Writing in Shorts– Loulou Harrington

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This is the third of fourteen interviews to celebrate Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime.

Loulou Harrington writes the Myrtle Grove Garden Club cozy mystery series and recently contributed to the mystery anthologies Happy Homicides 5: The Purr-fect Crime & Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime.

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She is also the author of nine romances for Harlequin. Check out the covers. Aren’t they great?!  Classic Harlequin.  

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Loulou is a gardener herself and is always posting the loveliest photos of flowers on her facebook and twitter pages. Follow her and thank me later.  On to the interview—

When and why did you begin writing “in shorts”? Is it harder or easier than full-length novels?

I began writing “in shorts” for the Happy Homicides anthologies just this year. For me it’s harder than writing a full-length novel. Even though it takes much less time to complete, I think it takes just as long, for its size, as a full-length book would take.

What is your favorite short story anthology beside the Happy Homicide series?

My first introduction to an entire book of short stories was the Nick Adams stories by Ernest Hemingway. It’s still probably my favorite.

As an author, what has been your most embarrassing moment, typo, or gaffe?

My first published books were Harlequin romances, and probably the most embarrassing moment was early in my writing career when a male co-worker and friend brought one of my books to work with him and began reading part of a love scene aloud when I walked into his office. It wouldn’t have embarrassed me nearly so much if it hadn’t been an open cubicle where anyone could hear him over the walls. Luckily, by the time I got him to quit, he had me laughing, too—and thankfully he never did it again.

What is your favorite vacation spot to be in shorts? (I want you to say Miami, but no pressure. wink)

Miami. Seriously, I love that whole area, from Ft. Pierce to Key West. From around Biscayne especially, and down through the Keys, my husband and I have spent weeks at a time in an old sailboat exploring the area. Whether reading about it in shorts, full length books, or visiting in person, the Miami area has been like coming home for me for many years. I get nostalgic just thinking about it.

Since this edition of Happy Homicides is food themed, I have to ask—What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food? Oh, man, that’s hard, but if I had to choose one food that goes all the way back to my childhood and is still something I can’t get enough of, it’s southern-style cornbread dressing like my mother made for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and very special Sunday dinners. Turkey with cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce is all I need to feel like it’s a holiday any day of the week.

YUM! Makes me wish next week would hurry up and get here already. Download Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime before the long holiday weekend. Be it for the food themed stories and bonus recipes or for a distraction from your relatives, it will be a great addition to your library. 

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Keep checking back with Cozy in Miami for the rest of this interview series. Joanna Campbell Slan, the mastermind of the Happy Homicides anthologies, will be joining us.

 

 

 

Writing in Shorts-Amy Vansant

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When I asked Amy for a short biography, this is what she sent me.– Amy Vansant specializes in fun, comedic reads about accident prone, easily distracted women with questionable taste in men. So, autobiographies, mostly. Currently, she is a nerd and Labradoodle mommy who works at home with her goofy husband.

Fun-loving is the perfect one-word (Okay, it is actually two words with a hyphen cheater.) descriptor for her. Just look at her author photo. And, her books keep to the punny theme. I love “kilty” as guilty. (I wish I’d thought of it!) She writes several series and crosses genres. The Pineapple Port series (5 titles ) is in the cozy vein. The Kilty series is romantic suspense. I love the tag line Romance. Suspense. Haggis. She also has an urban fantasy series and a romantic comedy series. This lady never stops writing stories that must be why her answers to my interview questions were short and sweet. She had to get back to the keyboard.

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  1. When and why did you begin writing “in shorts”? Is it harder or easier than full-length novels?

When I was asked to join the Happy Homicide series! It’s harder to write short stories for me, because I need to introduce the characters, make them memorable, introduce a good mystery and have it solved satisfactorily with enough twists and turns all in a few thousand words. That’s tough.

  1. What is your favorite short story anthology beside the Happy Homicide series?

I guess I could say Moms are Nuts because it is a story anthology I put together with other humorists a few years back.

