Saturday, November 9, 2013

Great Escapes Book Tours Author Interview: Victoria Hamilton

Title: Freezer I’ll Shoot
Pub. Date: November 5th, 2013
Series: Vintage Kitchen Mysteries, Book 3
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Author: Victoria Hamilton

Q - Cozy mysteries and recipes seem to go hand in hand, why do you think that is?

A – It’s a natural fit with the reading demographic; that’s the industry explanation, I suppose. But I don’t look at it that way. When I started writing cozy mysteries I said to my sister, ‘These are my people!’. I felt like I had found a home. Many of us are homebodies, most of us are women (not all, certainly) and so our day-to-day life revolves around ‘What’s for breaksfast/lunch/dinner/snacks?’. LOL. If you can read a book and find out what’s good to eat, all the better!

Q - Your books always have yummy recipes in them, what is your favorite thing to cook?

A – I love eating pasta, and like cooking it. I love muffins and quick breads, and soup… especially soup! For Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner turkey is a must so I can make gallons of turkey soup!

Q - When you plot out your books do you also plot out which recipes your characters are going to make?

A – Oh, yes! That’s definitely a consideration. I want it to be season appropriate for the character, and sometimes occasion appropriate.

Q - Your covers are so cute, do you get any say in them?

A – Well, somewhat. I give suggestions. Sometimes I send source material. Usually I just cross my fingers and hope for the best, and I’m never disappointed!

Q - Do you have a favorite cover from your two cozy series?

A – I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may incriminate me… LOL! My books are like my children, so I can’t say one is prettier than the others. And wait until you see the cover from my first Teapot collector Mystery that I write as Amanda Cooper! It’s adorable.

Q - What is next for you?

A – Well, right now I am writing Book 4 of the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries. Jaymie becomes embroiled in trouble at the historic home she is helping to restore. Her room to fix up is the kitchen, of course; there may be something hidden in the house that someone wants… or maybe not. I’ll let you all find out next November when the book is published!

About Freezer I’ll Shoot:
Trying to escape her overbearing mother, vintage kitchenware enthusiast and soon-to-be columnist Jaymie Leighton retreats to her family’s cottage on Heartbreak Island. While there she hopes to write an article about the Ice House restaurant, owned by good friends and neighbors, siblings Ruby and Garnet Redmond. Once and actual icehouse, the restaurant is charmingly decorated with antique tools of the trade, including a collection of ice picks.

One night, while working on her article, Jaymie overhears an argument, and, ever the sleuth, sets out to explore. But when she stumbles upon a dead body, her blood runs cold. It’s Urban Dobrinskie, whose feud with the Redmonds is no secret, and he’s got an ice pick through his heart. Now Jaymie’s got to sharpen her sleuthing skills to chip away at the mystery and prove her neighbors’ innocence – before someone else gets picked off…


Victoria Hamilton, nationally bestselling author of the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series, is the pseudonym of Donna Lea Simpson, bestselling author of romance and historical mystery novels.

Victoria starting reading mystery novels at the age of 12 and devoured Agatha Christie mysteries, as well as those of Dorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh. She still adores mysteries, especially the cozy mysteries of Janet Bolin, Krista Davis, and others.

She loves to cook, and collects teapots and teacups, as well as vintage kitchen utensils and bowls. She also enjoys crafts, especially cross-stitching and crocheting, and spends summer days in the garden, drinking tea or wine. Besides the Vintage Kitchen Mystery series Victoria also writes the Merry Muffin Mystery series (Bran New Death – September 3rd) and the Teapot Collector Mystery series which debuts with Tempest in a Teapot, out June 3rd, 2014.
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Twitter: @MysteryVictoria

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Rebecca said...

Love cozy mysteries and can't wait to read this one!

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Love this series! =)
Great interview!

Anonymous said...

Love the interview!! Great book!!
Barbara Thompson

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