Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Interview with mystery author Dana Ford

Mystery author Dana Ford joins me today to talk about her newest C.McCauley Case Files novel: Case File Phantom.

During her virtual book tour, Dana will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice) gift card to a lucky, randomly drawn winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there, too!

Dana Ford has enjoyed writing stories since she can remember. She has penned several books and has found a new love in writing mystery fiction. Her favorite hobbies besides writing is watching old movies, volunteering in her community, and spending precious moments with her family.

Welcome, Dana. Please share a little bit about your current release.
In this mystery fiction novel, Georgia Richards lost hope of ever seeing her husband again since he disappeared over a year ago. On a Saturday afternoon, she thought she saw him at a play; on stage at the Oaksdale Playhouse. But, Georgia didn’t have the courage to find out if it was really him. Constance McCauley was empathetic to Georgia’s faint of heart and decided to offer her investigation services to find the true identity of this mysterious man. Would Constance be able to track down Georgia’s estranged husband? If he was found, why had he been missing for over a year? As Constance pursued this case with a combination of faith and persistence, she witnessed the power of forgiveness unfold before her eyes.

What inspired you to write this book?
For the past 10-years I have been having dreams about the plots within the C. McCauley Case Files. I knew I wanted to write these novels, and finally put pen to paper and published the first of this series.

Excerpt from Case File Phantom:
It was beautiful inside. The space quaint, low lighting, enough ambience to make a lucrative business deal or extend a marriage proposal. Thanks to Troy making reservations, we were seated right away in a cozy booth for two. Sean placed a marketing folder on the table next to his place setting. “I’m looking forward to talking about what we can do for your company.” He said. His eyes were naturally a darker brown in this low lighting. I smiled, thankful for the distraction of the waiter.

“Would you care for some wine?” The waiter asked pleasantly.

“None for me, thank you.” I replied.

“I’ll take a glass of your best red wine.” Sean responded.

“Very good sir.”

Sean jumped right in. “Did Alex talk to you about all of our services or did he just focus on one aspect of what we do, like print advertising?”

“Well, I actually did not tell you the whole truth about Alex and I.”

Sean perked up to listen.

“I do own a private investigation firm, but I never met Alex through your company.” The waiter returned with Sean’s glass of wine and sparkling water for me. We both ordered their chef’s special pasta with a salad.

“Oh.” Sean thought for a moment.

“But, tell me. What services do you have?” I asked. I actually did want to know.

Until dinner arrived, Sean presented all of the details that were included in the marketing folder that he had brought. He pitched ways to expose my business from print advertising, to social media strategies. “Are you interested in pursuing any of these marketing approaches?” He asked, knowing that he was one of the best salesmen on the Brown & Edwards sales team.

Taking a look over all of the amazing food that was just placed on our table, I also considered the marketing services that Sean had presented. “Let me think about it.” I responded.

“You had the same hesitation when we met the other day. What exactly are you thinking about?” He returned like a true salesman.

What exciting story are you working on next?
The next novel is another case file. The plot for this one is introduced in the last chapter of Case File Phantom.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I have been writing stories since I was in elementary school. My best friend and I would have sleepovers and write short stories through the night. Her reaction to my writing encouraged me to become a writer.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I write for fun on my spare time, usually on the weekends. I also have a day job.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write while listening to classical music.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A newscaster. 

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Thanks for being here today, Dana. Happy writing!

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Dana Ford said...

Thank you for being a host in my tour Lisa!

Marcy Meyer said...

Enjoyed the excerpt and post. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

Dana Ford said...
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Dana Ford said...

Thanks and good luck. 😊

Bernie Wallace said...

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie W BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

Victoria Alexander said...

Great post - thanks for sharing!

Dana Ford said...

Will be reading school books this year. Started my graduate studies. 😚

Dana Ford said...

My pleasure.

Dana Ford said...

Thank you for hosting my book tour today Lisa. It was fun!

Mai T. said...

Who is your favorite author and why?

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the release!