  1. As an author, what has been your most embarrassing moment, typo, or gaffe?

The funniest thing that happened recently – I was setting up a promotion for another author and realized I’d posted an embarrassing typo for his book “BONE MAKER” – I’d typed “BONER MAKER” Had me crying laughing… talk about a totally different book!! Luckily it hadn’t gone live yet and I was able to fix it.

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot to be in shorts? (I want you to say Miami, but no pressure. wink)

Miami is a favorite for the culture and food  – plus any island. I’m rarely happier than when I’m on a Caribbean Island!

  1. Since this edition of Happy Homicides is food themed, I have to ask—What is your favorite comfort food?

Pasta, butter and cheese. I used to have it every day for lunch in college – turns out you can’t have that meal every day as an adult and still be able to fit through doors…

Please check out Amy Vansant’s website and other social media. You will be assured a laugh, a giggle, and maybe even a ROFLOL.

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This is interview 2 of 14 highlighting the authors of Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime. Keep coming back to Cozy in Miami to get to know the other authors in this great short story anthology.

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Writing in Shorts-Vincent H. O’Neil

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This is the first of fourteen interviews to celebrate Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime.

This is the picture of Vincent H. O’Neil that appears on his books and all offical author-y things.

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Doesn’t he look respectable, polished, and sophisticated?

That is not the Vincent I know. I mean he does look like that when he wears a suit and tie. The Vincent I know is named “Vinny”. Vinny wears cargo shorts and a t-shirt (with a movie or pop-culture theme). Vinny sits on the lobby couch at SleuthFest and tells you side-splittingly hilarious antidotes that make you spit your coffee onto your precious manuscript that is bleeding in red slashes and comments from an agent/editor. Vinny will always make you forget your woes with a joke and a dash of sarcasm. So, it is with great honor that I present you Vincent “Vinny” H. O’Neil, the Malice Award-winning author of the Frank Cole mysteries and the theater-themed mystery Death Troupe. Writing as Henry V. O’Neil, he recently completed a five-novel military science fiction series with HarperCollins.

  1. When and why did you begin writing “in shorts”? Is it harder or easier than full-length novels?

I absolutely love the short story format. I’ve written long novels, regular-sized novels, novellas, and short stories, and while each has its own appeal, I started out writing short stories and always come back to them.

There’s a discipline to everything in short stories, from the plotting to the word choices, that really makes me focus on what I’m doing. I’ve also found that my editing of draft short stories is much more precise than it is for longer works, no doubt because the word count is more manageable.

Right now I’m working on a fantasy piece that’s a little longer than my usual short story (this one’s topping 13,000 words) but I’m taking the time to dissect each part. It’s fun to make sure I’ve taken advantage of all the opportunities presented by the characters, the dialogue, and the plot.

  1. What is your favorite short story anthology beside the Happy Homicide series?

Well, since you ruled out Happy Homicides, there’s another one that’s a little closer to home here in Rhode Island. Level Best Books has an annual mystery anthology that is really superb. The subtitle for the series is “Best New England Crime Stories” and the title each year reflects something indicative of the region. For example, the year I got a story into that series the anthology was called “Quarry” and the cover featured a marvelous picture of a fine piece of New England stone. Although many of the stories are based in the northeast, the requirement is that either the tale or the author have a connection to the area. They’re really worth checking out.

  1. As an author, what has been your most embarrassing moment, typo, or gaffe?

For this answer, I’m gonna go with a typo—but it really is embarrassing.

In my Frank Cole mystery series, the main character is down on his luck and recently relocated to the town of Exile in the Florida Panhandle. He’s quite intelligent, and puts food on the table by doing

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Although he does everything from hunting down important court documents to online background checks, his main role is fact-checking for law firms and private investigators. In the third book, he’s describing himself as a fact-checker and somehow I fat-fingered that into “fakt-checker”.

You can be forgiven for misspelling a lot of words, but in the context of my book the irony of this mistake is just deadly. Luckily someone caught it before the book was released.

