Reblogged from: SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews
Today’s post is for Tracy Weber’s Murder Strikes a Pose . We will have info about the books and author. A great interview with Tracy. As well as a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.
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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.
Tell us about your writing - What genre do you prefer to write? What books, stories, other publications that you've written are your personal favorites? Anything new coming up?
So far I’ve only written cozy mysteries, though I have an idea for a sci-fi/dystopian standalone. I’m not sure I’ll ever actually write that novel, but who knows? I will always have a special affection for my first book, Murder Strikes a Pose, because in addition to being a mystery, it’s the love story between Kate and her special needs German shepherd, Bella. I’m so excited that it’s finally out in audio.
I also write for a number of blogs. My personal blog is at http://www.wholelifeyoga.com/blog/. The weekly articles showcase my love of yoga, dogs and mystery. But mainly yoga and dogs!
What about you as a person? What do you do to relax? Favorite movies or tv shows? Hobbies?
I’m a yoga teacher, so how can I not say yoga! In addition to practicing yoga, however, I relax by walking my dog. Being with her in nature makes me realize how much joy can be found in the small things in life. Sipping Blackthorn Cider at my favorite ale house comes in a close second.
I don’t have many hobbies, but I watch an embarrassing about of television. Right now my two favorite series are Brain Dead and The Walking Dead. Hmm…I’m sensing a theme here…
What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to a music, and do you want to share your playlist?
Being in nature sparks my inner muse. I can’t concentrate with music in the background, so I have no favorite playlists. These days I even drive listening to audio books, so I’m not current on music. But my favorite artist two years ago was Mika. His music is upbeat and I love the lyrics.
"All writers must have cats, especially if they write fantasy or speculative fiction." Do you have a stand on this one? Any cute pictures of your kitty or other pet?
I’ve owned well over 100 cats in my life. (I’m not kidding—I grew up on a farm, and cats used to follow me like kids after the Pied Piper) My last kitty, Maggie, died almost two years ago of lymphoma. Tasha, the German shepherd that inspired my mystery series, died of old age this past summer. This is one of my favorite photos of her.
Now, I share my life with my newest love, German shepherd puppy Ana. I love this photo of the two of us, taken the morning we met in this past August. She was six weeks old at the time. She is obviously the more photogenic of the two of us.
What organizations do you recommend for those wanting to become writers? Any advice you'd like to share about writing?
Sisters in Crime is a great organization for crime writers, and I especially recommend their Guppies group. Other than that, hook up with local writers groups and writing organizations. If you live in the Seattle area, I highly recommend the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
As for advice, my biggest is don’t give up! Writing is a tough, tough business. You have to have perseverance and a very thick skin to succeed.
Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma's a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.
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