Interview with Tilly Wallace, Author of Seams Like Murder

13 Jun 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Seams Like Murder?

I was going through some difficult times and life felt too hard. In search of comfort, I returned to somewhere I had been really happy – Wellington, New Zealand! It brought back so many memories to set a book where I used to live and around my old haunts.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Seams Like Murder, what would they be?

Look for the silver lining. A popular song in 1919 about finding the sunny side of life, which matches Grace’s outlook.

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

Historical fantasy and mystery and my device is groaning with the number of them in my TBR pile!

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

Many of the books waiting for me are all part of long-running series. My favourites are: Elizabeth Peters for her Amelia Peabody mysteries with Egyptology at their heart. CS Harris and her Sebastian St Cyr mysteries, set in Regency England and the hero is swoon-worthy! Deanna Raybourn and her Veronica Speedwell. Mysteries, these are set in the Victorian era and I adore the unconventional hero.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

I don’t have a favourite scene. I enjoyed walking the streets alongside Grace in my head, as it brought back so many memories.

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

No – I’m terribly boring. Give me coffee and music and I’m good to go!

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

Vintage magic, found family. That encapsulates my love of history, sprinkling a touch of magic through life, and embracing the people who matter.

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

It’s not so much what I want them to remember, as what I want them to feel. Finishing one of my books should leave the reader with a sense of comfort, as though a good friend dropped by and curled up on the sofa next to you for a chat 🙂


Tilly Wallace is the author of the new book Seams Like Murder

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