#AuthorInterview with @denaehaggerty #Book Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker
Tell us more about your book “Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker”, what is it about?
Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake is a (cozy) mystery with a heap of laughs, a generous portion of romance, and just a smidgeon of suspense. The main character is Callie and her life is rather awesome. She owns the successful bakery, Callie’s Cakes, and teaches German literature at the local university. There’s just one tiny problem. She has no self-confidence when it comes to her body. And then there’s the little matter of her being accused of murdering her pole dancing instructor. There’s no way Callie’s going to risk losing her teaching position and thus she embarks, with her best baker bud Anna, on a journey to discover the real killer. Between stripper auditions and a detective who insists Callie is the woman of his dreams, it’s a roller coaster adventure.
“Never trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker” is the first book in the “Death by Cupcake” Series, can you tell us more about the series and what we can expect to see in future books?
Death by Cupcake is a cozy mystery series of three books. Each book features a different woman who works at Callie’s Cakes, a cupcake bakery. The next book focuses on Anna. She’s the number 1 baker at Callie’s Cakes. She’s also completely and totally nuts. So much fun to write. Unfortunately, she discovers a friend stabbed to death. When it looks like the police aren’t going to investigate the murder, she takes the case on herself. Well, not just her. There’s a gang member, who thinks she’s beautiful, helping her and her best friend Callie won’t let her go off on an adventure without her. After Anna’s book is finished, it’s Kristie’s turn. Kristie is part-time worker at the bakery, part-time grad student, and full-time would-be saviour of the world. She’s a total sweetheart, which is why it’s such a surprise that she wakes up next to a dead body – naked!
I do love cupcakes, but I take it this is not a cook book. Who would you suggest would be interested in reading your books??
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? But seriously, the books in the series are cozy mysteries, but they’re also full of laughs and more than a smidgeon of romance. Basically anyone who like a whodunit with a side of laughter and an extra heap of romance will enjoy these books.
What was your inspiration for “Never trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker”?
Oh gosh, good question. Sometimes I can pinpoint to the moment my muse slapped me upside the head and gave me an idea. With Never Trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker, I don’t remember the inspiration. I knew I wanted to write another cozy mystery series because my first series, The Gray-Haired Knitting Detectives, was well received. The rest, as they say, is a mystery.
Were there any events in the book that you really enjoyed writing about? And likewise, were there any scenes or events that you found difficult?
I had a ball writing the pole dancing scenes. I researched the most popular stripper songs and watched tons of tutorials on pole dancing. Unfortunately, I live in Turkey where pole dancing is not exactly on the menu of sports classes. I got lucky with this book and didn’t really have any scenes or events, which were difficult to write. The only issue in the book was timing. I had to make sure the times worked with the murder. I spent quite a bit of time flipping back and forth and even changed the length of some classes because otherwise the murderer wouldn’t have been in the right place at the right time!
Can you tell us more about you, what do you do when you are not writing?
I’m a complete and total book junkie. I normally read one book a day, if not more. Sometimes my husband begs me to put down my kindle and actually leave the house. Usually we end up watching a movie or playing board games with friends – always accompanied by tons of adult beverages. I’m also addicted to tennis and running and love to travel when I get the chance.
If you would suggest one author and one piece of literary work to be your all-time favourites, what would they be?
That’s a tough question. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck really resonates with me. Growing up as the daughter of a factory worker I could identify with the Joads and their struggles. I’m also a total history junkie and the time period between the two world wars is one of my favorites.
So we know that there will be more books in the “Never trust a Skinny Cupcake Baker” series, but do you have any other plans for books, or any other ventures?
I’ve got another book idea ready to hatch as soon as I finish the Death by Cupcake series. It’s another romantic comedy. Romantic comedies are so much fun to write.
If you hadn’t found writing as a way to express your creativity and share stories, what other mediums would you choose?
Music. Definitely. Probably writing horrible lyrics while playing the piano and singing off key.
Finally, where can our readers, find out more about you and your work? Is there a way to contact you?
Check out the Author’s page on Amazon, and buy her books