Lights, camera, action! Chatting with Nancy Cole Silverman

NANCY COLE SILVERMANNancy Cole Silverman dropped in on the Hen House to answer our burning questions about SHADOW OF DOUBT. Check out her thoughts on radio and how her own life informs her writing, and make sure to get your copy today!

Congratulations on the release of SHADOW OF DOUBT! What are you doing to celebrate?

“I’m going to Disneyland!” I had to laugh when I read that question. Isn’t that the question we so often hear asked when one wins something really big, like the Super Bowl! Well, I went to the next best thing, for me anyway. I went to Bouchercon, a writer’s conference here in Long Beach. It’s my kind of Disneyland.

Just like Carol Childs, you worked in news radio. How much did your own experience influence Carol’s story?

I began my career in radio and TV in the Phoenix market before there were a lot of women on the air. Woman voices were considered too light for serious news and most of what we did were less serious stories; fashion, weather, etc. But I do remember once being assigned to cover a murder [like Carol].

In LA I started out writing commercial copy for a radio station. Radio taught me to write. I mean really write. Without pictures or film running I needed to create a scene in the listener’s mind and radio taught me to do that. I retired as a general manager for a sports radio station in Los Angeles. I think there’s some kind of poetic justice to that…at least it tells me, God has a sense of humor!

SHADOW OF DOUBTYou’ve said that SHADOW OF DOUBT is loosely based on a real news story that you covered. What was the story, and how did you adapt it for your book?  

I worked for KNX and later KFWB, which was at the time also news. The basis for Shadow of Doubt came from a story about a Hollywood Agent who was shot as she returned home from an Academy Awards Show. I remember hearing the story and then later reading that she had two nieces, one of whom she left her entire estate. What a hook! I couldn’t stop playing with the idea. Of course, the names, method of murder, etc. were all changed. But that’s how my muse works. The idea just wouldn’t leave me alone and before I knew it, I’d created a murder scene far worse, if that’s possible, than the actual news story.

Finally, tell us your favorite mystery novel and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.

I read a lot of mysteries. I recently both read and saw the movie for Gillian Flynn’s book, Gone Girl. I think what she did so well was to portray the mind of a sociopath. She’s an excellent writer, who not only knows how to pick a story, but how tell it as well.

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Live from Hollywood…

Happy Book Birthday! SHADOW OF DOUBT by Nancy Cole Silverman

SHADOW OF DOUBTIt’s SHADOW OF DOUBT! Scandal is just around the corner, so don’t touch that dial. Nancy Cole Silverman’s first Carol Childs mystery hits the airwaves today.

“A thoroughly satisfying crime novel with fascinating, authentic glimpses into the world of talk radio and some of its nastier stars… Looking forward to further criminal pursuits with Carol.” – Jill Amadio, Author of Digging Too Deep

“Forget the shower scene in Psycho; Shadow of Doubt will make you scared to take a bath!  
– Diane Vallere, Author of the Material Witness, Style & Error, and Mad for Mod Mystery Series 

“Carol is a smart, savvy heroine that will appeal to readers. This is a cozy with a bite.”
– Rosemary Smith, Books for Avid Readers

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Nancy.  We’d love to hear from you.


Hen House Staff


Happy Release Week, FATAL BRUSHSTROKE!

FATAL BRUSHSTROKEWhile celebrating the release of her debut cozy mystery, author Sybil Johnson stops by the Hen House to talk about her love for tole painting, her experience with Sisters in Crime, and what’s to come in Rory Anderson’s next mystery.

Like Rory, you also enjoy tole painting. What got you interested (and do you have a photo of your best design)?

I’ve always liked crafts. I learned to embroider in grade school. Over the years, I’ve tried my hand at crocheting, knitting, macrame, counted cross-stitch, tole painting, and scrapbooking.

I started tole painting (or decorative painting as it’s usually called these days) in the early 90s when a group of us at work gathered in a conference room once a week or so, ate lunch, and worked on various projects. The experienced painter in the group taught us newbies the basics. We painted many different designs, starting simple and getting more complex as we gained experience.

Rory and Liz are an entertaining and dynamic duo! Do you have your own partner in crime like Liz?

No one person fills the bill. In my day-to-day life, it’s my husband. At painting conventions, it’s my sister.

You’re a past president of Sisters in Crime LA and a 2011 co-chair of the California Crime Writers Conference. How have those experiences affected you and your writing?

In my six years on the SinC/LA board, I learned a lot about writing and the publishing world. (I wasn’t President for that entire time. I also served as Recording Secretary and VP/Program Director.) Ours is a large and active chapter. The board members, all volunteers, put in long hours and work very, very hard.

Through my involvement in Sisters in Crime, I’ve made a lot of friends, many of who’ve been published authors for years and have very generously taken the time to answer my questions and give me advice. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them.

Through my position as conference co-chair, I met a lot of people I wouldn’t have otherwise. And I’m using my planning experience to help me plan the fictional painting convention featured in PAINT THE TOWN DEAD.

