A big welcome to an author who has one of the best imaginations there is when it comes to writing fiction. Hello, Teagan. Welcome to Hugh’s Views And News.
Hugh, I’m pos-i-lutely honored for my work to be featured as your book of the month. Thank you so much! Hello, everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene and the book Hugh chose is “Murder at the Bijou – Three Ingredients 1” (Amazon UK ). Hugh has some questions for me. I hope I can give interesting answers.
Yes, that’s the cover. (I love making covers!) I kept it similar to the one for the first “book-ized” serial, The Three Things Serial Story.
What inspired you to write this book?
Ages ago I developed a writing exercise. I asked friends to give me three completely random things. Then I would write until I had mentioned all the things. I brought that exercise to my blog (Teagan’s Books), where I had the readers send me their things. That resulted in The Three Things Serial Story, which gave birth to this culinary mystery. However, this time the “things” are food related — or ingredients.
Tell us a little about the story and the characters.
As with the first serial, Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I is a spontaneously written, pantser story. I let the random things sent by readers of the blog serial drive every detail of this story, setting, plot, and characters. This is the “bookized” version of that serial.
This time the Jazz Age setting is Savannah, Georgia (USA) where our flapper, Pip, is “sentenced” to live with her grandmother and learn to cook. Pip gets caught up in a layered mystery that includes bootleggers, G-men, and the varied challenges of being a young woman in changing times. She meets new friends, including some animal characters.
If you have not read The Three Things Serial Story, be warned. This adventure contains a bit of a spoiler but does not go into detail about it.
Who do you think the book will appeal to?
People who have a sense of whimsy and/or readers who simply enjoy the Roaring Twenties have enjoyed it. Since the random “things” spurred the plot, literature experts might be frustrated that it doesn’t follow the formula to which they are accustomed.
Also, I don’t engage in extremes with profanity, gore, or sex. There is a shootout and some other suspenseful things, a touch of romance, but no truly graphic descriptions.
Do you have any plans for a follow-up book?
Oh yes! There is one more past blog serial involving Pip and company. I hope to “book-ize” it early next year. It’s “A Ghost in the Kitchen – Three Ingredients 2” so stay tuned!
Where can people buy the book?
How long have you been writing?
I took up the pen with serious intent to write fiction in the mid-1990s. My “day job” title is technical editor, and I’ve been working as a writer-editor in the Information Technology arena for about 17 years.
What do you think the future hold for you and your books, or what plans do have for future books?
Like many people, I would love to write my stories full-time (and still keep a roof over my head). Looking into the future is a worrisome thing indeed. However, my bucket list consists of finishing several nearly finished novels. As for the near future, I’m currently working the editing phase for the sequel to my debut novel, Atonement, Tennessee.
What have you learned from being a blogger?
My blog, Teagan’s Books is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. That is because of all the wonderful, supportive comments I get from readers. I wouldn’t trade my commenters for anything. However, I suppose patience is what I’ve learned – or rather relearned. In corporate communications, people are not always paying attention to what they read or using thought in how they write an email. The same is true with writing serials and the ensuing communications. It can become quite stressful. All the same, my commenters are what keeps me going. My blog is my sanctuary, the safe place where I take refuge from the workaday world. I try to ensure it is also a safe place for everyone who visits.
Hugh, heartfelt thanks for all this. You are pos-i-lutely the bee’s knees!
Teagan is participating in NaNoWriMo this month. However, If you have any questions for her please leave them in the comments section, and she’ll come back to you as soon as she can.
Good luck with NaNoWriMo, Teagan.
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