Friday, June 11, 2010

Interview with Judi McCoy

I’d like to welcome our fellow blogmate and guest today, Judi McCoy. It’s a pleasure having you come visit us at Much Cheaper Than Therapy, where chocolate is plentiful and advice is free. So grab some chocolate and a lounge chair. Your therapy session has begun.

I understand you have a new release out called DEATH IN SHOW . Can you tell us a little bit about your fabulous new book?

Professional dog walker Ellie Engleman doesn't know much about the ins and outs of dog shows. But when one handler is killed, Ellie will learn that it's a dog-eat-dog world. Especially since the killer might now have it out for her. She and her sometime boyfriend, Detective Sam Ryder, will have to dig up the truth faster than a speeding bulldog...

DEATH IN SHOW is a very interesting title. How did you arrive at that name?

Actually, this title wasn’t the first choice. I wanted Liver Let Die and the marketing department at NAL said NO. They didn’t think anyone would buy a book with Liver in the title. I was heartbroken because Liver Let Die was THE perfect title (when you read the book you’ll understand why) these days, it seems that marketing is running the publishing business.

What made you decide to write in this genre?

After 14 straight romances I needed a change, but I love series. I brainstormed with my sister and we came up with it together.

Are you a plotter or a pantser and how did it affect the writing of this book?

I call myself a PLOTSER, which means I do a little of both. I know the premise, who gets killed and why (pantser) then I figure out how/when things are going to happen (plotter).

Did you have to do a lot of research for the book? What are your favorite research books or sites?

This book took a ton of research. Aside from attending ONE Westmister kennel club show a few years ago, I knew nothing about the dog show world. Luckily, two women in my Chesapeake Romance Writers’ group showed dogs and knew all about it. I also bought a few books that gave the rules and regs.

Where did you get your idea for this particular book?

I’d always wondered how dogs were chosen as best in breed, best in group, etc. in a championship show. Then I heard how competitive the dog handling business way, so the murder scenario just fit.

Which character did you like writing about the most, and why?

In this book it was the villian. I got to give them an interesting personality and some interesting dialogue too.

Tell us about how you develop your characters. Do you create character sheets, do interviews, that sort of thing? How does your research affect your character development?

Ellie and Rudy, the stars of the book, and Sam, were already lurking in my brain when I came up with the dog walker series. The other characters trickled in as I wrote, and they still do. I try to include two new characters in every book. I never know when they’ll be used later on.

Do you have any authors that inspired you?

I have dozens of romancver writers, but for mystery I like Cleo Coyle and Janet Evanovich (who doesn’t?)

What do you feel is the most effective promotion you have done for your book?

I send a newsletter and I travel to signings. And I always have the next book on a bookmark.

What do we have to look forward next?

The death of a cross dresser, which was a ton of fun to write. I met dozens of interesting people who know all about that world.

Thanks, Judi!

To celebrate her book release, Judi McCoy is offering a free book of Heir of the Dog , book two in the series, to one lucky commenter on today's blog. (please check the blog Monday night to see if you won. Chances of winning determined by the number of entries.)

She will be around all day today. I'm sure some of you have questions or comments for her, so please ask away...

Check out author’s website at www. Judimccoy. Com Buy the books at Amazon, B and N, Borders, any chain bookstore.


Author Kathryne Kennedy said...

Hi Judy! So great to read more about you and your books. You have such a fabulous wit and way with words. Love the title, love the blurb!

Estella said...

I love books with animals in them.
Don't know why I haven't heard of your books before----they sound great!

amberscottproject said...

Liver Let Die? Aw, that is a great title. I do like the replacement title too, though.
I too am a plotser, Judi. How nice to 'meet' another author who neither has notes and diagrams up to her ears nor the wind in her writing hair, knowing it will all turn out fine--how I imagine the other two spectrums live.
Great interview!

Kim Watters said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday, Judi. I just got back from vacation and am buried in laundry but wanted to say hi. I look forward to reading another wonderful adventure from you:)

Stacie Carver said...

Judi's books are fantastic! I don't know who I love more, Rudy or Mr. T, but I am leaning toward Rudy.

Liver Let Die is the best title ever - The book will be just a good withouth it. I guarantee it!

I picked up "Best in Show" last week. I'm sure it will be another great puppy adventure.

Donna Caubarreaux said...

Ah, I'd love to attend the Westminster Dog Show. I try to catch it on tv whenever it comes on. It's amazing how the judges choose one dog over another. I especially like the dogs whose coats just touch the floor. I can imagine the major grooming sessions on these animals. I didn't know about the financial side and will have to read your book to find out about it.

Smart idea to have your next book on the bookmark.

Tina LaVon said...

My 21-yr-old daughter is a huge fan of yours!

Can't wait until the next Chocolate Affaire to see you again and learn from another one of your great talks.

Kari Thomas said...

GREAT Post, Judy! I LOVE all your books --- no one writes like you! And I soooo looking forward to the next one! You were the one who inspired me to write my own animal story (SEDUCING THE HERO) --- but of course it doesnt come close to being as great and fun as any of yours!

Happy Reading HUGS,
Kari Thomas,

Edie Ramer said...

I have two dogs, and any book with a dog in a cover always gets my attention. DEATH IN SHOW sounds great! I'll certainly pick it up.

BTW, about 5 years ago, you judged a contest entry of mine and said kind things. I really appreciated your encouragement. I hope many people buy your books.

Michele L. said...

I fell in love with your book cover! Dogs are my weakness. I just love them! I have read some really good stories and the animals always steal the show! I can't wait to read your book Judi!

A big congrats on your new book! What is next in store for your characters?