Welcome to the seven hundred and second blog interview with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with humorous murder mystery novelist Frankie Bow. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Hello, Frankie. Please tell us about your new book, The Musubi Murder (which is already out as an audiobook and will be published in hardcover this August, 2015).
The Musubi Murder features Professor Molly Barda, a reluctant sleuth who is very much a fish out of water. She’s a big city girl recently transplanted to remote Mahina State University, using her top-ten literature Ph.D. to teach resume-writing to business majors. She just wants to keep her head down and stay out of trouble until she gets tenure, so naturally she ends up getting dragged into the middle of a grisly murder case.
What secret talent do you have?
Passive aggression. I am a champ.
🙂 If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose and why?
I would like to have a wardrobe of accents: Irish to be intriguing; French for flirtation. Received pronunciation will get and hold my students’ attention. And there’s nothing like a paint-peeling East Coast accent to get things done.
Characters are often written into situations they aren’t sure they can get out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
I nearly got stuck being the designated driver for Superbowl at our local sports bar. I was facing the grim prospect of sitting through a football game, and sober to boot. Fortunately the bar was full and we repaired back to our house. It was happenstance that got me out of it, not my cleverness, but I was relieved all the same.
If you had a superpower, what would it be? Would you use it for good or evil?
Flying, definitely. I would use it to get places on time and avoid traffic, so good, right? I’m not sure how the FAA would feel about it, though.
If you were an animal, which one would you be? Why?
I would want to be a costume animal, really a human in a costume. Like one of those dancing sharks from the Katy Perry Superbowl halftime show. Best of both worlds, really.
If someone bursts out laughing while reading one of my books in a public place, I have accomplished my goal.
Do you have any strange writing habits or superstitions?
I have a unique time management strategy called “procrastination.”
What is your favorite reader fan experience?
I love knowing that there are still unread books ahead from a favorite author. I’m reading the Parasol Protectorate now, and will start on the Finishing School Series next.
What literary character is most like you?
I’ll say Hilary Tamar. I am a person of great mystery and intellect. Or so I prefer to think.
What’s the best way for a reader to stay in touch with you?
- My website is: www.frankiebow.com
- Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.bow.1
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/frankie-bow/
- My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Frankie. Good luck with your launch.
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