Wednesday, October 16, 2019

News from Minta Monroe

As Minta Monroe, I write fiction with the aim of curdling blood.

Minta is an associate editor at Electric Spec, where the current issue carries one of Minta's stories:

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Murder by Moose

Catching up (again!)...

Last year I joined the Seven Sinister Sisters' Blog Tour as Sue Star to celebrate the release of my book.  Here's what I wrote about it over at Mysteristas:  

Murder by Moose is the fourth book in the Nell Letterly series.  This book takes Nell up into the mountains for a self-defense retreat during leaf season (which is also hunting season).  Of course she finds a body!  Moose trampled?  Or something much worse...?  

When I wrote the first draft of my first Nell book some years ago, I wanted to tell the story of how Nell, a suburban, menopausal single mom of a teenage daughter, comes to teach karate in Boulder, Colorado. I never expected to do a series.  But at the end of that book, I found that there were still a lot of issues I hadn’t addressed--issues that tell the larger story surrounding Nell--and I suddenly found that I was writing a series.  

One of the first questions a series has to figure out is how much time should pass overall?  A mystery bookseller once gave me some advice that made me decide to keep this series short--maybe only 6 or 7 books.  I figured that two or three months between each book would be about right for what I wanted to do.  

The first book takes place in March, the second in May, and the third in August.  When I started to plan the fourth book, I already knew it was going to have to take place sometime in the fall.  In Colorado that means a high country setting with golden aspen leaves, hunters, and...moose!  

I had such a fun time writing this.  But now I have to figure out:  where should I take Nell next?  There will probably be a turkey dinner...and a body...and...?      

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Seven Sinister Sisters

I am one of seven mystery authors, celebrating a new release on a blog tour this spring.  At each blog stop, we answer one question.  

Today’s question:  “Is there a theme underlying or unifying your books?”  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

October 2017

In October, Going Virus was released.  

It is a collection of 3 stories about end times, as a result of viruses encountered from outer space:  

“The Seventh Sleeve of Tombaugh” (previously published in Alien Aberrations)
“Master Judd’s Match”
“Nine More”

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

September 2017

We traveled the European rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam, soaking up sights, history, and cultural experiences.  

I came home and wrote a couple more stories from the inspiration of this trip!