Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Author Interview and Giveaway - Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach

Boca Undercover: The Dirty Harriet Mystery Series (Volume 4)
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 30, 2014)
Paperback: 160 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1611945584


Patients at a posh Boca Raton rehab center are ending up stiffer than a Boca babe’s smile. Tough PI Harriet Horowitz, once a bedazzled babe herself, signs in at The Oasis at the request of a frightened friend.
As a pattern emerges in the murders, it’s clear the killer is targeting patients with an unusual addiction. How did they end up with the same drug problem at the same time and in the same rehab together? Harriet’s sleuthing leads her down a path of secrets and danger, and what she learns could lead her undercover assignment to a dead end.

View From The Birdhouse Interviews Miriam Auerbach
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I wrote essays in high school that won a few contests, but I didn’t pursue fiction writing until I was in my forties. One day a few years back, I found myself in a funk. I took to bed to eat chocolates and stare at the TV.  A Dirty Harry movie marathon was on. The character, played by Clint Eastwood, was the archetype of the strong, silent hero.  I had never really understood Harry’s appeal. But suddenly I had a vision of him as a woman, and it all made sense.  I asked myself, why is it socially acceptable for a man to be the strong silent type, but not a woman? I decided what the world needed was a Dirty Harriet – so I created her and wrote my debut novel of the same name. It won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Series Novel, proving it’s never too late to embark on a successful writing career.

What was your favorite book as a child?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Its message of the triumph of love over evil, wrapped in a sci-fi space-time travel story, was entertaining, comforting, and wonderfully inspiring.
What is your writing day like?  Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
I’ve often heard that if you want to be a writer, you need to sit your butt in a chair and write.  Unfortunately, I’ve often sat … and stared into space.  That advice just doesn’t work for me.  So now, I write when I have something to say.  I don’t have a regimented schedule.  My quirks are that I have one special pen that just “feels” right to me, and I write my first drafts in longhand. Also, I write in bed!
What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating this book?
I have to say the power of the subconscious always surprises me while writing.  It’s amazing how plot points, characters, clues, red herrings, and funny lines spring to mind, seemingly out of nowhere.
Who are your favorite authors?
Janet Evanovich, J.D. Robb, Sara Paretsky, and Sue Grafton. They all feature strong, smart, funny heroines in mystery series.

What is your next writing project?
I’m plotting my next Dirty Harriet mystery, which will be the fifth in the series. Harkening back to my love of A Wrinkle in Time, in this one I’m killing off a rocket scientist (and then Harriet solves the case, of course, so once again good vanquishes evil!)
About This Author

Miriam Auerbach is the author of a satirical mystery series set in Boca Raton, Florida and featuring Harley-riding, wisecracking female private eye Harriet Horowitz. Her debut novel, Dirty Harriet, won the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Series Romance. Miriam can only assume that this is because the heroine kills her husband on page one. In a parallel universe, Miriam is known as Miriam Potocky, professor of social work at Florida International University in Miami. She lives in South Florida with her husband and their multicultural canines, a Welsh Corgi and a Brussels Griffon. 

Author Links:
Webpage: www.miriamauerbach.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorMiriamAuerbach
GoodReads: Miriam Auerbach – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/872348.Miriam_Auerbach

Purchase Links Amazon B&N

Special Kindle Offer, May 18 - 31:
Boca Undercover will be on sale on Kindle for $2.99, and two previous books in the series will be on sale for $1.99, May 18-31.

Two lucky winners will each win an ebook copy of Boca Undercover (your choice of Kindle, Nook, or PDF format).

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Miriam Auerbach said...

Thanks so much for the interview - it was fun!

Birdhouse Books said...

Thanks for the interview, and thanks for stopping by! - Trish

Anne said...

I've read Boca Undercover and Dead in Boca and enjoyed them both. They're a quick read, good for the summer when you don't want anything "heavy" to read.

Arf2-D2 said...

I liked a Wrinkle in Time as a kid too (and I still do!)

r. k said...

excited about this.

Rachelle Anderson said...

Cozy mysteries are my favorite genre!

skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—thanks for the chance to win a copy!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net