Get to know Billie Thomas author of Murder on the First Day of Christmas!!!

murder on the first day of christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like murder.

Finding a severed hand at a client’s house might throw lesser decorators off their games. But Chloe Carstairs and her mother, Amanda, won’t let a little thing like murder keep them from decking the halls. With a body under the partridge’s pear tree and a dead Santa in a sleigh, they have to crack the case before the killer strikes again – this time much too close to home.

Filled with laugh-out-loud humor, romance and a delightfully difficult mother-daughter relationship, this new series from Billie Thomas offers a fast-paced caper as these two southern ladies try to keep their very merry Christmas from turning into the Noel from hell.

Set the mood for us…when you’re writing, you have to…
…have peace and quiet, a hot chai latte and a cozy sweater. My Rhodesian Ridgeback Kamali is usually close by chasing squirrels in her sleep.
What has been the most surprising and upsetting part of your literary journey?
The biggest surprise is that “The End” is only the beginning. Writing a book is a lot of work, but it never feels like that because I love it so much. The publishing part that comes afterward however is work! I had a rude awakening, as almost everyone does, how much work goes into promoting a book and how hard it is to find a balance between marketing and writing.
When you’re not writing, what authors do you enjoy reading? What are you currently reading?
I’m making my way through Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series again. I do this every few years because the writing is just so good. I also love Anne George’s Southern Sisters mysteries, Lee Harris’s Christine Bennet series and then psychological thrillers by Tana French and Gillian Flynn.
If you had to write your life story, what would the title be? How does that title portray your story?
You Ruined My Life, Molly Ringwald. I’ve been working on a fictional book with that title for a few years but it could work for my autobiography too. I’m a child of the Eighties and, of course, loved Molly Ringwald movies. They were my fairytales and made me think life would be fine by the time the credits rolled .I’ve had to learn that we write our own happy endings and there always a work in progress. But I still think Molly owes me an apology. And if it’s not too much trouble, a mixed tape.
What are three things readers might be surprised to learn about you?
My idea of a fun vacation is traveling around Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Peru and Costa Rica.
I sometimes wish I had an Etch – A – Sketch heart.
I dance to the words.
Why do you think your writing matters?
When I was younger I wanted to write profound, angsty novels that left readers deeply unsettled. Those books matter. But over the years, I’ve realized the value of a book you can curl up with and be entertained by. I think people need a good laugh, a guilty pleasure and a quick getaway. My books definitely offer that and that matters too!
What can your fans look forward to next?
In Murder in a Two-Seater. Chloe and Amanda investigate a homicide at a spooky, old castle during a classic car show. It should be fun ride!

Thank you again for allowing me to interview you on Tiffany Talks Books. Are there any last words for those who are reading this interview?
Keep reading! Not just my books but as many as you can get your hands on. They’re an escape hatch when you need one, an adventure when you want one, and friend every time you open them.

 

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