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Dane McCaslinDane McCaslin<div class="ExternalClassE2DE0FF80CE54C2B96087BB305AA65F3"><h2><em>​</em><em>Cat’s Meow</em> by Dane McCaslin<br></h2><p><em><br>USA Today</em> bestselling author of the <em>Proverbial Crime</em> mystery series, is a lifelong writer whose love of mysteries was formed early in life. At age eight, she discovered Agatha Christie—much to her mother's dismay—and began devouring any and all books she could find that featured murder and mayhem. After retiring from her career as a high school and community college English teacher, Dane now devotes her newly found freedom to writing mystery novels and reading for pleasure.<span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p><h3><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br>​Q + A</span></h3><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What inspired you to write this book?</span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">The book is the vehicle for a pair of amateur sleuths, p-als of longstanding, who are “ladies of a certain age,” a demographic that is under-represented in my view. The antics they get up to are pulled from my own life, so I can raise my hand and say that yes, indeed, we gals of ‘that” age come in all different personalities.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What attracted you to this genre: romance, mystery, non-fiction, etc.?</span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’ve loved cozy mysteries since I was very young. I skipped over Nancy Drew and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to my mother’s own reading choices. This format, this type of writing, is what I know best as a reader and I feel it’s translated well to my writing.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p><div><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">What book are you currently reading?</span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I’m currently re-reading Simon Brett’s <em>The Body on the Beach</em>, book one in the <em>Fethering Mysteries </em>series. Love it!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Are you writing anything now?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> If so, when will it come out? </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I am currently at work on book two of a brand new cozy series under the pen name Alice Adler. The first book, <em>Murder Most Newsworthy</em>, will be released in August of this year, followed by <em>Murder Most Tasty</em> (2023) and <em>Murder Most Stylish</em> (2024).</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">If you weren't a writer, what would you do?</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Easy! I’d be what I was: an English teacher! I was privileged to teach American Lit for over twenty years, and those were the best, craziest, busiest, and most rewarding years of my life.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p><h4><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">Do you use your local library?  If so, which library is it and what do you do there</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">? </span></h4><p><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">I do! I go to the Queen Creek Library. I go as a reader only and love finding new-to-me writers who love a good mystery as I do.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p></div><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></p></div>

 

 

 

 

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