Book Spotlight: Waves of Murder, by C. S. McDonald
The Many Forms of Inspiration
Today’s book spotlight is on C. S. McDonald”s book, Waves of Murder. Another in the Fiona Quinn Mystery series, fans and new readers alike will be delighted. Besides spotlighting the tour, the author has written an article here to share.
For much of the month of May (2017), you will find the Ms. McDonald stopping in at a number of sites, with articles, spotlights and interviews. Do check out her schedule below and drop in on the sites. You will enjoy learning more about this lovely author.
And now, here is her article… Enjoy!
The Many Forms of Inspiration
by C. S. McDonald
It’s amazing how many people ask me, where does the inspiration for your books come from? For me, inspiration comes in many forms. Let me explain…
When I returned to writing in 2005, I decided to write a TV series about the happenings that I’ve experienced at the Thoroughbred racetrack where my husband races his horses. Trust me, the backside (stable area) of a racetrack is a treasure trove of characters—some good, some bad.
I spent five years writing teleplays and when I was done I had nineteen scripts—an entire television season. The Hollywood readers and script runners loved the show! There was nothing on TV quite like it—and there still isn’t because we simply couldn’t get the scripts sold to the networks. I was encouraged to turn my TV series, Unbridled, into a book series—and I did. Currently, there are five books in the murder/suspense series.
Since my first book, Deadly.Com, released in 2011, I’ve written a romantic suspense series and in 2014, I wanted to write children books for my grandchildren. We had an ornery pony at the farm named George who bossed the Thoroughbreds in the paddock around terribly. Yep, I was inspired to write about old George, and so George the Boss, George Goes to Camp and George Turns Green were created under my pen name, C.S. McDonald—not very original, but it works.
In 2015, I added another series to my writing portfolio—a cozy mystery series titled, The Fiona Quinn Mysteries. Wow, from a murder suspense series to romantic suspense series to a…cozy mystery series?
Where did the inspiration for that come from?
Well, inspiration comes from different places and times in our lives. Not long ago, my ten year old granddaughter, Kiersten, said to me, “When am I going to be able to read some of your other books?” And she didn’t mean the children’s books.
Well Kiersten is getting a bit old for the pony books, I suppose. The content in the Unbridled Series and the First Force Series certainly is not suitable for her age group—I don’t think I would recommend those books for anyone under eighteen.
So inspiration has struck again! Along with my other series’, I’m always busy working on the Fiona Quinn Mysteries. I want this series to be one that anyone can read—an enjoyable pace for an adult who prefers “no flinch reads,” and when finished reading the books the reader feels comfortable handing it to her sixteen year old daughter or even a tween, such as Kiersten. I used plenty of inspiration from my career as a dancer to write the first book, Murder on Pointe.
Book #3 from Fiona Quinn, Waves of Murder, had its own inspiration—my childhood. I grew up going to the beaches of Presque Isle in Erie, Pennsylvania in the summer. Um, no…my family never came across a dead body floated on the surf, thank God. But the Erie landscape was great fodder for my imagination, and taking Fiona to my childhood beach was a lot of fun.
I’ve also enjoyed placing my late grandmother, Evelyn Burrell, in the stories. She plays the role of Fiona’s deceased grandmother who still lives in the house. Using my grandmother in the books has ignited an interest in my family, and I’ve started to reconnect with many of them.
Inspiration is a wonderful blessing, and as you can see, it comes from many places. It depends on where I’m at in my life and what happens before my eyes—a pony in the paddock, a ballet that I’ve choreographed over the years, sometimes even a news story will bring my creative juices to a boil.
Look around, what inspires you?
Book Title: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tour dates: May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)
School’s out for the summer!
Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.
What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?
Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels.
In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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May 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 15 – Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama – book spotlight / giveaway
May 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 15 – Corinne Rodrigues – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 16 – Reviews in the City – book spotlight / giveaway
May 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 16 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / giveaway
May 16 – Blooming with Books – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 – Rainy Day Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 17 – Sleuth Cafe – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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May 17 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
May 18 – FUONLYKNEW – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
May 18 – The Book Drealms – book spotlight / giveaway
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May 18 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Babs Book Bistro – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Brooke Blogs – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
May 19 –100 Pages a day – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Puddletown Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
May 22 – Hall Ways Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
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May 23 – Kristin’s Novel Cafe – book spotlight / giveaway
May 23 – Katie’s Clean Book Collection – book spotlight / giveaway
May 23 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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May 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
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