Today Cheryl Hollon is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Down in Flames, her latest novel in the Webb’s Glass Shop mystery series.
Welcome, Cheryl. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about your novel. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
CH: DOWN IN FLAMES is the sixth book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery Series. Savannah Webb is the owner of a glass shop and she teaches a different type of glass art in each book. As a subject matter expert within the art community, she consults with the St. Petersburg Police Department when a crime is committed.
Where did the idea for the mystery that is central to the story come from?
CH: My husband and I have been glass hobbyists for more than twenty-five years. When I decided to write a cozy mystery series, the two worlds came together in a flash.
Is there a theme or subject that underlies the story? If so, what prompted you to write about it?
CH: There have always been small business owners in my family, so I was drawn to tell a bit about the back story of how hard it can be to stay afloat.
How do you create your characters? Do you have favourite ones? If so, why are you partial to them?
CH: For a new character, I usually gather together a Frankenstein-like collection of traits that I feel the character needs. The next most important element is the name. After I have a name that fits, they come to life to me as a unique individual.
How do you bring to life the place you are writing about?
CH: Lucky me, I simply walk out my front door. I live in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.
What research do you do to provide background information to help you write the novel?
CH: I have personal experience in each of the glass arts that Savannah teaches. I’ve either made the items myself or taken a class. Research is a bit like cross-training for me.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about the book?
CH: This series has been inspired by a real-life stained-glass store. The owners were forced to make a tough decision to move out of the downtown area last fall because of rising rents. It’s a rough world for small businesses out there. Shop local.
Thanks for answering my questions, Cheryl, and good luck with Down in Flames, the latest book in the Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery series.
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About Cheryl Hollon: Cheryl now writes full-time after she left an engineering career of designing and building military flight simulators in amazing countries such as England, Wales, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and India. Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, she combines her love of writing with a passion for creating glass art. In the small glass studio behind her house in St. Petersburg, Florida, Cheryl and her husband design, create, and produce fused glass, stained glass, and painted glass artworks.