the questions about my WIP (Work In Progress.)

What is the working title?
Murder With Tea, Book One of The Macks and Me Murder Mysteries

Where did the idea come from?
An old adult mystery manuscript I wrote years ago. I tweaked it and made it fun and appropriate for Middle Readers. It is aimed at the upper end, ages 11-14.

What genre?
Middle Reader (11-14 yrs) mysteries.

Which actors would play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm . . . I definitely picture Detective Michael Macks being played by Matt Bomer, the actor who portrays Neil Caffrey on White Collar. For my main character, Jordyn, I really don’t know many 16-year-old actresses!

Short synopsis?
Jordyn Kent, a huge fan of The Detective Michael Macks Murder Mysteries, has secretly wished to solve a murder, and when the fictional detective appears to her and begins to encourage, instruct, and annoy her, she and Macks work together to solve a real murder.

Agency representation?
Terry Burns with Hartline Literary

How long did it take to write the first draft?
When I wrote the original manuscript, I was working full-time and raising kids, so it took me well over a year. The recent Middle Reader rewrite took a couple months.

What other books in this genre compare?
Any mystery for Middle Readers. But I’ve checked, and I could not find any mysteries with a fictional detective helping the amateur sleuth.

Who or what inspired this book?
I was inspired when on a Caribbean cruise to Grand Cayman where I saw an amazing estate on the bay. Murder With Tea takes place in Grand Cayman at the Jordyn’s grandmother’s estate, Evansview.

Anything to add?
Like The Hawaiian Island Detective Club series, The Macks and Me Murder Mysteries is also a series. Book Two is Murder in Moonlight, and Book Three is Murder by Arrow.

Please visit these two blogs next Wednesday, November 14, to read what this writer is working on—you may be the first to know!!

Aloha, and Mahalo for visiting!

The Hawaiian Island Detective Club
Book One—Pineapples in Peril
Available NOW Everywhere!
Book Two—Menehunes Missing
RELEASES February 5, 2013


  1. I love that story!!! You pick the most awesome titles too. :-)

    1. Thanks, Jessica! And the exciting thing is--it's actually with a couple publishers right now! Aloha! --Cheryl

  2. I like the title, too! Best wishes on your WIP!

    1. Thanks, Brandi! Your good wishes mean so much to me. Aloha! --Cheryl


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