52 thoughts on “Author interview no.81 with mystery and children’s writer Sunny Frazier

    • Augie says:

      I’m a posse member and Sunny encourages new writers need to develop the art of writing well (in the correct tense and POV). Also, allow yourself to develop characters in the making, and that would be to learn ones craft, to take this as a business and toughen up each time there is a rejection. Someone out there will take a chance on you if you persevere and believe in what you are doing. Thank you Morgan and Sunny for a wonderful interview.


      • morgenbailey says:

        You’re very welcome Augie. They do say that a successful writer is one who didn’t give up… and as long as we have passion we’ll be in it for the long haul, won’t we? 🙂


    • Tom Williams says:

      I was surprised at Sunny’s Law enfocement and military experience. It makes sense because she’s so driven but I never would have pegged it. She is truly a very competent and skilled woman of mystery. 🙂


      • Sunny Frazier says:

        Yeah, nobody saw that coming. Even my recruiter tried to “un-recruit” me to marry me. But, I’d grown up in a military family, so it wasn’t so strange to me.

        I pretty much aced the county test to get hired by the Sheriff’s Dept. 2nd highest score out of 900 people. Fell into that job. But, it really seemed like a para-military organization to me, so I was comfortable with the chain of command and following orders. I think everyone should have some military experience behind them.


  1. jack everett says:

    Apart from the interview which was splendid and the fact that Morgen has already done one with David and myself-due out soon so watch this space- I learned you have 35 networked outlets of which I only know about ten.
    Brilliant, you never cease to amaze me.


  2. Angela Roe says:

    I enjoyed the interview and I’m impressed with your skill level. I learned several new things about you, I didn’t know you’ve never received a rejection, I didn’t know you worked for the undercover narcotics unit, I didn’t know you wrote children’s books…I’m fascinated!


  3. clarklohrcrimewriter says:

    I learned several useful things but two of them stand out: 1. Write down the five senses and fill in the blanks for their use in a given scene. Then write the scene. That’s very useful. 2. You like quiet. Me too. I don’t want to hear anything but the voices in my head.


  4. C.K. Crigger says:

    Absolutely great interview Sunny and Morgan. Loved it. Sunny, I didn’t know you liked historical fiction. Must be why you accepted my western suspense novel. I’m working on Morgan’s questions now and having to really “think” as I answer.


  5. Velda Brotherton says:

    Sunny, I learned that you were a journalist, sort of like me, and you don’t believe in writer’s block like me. I say sort of cause I fell into it with no training and remained there for 20 years. LOL


  6. Sally Carpenter says:

    Hi Sunny, loved the interview! I learned that you like total quiet to write–same as me, except my cats jump on the table and stand in front of the monitor while I try to work. And unlike me, you don’t revise. I rewrite every sentence about 10 times. I like your work ethic–“just do it”–which is good advice for any author. Keep writing!
    Sally Carpenter
    “The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper”
    Oak Tree Press


  7. Bill Schweigart says:

    I learned that you have a children’s book in the wings. I also learned that you shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. (I read between the line, Sunny.)


  8. Anne White says:

    I’ve been following Sunny’s posts, blogs and writings as my first book, An Affinity For Murder, was published by Oak Tree in 2001. I’m amazed by the amount of work she manages to do and do well, and loved getting some insight into how she does it.
    Anne White http://www.annewhitemysteries.com
    Lake George Mysteries. Opens to #5 Cold Winter Nights


  9. Anne R. Allen says:

    What a great interview! Love your format Morgen. I’ll be in touch. I’d love a chance to have you interview me.

    I learned a lot about you, Sunny. Like your passion for historical fiction! Not what I would have thought (I love historicals, too, but I’m not moved to write them. I guess that’s why they’re such a great escape.)

    Most of all I learned that my blog is one of your favorites :-). Thanks for the shout out!


  10. Sunny Frazier says:

    You guys are so funny! Yes, I wrote a children’s book in the ’70’s when I was told children didn’t want to read about pirates. Now I’ve brushed it off and am putting it in the computer. Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Food Channel.
    Historical fiction–I feel like I’m playing hooky because I’m not reading mysteries.
    Yes, Stephen, Dr Pepper rocks! We will have to knock a few glasses back when we get together.


  11. Lesley Diehl says:

    Diet Dr. pepper? Wow! Taht was the first soft drink I every had and the onlhy one my motehr would allow me when I was a kid. I sneaked cokes when I was with my friends and away from Mom.


  12. beverly a lauderdale says:

    While I learned many things about Sunny–from writing a children’s book to making a list of five senses–perhaps the most amazing thing is that she doesn’t rewrite. As one who writes fast and then anguishes over each sentence as I “improve” every word, I stand in awe of her ability.


