Evelyn Cullet has been an aspiring author since high school, but didn't begin her first novel until attending college, later in life. Now, after taking early retirement, she finally has the chance to write full-time. She is currently a member of Sisters in Crime, and lives in a suburb of Chicago. To find out more about Evelyn, visit her website evelyncullet.com.
What mysteries or strange occurrences in your real life have inspired
your writing life?
Being a life-long mystery buff, and reader of the Agatha Christie,
Dorothy L. Sayers, and Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries inspired me to be
a writer. Each of their writing styles, in its own way, has influenced
my love of writing. I always feel inspired to write after reading one
of their mysteries. These days their novels may seem a bit dated when
compared to contemporary mystery authors, but their stories will
always be classic.
What's on your writing desk right now?
On my writing desk right now there is a computer, a small desk lamp, two dozen Post-it
notes stuck around the desk reminding me of things that need to be
done (which I ignore most of the time), several
spiral-bound notebooks filled with ideas for characters, and notes
about novels I've yet to write.
What book makes you say, "Damn, I wish I'd written that!"?
Hands down, the novel has to be Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca – the
ultimate in romantic suspense! From the opening sentence to the very
last word, the author mesmerized and swept me along with the
protagonist, and I couldn't put it down. After I did, I thought, damn,
I wish I'd written that! Maybe some day someone will say the same
thing about one of my novels. (Sigh.)
About Masterpiece of Murder
Masterpiece of Murder is a fast-paced, romantic suspense novel that
takes you on a madcap adventure through the beautiful resort city of
Bariloche, Argentina, where brokenhearted art student, Charlotte Ross,
is intent on locating her errant fiancé. But he has is own reasons for
being in Bariloche that threaten Charlotte’s life and thrust
her into a world of deceit, art forgery and murder. When
circumstantial evidence convinces the local police that Charlotte is
the killer, she must use her detection skills to discover who is
really behind the murder.
Leave a comment below to win a signed copy of Masterpiece of Murder. Winners will be announced on Dec. 11. Check out my guest post on Larissa Reinhart's blog today at this link to find out about the books, music and films that inspired my novels, Conquering Venus and Remain In Light.