I’m pleased that Keaton is visiting Ascroft, eh? today to tell us about Body and Soul Food, the first novel in the Books & Biscuits mystery series.
Welcome, Keaton. 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. Although this is the first book, Body and Soul Food is part of a series. It takes place in the Pacific Northwest, right by beautiful mountains, crystal blue waters and lots of rain. I live in Timber Lake (near Seattle) with my twin brother
Does the writer control what happens in the story or do you get a say too? I do control what happens. To be fair, though, my author comes up with the story. But once she winds me up and sets me inside of it, it’s all me.
How did you evolve as the main character? I am learning to be a better sleuth, because my brother is intent on solving crimes. I don’t know why cooking (which he is fabulous at) isn’t enough for him. And I become more independent. We started our own business and it is a lot different than being a librarian.
Do you have any other characters you like sharing the story with? If so, why are you partial to them? Of course, the story is all about me and my twin brother, Koby. We share the spotlight I like to think.
What’s the place like where you find yourself in this story? Most of our time is spent in Books & Biscuits, our soul food and bookstore. It’s newly decorated and my favorite part is the book archway between the bookstore and restaurant which is run by my brother. There are always wonderful smells wafting around, like biscuits baking and chicken frying. I’ve decorated the bookstore with chandeliers and little nooks to sit and read.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers about you and the book? It’s a fun whodunit with a little drama, a little humor and a great story about twins!
Thank you for answering my questions, Keaton, and good luck to you and your author, Abby Collette, with Body and Soul Food, the latest book in the Books & Biscuits mystery series.
About Abby Collette: Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it’s a mystery even to her why she hasn’t yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books & Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.