    • Sunny Frazier says:

      Write it right the first time and you don’t have to go back and revise. I learned that as a newspaper reporter. Deadlines pressured us to work fast and effectively. There was no time for do-overs or second guessing.


  13. John M. Daniel says:

    Fine interview, Morgen and Sunny. Sunny the most startling thing I learned about your life and career is that you have never been rejected. That places you in the Guiness Book of Records!


    • Sunny Frazier says:

      Well, you didn’t reject me either, John!

      I think I was just very savvy about where I submitted, which contests I entered, who I approached. I kept the odds in my favor. I don’t think writers do enough research before they submit and that sets them up for failure.

      Also, I convince myself that whatever I’ve just written tops anything that I’ve penned before. My expectations of my writing doesn’t allow for failure. Set the bar a bit higher each time and you can only improve.


  14. Kat Hinkson says:

    Love the interview. Your style of blogging is fun and interesting. As for Sunny, I’d love to see your children’s book. I split my time between adult mysteries and children/YA fiction.


  15. Penny says:

    Great piece Sunny and Morgan. As a posse member I always learn something new and useful to the writer I hope to be when I grow up whenever Sunny gets interviewed. I knew about the short stories but the not outlining was new information. It does stand to reason that a woman who does astrological charts would trust the universe to help guide her story. Actually you said “Karma” but in my experience they can be quite similar.


  16. lil ole badge maker says:

    Morgan, Sunny

    I do have to chime in, with agreement, as to the enjoyment of the interview and the flow of it. Quite enjoyable to say the least!

    As to Sunny’s challenge of learning new things about her?

    I didn’t know she had been branded! How badly did it hurt her? Did she pour diet Dr, Pepper on it to soothe seared scarred skin? Following journalism norms…
    Who branded her? What was used? Why? Where? When?

    Additionally I learned I had risen out of the depths of a Borax wagon wheel rut to attain “friend” status! Woo hoo!

    The other new tidbit… she didn’t tell me the badges had to “pop up”! Now how am I going to make that happen? They just lay there when pinned on. Springs? Hydraulics? Leave it to Sunny to always create new challenges.

    True to her mystery genre, she also left all with the mystery of just which five senses she writes down associated with the scene she is writing. Why doesn’t she write down all of her seven or eight senses?

    Maybe in the next interview?


  17. Holli Castillo says:

    Sunny, I learned that you’ve never had a rejection. That’s pretty impressive. I also learned you don’t like to reread your writing. I forget what I’ve written and a lot of times even after I’ve read mine a dozen times I am surprised by what’s in the book. Of course, I also can see the same movie or t.v. series over and over and not remember what happens.



  18. Eileen Obser says:

    Love this interview! I’ve learned a few new things about you, Sunny. We share a need for quiet when writing; no TV, radio, just the cat purring nearby. I have a list of the five senses posted near the computer. Unlike you, I check the list after I’ve written the essay, chapter — not before. I also have a sign, in large letters, GO DEEPER. I was a journalist too, and tell my writing students to pretend they’re reporters when they say they’re “blocked.” Deadlines are deadlines. Unlike you, I’ve been rejected –lots — and my first drafts nearly always need work.

    I’m so glad to be a Posse member. I learn new information every day, and I’ve been at this craft for 40-plus years. That’s one of the gifts of being a writer, I believe, and of being open to new ideas and challenges.


  19. Bonnie BA Kelly says:

    Interesting interview. I loved getting to know people when I published a newspaper in a small town. Being in charge allowed me to pick who I’d like to interview, and I discovered that all of the people I questioned had amazing, fascinating and sometimes surprising life stories–just like Sunny.


  20. marta chausée says:

    Hi Sunny, Hi Morgen,

    It was nice to see such candor between you two. Sunny, I didn’t know you wrote a children’s book about a foodie pirate. Sounds delicioso. I like the idea of developing some strong Hispanic protagonists. Hmmm… I’ll have to see what I can do.

    Marta Chausée, author
    Resort to Murder Series


  21. Patricia Gligor says:

    Well, I’m “tuning in late,” as they say. I’m always amazed, when I read Morgen’s interviews, at how realistic they feel; it’s almost as if I’m listening to a conversation between two people as opposed to reading one.
    What did I learn about you, Sunny, that I didn’t know? I didn’t know that you liked to read historical fiction nor did I know that you’d never had a piece of your writing rejected. Wow! Wish I could say that. When I used to write short stories, I could’ve papered my entire apartment with the rejections.
    Great interview!


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