4/11 – 5/6
IR- What inspired the idea for your book?
EK- While I was researching Death in the Great Dismal, I came across a description of conditions on a slave ship. It was not appropriate for Death in the Great Dismal, or for the one that came after it (Murder on Principle) but I remembered it. I’d received several requests to write a book with Lydia’s background so I put the two together.
IR- Tell us about a favorite character from the book.
EK- Lydia. She tempers Rees’s emotional fits and, in my opinion, is smarter than he is.
IR- What was the most surprising thing you learned in writing this book?
EK- I learned a lot about Boston, which was not a city but a town at that time.
IR- If you were friends with a character in this book, what kinds of things would you do together?
EK- Jerusha. We are both big readers. And I respect her desire to be something other than a wife and mother.
IR- What does it mean to you to be called an author?
EK- I think of myself more as a storyteller. But that I have made a success at it makes me both humble at my good fortune and proud.
IR- How do you define success as an author?
EK- I suppose the obvious answer is getting published. But being an author also includes all the publicity and the business jobs that I have to do.
IR- Do you have any quirky writing rituals?
EK- I have to write in the early morning with a cup of coffee at my elbow. I generally write until about 10:30 when I take the dog out.
IR- What comes first for you — the plot or the characters?
EK- Since I am writing a series, most of the characters are already established. I usually work on the setting first; then the plot comes last.
IR- As an author what do you think makes a good story?
EK- I expect something exciting to happen, whether an exotic setting or a strong plot with lots of twists.
IR- What do you look for in a story as a reader?
EK- Engaging characters and a story that keeps me reading. It doesn’t have to be a thriller; the story can rely on interesting characters or a strong setting.
If your book were made into a movie, which actors would play your characters?
EK- Sean Bean as Will Rees, Scarlett Johanssen as Lydia.
IR- What has been your favorite reader feedback?
EK- I love it when a reader approaches me and tells me they’ve read my books. That still gives me a thrill.
IR- How do you interact with your readers?
EK- Pre-pandemic, I did lots of talks, which I love. Now I mainly respond to comments.
IR- What is your all time favorite book or author?
EK- Oh man, there are so many. I love Barbara Hambly and I reread The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis, every year.
IR- What made you say to yourself, “Today, I am going to write a book that I will publish.”?
EK- Like most writers, I have been writing for a long time and trying to get published. I just never gave up.
IR- How do you avoid or defeat writer’s block?
EK- I am always working on something. I think it is important to write every day. As a consequence, I have never had writer’s block.
IR- What difference do you see between a writer and an author?
EK- An author approaches writing as a job, with all the extra work that entails. Most of the writers I know write, but usually only when they feel like it.
IR- What is an underrated series that you think everyone should read at least once?
EK- Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January series.
IR- Aside from writing or reading, what are your hobbies or interests?
EK- I am an avid hiker and gardener. I also quilt, weave, knit, and do other types of crafts.
IR- What advice would you give to a writer working on their first book?
EK- Don’t give up but revise, revise revise.
IR- What are you working on in the near future?
EK- Currently I am researching a new series, mysteries that take place in Bronze Age Crete.
IR- What is your author spirit animal?
EK- This is tough. I love peacocks but I am not at all showy.
IR- What would the title of your autobiography be?
EK- A Curious Life
IR- Describe yourself in as few words as possible.
EK- Short, blond, with glasses
IR- If you could have lunch with 3 authors, who would they be?
EK- William Faulkner and Agatha Christie. We would talk about setting. And Anne Perry. I would love to know what drew her to Victorian England.
IR- What would your dream library look like?
EK- Not just books, but lots of patrons. An active Children’s Room to encourage the next generation of readers.
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Murder, Sweet Murder
by Eleanor Kuhns
April 11 – May 6, 2022
Virtual Book Tour
Will Rees accompanies his wife to Boston to help clear her estranged father’s name in this gripping mystery set in the early nineteenth century.
January, 1801. When Lydia’s estranged father is accused of murder, Will Rees escorts her to Boston to uncover the truth. Marcus Farrell is believed to have murdered one of his workers, a boy from Jamaica where he owns a plantation. Marcus swears he’s innocent. However, a scandal has been aroused by his refusal to answer questions and accusations he bribed officials.
As Will and Lydia investigate, Marcus’s brother, Julian, is shot and killed. This time, all fingers point towards James Farrell, Lydia’s brother. Is someone targeting the family? Were the family quarreling over the family businesses and someone lashed out? What’s Marcus hiding and why won’t he accept help?
With the Farrell family falling apart and their reputation in tatters, Will and Lydia must solve the murders soon. But will they succeed before the murderer strikes again?
Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Severn House Publishers
Publication Date: February 1st 2022
Number of Pages: 224
ISBN: 0727850091 (ISBN-13: 9780727850096)
Series: Will Rees Mysteries #11
Read an excerpt:
Eleanor Kuhns is the 2011 winner of the Mystery Writers of America/Minotaur first mystery novel. Murder, Sweet Murder is the eleventh mystery following the adventures of Rees and his wife. She transitioned to full time writing last year after a successful career spent in library service. Eleanor lives in upstate New York with her husband and dog.
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Twitter – @EleanorKuhns
Facebook – @writerkuhns
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