One of the major story lines in FATAL BRUSHSTROKE deals with the main character, Rory, having birth parents who were arsonists. What drew you to the topic of arson, and what research did you do?

Arson is a crime I’ve always found interesting. Maybe that’s because I find fire very, very scary and fascinating at the same time. It has such power to destroy and is so unpredictable. (I swear I’m not an arsonist! I hate lighting matches. In junior high science class, my lab partner had to light the bunsen burner. To this day, I still won’t light a match.)

To learn about arson and arson investigation, I took an extension course at Cal State Fullerton that dealt with arson investigation and also read a few books on the topic.

What’s next for Rory? (Might there be romance in her future?)

In PAINT THE TOWN DEAD, Rory attends a painting convention where a friend of hers unexpectedly collapses and dies. She feels compelled to investigate when the death is ruled accidental. As for romance…time will tell!

Finally, tell us your favorite mystery novel and what draws you to that particular author and the genre as a whole.

I don’t have an absolute favorite mystery novel, though The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and And Then There Were None, both by Agatha Christie, rank up there. I also really enjoy the Vicky Bliss novels by Elizabeth Peters. As you can tell, I’m drawn to cozy mysteries, though I do read more hard-boiled stuff on occasion. I find cozies comforting. At the end, the crime is solved and order is restored, something that doesn’t always happen in real life.

Happy Book Birthday! FATAL BRUSHSTROKE

Deadly Design!  FATAL BRUSHSTROKE by Sybil Johnson

FATAL BRUSHSTROKEWe’re showcasing a state of the art debut: Sybil Johnson’s FATAL BRUSHSTROKE is out today! Grab your copy of the first Aurora Anderson mystery to experience the arts and crime, killer reputations, and first-rate sleuthing for yourself.

“Rory is definitely a quirky character; she has the ability to draw the readers in so that they want to follow her through adventures. Which is a good thing, because this is the first in a brand new series featuring Rory Anderson.” - Suspense Magazine

“Traditional mystery readers will love this debut author, Sybil Johnson, and her amateur sleuth…Johnson has an assured, steady hand in creating complex plotlines in Fatal Brushstroke. Readers will definitely want to revisit Vista Beach in Aurora’s next outing of investigating.” – Naomi Hirahara, Edgar Award-Winning Author of Murder on Bamboo Lane
As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Sybil.  We’d love to hear from you.

Second Chance Romance

DOLLAR DAZE by Karin Gillespie

Saucy Seniors

DOLLAR DAZEHigh school reunions always spell trouble, but dance card drama is just the beginning in Karin Gillespie’s DOLLAR DAZE. These feisty longtime friends are in for relationship woes and a heartwarming journey (and one scandalous bachelorette bash!). Reunite with the Bottom Dollar Girls when the third book releases May 12, 2015.

Cupid is running rampant in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina, and all the Bottom Dollar Girls have been stuck dizzy with his arrows. When high school heartthrob Brewster Clark returns to town, both Birdie and Mavis are angling for his affections, threatening their long-term friendship.

Ever-so-proper Gracie Tobias meets Rusty the dreamy doctor of her dreams but soon discovers he’s actually a blue-collar duct doctor. Will their wildly different social positions drive a wedge between them? Meanwhile, Elizabeth is trying to put the sizzle back to her marriage. Not even octogenarian Attalee is immune to love’s siren call. She gets engaged to beau Dooley and plans a wild bachelorette party and steamy honeymoon.

Traveling love’s rocky road keeps the Bottom Dollar Girls asking, “Is it ever too late for moons and Junes?” Through much laughter and a few tears the girls discover that the answer is a resounding no.

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Karin.  We’d love to hear from you.


Hen House Staff

Dive into Mystery with Kait Carson

Henery Press Chats with DEATH BY BLUE WATER author Kait Carson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe couldn’t wait to get the first-hand scoop from Kait about her research for DEATH BY BLUE WATER, what it’s like to write a book during NaNoWriMo, and underwater adventures in scuba diving.

HP: When we first meet Hayden Kent, she’s diving in the Florida Keys. We love how you set the mood with Hayden’s deliberate use of scuba gear and attention to procedures. What kind of research went into this aspect of DEATH BY BLUE WATER?

KC: The research was all my pleasure. I spent a lot of time making multiple dives in the Florida Keys and especially around Marathon. I often say that I made a bad tradeoff at birth when I abandoned my gills for lungs. I have been diving since the 1970s—gear and procedures were very different then. I believe strongly in dive safety so I wanted to show that in Hayden’s procedures. Even when she bends the scuba rules, she acknowledges the risks.

HP: We’re inspired to hear that you wrote DEATH BY BLUE WATER during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Since we’re smack in the middle of November, what’s your best advice for other writers currently participating in NaNoWriMo?

KC:  Wave to fellow Nanoians! Yes, I’m at it again.

