Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Author Interview and Giveaway: Side Trip to Kathmandu by Marie Moore

Side Trip to Kathmandu
(Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery)

3rd in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (March 15, 2015)
Paperback: 186 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603812979
E-Book ASIN: B00U6GK472

Sidney Marsh’s job as a New York travel agent is on the line. On her last two tours, she and her colleague Jay ended up smack in the middle of murder and mayhem. Their sleuthing sideline did not endear them to their employer, Itchy Feet Travel, so naturally they are relieved when their wealthy friend Brooke requests their presence on a no expense spared tour of India and Nepal. Another agency has made the arrangements, so all they need do is sit back and enjoy the ride. Well, not quite all. Brooke has enlisted them to keep a sharp eye on their fellow travelers, all “friends” who have grown rich from the demise of others. After surviving an attempt on her life, Brooke is certain the culprit must be one of the five: a handsome Scotsman, a Bollywood actress, an investment banker, a Parisian filmmaker, or a twice widowed blonde. Many of the tour accommodations prove to be as dodgy as the reputations of the travelers themselves. After one of the members of the moving house party dies of an apparent heart attack, everyone’s nerves are on edge. Sidney can hardly be blamed for assuming a deadly game is afoot … or for falling for Adam, the doting Scotsman. Now, if only she can unmask the killer before the killer beats her to the punch. Side Trip to Kathmandu is the third book in the Sidney Marsh Mystery series, which began with Shore Excursion.


I enjoyed interviewing Marie Moore for her visit at View from the Birdhouse.

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
In the third grade.  I wrote a poem and my teacher, Mrs. Thorne, who I adored, loved it and encouraged me.  I wrote stories and poems throughout high school and college, then lost the thread for a long time while busy with a new husband and new career as a junior-high science teacher and mom.  Later, I wrote for a newspaper, then left writing again until eighteen years later when I began writing my first novel.

What was your favorite book as a child?   
There were many.  I learned to read Bertram the Rhinoceros when I was four, read every Maida, Nancy Drew, and Cherry Ames book I could find, and most of the children’s classics.  The Secret Garden, Eight Cousins, Swiss Family Robinson, and Heidi were special favorites.

What is your writing day like?  
Do you have any interesting writing quirks? I begin writing around 4:00 A.M., which I guess is a quirk in itself.  But all is quiet in my house at that time of day.  The phone is not ringing, no one wants anything, and I love the peace of the early morning.  It also leaves most of the rest of the day free to do my other stuff.  Sometimes I go back to it at night, after the dinner dishes are done. I rarely write longer than about four hours at a stretch, for it begins to go stale for me after that unless I’m really on a roll.

What was the most surprising thing you learned while creating this book? 
I was shocked to learn that an amazing number of people seem to have no clue what Kathmandu is, or where it is located.  I find that astounding. 

Who are your favorite authors?  
 I have many favorite authors, in many different genres, for I absolutely love to read and have been that way all my life.  I used to get in trouble with my mom for reading under the covers with a flashlight after lights out.   Eudora Welty, J. R. R. Tolkien, Willie Morris, James Clavell, Mark Twain, Lawrence Block, Annamaria Alfieri, Dick Francis, Carolyn Hart, Michael Stanley, and many others come to mind.

What is your next writing project?   
I am now working on Sidney’s next adventure, the fourth novel in my Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery Series.

About This Author
Shore Excursion was Marie Moore’s first novel, but not her first writing experience, and like Sidney Marsh, she is a native Mississippian.  She graduated from Ole Miss, married a lawyer in her hometown, taught junior high science, raised a family, and worked for a small weekly newspaper, first as a writer and later as Managing Editor.  She wrote hard news, features and a weekly column, sold ads, did interviews, took photos, and won a couple of MS Press Association awards for some of her stories.

In 1985, Marie left the newspaper to open a retail travel agency.  She completed agency and computer training with Airlines Reporting Corporation, Delta Airlines and TWA, earned her CTC (Certified Travel Counselor) designation, and joined the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).  For the next 15 years, she managed her agency, sold travel, escorted group tours, sailed on 19 cruises, and visited over 60 countries.  Much of the background of Shore Excursion comes from that experience.

Marie also did location scouting and worked as the local contact for several feature films, including Heart of Dixie, The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, and Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune.

In mid-1999, because of her husband’s work, Marie sold the travel agency and moved to Jackson, MS, then New York City, Anna Maria Island, FL, and Arlington, VA.  She and her husband now live in Memphis, TN and Holly Springs, MS.

Marie and her mystery novels have been featured in Click! Magazine, At Home Memphis and MidSouth Magazine, Portico Magazine, and Southern Writer’s Magazine.  She has been a guest on WREG’s Live at 9, BookTalk, and The Earle Farrell Show.  She has given 30 minute presentations: Whodunnit? Crafting the Mystery Novel and Finding A New Career in Mid-life to numerous civic groups, senior citizens groups, libraries, and from The Balancing Act Stage as part of the program of The Southern Women’s Show. She has served as a program panelist for Malice Domestic Mystery Conference (Bethesda, MD, 2012 and 2013) and Killer Nashville Mystery Conference (2013). In 2013, Marie’s books were specially chosen for inclusion in the onboard libraries of all the Holland America and Seabourn Cruise Line ships. GAME DRIVE, Book 2 in The Sidney Marsh Murder Mystery Series, was named Finalist in Foreword Review’s 2013 Mystery Book of the Year. Marie is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. 

Author Links:
Twitter: @ mariemmysteries 

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rhonda said...

Great interview.looking forward to reading the book,

JJT said...

Thank you! Good luck with the book.

Rachelle Anderson said...

Cozy mysteries are my favorite genre!

Holly said...

It looks really interesting!

Amanda Saltsman said...

I love reading I am a seriously book worm

dlhaley said...

Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Dianna said...

Thank so much for the review--and a chance to enter --I appreciate it

gallerhea said...

Thank you for the review. I like to read a good mystery, now and then. :)

M. Tweedy said...

Any book that has a Bollywood actress as a suspect is something I definitely need to read. I like mysteries.