Today, Pens, Paws, and Claws author, Teresa Inge, tells us about her writing.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I love to write mysteries, go to car shows with my husband, visit the Outerbanks to write and read good books, and play with my dogs.
What is the first mystery book you remember reading? The Secret of the Old Clock. I remember the fascinating tale of Nancy Drew discovering a missing will in an old clock of a deceased family friend. When she helped the family regain their fortune from thieves, I fell in love with Nancy Drew.
What made you decide to write? I began writing professional articles many years ago and loved reading mysteries. So, I combined my love of both and began writing mysteries.
Do you have a special place you like to write? In my bedroom. I have a writing area with a beautiful country view.
Where do the ideas for your books come from? Everywhere! Conversations, news, songs, and sometimes plots come to me while I am driving to and from work.
Is there anything about writing that you find most challenging? Editing is a challenge but it is necessary to develop well crafted stories.
What do you think makes a good story? Relatable characters, an interesting location, great plot, and wrapping up all loose ends.
Tell us about your current work? I just finished writing “To Fetch a Thief,” four fun tails of theft and murder in the Mutt Mysteries series. In this howling good read, canine companions help their owners solve crimes and right wrongs. This was a lot of fun to write since I included Cagney and Lacey, two Yorkshire Terriers to solve the theft and murder.
What makes your books different form others in this genre? My characters and book titles. I love creating relatable characters and fun titles.
What’s next on the horizon for you? Book two in the Mutt Mysteries series.
Teresa Inge grew up reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Today, she doesn’t carry a rod like her idol, but she hotrods. She is president of Sister’s in Crime Mystery by the Sea Chapter and author of short mysteries in Virginia is for Mysteries and 50 Shades of Cabernet.
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