Today Debra Sennefelder is visiting Ascroft, eh? to tell us about The Corpse Who Knew Too Much, the latest novel in the Food Blogger mystery series.
Welcome, Debra. 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.
THE CORPSE WHO KNEW TOO MUCH is the fourth book in the Food Blogger mystery series featuring Hope Early who writes the food blog, Hope at Home. A high school friend, who now how hosts a true crime podcast, returns to Jefferson determined to find out what happened to her mother twenty years ago. Joyce Markham disappeared without a trace. Devon asks for Hope’s help. When Devon disappears, Hope realizes her friend had gotten too close to a killer and she’s determined to find justice for Devon and her mother.
Where did the idea for the mystery that is central to the story come from?
It came from my interest in true crime podcasts and cold cases.
Is there a theme or subject that underlies the story? If so, what prompted you to write about it?
There are a couple of things I love to explore in my books and they are relationships and the theory that you never really know someone. I’ve always been fascinated by those subjects. The dynamics of various relationships, how people put on a façade for the public while in private they are different, the secrets people keep buried so deeply no one would ever guess it. Fascinating.
How do you create your characters? Do you have favourite ones? If so, why are you partial to them?
Sometimes it feels that I meet my characters rather than create them because they come to me pretty much fully formed.
How do you bring to life the place you are writing about?
I feel it’s the characters that bring Jefferson (the fictional town in the Food Blogger series) to life.
What research do you do to provide background information to help you write the novel?
I don’t do a lot of research for the Food Blogger books. Instead, I do a lot of recipe testing. I also keep up-to-date on blogging so that I can write Hope authentically. A lot has changed with blogging since I was a food blogger.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about the book?
I’d like readers to know that I enjoyed putting Hope in a situation that she was very uncomfortable with but she found a way to make the moment her own. When you read the book, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Thank you for answering my questions, Debra, and good with The Corpse Who Knew Too Much, the latest book in the Food Blogger mystery series.
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About Debra Sennefelder: Debra is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery.
Her first novel, THE UNINVITED CORPSE (A Food Blogger mystery) was published in 2018. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person.
Born and raised in New York City, where she majored in her hobby of fashion buying, she now lives and writes in Connecticut with her family. She’s worked in retail and publishing before becoming a full-time author. Her writing companion is her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih Tzu, Connie.