ABOUT JENNIFER MCANDREWS
In her professional life, Jennifer has worked in legal, medical, and scientific publishing, but is dedicated to fiction in her private life. She lives in the greater New York Metro area with three dogs, four cats, kids, husband, and one fancy mouse. There used to be a lizard, but one of the cats ate it. The mouse is faring much better.
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ABOUT DEADLY FARCE
With her meddling friend Barb along for the ride and her boss anxiously tracking her every move, Lorraine must juggle the chaos of a film set, the lure of the casinos, the mutual attraction of a hunky co-star, and a minefield of Shepard's ex-girlfriends all while keeping Shepard safe and uncovering the identity of the killer … before she becomes the next target.
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MAUREEN: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
JENNIFER: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. That one movie has all the ingredients I gravitate toward: exotic locale, danger, romance, adventure. And Marion Ravenwood is one tough cookie, without sacrificing her femininity. She’d have to be, wouldn’t she, to win Indy’s affection? Plus, there’s a monkey. So, you know, how can you go wrong?
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
JENNIFER: I am a total sucker for books that switch back and forth from the present day to some point in history. Not a time travel (though I do enjoy those) but stories that parallel “then” and “now”.
Years and years ago I read Katherine Neville’s THE EIGHT, which is set in 1972 and 1790 simultaneously. That’s the book that hooked me. Since then, whenever stumble on a dual time-frame novel, I pick it up without question. For whatever reason, those stories sweep me away like no other.
MAUREEN: What’s the first book you remember reading?
JENNIFER: I’d like to say ARE YOU MY MOTHER?, but I can’t say whether I read it or someone read it to me. I have clear memories of reading LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, though. In fact, I made my very last trip to Santa’s lap to ask for the Laura Ingalls Wilder book set. It was a box set, and I wanted those books sooooo baaaad. And yup, Santa came through! I must also admit to reading any book that featured a horse, and read MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE repeatedly, decades before I could accurately pronounce Chincoteague.
MAUREEN: What’s next for you as an author?
JENNIFER: I’m working on cozy mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. The books will feature Georgia Kelly, a stained-glass hobbyist and laid-off accountant who returns to her family home to re-start her life and inadvertently gets her granddad accused of murder. It will have the same light humor that permeates DEADLY FARCE, so I’m having a lot of fun with it.
MAUREEN: That sounds fantastic! If the new series is half as good as DEADLY FARCE, I can't wait!!! Hiking boots or high heels?
JENNIFER: Oooh, tough one. I love high heels -- the variety, the style, the expression. Hiking boots just don’t have the fashion selection that heels have. But I’m way more comfortable in boots than heels
MAUREEN: Would you rather sky dive or scuba dive?
JENNIFER: I would rather scuba dive, hands down. I’m terrified of heights - to the point that on my one and probably only trip to Paris I refused to go up the Eiffel Tower. True story. Though, I did climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty for a friend’s US Navy re-enlistment ceremony. Boy, when that ceremony was over I raced down those steps! So, yes, better scuba than sky.
MAUREEN: What sound or noise do you love?
JENNIFER: Joyous laughter. Especially if that laughter is emanating from a small child. Children laugh with such abandon, I envy them. That sound never fails to make me smile and feel their happiness.
MAUREEN: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
JENNIFER: I frequently have music playing while I write, and the type of music is dependent on what the story or scene is I’m working on. A lot of writers build playlists for each of their books but despite my best efforts, I’m not that organized. I’m more the type to zero in on a particular band and play random tracks from their CDs. For DEADLY FARCE, I listened to a lot of U2 - their older stuff, “War” and “Achtung Baby” and “Pop”. The music gave me the right feel, the right energy, and that’s mostly what I’m looking for in the music, that energy. One of the books I’m working on now has a heavy Pink Floyd rotation. Talk about a different energy!
MAUREEN: What’s your favorite kind of cheese?
JENNIFER: Whatever goes best with the wine.
MAUREEN: :-) Who’s your favorite villain?
JENNIFER: Who knew this would be such an easy question? Favorite villain has to be Hans Gruber in “Die Hard”, played by Alan Rickman. I loved him before I realized how wonderful Alan Rickman is in, well, everything! But Gruber was a stand-out villain -- smart, organized, single-minded, and ruthless.
MAUREEN: Do you remember your grade one teacher’s name?
JENNIFER: My first grade teacher’s name was Mrs. Wallace. More than that, I remember I sat in front of John Cooney. These things I remember. But I have no idea what I ate for dinner last night.
MAUREEN: Salsa or guacamole?
JENNIFER: Oh! THAT’s what I ate for dinner last night! Mexican food!
GOTTA ASK -- GOTTA ANSWER
MAUREEN: Your heroine, Lorraine, in DEADLY FARCE, is a private investigator. What characteristics do you think make her particularly good at her job.
JENNIFER: There are two qualities I most attribute to this. The first is the ability to blend. Lorraine is average physically: average height, average weight, common coloring. She’s unobtrusive and nonthreatening. This means when she’s chasing down information or working “undercover,” folks are comfortable answering her questions or working alongside her. But her strongest characteristic is her loyalty to her friends and family, her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others. In that regard, she’s the same as so many women I know - especially moms!
A QUESTION FOR READERS
Lorraine is doing a good deal of travelling lately for her job, and she likes to read novels during air travel. What book or author would you recommend for someone who is loyal to her friends and enjoys a little romance with her adventure?
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