Today Gia Morelli is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about A Waffle Lot of Murder, the latest novel in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series.
Welcome, Gia. 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.
My name is Gia Morelli, and I live inside the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series. I used to work the breakfast shift for a busy deli in New York City, but a series of personal problems led me to give up that life and move twelve hundred miles away to Boggy Creek, Florida, my best friend Savannah’s home town. I opened the All-Day Breakfast Café on Main Street and, after a bit of a rocky start—finding my ex-husband’s body in my dumpster on opening day—I’ve come to love this town. I survived Bradley’s murder investigation, a night of tornadoes, come to accept that I will occasionally come across critters I am completely terrified of, and stumbled over more than one body, but the friends I’ve made here and the life I’ve created more than make up for all of that.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
I definitely control what happens in the story. When my writer tries to deviate from my plan, she doesn’t get very far and usually ends up deleting everything she’s written. The only one who gets more of a say than me in how the story progresses is my best friend, Savannah.
How did you evolve as the main character?
My author wanted a character who would be out of her element in the town she created, and that worked out perfectly for me. I was born and raised in New York City, lived there my whole life, and never traveled much. My experience with critters was limited to the cats that lived in the alley behind the deli and an occasional rat. In the first book of the series, Scone Cold Killer, I moved to a rural area of central Florida. I had to deal with spiders the size of my fist (hairy ones), snakes (some venomous), and most recently, a scorpion that carried her babies (lots of them) on her back. I knew nothing about tornadoes, though I learned quickly enough. I also never knew the joy of living in a small town and really getting to know the people, but now that I do, I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
I love sharing the story with my best friend, Savannah. She’s fun, always has a smile on her face, and has my back no matter what kind of trouble I get myself into. Her cousin, Detective Hunter Quinn, is pretty fun to share the story with too, but in a different way.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
It’s autumn in this story, and I am really missing the change of seasons; the leaves changing color, cool, crisp air, and driving out east on Long Island to visit farm stands and gorge myself on roasted sweet corn and apple cider. In an effort to keep me from getting too homesick, Savannah ropes me into doing the Haunted Town Festival, an annual event to benefit the local animal shelter. Unfortunately, when one of the coordinators is found dead, we end up pitching in to find out who killed her.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
A Waffle Lot of Murder is the fourth book in my All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery series, and I’d love for readers to join Savannah and me as we try to solve this case. While A Waffle Lot of Murder can easily be read as a stand-alone, I’d love to share my entire journey with everyone.
Thank you so much for having me!
You’re welcome, Gia, and good luck to you and your author, Lena Gregory, with A Waffle Lot of Murder, the latest book in the All-Day Breakfast Cafe mystery series.
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About Lena Gregory: Lena is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.
Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.