Is there a story behind this book?
“Death in Dahlonega” is a cozy mystery. The two main characters are friends and they have a little bit of me and my best friend woven into them. My friend and I actually took a trip to Dahlonega, GA for Goldrush Days and we ate trail mix and listened to country music on the way. Other than that the rest is purely fictional.
What started you on your writing journey?
I’ve always loved to read – since I was a child. My love of reading just evolved into writing. In 2001 I wrote an article for a historical magazine “Georgia Backroads” which began a writing relationship with them for ten years. I can’t remember not wanting to write a book so it was just natural that I finally decided to do it in 2005/2006.
What distracts you from writing the easiest?
I have an adult daughter who is disabled. Her needs are many and this can be distractive at times. I also have fibromyalgia and my pain level dictates how often and how much I can write at a time. But I’ve learned to work around both of these things.
What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
This is a great question. I used to only read mysteries and mostly cozy mysteries. When I started a blog and began to read all genres for reviews I discovered I liked all types of books. It is like a whole new world has opened up to me. Mysteries are still my favorite, but I can read just about anything.
Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
Trixie would have to be my favorite character. She is a person who is going through real problems in a real world. She struggles with her faith while dealing with emotional and physical problems. To me she represents people in everyday life who struggle with their own problems. Just because we are Christians does not mean we are exempt from trials. We are promised we would have help. In Trixie’s case she has her friend Dee Dee to help her through some hard times. Dee Dee’s example of strong faith encourages Trixie.
If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
This is too funny! I’ve never thought about what style of music would represent me. Humm. Let me think. Classical is a little too laid back, I guess I’d have to say country.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
One fun thing I did one time was something I did on the spur of the moment. For some reason I was going through the cards in the Trivia card game and one of the questions was what is the number to the White House. They gave a number so I called it to see what would happen. Guess what? It was the number to the White House. I told them what I’d done and why. This was several years ago before 911. I don’t think I would do that today.
What is your favorite season of the year?
Spring by far!
What is a favorite memory from your childhood?
The day I got a horse for Christmas has to be my favorite memory. That is one day I’ll never forget.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Oh my goodness yes. I don’t think you have enough room for me to list them all. How about grocery shopping, cleaning the bathroom, washing dishes just to name a few.
Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
God’s grace and love. Forgiveness is another thing I like to write about and will be in the second book “Murder in Marietta.”
Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
Trixie’s favorite verse for “Death in Dahlonega” is Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I don’t have a definite date for my next book, but it is the second in the Trixie Montgomery Cozy Mystery Series and titled “Murder in Marietta.” I’m also working on the third book “Terror on Tybee Island.”
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Until next time. . . Sharon A Lavy