Cozy Irish Mystery
Date Published: November 23, 2015
The last thing hair stylist Sassy O’Brien expects to find on her morning run on her local beach is a dead body. An addict of TV crime programs, she thinks, “What would Beckett do?” After ringing the police, she takes several crime scene photos on her mobile phone, as you do.
Much to Detective Donnelly’s consternation, Sassy’s involvement becomes instrumental in his investigation, especially as clues are overlooked by his team.
How will Sassy cope when all the clues point to her?
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
I do. Hobby writing, in my opinion, is something we do for ourselves, kind of like journal writing. Career writing can be an extension of hobby writing. I write for myself but I like sharing my work with others. At the same time, I want to make enough money off the sales of those books that will enable me to write more, and eventually earn enough where I can write full time and make a proper career of it. To me, being able to pay rent and bills means a successful career as a writer.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Two things . . . 1) having the discipline of sitting down every day to write (butterflies are everywhere), and 2) for me, creating the perfect opening line. Once I have that, the book flows out of me, but it’s not always easy. Sometimes they come quickly and other times I have to think about them for a while, which can help me decide exactly where the story actually starts.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
I do. A few actually. I have some very honest friends in my circle, three of whom I can call on to tell me what I need to hear rather than what I want to hear. They’re invaluable.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I have a few projects on the go. 1) Corpse in The Colpe is the second book in the Sassy O’Brien Series, which I’ve just started working on. 2) The Diary is a long term historical/time travel romance novel. 3) Under the Hawkes’ Wing is one of my earlier epic histotical romances (epic in that it was originally written over 125K words!) which I’m working on to make it publishable — it suffers from all the faults of a newbie to writing, including over-writing. Great love story but needs to be brought into the 21st century.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I was an early learner. I’ve been reading since before kindergarten. I surprised my teacher by reading in paragraphs rather than finding single words on pages. By age ten, I was reading the works of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson. By 13, I was onto romances. Back then, they were fat books with over 120K words. I thought they were adventure stories . . . forget the sexy bits! So yes, I’m definitely addicted to reading. Would love to do more of it, but lately time has been to limited.
What I’m reading . . . catching up on some Dean Koontz. Love his Odd Thomas stories. I’m also reading a bio on Robert Plant (I love rocker bios).
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The last thing Sassy O’Brien expects to find on her morning run is a dead body. How will she cope when all the clues point to her?
This or That?
#1 - iPd or Mp3? Spotify.
#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Rocky Road.
#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Hey, I live in Ireland. The Spud Capital of the World. The often serve them three or four different ways at a single meal! (mashed is comfort food to me, but I love really good fries with mayo)
#4 – Comedy or Drama? I love epic dramas, but also appreciate a good laugh.
#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Neither.
#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Depends on the mood and context. Reading is reality or reality with a little fantasy/paranormal. Movies, I love fantasy/sci fi.
#7 – Call or Text? Text if I’m too busy for a long call. I learned from the best and can talk for hours!
#8 – Public School or Home School? Public school if it’s a good one, but also education should start at home.
#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate when it’s cold out, otherwise root beer, Dr Pepper, or Diet Coke.
#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBooks. Turns out I’m allergic to all the junk books collect on the shelves . . . dust, mildew, bugs, chemicals in rotting paper (that old book smell!). eBooks all the way!
Kemberlee was born and raised in Northern California in an area known as America's Salad Bowl. It was home to many authors, including John Steinbeck, and for a while Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson.
In 1997, Kemberlee left the employ of Clint Eastwood when the opportunity to live in Ireland for six months presented itself. It was there she ended up meeting a man who convinced her to stay. Kemberlee is now celebrating her eighteenth year in Ireland and has been lucky to travel the country extensively, picking up a cupla focal along the way—a few Irish words.
Kemberlee has been writing since a very young age and over the years she has published dozens of travel articles and book reviews, as well as worked with some notable authors who’ve set their books in Ireland.
2006 saw the publication of Kemberlee’s first two short stories, Tutti-Frutti Blues and Dude Looks Like a Lady, set in her hometown. Since then, Kemberlee has published a number of short stories and novels, many of which are set in Ireland.
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