Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery by Author Marni Graff (Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz Day 4)

American writer Nora Tierney is house hunting in Oxford to solidify her little family that includes her almost-year old son, Sean, and her partner, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes. But why does she feel like she's being followed? 

When tracking devices confirm Nora has a stalker, it sets off a chain of events that connect to Declan's murder investigation of a young Oxford art restorer, and will bring bioterrorism and a psychopath into their lives, while Sean's hangs in the balance. The fourth Nora Tierney English mystery is the most tension-filled yet, a meditation on what is family and home, combined with art theft and an international conspiracy.

This book will be available soon. Make sure you read the first three books in the series first! 

Find the links to the entire series here:
~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
~ Amazon Canada ~ Amazon Australia ~

Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 

Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes,

Connect with the Author here: 

Q & A:

1.     If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?  A healthy family; time and money to travel more; room for another puppy!

2.     Where do you write? In the library end of our living room, with floor-to-ceiling shelves around three sides and a rolling library ladder to reach the top. I write at a vintage partner's desk facing my husband's side.

3.     How long does it normally take you to write a novel? Research a few months, then about 3-4 for the first draft, then workshopped with my writing group and completely rewritten. Then to beta readers and revised; to publisher and revised; to copyeditor and revised. Takes about two years to get one book into print.

4.     What are your inspirations? I'm living my blessed life now. I want to be able to keep writing these two series and do them well and have readers who look for my books.

5.     How did you come to write this particular book or series? The Golden Hour is the fourth Nora Tierney English Mystery and it's the natural outgrowth of what came before, in terms of Nora's personal story. This one is darker than the others, not a Whodunit, but a Cantheycatchhim? with Sean's little boy in jeopardy.

6.     What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? Getting the research right and making the idea of a bioterrorist an interesting character. Viktor Garanin is a psychopath, but he loves his garden.

7.     What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult? It's what I've always wanted to do, after a successful 30 yr nursing career, so it's a blessing each and every day to be able to say I'm a writer. I love every aspect of it.

8.     How did you come up with the title? The Golden Hour is that hour I love, just before sunset, to artists and photographers; in medicine, it's the hour right after a heart attack or stroke when you have the best chance of making a full recovery if you receive medical attention. But for a detective, the golden hour is that first hour after a crime has been committed when witnesses and evidence are the freshest and most useful.

9.     Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? My novel writing group of four women authors and myself have been working together for 13 years and I look to them for support, encouragement, useful critiques, and brainstorming. 

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