Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Interview: Vicki Delany author of Hark The Herald Angels Slay & The Cat of The Baskervilles

Interview with Vicki Delany author of Hark The Herald Angels Slay & The Cat of The Baskervilles

What genre do you write?

I write crime novels. In the past I have written historical mysteries, standalone psychological suspense, and police procedurals, but these days I’m pretty much just writing cozies. 

How did you come to write said cozies?

For the cozies, I was offered a chance to write a work-for-hire from Berkley for a very cozy series, the Lighthouse Library books (written under the name of Eva Gates). I found that I loved writing them, and got more contracts under my own name. Now I also write the Year Round Christmas series for Berkley and the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane. 

What is your favorite character to write about?  

I love all my cozy characters, but I guess I love Gemma Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop the best.  She has a Sherlock-like mind, meaning she’s super intelligent, highly observant, has a very good memory. It also means she can be lacking in some of the finer points of social skills and can seem to be a scatterbrain at times. But she has a good heart and always tries to do the right thing. 

Do you have a favorite villain in any of your books?  One that stood out more than others?

Moriarty, the cat in the Sherlock Holmes books.  Being a house cat, he can’t get up to much trouble or do much damage, but he certainly wants to! 

Who inspires your books? 

I like to think any sort of good writing inspires me. Specifically, I got into cozies by reading people like Kate Carlisle, Jenn McKinlay, Victoria Abbott. 

What do you do when your not writing?

Not a whole lot! I write three books a year, sometimes more if I do an adult literacy novella as well. I enjoy my little house in the country. In the summer I have a garden and a pool. I like to travel: next up is London and Iceland, and in March it’s Malaysia. I am the co-organizer of the Women Killing It Festival held Labour Day weekend.  

Do you have any new books coming out or books you want to share here? 

Hark the Herald Angels Slay, the third Year Round Christmas mystery, will be released on Nov. 28. This time it’s Christmas in July and Santa comes to Rudolph, New York to have his summer vacation on the lake.  

What was one of your dreams when you were a child? 

To travel the world. And I’ve been lucky enough to do much of that. 

Do you have a favorite drink? 

I have been known to have a sip of Sauvignon Blanc on occasion. 

If you were stuck on a deserted island and could take three things with you what would they be?  

An electronic book reader loaded with hundreds of books. Plenty of sunscreen. A box of matches so I can cook all the fish I expect to catch.  



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