Award-winning author, Joann Keder spent most of her years in the Midwest, growing up and raising a family on the Great Plains of Nebraska. She worked for sixteen years as a piano teacher before returning to school to receive a master’s degree in creative writing. A mid-life move to the Pacific Northwest lead her to re-examine her priorities. She now creates stories about life and relationships in small towns while her ever-patient husband encourages her on. Joann writes the Piney Falls Mysteries, Emory Bing Mysteries and the Charming Mysteries. You can find all her books on her Website and be sure to follow her on Facebook.
For the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology, Joann has included her book
DASTARDLY DEEDS AT DOOMSDAY BEACH.
A relaxing vacation turns deadly when Gemini discovers a body on the beach.
Now for a few questions and answers…
Can you give us some insight into what makes you main character tick?
Gemini has always given more than she’s received. In her many years working at the hardware store, she spent long days working with her husband and long nights giving Sophia all of her remaining energy. When she went to work at the law firm, her talents were undervalued and she was sidelined because of her age. Now, she’s trying to enjoy her golden years and is pleased to be valued for what she can offer to any investigation.
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I taught piano lessons for sixteen years. I experienced terrible performance anxiety, in part due to horrible childhood experiences. For that reason, I offered to sit beside my students on the stage during recitals to alleviate their anxiety.
Is anything in your book based on real-life experiences or purely all imagination?
I’ve known many Sophias in my life: entitled and never satisfied. It’s not necessarily all bad. Sometimes they are loving people who just need to feel heard.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
It all depends on what I’m writing. For “Welcome to Piney Falls,” I spent several months learning about the canning industry in Astoria, Oregon. Many times, I take advantage of the encyclopedic knowledge of those around me. Everyone has a lifetime of learning about at least one topic. A phone call or email is usually enough to ascertain what I need to learn from them. Sometimes I’m doing a “fly by the seat of my pants” story, which involves learning as I go.
Before the release, you are going to want to pre order your copy! Not only will you get it at the lowest price of 99 cents, but you will also get a fun addition that the authors put together for our readers; a recipe book of great summer salads.
We are also doing something extra special for our potential readers; we’ve put together an exciting package with over 30 prizes to win. Ereaders, gift cards, signed copies of books, ebooks, audio books, the list goes on. And you can check out the list AND sign up to win the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun & Murder anthology prize pack by clicking on the box below.