Interview with Colleen Mooney, One of the Authors of Summer Snoops: Down Under
28 Jul 2020
What can you tell us about your new release, Summer Snoops: Down Under?
There’s been a core group of several authors in this box set who started doing this for charities three years ago. We just kept going and selecting a new, anima charity that needed help.
The charities we select are always animal-related. As cozy mystery authors we have pets or animals in our stories and we all seem to have multiple rescues.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
For me, I moved around a lot when I worked for a large telecom company and realized that coming from New Orleans we did a lot of things here other places never heard of. It made me want to tell stories to let readers know our different customs here.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
1. Watership Down, Richard Adams
2. Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
4. Anything Shakespeare ever wrote, but Othello if I had to choose. I know it’s a play, but a great story!
5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
I do like to read anything that makes me laugh, although you wouldn’t know it from my list!
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask
I would hope God would come as a guest and answer the question, “Why did you make the mango and avocado seeds so big?”
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing would have to be when my characters surprise me with something they do.
What is a typical day like for you?
No two days are alike for me since I work at home. If there is anything typical it would have to be the constant interruptions from my husband (now retired), the dogs barking at anything and everything they hear and won’t stop until I go take a look, or my relatives who know I’m home and need me to do something for them (let out their dog, let in the repair person, etc). I send my retired husband on constant errands but I have to stop and make the grocery list, make the appointments, etc. I write between all of that.
What scene in Summer Snoops: Down Under was your favorite to write?
My book is Politicians, Potholes & Pralines. My favorite scene is in the tunnel under the French Quarter. And yes, in New Orleans there are tunnels that were built in the 1960s.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
I want to be the person my dog thinks I am.
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