  1. What is your favorite vacation spot to be in shorts? (I want you to say Miami, but no pressure. wink)

Of course it’s Miami! During our beautiful Rhode Island winters, I frequently check the temperature in Miami just to make sure that sandy beaches and palm trees really are only an airplane flight away. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time in the Panhandle (and set the Frank Cole mysteries there) so Panama City, Destin, and Fort Walton Beach are all great places for shorts. Oh, and the beaches there are white because they’re not made of sand—it’s finely ground quartz left over from an ice age.

I also lived in Panama for two years while serving in the army, and once I acclimated (it’s really hot down there) I grew to love the scenery and the culture and the Canal. It’s a fantastic place to wear shorts, and if you get the chance to go it’s well worth it.

 

  1. Since this edition of Happy Homicides is food themed, I have to ask—What is your favorite comfort food?

Although I grew up in New England, I’ve lived in many different parts of the United States including the south. I deeply enjoy chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy, and a nice tall glass of sweet tea.

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Happy Homicides 6: Cooking Up Crime is on sale for .99 cents until Nov. 5th and just $ 2.99 after that. Free for Kindle Unlimited members. There is a bonus pdf of recipes & crafts with each purchase of the e-book. Instructions on how to claim your bonus are on the last page of the 303 paged anthology.

Please follow Vincent on his facebook page.

Join us next week for another interview with one of the Happy Homicides authors.

Food, Crime, & Crafts!

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Drum roll, please!

I have a new release!

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It is a short story anthology and I am one of 15 award winning authors in it. You will note the 6 after Happy Homicides. This is volume six of a very successful series. Each anthology has a theme. Sometimes it is a holiday, but this time it is FOOD!  Each of the fifteen stories has a food element to it. There is also a bonus pdf file of recipes and crafts. (Instructions on how to get the bonus are on the last page of the anthology.) You will want the book and the bonus. My story features my Southern-Latina character, Lilly Hardin Hernandez. If you are one of my close friends you might have been a beta reader for my unpublished novel, Pinche Guey which is her series. My recipe in the bonus is for Southern Caviar, a favorite dish of my to take to potlucks and barbecues.

Happy Homicides 6: Cooking up Crime is on sale for .99 until Nov. 5th. Get it while it’s HOT!

To promote this release there is also a gift basket being raffled.

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Win a Cook’s Dream Basket at http://gvwy.io/fheu0li

I hope that you will take advantage of these promotions. This series and especially volume 6 is great. It has been an honor to be included. These authors are seasoned storytellers. You will enjoy each and every one of these 15 stories. Please leave a review on Amazon and/or GoodReads so that others might find the anthology.

Look back here for interviews with each of the authors over the next weeks and months.

Oh Maria, Maria, She reminds me of a West Side Story

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Maria hit Puerto Rico 15 days ago.

La Isla del Encanto is indeed enchanting. I lived there for over a year. I met my husband there (but didn’t know it at the time). I still have friends and family (in-laws and Cuban cousins). My connection to Puerto Rico is strong—- as is the USA’s connection. It is a complicated history.

Take a moment to read up on what and how Puerto Rico has contributed to the USA. Beyond the musicians and actors : Rita Moreno, Ricky Martin, Daddy Yankee, Hector Levoe, Raul Julia , Benico del Toro, and even Rosie Perez (thanks to her parents moving to NYC)– Beyond the creative talents, the USA has benefited greatly from Puerto Rico in other ways. Their beach have been used as target practice and their people have been medical guinea  pigs.

Take a moment to think about being without power and water for 15 days. If you read in Spanish even a little you should be able to make out the headlines and updates on this Puerto Rican news outlet. The island and its people are in dire need of support to help them rebuild after Maria. Here is a local grassroots fund that I recommend.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Summer is my Winter.

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Miami mornings in the summer are 90% humidity at 85 degrees BEFORE sunrise. Trust me when I say it feels like you are walking in pea soup. The air is so thick your lungs feel like there is a 50 lb weight on your chest. So, when I say Summer is my Winter, I mean it is my time to hibernate. Instead of a warm cave, it is my AC chilled living room. It is my time to recharge and do nothing.

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So far, I’ve done a lot of catching up on series. I highly recommend GLOW on Netflix. It gets the late 80s perfectly.The music. The fashion. The attitudes. And it gets the women of that time, too. I should know as I was a young adult then.

