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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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Introducing Jacquie Biggar – Romantic Suspense Writer

JacquieBiggar_TidalFalls_HR (1)Join me in welcoming Jacquie Biggar to my blog today. Jacquie owned and operated a restaurant in her hometown of Edson, Alberta for thirteen years before moving west to Victoria to take care of her grandson and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. She joined Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death—an online suspense group, and her local chapter, VIC-RWA, of which she currently holds the position of secretary. Today she shares her writing process with us.


Do you outline your books or wing it?  Describe your process.

 I’m what’s known as a pantser, in other words I wing it. I get my ideas from current events and from there I build my character’s world.

How do you decide on setting?

 The setting was the easy part. I love the west coast and small towns, so I made that an integral part of my story.

What genre(s) do you write in?  Why?

I’ve always loved romance and dreamed of one day writing for Harlequin—still working on that—and suspense books keep me turning the pages, so it was a natural fit.

What is your favorite part of writing?

When you get that scene in your head and everything flows from the fingers to the keyboard, almost without thought. Love that.

What is your least favorite part of writing?

I’d have to say editing. I go over the same words so many times it can be frustrating.

Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing.  How about you?

I edit as I go. I’m compulsive, and can’t seem to leave it alone.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done in the name of research?

Online searches for drug-running and human trafficking in Iraq and Mexico. I expected to be flagged by the DEA at any time, J

E-books, print, or both?  Any preferences?  Why?

For myself I prefer e-books, but I know a lot of people like print so I’ve gone with both for my novel. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like holding a book you wrote in your hands.

Please tell us your experiences with social media.  What are your favorite and least favorite parts of it?

 I love social media. It’s an amazing way to make friends with people from all over the globe. That being said, I’ve found since I opened an author page on Facebook, I’m getting lots of strange, “Hi, I’d like to get to know you better,” messages I could do without.

What do you read? Do you read different genres when you’re writing versus not writing?

I read a wide variety within the romance genre. Romantic Suspense-Iris Johansen, Suzanne Brockmann, Comedy-Jennifer Crusie, Paranormal-J.R.Ward, YA-Jodie Esch, Lisa Lange.

For more about Jacquie Biggar check out her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.





Here is a blurb from my novel, Tidal Falls, available Sept 15/14

Sara Reed is on the run from an abusive ex who happens to have ties to a Mexican cartel. Mistakenly thinking her and her daughter would be safer if she had some kind of leverage, she takes a copy of some valuable files, files that make her a target.

Nick Kelley is an ex-marine trying to find his place now that his career is over due to injuries suffered from an IED. When the two of them meet in the pretty little town of Tidal Falls, the experience is explosive.