Advice. Easy. Keep writing! Let your characters take charge and don’t try to control the story. NaNo is about words, not plot.  Death by Blue Water started out as a romance called Diving Diva. Somewhere along the way, probably during one of those three a.m. writing marathons, it became clear that Kevin and Hayden were adversaries, and the entire story changed. Yes, I wrote the words for a novel in a month—the editing took longer.

HP: Hayden’s dive starts out calm, but ends with the terrifying discovery of a dead body near sunken wreckage. As a scuba diver yourself, you’ve probably seen some unusual sights below the surface. Tell us about your most interesting (and hopefully less frightening!) diving experience.

KC: Oh, there have been so many. I refer to the most frightening in the book. My first stage went bad on a 120’ dive. Don’t want to repeat that again. Some of the most magical moments I’ve had have been during dives. In Key Largo, on Horseshoe Reef, I had the privilege of watching the mating dance of two Eagle Rays. It was breathtaking, like seeing an underwater ballet. On Crane Reef in Marathon, I turned to my right and saw an entire wall of French Grunts, all facing the same direction, undulating at the same time. It reminded me of a living curtain in an unfelt breeze.

Author photos 009HP: Rumor has it that you and your husband have a unique collection of pets, including a cockatoo, a harlequin macaw, and a bunch of rescue cats. With everything that goes along with caring for animals, plus your job as a paralegal, when do you find time to write?

KC: I think the pets own us! I tend to write when most people sleep! I am a night owl by nature. I will often catch a few hours of sleep, then get up and write for a few hours until sleep overtakes me again. I also set aside one day of the weekend to write. I wish I could write in short spurts, but I can’t, so I need to find stretches, and I need to turn off the social media when I’m writing. It’s so easy to get lost on Facebook!

HP: Besides diving, what’s your favorite thing to do in the Florida Keys?

KC: Well, this is going to sound terrible.  Eat. I love seafood and it is wonderful in the Keys.  So many restaurants are right on the water. You can have a meal and alongside the sea, the bay, or a canal. Instant relaxation.

Thanks for chatting with us, Kait!

Deep Secrets, A Deadly Dive…

Happy Release Day! DEATH BY BLUE WATER by Kait Carson


Deep Secrets, A Deadly Dive…

Grab your snorkel and take a deep breath, Kait Carson’s DEATH BY BLUE WATER is a twisting, thrilling mystery that will hold you under until the very last page. Get your copy today!

“Kait Carson’s Florida is dead on in this action-packed mystery! A fresh plot and an intriguing story masterfully woven into a satisfying conclusion.” - Krista Davis, New York Times bestselling author of the Domestic Diva series

“Dive in! This compelling…relentlessly suspenseful deep-sea adventure won’t let you go!” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, Daphne, and Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author of Truth Be Told

“You get drawn into the action almost as if you are watching it in real time. A great book, highly recommended.” - Any Good Book

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions or comments – to the Hen House or Kait.  We’d love to hear from you.


Hen House Staff

Bouchercon 2014

BOUCHERCON 2014 | Murder at the Beach


Henery Press Authors Attending:

Art Taylor,  Annette Dashofy, Diane Vallere, Gigi Pandian, Kendel Lynn, LynDee Walker, Nancy Cole Silverman, Susan M. Boyer, Sybil Johnson, Wendy Tyson


8:30 – 10:30

Susan Boyer, Kendel Lynn, Gigi Pandian, Diane Vallere

Author Speed Dating

1:00 – 2:00

Gigi Pandian

Murder in a Locked Room: Solving the “Perfect” Crime

(Promenade A)

12:30 – 3:30

Susan M. Boyer

Where Do You Like Your Violence? Spilling Blood On Page and Off

(Promenade B)

4:00 – 5:00

Art Taylor

Short But Mighty: The Power and Freedom of the Short Story

(Regency D)

4:00 – 5:00

LynDee Walker

Just The Facts: Journalists Solving Crimes

(Promenade C)


10:00 – 11:00

Diane Vallere

Sassy, Sexy, Smart Female Protagonists

(Regency B)

3:00 – 4:00

Diane Vallere

Craft 4: Cupcake Pincushions


4:30 – 5:30

Wendy Tyson

Cute and Sweet, But With a Twist: Cozies With Attitude



8:30 – 9:30

Sybil Johnson

Add Spice To Your Crafts: Murder With Your Favorite Hobbies


8:30 – 9:30

Annette Dashofy

Murder Among the Medical Profession

(Regency A)

10:00 – 11:00

Kendel Lynn

The Fine Art of Murder: Mysteries in the Museum and Art World

(Regency B)

11:30 – 12:30

Diane Vallere

We’ve Got Grit: Traditional to Thriller to True Crime

(Regency C)

12:30 – 1:30

Gigi Pandian

Bouchercon 2014 Anthology Signing

(Promenade 104 Lobby)

1:30 – 2:30

Susan M. Boyer

Plenty of Crime, Y’All: Southern Murder and Mischief

(Promenade C)

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