Interview With Duffy Brown
Interview With Duffy Brown
Welcome Duffy Brown author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries
Duffy is Affaire de Coeur's May Calendar Girl
Where are you from?
I live in Milford, Ohio near Cincinnati. Lived here all my life.
Married? Children? Pets?
I'm widowed, married to the same guy for 36 years. We had four kids and I have two rescue
cats, Dr. Watson and Spooky...both named before I started to write mystery. A sign of things to
Do you have another job other than writing?
I work in a consignment shop, the Snooty Fox. It's how I got the idea to write a consignment
shop mystery series. They say write what you know. Consignment shopping is so much fun and
worked well into a mystery series.
What is your favorite place to eat?
Home. I am such a homebody. Just toss something on the grill and I'm good to go.
You could probably grill a stick and I'd eat it.
Snickers. I love Snickers. Always makes me happy.
Hotdogs are terrific too. Nothing better than a good dog...on the grill.
Coffee in the morning. How do people wake up without coffee?
Coke Zero. Horrible for you but keeps me going when I'm tired.
I'm not exactly a health nut.
If I came to your home and looked inside the refrigerator, what would I find?
Oh Lordy! I am on a book deadline so the fridge is empty. I think there's some moldy fruit and
veggies and the last container of yogurt I'm saving for breakfast. It's either finish this book
tomorrow or starve.
Where do you like to go when you want to run away?
I don't answer the phone and park my cars in the garage. I fake away and stay home and watch a
good movie. If I really get away it's to the mountains. We have incredible National Parks in the
US and they are amazing. Glacier National Park is as close to heaven as we get on this Earth. Go!
Attending any conventions/conferences this year?
I'm off to Malice Domestic in May and Bouchercon in Sept. These are mystery conferences.
Do you have a critique partner?
I am not a fan of critique partners. To me it winds up book by committee and it kills your voice.
IMO it's your book your way.
Do you have a social/political cause you are passionate about?
I have a long list. Top is GMO foods. I think all should be labeled. Also anything for the
environment. I love to hike, did whitewater rafting in the Grand Canyon, hiked Glacier National
Park, Zion etc. I am against fracking, pipelines that go through wilderness, etc. We are killing
ourselves and this planet.
What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Don't give up. Writing is tough business and if you want to get published you keep going till you
Tell us your latest news? Current projects?
I'm finishing up Pearls and Poison, book three of the Consignment Shop mysteries.
I just sold another series to Berkley Prime Crime, Cyclepath Mysteries set in a bicycle shop on
Mackinac Island. The first book is Breaking for Bodies.
Easiest and hardest thing about writing?
The easy part is meeting the readers and it is the best part. I have met so many wonderful people
and made incredible friends being a writer. Hard part is getting the book done on time.
What inspired you to write your first book?
That is a good question. I think if you're a writer, you just start writing stories. I've been thinking
in stories my whole life and then wrote them down. It was the natural thing to do and still is.
What ignites your creativity?
A really good story. I admire good storytellers. Makes me think out of the box too.
Do you listen to music while you write?
I run a fan in my room...white noise. Kind of puts me in the zone.
Name one actor/actress you would love to get naughty with?
Don't know about the naughty part but I am a huge Clooney fan. He's a real guy and so funny
and down to earth. He's from Augusta Kentucky close to Cincy. He's a hometown guy. And he's
smart and has causes he believes in. Not just a pretty face.
Any life experiences tangled in the storylines?
I love Savannah and knew I had to set a story there. It's beautiful in the spring and haunted as all
get-out and the food is amazing and the homes are incredible. I know Savannah better than I do
Cincinnati where I live and that is the truth.
What book are you reading now?
I am reading Deadly Doses. It's a poison book for my current project Pearls and Poison. I think
every plant in my garden is poisonous. Kind of scary.
If you could say one thing to the next generation of authors, what would it be?
Keep current in what's going on. Things change so fast. It's a whole new world in publishing
than it was ten years ago and it's going to keep on changing. You have to change with it.
What would you like to say to your readers?
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Readers are amazing.
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