Saturday, February 16, 2013

Speaking of Murder by Tace Baker :Interview


The murder of a talented student at a small new England college thrusts linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau into the search for the killer. Lauren is a determined Quaker with an ear for accents. Her investigation exposes small town intrigues, academic blackmail, and a clandestine drug cartel that now has its sights set on her.

Convinced that the key to the crime lies hidden in her dead student's thesis, Lauren races to solve the mystery while an escalating trail of misfortune circles ever closer. Her department chair behaves suspiciously. A century-old local boat shop is torched. Lauren's best friend goes missing--and the unsettled relationship with her long-time lover threatens to implode just when she needs him the most.

Edith Maxwell is the author of SPEAKING OF MURDER (Barking Rain Press, under pseudonym Tace Baker) featuring Quaker linguistics professor Lauren Rousseau. Edith holds a PhD in linguistics and is a member of Amesbury Monthly Meeting of Friends. The book was first runner up in the Linda Howard Award for Excellence contest

Edith also writes the Local Foods Mysteries.  A TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE introduces organic farmer Cam Flaherty and a colorful Locavore Club (Kensington Publishing, June 2013). Edith once owned and operated the smallest certified organic farm in Essex County, Massachusetts.

A mother and technical writer, Edith is a fourth-generation Californian but lives north of Boston in an antique house with her beau and three cats.

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Where do you dream of traveling to and why?


I have traveled extensively, as has Lauren Rousseau, my protagonist in Speaking of Murder. But I still haven't made it to New Zealand, India, Tahiti, or Chili. I haven't visited New Orleans or the Grand Canyon. I love going places where the food is interesting, the history intriguing, and the people friendly.

Does travel play in the writing of your books? Lauren served in the Peace Corps in Mali and taught English in Japan, and she has an international outlook on the world, although she lives in small-town New England.


Tell us about your next release.

I am thrilled that A Tine to Live, a Tine to Die, the first in my Local Foods Mystery series, will release on May 28 from Kensington Publishing. It features geek-turned-organic-farmer Cam Flaherty, the colorful Westbury Locavore Club, and locally sourced murder.


Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?


The New England mystery writing community has been incredibly supportive and mentoring. Hallie Ephron, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Roberta Isleib (aka Lucy Burdette), Kate Flora, and so many more have taught me, encouraged me, and helped spread the word about my books. I would not be a published author today without their support and that of the local chapter of Sisters in Crime.


What does your significant other and family think of your writing career?


My significant other doesn't read fiction and does not get what I do, but he is infinitely supportive, regardless! My two adult sons read drafts for me and comment, and are both awesome writers in their own right. I'm blessed all around.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I'm in an excellent face-to-face writers group. I read every scene of Speaking of Murder to them and benefited so much from their insightful critique. One of them also served as a beta reader, which was also helpful, since reading the whole book at once brings up different issues than hearing it weekly sentence by sentence.

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