There is also CLAWS on TNT. Why? Isn’t it obvious? It is set in South Florida and it starts Niecy Nash! I love her!

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In other news…

My novel Jeweler’s Mark is a finalist in the International Latino Book Awards!

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That means I get to put a shine gold sticker on the cover!

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Do you have a novel bouncing around in your head but can’t get it started? If you live in South Florida then I have help for you. (This is my baby. I’ve helped organize it.) Sept 23rd Florida-Mystery Writers of America is presenting an all day FREE workshop called – ALL WRITE- Jump Start Your Novel. It is a day of mini-workshops with professional authors from four different genres. Each author will offer writing prompts to get the grey matter zinging and your fingers tapping the keyboard. Bring your lunch and favorite writing media -laptop or notebook. This is going to be an exciting day of creation and comradery.

What do you do in the Summer? Let me know in the comments section.

I’m going back to my air-conditioned cave to watch my shows. Hibernation ends in late August. See you then.

 

 

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To Live & Write in FLA- Sezin Koehler

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Sezin Koehler  “Zuzu” has lived in 18 cities in 13 countries. That certainly makes her unusual but not nearly as unusual as what she writes. Her first novel, American Monsters, is a postmodern feminist horror story set in Southern California’s rave scene. Her second novel, Crime Rave, is a supernatural noir novel with feminist zombies and a smog goddess. Sezin is also the first person I’ve ever heard compare Marilyn Monroe to Frida Kahlo. If you can’t tell by Sezin’s head-dress, she, like me, is a Frida fan.

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How long have you lived in FLA?

I’ve lived in South East Florida since December 2011 when my husband and I moved to his hometown of Boca Raton after almost a decade living around Europe.

 

Where do you write and when?

I have a home library here in Lighthouse Point with my McGuyvered standing desk where I do most of my writing. I was tickled to learn that Ernest Hemingway, who wrote the majority of his novels here in Florida (Key West), also worked at a standing desk.

I write every day, but my projects vary. Sometimes it’s essays, journalism, or a variety of assignments. Other times it’s short stories or my novels, of which I have about 4 in the works.

I also regularly write in a journal most every day, which consists of brainstorming, random notes and observations, potential avenues for research and even everyday venting.

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 What is your biggest failure and what did it teach you?

In a way I’m living my biggest failure at the moment, which is that I’m not making even close to even a minimum wage as a writer if I take into account how many hours I spend writing, researching, and pitching stories + how much I eventually get paid. It’s really testing my patience and my resolve to keep going on a regular basis. I think not being financially successful as a writer wouldn’t be such a big deal if I had a part-time gig of any kind with regular hours and pay, but living where I do has made securing that kind of work a singular challenge.

I also suppose that my biggest success is also my biggest failure: I’m an eclectic wordsmith who enjoys writing about a variety of different topics. My various pieces that have gone viral have been about such diverse issues it makes it difficult to build a following. Even my novels are genre jumping because I get bored writing in the same style for such extended periods of time. My lack of specific thematic focus is often considered a hindrance in today’s publishing world that requires a writer to pick a specialty and write mainly toward that.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?  Or do you have some personal writing advice to offer?

The best piece of writing advice I’ve ever received is from Stephen King from his brilliant On Writing: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” This is the piece of advice I give everyone who asks me about becoming a writer. Also, patience. If you don’t have time to read and you don’t have patience, you’re better of doing something else with your time rather than writing or trying to build a career as a writer.

Who is your Dead Dream Date and why?  (Literary or otherwise)

I’m torn between Frida Kahlo and Marilyn Monroe. Frida I relate with on so many levels, like producing raw art from places of deep pain and finding beauty in lifelong hardships. We would drink tequila straight from the bottle and share battle scars, emotional and otherwise. Marilyn Monroe is someone I’ve been fascinated with since I was a child. In the world of my novels, she never died and her daughter is one of my favorite characters. Marilyn fascinates me because, and in many ways like Frida, she gave a beautiful face to the world while there was so much pain, sorrow, and insecurity underneath. I’d just like to give her a big, warm hug and tell her I’ve always understood.

