Monday, September 2, 2019

Interview with cozy mystery author Annabelle Hunter

Today, I'm excited to feature an author whom I've only just discovered and read one of their books recently and boy did I enjoy that hilarious cozy mystery!

So naturally when I got a chance to interview them, I seized the chance. Allow me to introduce *drum roll* Annabelle Hunter, author of the Lark Davies Mystery Series and the Barrow Bay Mystery Series.

I recently read Leg Up, book 1 in the Lark Davies Mystery Series and enjoyed every bit of it! Gave it 5 stars on the spot!

From my Book Review:
"There was a severed leg on my porch."
That's how cozy mystery novel Leg Up by Annabelle Hunter opens. From the first lines, we notice that Larklyn "Lark" Davis is one of the most sarcastic characters ever. And a hilarious one too.

There are tons of quotable parts in the book. Even when dealing with problems, Lark's sarcasm makes way for humor and comic relief.

So back to Numbers Up, what's it about? Here's the synopsis:

Number's Up (Barrow Bay Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Independently Published
Publication date: 13 August 2019)


Jennifer Ward’s To Do List:
1) Turn in my business partner and his lying, cheating, law-breaking client to the SEC for insider trading.
2)Cooperate with the FBI. Do not kiss - scratch that. Do not yell at Special Agent Nicholas Kelly, the FBI agent leading said investigation.
3) Discover a dead body...
Jennifer Ward, MBA, CPA, and business consultant, likes a nice, orderly lifestyle. Schedules and To Do Lists are what gets her through the day. So when the by-the-numbers fashionista finds her business partner was breaking the law, she turned him in to the SEC. Which brought the FBI to her door, and her ordered world to an end.
But that was three weeks ago. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Right?
Until Jen discovers her business partner dead in his hotel room. With Nic the handsome FBI agent dogging her every step, Jen must use her skills to discover the truth. Who killed Henry? And will she be next?
About the author:
Annabelle Hunter is a stay-at-home mom and an avid fan of classic mystery shows and dressage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and too many animals.

On to the exclusive INTERVIEW with Nadaness In Motion

Q: What got you into writing cozy mysteries? Can you name any authors and/or movies that inspired you?

Annabelle Hunter: I got into cozys as an exercise to improve the mystery element in my writing and found that I really loved them, more than the fantasy that I was trying to write. 

Q: If you were to experiment with genres away from cozies and mysteries, what would you try your hand at?
Annabelle Hunter: I have tried fantasy, urban fantasy and romance but so far nothing has been as much fun to write. 

Q: Your bio says you have "too many animals," can you tell us about that? And which of them have you included in your books (most likely with a different name)?
Annabelle Hunter: I have not included any of my animals, although I have other horses that I’ve known that have inspired some of the horses in my books. I have a horse, who is really a Disney Princess in horse clothing. She’s sweet as pie and a master of the passive aggressive, probably because she’s used her sweet, loving personality and good looks to get away with far too much. I also have a small, black ball of fluff in the shape of a dog. He really is just sweet and loving, and for some reason that defies logic, loves my youngest more than she deserves. 

 Q: So, you're a stay-at-home mom and author but Jennifer Ward, the main character in Numbers' Up, has an MBA, CPA, and is a business consultant. Can you tell us how you researched all that?

Annabelle Hunter: Well, before staying home with my kids, I had many jobs, a few of them working closely with all kinds of different people, including CPA’s and accountants. I also have several close friends who are CPA’s or work in the financial field. So Jen is kind of a combination of my own experiences and listening to others. 

Q: What was the toughest thing for you when you started writing?
Annabelle Hunter: Tenses. I love switching tenses when I shouldn’t. Past tense, present tense, I had (have) it all. I owe everything to my editors, Casey and Josh, because without them, my work would be a mess. 

Q: Humor is a bit hard to manage sometimes in a book, and yet your novella Leg Up was hilarious, are you always this funny or did you get help writing it? (The problem is that some people think they're funny but the truth is.. they're not, so how did you manage the humor in the book?)
Annabelle Hunter: I have no clue! Seriously, I am the last person that anyone would say is hilarious, but it’s different when I write. I’m a lot funnier when I control both sides of the conversation, I guess? 

Q: Your Barrow Bay Mysteries and your Lark Davis Mystery Series are both set in Barrow Bay, doesn't it get confusing for you when you're working on mystery books set in the same place and at the same time?
Annabelle Hunter: If I’m working backwards, yes. Sometimes I have to go back in my timeline to make sure I’m not referencing something that hasn’t occurred yet. But Number’s Up was written because I got near the end of Stir Up and Jen demanded that I finish her story, so, not as much as it might if they weren’t so interconnected. 

Q: You're independently published, can you tell us a bit about that? How are you going about with the cover design, publication schedule, e-books and hard-copies...etc?
Annabelle Hunter: It was a tough decision, but in the end, I wanted to get as many books out to the readers as possible. I have a wonderful graphic design artist, Melody Simmons, who babysat me through the cover design process and now seems to just read my mind. I also work a lot with my editors. Josh Stabiles, from Scrivere Editing, has spent hours trying to get me to understand what grammar rules are and Casey, from Heart Full of Ink, never lets me by without pushing my novels to the next level. I can’t tell you how lucky I am that I have found them. Seriously. If you are looking for an editor, they are amazing. 

Q: You've recently released two books, Number's Up and Leg Up, what are you currently working on and when can readers expect more of your work?
Annabelle Hunter: Well, I released the first two in Lark’s series, Leg Up and Stir Up, last month, and Numbers Up in August. We’re working on getting Load Up out to the readers in late September or early October depending on our schedule. Load Up will be another Lark book and I can’t wait to start telling people more about it. 

Q: Last but not least, what is your best writing advice for new and/unpublished authors?
Annabelle Hunter: Find an editor you trust. Someone who pushes you to the next level. Who returns a book saying, “it’s fine, but you can do better. Try…” Can you do it by yourself? Maybe, if you have much better grammar than I do (not hard!) but a good editor will do so much more for you. Every time I hand my editors the document, I think ‘this is the best thing I have ever written’. And every time they tear it apart and it gets even better than I thought it could be. 

Buy Annabelle Hunter's books via Amazon 

Connect with Annabelle Hunter on social media via Facebook, Twitter: @cozycrazyfunInstagram, and her Website. 

Keep up with the rest of the blog tour including Book Reviews, more interviews and guest posts, including character interviews and guest posts, which means they're written from the perspective of the main character in Numbers Up.

August 28 – Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT & Brooke Blogs – GUEST POST
August 29 – I'm All About Books & Babs Book Bistro SPOTLIGHT  
August 31 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT & A Wytch's Book Review Blog – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
September 1 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
September 2 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – CHARACTER GUEST POST & Nadaness In Motion – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 3 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT & LibriAmoriMiei - REVIEW
September 4 – The Self-Rescue Princess – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
September 5 – Ascroft, eh? – GUEST POST
September 6 – Baroness' Book Trove – REVIEW & MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
September 7 – Literary Gold – REVIEW
September 8 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW
September 9 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author – SPOTLIGHT & eBook Addicts - REVIEW
September 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

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