When she isn’t writing, Tricia is busy crossing dreams off her bucket list. With all 50 states checked, she's concentrating on foreign lands. Safari anyone? She's an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, so don't get between her and the television when a game is on. Currently she is working on a mystery series set in the fictional town of Wickford, Missouri. Another project in the works is a women's fiction road trip adventure.
Her essays have appeared in Sasee, ByLine, The Cuivre River Anthology and Great American Outhouse Stories; The Whole Truth and Nothing Butt. She is a proud member of The Lit Ladies, six women writing their truths into fiction. To learn more about Tricia, visit her website at www.triciasanders.com.
CJ: What made you decide to become a writer?
TS: My love of reading started me on the path. I used to re-write the endings of books when I was a child.
CJ: Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
TS: Harper Lee is my all-time favorite. She had the guts to write about a tough issue and of all the books I have read, her message is probably what resonates most to me. I’m also a big fan of Harlan Coben. He is the ultimate in suspense writers. His books twist and turn and keep you guessing until the very end.
CJ: If you could be any character in any book, who would it be and why?
TS: I love this question and probably no one will be able to relate to my answer. When I was maybe in 5th grade, there was a series of seven books I read, The Donna Parker books by Marcia Martin (aka Marcia Levin.) I used to imagine myself as Donna Parker. Those books were my first introduction to mysteries. My books are long since gone, but I found all of them on eBay a few years ago and purchased them. They hold a place of honor on my bookshelf.
CJ: Do you have any hobbies you would like to share?
TS: I love to travel and I’m an amateur photographer, things that I would like to incorporate into my writing.
CJ: Tell me about your first kiss?
TS: Oh, a lady never tells. Was it magical or not so magical? Definitely magical.
CJ: Do you have another career besides writing?
TS: I do not, but if I did I would love to do something travel-related, maybe being a tour guide in some romantic, exotic, beautiful place.
CJ: What’s an item on your bucket list that you haven’t done yet?
TS: I would love to hike in New Zealand.
CJ: Tell us the best vacation you have ever been on.
TS: Easy one. Just returned from a 17-day trip to Kenya and Tanzania (awesome.) First time in Africa. First time below the equator. First time riding in a hot air balloon (amazing.) First time seeing a Cape Buffalo up close and personal (scary!!!). First time vacationing with 2 of my sisters-in-law (fun.) First time encountering Tse Tse flies (not fun.) First time seeing the annual wildebeest migration (OMG!) It was a trip of firsts and one I will never forget. If you ever have the opportunity, do not pass it up.
CJ: Where do you find the inspiration for your books?
TS: For my mysteries, I usually find inspiration in newspaper headlines. For women’s fiction, I try to imagine myself in a worst-case scenario and then build that for a character. Usually my characters come to me first, then I try to imagine them in a certain setting.
CJ: Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans?
TS: Book 2 of the Grime Pays series is in the works as well as a women’s fiction travel adventure. Stay tuned.
Blurb from Murder is a Dirty Business:
When Cece Cavanaugh’s husband empties their joint bank account, steals her designer luggage, and runs off with a younger woman, Cece must decide whether to ask her manipulative mother-in-law for a handout or get a job. Choosing the easier path, Cece lands a job cleaning a crime scene where a high school coach was murdered. When his wife is implicated—a young woman Cece practically raised—Cece finds herself mopping floors, balancing an empty checkbook, and ferreting out a killer.
Amid all this messy business, Cece bumps heads with a handsome detective. She tries to ignore her growing attraction to the detective, but he gives new meaning to the term “hot flash.”
After she stumbles onto a clue that could vindicate her friend, her elation turns to panic when she haphazardly confronts the killer. Through the danger and romance, Cece discovers self-reliance and inner strength.
And that crime – at least, someone else’s – does pay the bills.
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