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Welcome Cindy Blackburn, Writer of the Cue Ball Mysteries And Now…

CB_headshot-2As a writer myself I always enjoy talking to and getting to know fellow writers. This is particularly true when they write cozy mysteries as I do. Today I’m pleased to introduce Cindy Blackburn.

She is the writer of the popular Cue Ball Mysteries series and now, the Cassie Baxter series.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Why?

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer, but didn’t get serious about it until midlife. Why be a writer? Well, as my family and friends will attest to, I’m way better in writing than in person!

What’s the best part of being a writer? Worst?I love creating lovable and funny characters. I love having all these friends running around in my head. And I love writing dialogue, since once they’re on a roll, my characters stand over my shoulder and dictate to me. Easy and fun! The worst part of writing is the rough draft. It takes a while for my imaginary friends to start cooperating!

How did you come up with the idea for your Cue Ball series? Did you have any idea how popular they would become?

Jessie Hewitt and Wilson Rye, my main characters, created themselves. They started bickering and flirting one day, and I started writing. The fact that Jessie’s a former pool shark came to me out of the blue while I was writing. Rye challenged her to a pool game at her friendly neighborhood bar, and the bartender produced Jessie’s personal cue stick from behind the bar, and wished Wilson luck, because he would need it.

I had no idea Jessie played so well. Rye was pretty shocked also.Did I predict how popular the Cue Balls would be? Nope! However, I knew Jessie was terrific and very funny. And I knew other people would love her, too. Jessie’s in her fifties. A lot of us are. Why should twenty-somethings have all the fun?

What advice would you give anyone wanting to become a writer?

Write every day because you enjoy it. Make writing a priority. Writing should be a real passion, not a chore.

You have a new Cassie Baxter series. What makes it different from the Cue Ball Mysteries and will readers of your Cue Ball series like the Cassie Baxter series? Why?

The most notable difference is the setting. Jessie’s a southerner and lives in a small city, loosely based on Asheville, NC. Cassie’s a northerner and lives in a rural lakeside town in Vermont, population 600 if you include dogs, cats and livestock.

Cassie’s a different person than Jessie–she’s slightly younger and a little less mature. Readers who like Jessies’ dry sense of humor and knack for surrounding herself with wacky friends and neighbors will like Cassie, too. Both series are funny and lighthearted with a little romance thrown in for good measure

.If you had one super power what would it be?

The ability to write two or three books a year instead of one. I have lots of ideas for books, and both Jessie, and now Cassie, demand attention. They will have to take turns, but they’re both so impatient!

In your Cue Ball mysteries Jessie is a writer of historical romances with frequent sex scenes. Have you ever tried your hand at romances or thought about doing so?

Never. I don’t read romance, per se, but I have a lot of good friends who read and write romance. I’ve always liked romantic comedy–think Meg Ryan movies, or if you’re old enough, Doris Day. I wanted romance to play a key role in my cozy mysteries.Thanks for hosting me today Pat! Great questions!And thank you for stopping by. Anyone interested can find Cindy’s  books on Amazon through the books below or visit her at Cue Ball Mysteries.

Here are the books with Amazon buy links.

Playing with Poisen

Double Shot

Three Odd Balls

Four Play



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