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6) Favorite cocktail or N/A drink and at what Florida bar?

There are only a handful of bars with outside seating in my area; I don’t live in Florida to sit shivering inside an arctic watering hole. 😉 One of my favorite local tiki bars Galuppi’s is actually tucked into the Pompano Beach Golf Club. I also enjoy walking over to our local Bonefish Mac’s here in Lighthouse Point. I always order a tequila neat, no lime, and a sparkling water on the side. See why Frida and I would get along like gangbusters?

Follow Zuzu on her social media accounts: Tweeting about politics, Facebooking about writing and culture, and Instagramming her growing collection of art and tattoos.

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To Live & Write in FLA- Stephanie A. Smith

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No need to give you a lengthy introduction to my next interviewee. Stephanie A. Smith has a diverse list of published books. She studied with Ursula K. Le Guin and she, too, has suffered through 1st vs 3rd POV. (I’m in that swamp right now! Send me help.)

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How long have you lived in FLA?

I have lived in Gainesville, Florida since 1990, twenty-seven years now. I moved here to take a job as a Professor of English at the University of Florida, after doing my PhD in American Literature at UC Berkeley. I was already a published novelist, with my first novel from Athenaeum in 1985. I was 25.

Where do you write and when?

I write every morning, every day, in the kitchen, standing up. I get up at 5:00, take the dogs out, make breakfast, take the dogs for a walk and am at my computer by 8:30-9:00. I write from 9-noon and then I usually quit to do other work. On the other hand, I am always composing scenes or rethinking what I wrote that morning as the day goes on, so I always carry a notebook to jot notes down. Sometimes, I give myself Sunday off.

What is your biggest failure and what did it teach you?

I wrote a novel in third person and then entirely re-wrote it in first person for two years before I gave up on it entirely. I still have a version of it in hard-copy, but it doesn’t work in either voice. What it taught me was how to write first and third person properly.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Or do you have some personal writing advice to offer?

Best advice I ever received was from my college room-mate: find a living author you admire and try to take a class from them. I did this: I worked with Ursula K. Le Guin when I was 19, and she has been my friend and mentor most of my adult life. I learned so much from her about persistence, perseverance, literature and living the writing life. My own advice: never give up, no matter what. If you are a writer, you must write.

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Who is your Dead Dream Date and why? (Literary or otherwise)

I am a lucky person. I’ve already had my dream dates in real life with a. Ursula K. Le Guin b. Toni Morrison and c. Michael Cunningham. I’ve had lunch and/or dinner with all three of them. If I were to choose the dead over the living, it would be F. Scott Fitzgerald, sober. In every single case, because they wrote some of the most beautiful and moving sentences I’ve ever read. Wouldn’t mind meeting Marilyn Monroe out of sheer curiosity and because I’ve written about her.

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Favorite cocktail or N/A drink and at what Florida bar?

Classic gin martini, at any bar, although I love the bar at the legendary
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See you back here in two weeks for another Florida author interview.

To Live & Write in FLA- Irina Gonzalez

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Do you see me doing cartwheels? Well, I am. At least in my imagination as I was never good at them IRL. My excitement is over this installment’s guest, Irina Gonzalez. She is Cuban-Russian. Yes,that is a thing. Those of you that have read my novel Jeweler’s Mark know that is has a Russian theme and even a minor character with a Cuba-Russia connection. (The butcher in the Russian shop.) The Russian theme will continue in book two of the series and now I have a research source other than Google. There is more than just my selfish reasons to be excited about Irina. She is a freelance writer/ journalist, an aspiring YA author and the food editor for the online magazine Brit + Co. Without further ado—- Biennvenidos, Irina.

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How long have you lived in FLA?

My family moved to Florida from Russia/Cuba when I was 8 years old, and I grew up first in Miami and then Fort Myers on the SW coast. I moved away at 18, but came back a year ago and have happily settled back in the SWFL area ever since.

Where do you write and when?

I write primarily in my home in Fort Myers, and I am a full-time freelance writer and editor so I work pretty “regular” hours. I wake up, walk my dog, make breakfast and start my day around 9am. I typically spend my mornings doing my editor work as the Food Editor at Brit+Co, and my afternoons writing for various publications.

