Tuesday, September 19, 2017



When Sully Sullivan’s life imploded she left behind her job on the police force and her unfaithful husband to plunge herself into her new life as the General Manager of her hometown theater, the Cliffside Theater Company. For five years she’s balanced budgets instead of the scales of justice, and kept the Cliffside running alongside its mercurial Artistic Director. But when her best friend is arrested for killing his father, the very powerful Peter Whitehall, no one is looking for another suspect. So, in between keeping A Christmas Carol on budget and Scrooge sober, Sully dusts off her investigative skills to find a killer. Sully’s lives officially collide when her ex-husband may be on the list of potential suspects, and she is forced to finally confront her past in order to save her present, and protect her future.


Things you need in order to write:
Background noise (currently, Midsomer Murders), laptop computer, pillows on the couch.
Things that hamper your writing:
Lack of time to either write, or to create

Things you love about writing:
Allowing characters to come to life, creating a puzzle, getting in the zone of creating.
Things you hate about writing: Getting that first draft done is like slogging hip deep through Jell-O.

Things you love about where you live:
I live in a city, and I love being able to get anywhere and get anything walking.
Things that make you want to move:
Crowded trains on my commute.

Favorite foods: 
Cheese, wine, chocolate, good bread.
Things that make you want to throw up: 

Favorite smell:
The ocean at high tide.

Something that makes you hold your nose:
The ocean at low tide.

Something you’re really good at:

Something you’re really bad at:

Last best thing you ate:
A German Pfannkuchen (pancake).

Last thing you regret eating:
Really spicy salsa with onions.

Things you always put in your books:
Romance, lots of puzzles
Things you never put in your books:
A hurt animal.

Things to say to an author:
Congratulations on your book! (Works even if you didn’t like it).

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book:
You should have XYZ.

Favorite places you’ve been:
Egypt, Cape Cod, Vienna, the Grand Canyon
Places you never want to go to again:
Any airport where I’ve missed my connection.

Favorite things to do:
Writing, walking, knitting.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing:
Vacuuming .

Most daring thing you’ve ever done:
A half marathon.
Something you chickened out from doing:
Climbing into the Great Pyramid (though I did go into a few tombs).


J.A. Hennrikus writes the Theater Cop series for Midnight Ink. The debut of the series, A Christmas Peril, will be released on September 8. As Julianne Holmes, she writes the Agatha nominated Clock Shop Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. The third in the series, Chime and Punishment was released on August 1, 2017. She has short stories in three Level Best anthologies, Thin Ice, Dead Calm and Blood Moon. She is on the board of Sisters in Crime, and is a member of MWA and Sisters in Crime New England. She blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Killer Characters.

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