Saturday, February 22, 2020

FEATURED AUTHOR: ANNETTE DASHOFY



ABOUT THE BOOK


Paramedic and deputy coroner Zoe Chambers responds to a shooting and discovers her longtime friend, Horace Pavelka, has gunned down a man who’d bullied him mercilessly for decades. Ruled self-defense, no charges are filed. When another of his tormentors turns up dead in Horace’s kitchen, Police Chief Pete Adams questions the man’s innocence in both cases…especially after Horace and his girlfriend go into hiding.



While fighting to clear her friend, Zoe is handed the opportunity to finally learn what really happened to her long-lost sibling. What starts out as a quick road trip on a quest for answers leads her to an unfamiliar city in the middle of a November blizzard, where she finds way more trouble than she bargained for.



Pete’s own search for his missing fiancĂ©e and a missing murderer ultimately traps him in a web of deception. Face-to-face with one of the most cunning and deadly killers of his law enforcement career, Pete realizes too late that this confrontation may well be his last.


Book Details:


Title: Under the Radar

Author: Annette Dashofy

Genre: cozy mystery 


Series: Zoe Chambers Mystery, book 9


Publisher: Henery Press (February 25, 2020)


Print length: 288 pages

On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours






IFs ANDs OR WHATs INTERVIEW WITH ANNETTE DASHOFY

IFs




If you could be anything besides a writer, what would it be?
My first reaction is to say a writing instructor, because I do teach workshops from time to time as a side gig. But that feels like a cheat. My second choice would be yoga instructor, but I’ve already done that, so again, cheat! If I had to pick something completely different, I think I’d like to be a house flipper. I’ve become addicted to HGTV and love those shows! Of course, I have no design or construction skills, so I’d probably go bankrupt on my first attempt!

If you had to do community service, what would you choose?
I already do some volunteer work with the Alzheimer’s Association, a cause near and dear to my heart. My dad died of complications from Alzheimer’s, and my mom had vascular dementia. I help on their Caregiver’s Conference planning committee every year. I’ve also thought I’d like to help with Meals on Wheels. I remember as a kid visiting my cousin in the summer, I rode around with her and her mom, delivering meals to shut ins. It felt very gratifying.

If you were on the Amazon bestseller list, who would you choose to be one before and one below you?
I’m fortunate in that I have been! I even was on the same line as James Patterson once. I have a screen capture of that somewhere on my computer.


If you could meet any author for coffee, who would you like to meet and what would you talk about?
Craig Johnson. I’m a total fangirl of his writing and while I’ve met him several times, I’ve never been able to sit down for a nice chat with him. I’d like to pick his brain about his books, his characters, the setting. Basically, I’d completely geek out on him.

If you could choose a fictional town to live in what would it be and from what book?
Durant, Wyoming, from Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series. (See my fangirl comment above!)

If you could live anywhere in the world, where in the world would it be?

My husband is nearing retirement age, so this is something we discuss. I love Colorado, New Mexico, and Florida, but I have a hard time narrowing it down. Colorado’s too cold in the winter, Florida’s too hot in the summer, New Mexico dries out my skin. I really think I’d like to travel around and follow the good weather!




ANDs



5 favorite possessions:

    •    my framed photo of our family farm taken in the early 1900s
    •    my antique mantle clock from the same farm
    •    a quilt I made that I’m especially proud of
    •    my very comfortable office chair
and
    •    my Subaru Forester

5 things you love about where you live: 

    •    Spring with all the flowers and buds and warm breezes
    •    our property with its woods and creek and lots of privacy
    •    the green of summer
    •    early autumn when the humidity gives way to a touch of crispness
and
    •    my view of rolling farmland outside of my office window

5 favorite foods:
    •    pizza
    •    chile rellenos
    •    palak paneer
    •    chocolate
and
    •    peach pie

5 things you always put in your books:
    •    horses
    •    cats
    •    coffee
    •    a dead body 
and
    •    cops

5 favorite places you’ve been: 

    •    New Mexico
    •    New Orleans
    •    Long Beach, California
    •    St. Petersburg, Florida
and
    •    Durango, Colorado

5 favorite things to do: 
    •    ride horses
    •    read
    •    travel
    •    have coffee or lunch with a friend
and
    •    sleep!


WHATs


What’s your all-time favorite movie?
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
People who block the aisles in the grocery store.

What’s the most beautiful sound you’ve heard?
Tie between the chirps of spring peepers (frogs) and the whinny of a baby colt because both mean spring to me.

What’s your all-time favorite picture of yourself?
Me and my beloved old mare, Jenny.

What’s your favorite time of day?
Morning. Oddly, it’s also my least favorite time of day depending on A.) how well I’ve slept and B.) if I’ve had coffee yet!

What’s your favorite song?
Yesterday, by the Beatles. It’s been my favorite song since I was very young. The simplicity and emotion of the piece continues to earn it a top spot in my heart.

What’s your favorite snack?
Potato chips.

What’s your favorite dessert?
Peach pie.

What’s your all-time favorite place you’ve visited?
Durango, New Mexico.

What’s your favorite beverage?

Coffee.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
Chocolate followed closely by pralines and cream.

What’s your favorite hobby or past-time?

Horseback riding.

What’s your favorite thing to do when there’s nothing to do?
Read, of course!

What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn with lots of butter.

What’s your favorite social media site?
Definitely Facebook with Instagram becoming a close second.

What’s your favorite color?

Turquoise.


What is the wallpaper on your computer’s desktop?

Currently, it’s a shot I took at Presque Isle, Lake Erie.


What is your obsession?
HGTV, especially Chip and Joanna on Fixer Upper.



What book are you currently working on?

Til Death, the 10th in my Zoe Chambers Series.

What’s your all-time favorite place in your town?

I don’t live in town, so can I pick my favorite place on our farm? The creek that runs behind our pasture. As soon as we start having warm days in spring, I head down there to listen to the peaceful babbling of the water, to search for green sprouts, and to just relax.

What’s your latest recommendation for:
Food: Chile rellenos at Rubio’s in Aztec, New Mexico.
Music: anything by Christian Kane. (I’m hoping he puts out some new music soon!)
Book: The Enemy We Don’t Know, by Liz Milliron (first in a new series and it’s AWESOME).
Audiobook: I’m currently listening to Rhys Bowen’s The Tuscan Child, and love it.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author Annette Dashofy has spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania surrounded by cattle and horses. When she wasn't roaming the family's farm or playing in the barn, she could be found reading or writing. After high school, she spent five years as an EMT on the local ambulance service, dealing with everything from drunks passing out on the sidewalk to mangled bodies in car accidents. These days, she, her husband, and their spoiled cat, Kensi, live on property that was once part of her grandfather's dairy.



Her Zoe Chambers mystery series includes five Agatha Award nominees including Circle of Influence, Bridges Burned, No Way Home, Cry Wolf, and Fair Game. The ninth in the series, Under The Radar, comes out February 25, 2020.

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1 comment:

  1. What a delightful way to get to know a few things about one of my favorite mystery writers. I, too, love Walt Longmire (though I have a real soft spot for Vic). "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" is the movie I've seen the most times in a theater. I always try to put birds and fantastical small creatures in my stories. Also, color all over the place.

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