Today Naomi Hanley is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about R.I.P. in Reykjavik, the latest novel in the Traveler cozy mystery series.
Welcome, Naomi. Let’s get started, shall we?
Tell us about the novel that you live inside. Is it part of a series? If so, please tell us about the series too.
Yes, it’s part of a series—The Traveler Cozy Mystery series. You’ll follow me as I travel internationally. In the first few, I’m with family members—my sister, Charlotte in book 1, Sleuth on Safari; my mother, Deirdre in book 2, R.I.P. in Reykjavik; my father, Richie in book 3, Undone in Uluru. I’m thinking in book 4, my Nan and I will go to Israel. Our travel plans have yet to be confirmed.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
I think I’m in complete control, well as much as I’m in control of my life as a whole. I’m more of a play it by ear kind of person. A R is more like my sister and my father — always prepared, always has a plan.
How did you evolve as the main character?
I haven’t evolved—I’m still me, exploring the world, taking any opportunity I can to travel. But my relationships with my family have definitely evolved.
My relationship with my sister Charlotte has certainly improved. We had no relationship prior to going to Africa now we communicate practically every day.
You’ll have to read R.I.P. in Reykjavik to see where my strained relationship with my mother goes.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
Well, don’t tell my sister but I like sharing my adventures with her. As a med student, she is a fount of medical information, which is especially helpful when you’re investigating a murder. Plus, she is often more logical than myself.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
I’m traveling with my mother to Iceland. I’ve never traveled anywhere with her and usually have contact with her only on major holidays. Spending a week together in a small European country on a tour may further strain our relationship.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
Iceland is a beautiful country. I hope you enjoy the journey with me and my mother!
Thanks for answering my questions, Naomi, and good luck to you and your author, A. R Kennedy with R.I.P. in Reykjavik, the latest book in the Traveler Cozy Mystery series.
The novel is available online on Amazon.
About A. R. Kennedy: She lives in Long Beach, New York, with her two pups. She works hard to put food on the floor for them. As her favorite T-shirt says, ‘I work so my dog can have a better life’. She’s an avid traveler. But don’t worry. While she’s away, her parents dote on their grand-puppies even more than she does. Her writing is a combination of her love of travel, animals, and the journey we all take to find ourselves.