I have the pleasure of interviewing author Patricia Gligor who is a
native. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels,
touring and photographing old houses and traveling. She has worked as an
administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and
the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been
writing fiction. Cincinnati
Question: What is the title and genre of your most recent novel? Why did you select them?
Answer: Marnie Malone is my fifth Malone mystery. The genre is mystery/suspense. I selected the title because Marnie plays an important role in two of the first four books in the series and I decided she deserved a book (and a title) of her own.
Question: What inspired this novel? How did it come about?
Answer: This book will be the last Malone mystery (at least for now) and there were unresolved issues in the series that needed to be addressed. Although each book may be read as a standalone and closes with what I hope is a satisfactory ending, I wanted to tie up all loose ends.
Question: Could you tell us a little bit about the heroine and/or hero of your novel?
Answer: Marnie Malone is the older sister of Ann Malone Kern, the main character in the first four Malone mysteries. Like Ann, Marnie was born and raised in
but, ever since she was a little girl, she dreamed of
living near the ocean. After completing law school, she moved to Cincinnati where she could be close to the water. She’s a very
independent woman who relies almost solely on her own ability to take care of
herself. But, as she discovers in this book, that can be a blessing and a curse. South Carolina
Question: Can you tell us about some of your other published novels or work?
Answer: The first three Malone mysteries take place in
. In Mixed
Messages and Unfinished Business,
there’s a serial killer on the loose in Ann’s neighborhood and, in Desperate Deeds, Ann’s young son goes
The last two novels are set in
. In Mistaken
Identity, Ann discovers the body of a young woman on the beach and,
determined to find the killer, she enlists the help of Marnie and their friend,
Clara. That brings us to Marnie Malone.
Question: What are you working on now?
Answer: I’m in the process of writing a standalone suspense novel told in the first person. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and, as with my Malone mystery series, I’m having a lot of fun writing it.
Question: What made you start writing?
Answer: Actually, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I think for many of us it’s something we’re born with – the need to express ourselves through the written word.
I wrote short stories and short shorts for years. I always wanted to write a novel but the thought of writing 70,000 to 80,000 words intimidated me. Thanks to the encouragement from family and friends, I finally “bit the bullet” and I’m so glad I did.
Question: What advice would you offer to those who are currently writing novels?
Answer: I would advise them to create a blog and actively participate in social media before they send their manuscript out. It’s crucial that they get their name out there because the first thing publishers and agents will do is Google their name. If they come up blank, even The Great American Novel will most probably go unnoticed – and unpublished.
Question: Where and when will readers be able to obtain your novel?
Answer: My books may be ordered through local book stores and they’re available online at:Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/8sd2cz4
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Patricia+Gligor/_/N-8qa?_requestid=305533
Note to readers: I would like to mention that I just finished reading and reviewing Patricia’s new novel. I found it gripping and recommend it to mystery/suspense readers.
Questions or comments for Patricia are welcome here!