Thursday, April 5, 2018

Author Interview with Val Tobin – Poison Pen

Poison Pen

Book Description:

When their colleague is murdered, three wanna-be authors can't help meddling in the investigation, which puts them on the killer’s radar. 

Robin refuses to leave the house, Daphne has OCD, and Beth falls asleep at the most inopportune moments. Yet, all three find themselves caught in a cat-and-mouse game where anything can happen and no one is safe. Will they help catch a killer or learn that writing can be murder?

Detective Jacob Turner is a modern day Columbo in search of a clever killer. Instinct tells him something doesn’t add up. Then, the case becomes personal and the hunt is on...

Poison Pen is a stand-alone novel and part of the About Three Authors series, which includes Whoever Said Love Was Easy? by Patti Roberts and Stolen Hearts & Muddy Pawprints by Georgina Ramsey.

How many books have you written?  If more than one, are any a series…or trilogy?

I’ve written seven novels and released one box set. The Valiant Chronicles is a two-part story plus a prequel.

Do you have plans for a new book?

My next project is a non-fiction book called Changed for Life: The After-Effects of Near-Death Experience.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?

I’m a combination plotter and pantser. I use Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Pro program to get the bones down and even some of the meat. When I write, though, I’m flexible and let the characters guide me.

Did you have an editor edit your books?

Yes. I’ve had three different editors for the various books. Kelly Hartigan at XterraWeb has edited six out of the seven, including Poison Pen.

Who designed the cover of your book?

The always incredible Patti Roberts of Paradox Book Covers.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out?

Don’t worry about getting it right the first time. Get a first draft down and then revise as required and hire an editor.

How many hours per day do you try to devote to research and writing?

The amount of time I devote to research depends on the project. When I’m writing a first draft, I use word count rather than time as the target. I aim to write 1,500 words before I call it quits for the day.

Sleep in or get up early?

Get up early, typically around 5:30 AM.

Laptop or desktop for writing?


List 3 of your favorite movies?

Gone with the Wind
The Princess Bride

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and really enjoyed?

Drop Dead Diva

Where can your readers stalk you? Your social media links:

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Is your book in Print, ebook or both? It will be in both.

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