Monday, April 28, 2008


As part of the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit lit blog tour, my guest today is Sara Rosett, the author of a delightful-sounding mystery from Kensington called, Getting Away is Deadly.

Getting Away is Deadly is the third book in the mom lit mystery series about a military spouse who runs a professional organizing business.

It was the perfect vacation until murder rearranged the itinerary... (Great tag line!)

With swollen feet, pregnant Ellie joins the nation’s tourists in seeing the sights in Washington D.C. But a fatal incident at the Metro station convinces Ellie that something is rotten in the capital city. Should she do the safe thing and pack her bags? Not likely when too many people are telling lies, hiding secrets, and acting suspiciously. Luckily, Ellie Avery is just the right woman to clean up the most mysterious cases of murder—even if she has to brave the most dangerous byways in the corridors of power . . .

Reviews for Getting Away is Deadly:

Publishers Weekly: “…sparkling….”

The Mystery Gazette: “Fans of amateur sleuth mysteries will relish GETTING AWAY IS DEADLY as the tale contains a delightful whodunit that serves as a tour of Washington DC.”

Sara was kind enough to answer some questions. Writers will find her approach to organizing a book interesting...

What was the inspiration behind the writing of Getting Away is Deadly?

I accompanied my husband, who is military pilot, when he went to Washington D.C. for two training classes and those trips inspired the book. I didn’t witness a fatal accident in a Metro station, but I couldn’t help thinking what dangerous places they were. And then I made the typical mystery writer leap—what if someone fell into the path of an incoming train? I also saw the tourist sights and included some in Getting Away is Deadly, including the Lincoln Memorial, the museum of natural history and the air and space museum. Washington D.C., also seemed like an appropriate setting for a series about a military spouse.

What is one thing you’ve learned about the publishing industry since
getting your first book deal?

I’ve learned that it is a very capricious business. One month your type of book is hot and the industry can’t get enough of it, then later things can switch and publishers are dropping lines, cutting every author who writes that type of book. I’ve also discovered things seem to move either so slowly you can’t tell they’re moving or you’re flying along barely able to keep up!

What is your advice for those who looking to get their novel published?

Read as much as you can in the genre you want to be published in and go to writer’s conferences. I found several in my local area when I began writing. I entered samples of my book in their contests and got feedback from published authors, which was really helpful to me. Don’t give up. You have to be persistent and patient.

How do you approach writing your novel? Do you outline the plot? Start with a character or...?

I don’t outline, but since my books are mysteries I have to have a good handle on where the plot is going. I take a huge sheet of butcher paper and sketch out a rough timeline for the book, then jot down ideas for characters and plot twists as they come to me. Not writing it in outline form frees me up and I feel more comfortable. It turns into a sort of graphic organizer. I usually start with an idea, a situation, a “what if….” and then think about what sort of characters would be involved in that situation.

What are you reading now?

I just finished Emma. I’d seen the BBC adaptation on A&E and wanted to read the book after seeing it. I have to say, the A&E version is pretty faithful to the book. Next up on my To-Be-Read List is a mystery by Sarah Graves called The Book of Old Houses.

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