Please welcome Cathy Perkins to the virtual offices this morning! Cathy is here to chat about her new release For Love or Money, and after the interview, she has an awesome giveaway for you to enter! Cathy is offering a Kindle Paperwhite to one lucky winner as part of her For Love of Money Blog Tour celebration! Simply fill out the rafflecopter form provided below for your chance to be entered. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Cathy Perkins] Oh wow, I’m so much better talking about someone else. Hmm, here’s my favorite descriptive tweet: Award-winning mystery writer, financial geek, thinks the best part of the Mediterranean diet is the wine. And the cheese. Maybe the olives
Whew – 2 characters to spare
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about For Love Or Money?
[Cathy Perkins] For Love or Money just released from Entangled Publishing. After writing several dark stories, I moved to the lighter end of the mystery/suspense spectrum with this new series. Written from Holly Price’s perspective, the mystery romps through eastern Washington State with its rivers, wineries, Native American casinos, and assorted farm animals. The relationship, some wicked fun chemistry between the CPA (Certified Pain in the Ass) amateur sleuth and a Franklin County detective, is a big part of the story. For Love or Money was huge fun to write and the advance reviews say readers like it!
Here’s the official blurb:
When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder—and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy—and very pissed off—cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly’s jilted ex-fiancé, doesn’t help matters.
To protect her future, her business…and her heart…the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiancé. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly’s.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Cathy Perkins] Most of my stories start with either a daydream or a “what if,” but inspiration can hit in the strangest places. My husband and I were hiking along the Snake River in a game management area called Big Flats (which happens to feature in For Love or Money) and had to push through some tangled foliage at the shoreline. Being a mystery writer whose mind can go all kinds of strange places, I glanced over my shoulder and said, “Wouldn’t this be a great place to find a body?”
That germ of an idea kept growing. Why would the heroine be out at Big Flats to stumble over the body? How did the body end up beside the river in the first place?
The characters evolved as the story progressed. At first, I had Holly & JC simply meeting and rejecting the mutual attraction for assorted reasons. The chemistry between them kept growing and I realized they knew each other “before.” While that earlier relationship ended badly, the attraction was very definitely still there. It was a lovely way to add to Holly’s relationship conflict – was JC using her to get information or was he really interested in her? After the disastrous first time, could she ever trust him?
Writing the mystery from Holly’s perspective put a different spin to the murder investigation. (It would’ve been a completely different story told from JC’s perspective or even if they shared the POV role.) At times, though, I had to write scenes from JC’s perspective to make sure I knew where his head was. Then I had to filter those thoughts and reactions through Holly’s POV to get it on the page. A lovely challenge! I’ll put the “JC scene” on my website under “extras.”
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Holly?
[Cathy Perkins] Smart; tenacious; witty
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If JC had a theme song, what would it be?
[Cathy Perkins] A theme song? JC has a theme song? Damn. He never shared that little detail. Then again, he does hold his cards close to his vest.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Holly is never without.
[Cathy Perkins] Holly is never without her phone. She’s constantly using it for notes, texts, calls… and maybe for rescue.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in JC’s bathroom?
[Cathy Perkins] JC wouldn’t come close to qualifying as a metrosexual, so definitely no hair styling products. After a failed marriage, he’s not about to let another woman move in and set up even temporary residence (although he would definitely make an exception for Holly), so no women’s tampons. And no candles. The only thing he wants to smell is the unique fragrance that is all Holly.
I started to add a rubber duck to the list, but given there actually is a Duck Float on the Columbia River (huge fundraiser with yes, little rubber ducks ), he might’ve ended up with one. Or two. Hmm… I can use that in the sequel…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Holly’s greatest regret?
[Cathy Perkins] When Holly’s staring at the wrong end of the killer’s gun, she rather regrets she doesn’t have super-powers or at least a Kevlar vest. But the rest of the time, she regrets not giving JC a chance.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Cathy Perkins] My laptop – or a pad of paper and a pen with endless ink. I don’t have to be at my desk or the counter in the kitchen. The location can be anywhere. I once wrote a scene on the back of my bank deposit slip while standing in line to vote. The only thing I need to write is a starting point – an idea or a direction to get the words flowing.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Cathy Perkins] I recently read Tana French’s In the Woods and loved both her use of language and the characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Cathy Perkins] I’ve read so many books, I’m struggling to pick just one. (I was the kid who was always lost in a story.) I read My Friend Flicka (did you know there was a sequel titled, Thunderhead?) when I was in elementary school. It’s the first time I remember actually writing myself into the story. Years later, the Anne McCaffrey novels had the same impact. Of course, I’d also have a dragon. I loved the world building and the characters became friends I couldn’t wait to hang out with.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Cathy Perkins] Like most authors, I still have a day job that demands a lot of time. When I’m not doing that or writing, I’m usually at our place in the mountains. We bought land that was a complete mess – collapsed barns, miles of rusting barbed wire fence and acres of trees and grass that hadn’t been maintained any better than the barns and fencing! (We’ve become close personal friends with everyone who works at the local dump!) It’s coming together and I love sitting on our (new) deck with friends, sharing a glass of wine at the end of the day.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Cathy Perkins] I’m active on Facebook and Twitter or you can check my website for the rest of the tour’s schedule or other updates about new releases.
Thanks so much for inviting me to the Cafe – it’s been fun chatting with you.
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
Title: For Love or Money
Author: Cathy Perkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 367 pages
Release Date: May 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-097-1
Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/For-Love-or-Money-ebook/dp/B00CK51J3U/
Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-love-or-money-cathy-perkins/1115213927
About the Author:
Author Website: http://cperkinswrites.com/
Bio: Cathy Perkins is a member of the Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She writes predominantly financial-based mysteries but enjoys exploring the relationship aspect of her characters’ lives. Her suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflaged, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the setting of FOR LOVE OR MONEY, with her work-a-holic husband, a 75-pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy and a Wirehair puppy’s who’s intent on digging her way to China. You can learn more about Cathy on her website http://cperkinswrites.com.