What is your biggest failure and what did it teach you? 

My biggest failure has been not speaking up in the past when something bothered me or when I truly believed in a story, but my editor did not. Fighting for the pieces I believe in is something I’ve slowly learned to do over the years, but I wish I had learned this sooner. And, honestly, it’s still something I need to practice more!

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What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Or do you have some personal writing advice to offer?

The best writing advice I’ve ever received is also the best advice I’ve ever received, and that is: BE KIND TO YOURSELF. When I moved out of New York City after 12 happy years, my therapist left me with those words. At the time, I was going through a difficult time in my personal life and had decided that I needed to recharge and refresh back home in Florida. Since then, delving back into my writing career, I’ve learned that being kind to yourself is key to success, both in life and in writing. As for my personal writing advice, I would say that the best thing I’ve learned myself that I always tell to newbies: NEVER GIVE UP! Pitches fail, stories don’t work, there’s always a new reason to quit being a writer… but perseverance is key in this career, and you just have to keep going and going and going until you achieve success. And then you keep going some more.

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Who is your Dead Dream Date and why?  (Literary or otherwise) This is going to be THE most standard, boring answer but, my Dead Dream Date would definitely be Shakespeare. I’m sure every other writer and their mother would give this answer, but William Shakespeare meant a lot to me growing up. Macbeth remains my favorite play, and I’ve seen many successful iterations of it and it still gets me every time.

Favorite cocktail or N/A drink and at what Florida bar?

I don’t drink as I am in recovery, but the juices at First Watch (where I often eat brunch) are always a favorite go-to. 

Gracias, Irina. I, too, love his Scottish play & Wonder Woman. 

Please follow Irina on her blog, twitter, & instagram. And ask her a question in the comment section below.

Irina, maybe you can recommend a delicious N/A drink recipe for my monthly newsletter?  Sign up for “Gigi’s Jewelry Tips & Drinks” newsletter in the left hand column.

Join me in two weeks for a new installment of Cozy in Miami and meet another interesting Florida writer. 

 

 

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To Live & Write in FLA- Carol J. Perry

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I know it is April, but can we pretend it is October? In South Florida, October is about the time we all start leaving our air conditioned caves to venture outside. The weather becomes bearable and Halloween decor incites us. I think Carol J. Perry  lives in a stasis of October and I am jealous. She was born in Salem, Massachusetts. AND to make matters more magically ….. born on All Hallow’s Eve! I hope you enjoy her interview and if you are not already a fan of her Witch City Mysteries get to reading them.

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How long have you lived in FLA?

I’ve lived in Florida for forty three years!  (I hadn’t added it up lately and the answer surprised me. That’s a long, happy time away from New England winters!)

Where do you write and when?

I write in a once-upon-a-time Florida room, now a cozy, messy office. I usually begin early in the morning, (it’s 4:17 AM now) and write on and off until about noon.

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What is your biggest failure and what did it teach you?

Perhaps I’m too much of an optimist to think about “failure.” Can we call it a learning experience? Anyway, once back in the beginning of my freelance career, I queried and got an assignment from Ford Times. The editor gave me a clear indication of the way the article should cover the proposed subject. I wrote it the way I thought it should be. Rejected, of course. The lesson? Follow the damned directions!

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Or do you have some personal writing advice to offer?

Here’s a piece of advice about writing: “Visualize, have faith, and work your ass off.”

Who is your Dead Dream Date and why? (Literary or otherwise)

Literary Dead Dream date is Ernest Hemingway, not so much for the picking of his brain about writing, although that might be part of the conversation. I want him to take me fishing. I’ve done some big game fishing, (blue fin tuna, marlin) but I’d love to fish with the master!

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Favorite cocktail or N/A drink and at what Florida bar?

Not much of a drinker. I like wine—usually white wine. My favorite place to drink it is the Miami Avenue Wine Bar in Indian Rocks Beach, where they have music, an art gallery and a “book nook” where they carry my books!

Ask Carol a question via the comments section.

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