Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Interview with cozy author Catherine Lloyd

Mystery author Catherine Lloyd is here today to chat a little bit about her new novel, Death Comes to Bath.

Catherine Lloyd was born just outside London, England into a large family of dreamers, artists and history lovers. She completed her education with a master's degree in history at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth and moved to the USA with her family in 1998 living first in California, and now in Hawaii.

Please tell us about your current release.
This book is a cozy mystery set in the English city of Bath during the Regency period where my amateur sleuths, Sir Robert and Lucy, Lady Kurland get drawn into a murder investigation involving the drowning of their next door neighbor in the Roman baths.

What inspired you to write this book?
I love the city of Bath. While I was visiting two years ago, I had the idea of someone drowning in the hot spring waters of the Roman baths and the book just grew from there. One of the nicest things about Bath is that you can retrace the steps of your nineteenth century sleuths, visit the places they visited, and walk the same streets as Jane Austen did. For a writer it is really helpful to literally be able to see the scene of the crime.

What exciting story are you working on next?
I’m working on the next installment of the Kurland St. Mary mysteries, which will find my hero and heroine back at home in their sleepy village where far too many people end up murdered...

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I made stuff up all the time when I was a kid. I was always in trouble with my parents for my inability to separate facts from fantasy. I decided to write seriously just after I had my fourth child and moved to the USA, because it seemed like a good time to explore a new career.

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 do write full time because as well as cozy mysteries, I write romance novels under a different name, and I produce three or four of those books a year.

I’m lucky enough to live in Hawaii, so after I get my daughter to school I write for about six hours without interruptions until she comes home.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I hardly write anything down plot-wise even for my mystery’s I just wing it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a ballerina, a nun, and nurse in that order, none of which worked out for me. I love being a mother and being an author just ticked all the right boxes for me.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
If you want to keep updated with all things Catherine Lloyd please check out my website and consider joining my newsletter or following me on Facebook.


Thanks for joining me today, Catherine.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good one