Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shannon Esposito, Pet Psychic Mysteries Author, Interview/Giveaway

Tell us about your Pet Psychic Mysteries. What inspired the series?
I had just finished writing The Monarch, a darker mystery involving a pretty twisted serial killer, and felt like I needed a psychological break. So, discussing this with my daughter one day she said, "Why don't you write something lighter for fun?" I took her advice, put together my two favorite subjects--pets and the paranormal--and Darwin Winters, pet psychic, was born.

What do you have for pets? Do they inspire your animal characters?  Right now we have a 13 yr old golden retriever, a 3 yr old mastiff-mix and a 5 month old goofball of a mastiff puppy. (It's a good thing my husband is deathly allergic to cats or we'd have a houseful of those, too.) Yes, my pets and other people's pets in my life definitely provide inspiration for the animals Darwin meets.

I've always been a big fan of the mastiff breed. They're very noble, confident, intelligent and gentle, so the mastiff was an easy pick for the first book. I hope I did the breed justice in creating Karma. My quirky, sweet golden retriever is my muse for book three.

Did you always want to be a writer growing up?  Yes. A writer and a veterinarian. I'm math-challenged so writer it was. This series is the best of both worlds for me, I get to control the animal's fate and create their happy ending. Real life isn't always so kind.

What one book do you wish you had written?  Just picking one is hard. I've been inspired by so many books in my life, books that make me want to be a better writer. My favorite book of all time is probably Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, but saying I wish I had written it seems like sacrilege. I can say I wish I had the level of talent it takes to create a story like that.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?  Juliet Blackwell. Her Witchcraft Mysteries are what made me fall in love with the cozy genre. I could see Darwin visiting Lily Ivory's vintage clothing shop in California and getting in a heap of trouble helping solve a murder with her. Especially because Lily's familiar is a pig/gargoyle creature. I bet the visions Darwin would get from him would be crazy...lol!

What's your favorite way to spend a rainy day?  Well, living in the sunshine state we don't get many rainy days, we get rainy hours daily. Those are some of my favorite times to write. Give me a booming, crackling thunderstorm, candlelight and my dogs at my feet and I'm a happy writer.

What are you working on now?  Right now I'm working on Silence is Golden (Pet Psychic Mystery No. 3) and I can't wait to share it, I'm having so much fun writing it. Darwin's animal companion in this book is a golden retriever and you'll also get to meet her other sister, Willow. I'm shooting for a July release, so make sure you sign up for my newsletter at http://murderinparadise.com/ if you want to be notified when it comes out!

Thanks for having me, Melissa!

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To enter to win an e-book copy of Karma's A Bitch just leave a comment for Shannon with your email address.

Darwin Winters, reluctant pet psychic, is determined to leave her family’s paranormal past behind and lead a normal life. So she strikes out on her own and opens up a new pet boutique in St. Pete, Florida. When a local homeless man she befriends is found dead, and the police assume it’s a suicide, Darwin has no choice but to use her gift to help collar the killer.

She adopts his grieving mastiff, Karma—and with the dog’s help—tries to piece together the events of that fatal night. Accepting the visions is one thing, but can she solve the mystery without revealing her powers to the jaded, yet drool-worthy, detective in charge of the case? Or will the killer put an end to her psychic sleuthing and bury the truth for good?


Carol N Wong said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun. I love that a mastiff is one of the characters in this book.


Heather said...

Cute cover. Sounds like a really good read. bluepooh1@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am always thrilled to find a new author. This series sounds like a fun read.

Unknown said...

Loved the interview..Cant wait till the new book is released! :)

Karen from Mentor said...

Shannon is an amazing writer. I fell in love with her work the first time I read a piece of her flash fiction.

nice Q&A !
Karen :0)

Unknown said...

I am loving the cover....
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Unknown said...

I would love to read this! I enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries, especially those with animals that can communicate with humans!

Katreader said...

Animals, the paranormal, and cozy mysteries-my favorite things! I'm unfamiliar with this series so I'll have to find the first book-it sounds great and right up my alley. Picturing a mastiff with Oscar makes me laugh!

Unknown said...

So glad for your daughter's suggestion!

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

Not entering, just wanted to say this sounds like a fun read!

Aurian said...

This sounds very good. Did you quit the darker mysteries for good now you write such a fun cozy series?
auriansbooks at gmail dot com

shannon said...

Hi, good question. I have 5 books planned for the pet psychic series and then I'm going to work on a sequel to The Monarch. Wish I could write faster :-)

shannon said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I will be putting all the names in a hat at 5:00 pm tonight and letting my dog choose a winner..lol! So please make sure your email address is in your post if you'd like to be included.

And thanks for being readers! You are my favorite people. :-)

Acemommy said...

this sounds like a great read!

I'd love to win!

sarah2323 at gmail dot com

Sue said...

I'm a pet lover and a mystery lover---so please enter me in this crawing.

Anonymous said...

While we don't have any pets now, I do love dogs. And to have them in mysteries is great. Sounds like a great book.


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