CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH KATE
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I’m a yoga teacher, so I suppose I should answer India. But really, I’d love to go to Maui and hang out on the beach. No phones to answer, no murders to solve. Just me and a beach blanket. And a tasteful swimming suit, of course. No nude beaches for me. No one wants to see these thighs naked. But sunshine, warmth and margarita mix? What could be better?
Tell us about your family.
I don’t really have much of a family, unless you count my best friend Rene. It was pretty much just Dad and me most of my life, with an occasional visit from my Aunt Rita. Since Dad died two years ago, well, now it’s just me. I miss him. A lot.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Finding George’s body outside of my yoga studio. Although I guess it was more horrifying than scary. I mean sure, when I heard the sounds outside I considered calling the police. I looked for a weapon to take with me and everything. (Note to self: next time consider opening a martial arts studio.) But finding my friend’s body and knowing I couldn’t do anything to help him? What could be more horrifying than that?
What books have most influenced your life?
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which is a 2000-year-old book on yoga philosophy. I believe the yoga teachings are deep, meaningful, and valid—really I do. And I try to live by them. Can I help it if I like a few glasses of wine now and again or that I’ve got the temper of a champion fighting rooster? If you think I have a short fuse now, you should have seen me before yoga.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I don’t own an Ipod. Or a smart phone. I even still use my dad’s old answering machine. Rene says I’m technophobic, but I think she’s exaggerating. I’m more techno-challenged.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
Did you ever watch the series Veronica Mars? I was kind of like Veronica in high school. Not the detective part, the loner part. I’ll take a few close friends over trying to win a popularity contest any day. My best friend Rene and I were inseparable.
Do you play any sports?
No. Unless you count yoga, that is. But yoga isn’t really a sport. It’s a more away to connect body, breath and mind. It’s not at all what you see on the cover of Yoga Journal. Thank God. I mean seriously. The only way I’d ever get my foot behind my head was if someone chopped it off at the ankle.
What one word best describes you?
Unpredictable. And feisty. And fun. I can’t possibly pick just one!
What are you passionate about these days?
Dog rescue. Well, in particular the rescue of one particular dog: my murdered friend George’s horse-sized German shepherd, Bella. I don’t want a dog. I can’t have a dog. Yet none of the local rescues will take her…
Hey, you seem like a nice person. Do you want a dog? Bella’s not so bad, once you get to know her. She just hates other dogs. And probably cats. And men. Well, not all men, only some, but good luck figuring out which man she hates before she goes after him.
Why do you have that look on your face? Really, Bella’s a great dog, no matter what all the rescues I’ve contacted say. I’m sure all she needs is a little training, and her medicine only costs a few hundred dollars a month.
Hey! Where are you going? Don’t you at least want to meet her? I’ll give you free yoga for life if you take her…
Murder Strikes a Pose
by Tracy Weber
on Tour August 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: January 8, 2014
Number of Pages: 288
Book Formats: Physical (very limited) & eBook
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Synopsis:When George and Bella—a homeless alcoholic and his intimidating German shepherd—disturb the peace outside her studio, yoga instructor Kate Davidson’s Zen-like calm is stretched to the breaking point. Kate tries to get rid of them before Bella scares the yoga pants off her students. Instead, the three form an unlikely friendship.
One night Kate finds George’s body behind her studio. The police dismiss his murder as a drug-related street crime, but she knows George wasn’t a dealer. So Kate starts digging into George’s past while also looking for someone to adopt Bella before she’s sent to the big dog park in the sky. With the murderer nipping at her heels, Kate has to work fast or her next Corpse Pose may be for real.
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Author Bio:My writing is an expression of the things I love best: yoga, dogs, and murder mysteries.
I'm a certified yoga teacher and the founder of Whole Life Yoga, an award-winning yoga studio in Seattle, WA. I enjoy sharing my passion for yoga and animals in any form possible.
My husband and I live with our challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha and our bonito flake-loving cat Maggie. When I'm not writing, I spend my time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at my favorite local ale house.
I am a member of Sisters in Crime, The Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Dog Writers Association of America.