Today Izzy is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about Where There’s Smoke There’s Arson and Hold the Coffee, the latest books in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives mysteries series.
Welcome, Izzy. 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.
Where There’s Smoke There’s Arson is the fourth book in The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives series. When the craft store burns down with a friend of the knitters inside, the knitters decide it’s suspicious and they simply must investigate. *rolls eyes* Everything is suspicious with this crew. The series now includes five books. In each book, the gray-haired knitters manage to somehow stumble upon a murder they just have to solve.
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too?
*Snorts* As if we let Dena have any control over what happens.
How did you evolve as the main character?
I started out as the main character in the first book in the series, Murder, Mystery & Dating Mayhem. Then, Dena kind of dropped me for two books. I was still there but for reasons I cannot fathom, I wasn’t the main person. My writer person finally came to her senses and I’m back baby. I’m the main character in this novel and the next one in the series, Hold the Coffee.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them?
*Sighs* A whole bunch of knitting grandmas who think they know how to solve crimes. Spoiler alert – they don’t. And a best friend who doesn’t have anything better to do than to make trouble. I sound like I’m whining, but they’re actually tons of fun – if only I could get the grandmas give me my baby back.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story?
We’re in a small Oklahoma town where I grew up. And I do mean small. Everyone knows everyone’s business here. This is not always a good thing.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book?
They should probably know there isn’t a whole lot of knitting going on despite the series being called the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives. These knitters are way too busy sticking their noses in other people’s business to get any knitting done.
Thank you for answering my questions, Izzy, and good luck to you and your author, D. E. Haggerty, with Where There’s Smoke There’s Arson and Hold the Coffee, the latest books in the Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives mystery series.
Readers can learn more about Izzy and her author, D. E. Haggerty by visiting the author’s website and her Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Bookbub, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages. You can also follow her on Twitter.
Where There’s Smoke There’s Arson and Hold the Coffee are available at online at Amazon:
About D.E. Haggerty: She is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home.