Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lilian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and obsesses about all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.
What inspires you to write?
The Mitzy Moon Mysteries are my secret passion, come to life! I have always wanted to be a PI and fancy myself quite the amateur sleuth. I love reading cozy and paranormal cozy mysteries and I love watching detective shows on TV. Ever since the original Charlie’s Angels television series I’ve wanted to fight bad guys. (Please do not do the math! Maybe I watched reruns . . . ) Anyway, I usually solve the mystery before the end of the book or show, but the fun is always in unraveling the clues!
Tell us about your writing process.
Oh boy! I guess I'm a hodge-podge. I do some outlining, but it's bare bones. Once I start writing I let inspiration twist the story/characters where it/they want(s) to go. I do keep a "series Bible" in Scrivener, in case I need to track down a past detail for a current WIP.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Well, that award goes to Twiggy! I wanted her to be a lovable sidekick that would be cute and helpful, and always at Mitzy’s beck and call. Surprise! She’s a snarky, tough ol’ broad—and I love her. Every time she’s in a scene, I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next. So far she’s just a supporting character, but some days I wonder if she’ll launch her own spin-off. I’m picturing “Murder, She Wrote” in biker boots!
Who are your favorite authors?
Lilian Jackson Braun, Kerry Greenwood, Nova Nelson, Adele Abbott, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publishing gives me flexibility and the opportunity to connect with the most valuable part of the process—Readers! An author can write the best book in the world (in their mind), but if the story doesn’t appeal to readers it will never have “legs.” Feedback from readers—and listening to the feedback—is the difference between a narcissist who writes and an author. I jest, but meeting readers’ expectations is pretty darn-tootin’ important!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books will always be in fashion—in one form or another!
What genres do you write?
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
What formats are your books in?
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