Interview with J. V. Speyer, Author of See It Happening

26 Oct 2022

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write See It Happening?

I have a good relationship with the neighbors on either side of my home, both of whom are a bit older than I am and have been in the neighborhood for decades. I thought it might be fun to work that into a story or a series, to kind of honor the effect of female friendships and support. The rest of the plot kind of mushroomed from there.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of See It Happening, what would they be?

For Celina – “I Can See For Miles and Miles,” by The Who. For Dana, “If I Was Your Girlfriend,” by Prince. For Alex, “O.P.P.” by Naughty by Nature.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I like reading romantic suspense and mystery – basically, if there’s homicide, I’m happy. That is what I like to write, too. I also read a lot of history, but I don’t tend to write historical fiction.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Oh, wow. I will *never* get to the bottom of my TBR pile (curse BookBub, by which I mean thank you.) I’ve got “Hot Protestants: A History of Puritanism in England And America,” “The Night Watch,” and “Don’t Look.”

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I have to pick a favorite? Um, the one where Celina confronts the killer was very emotional for me. The one with the bomb was fun, and I’m sure I got on a list for the research I did.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I do focus better with music, but it can’t be new-to-me music. My cats can be helpful, but one of them has developed a bad habit of sitting on the keyboard. This is not as helpful as she thinks it is.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

There’s a motto on the boards at the rink where my kid played one of her three on three leagues this summer: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I liked that.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

Without spoilers? Money complicates relationships.


J. V. Speyer is the author of the new book See It Happening

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